Outdoor Leadership and Group Dynamics
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Do you think about leading groups in the outdoors? Do you love to share particular outdoor experiences, skills and knowledge with others? Do you want to know how to become a more effective leader?
In this program, we will draw upon the disciplines of outdoor leadership, wilderness medicine, organizational learning, participatory management, systems thinking, and contemplative practice to provide the knowledge and skill for individuals interested in leading groups, particularly in the outdoors. You will gain skills in group process, inter- and intra-personal communication, conflict resolution, trip planning, back country medical protocols, group facilitation, along with the moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership.
We will complete a Wilderness First Responder training and receive a nationally recognized certification. This advanced medical training is the outdoor industry standard for guides that take people into remote areas for recreational and/or educational activities. This intensive 80-hour training will run for a 9-day block. During this time, class will start at 8 AM and go until 5-6 PM each day.
There will be a significant field component to this class, regardless of weather. We will spend a significant amount of time outdoors at a variety of elevations. There will be a number of day field trips and one multi-day field trip. Students will need sufficient and appropriate gear to be comfortable outdoors in the highly variable Pacific Northwest Spring conditions.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Outdoor leadership, business, guiding, group facilitation
Class Size: 30
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.