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Helping Outdoor Orientation Leaders Understand Group Process

A series of resources for helping outdoor orientation program leaders. Collated by Mark Ceder, University of San Diego.  Using Personal Affirming to Create Healing - by Denise Mitten “10 ways to have a better conversation” – Celeste Headlee | TED Talks  

Multiple Methods for Identifying Outcomes of a High Challenge Adventure Activity

Source: Journal of Experiential Education
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Article URL: Journal of Experiential Education
The purpose of this study was to provide insight into what occurs in moments of high challenge within participants during an outdoor adventure education (OAE) program. Given the inherent risk and remote locations often associated with OAE programs, it has remained challenging to measure selected psychological constructs while the program is taking place. This study utilized qualitative methods including in situ data collection techniques and quantitative inquiry methods to identify and determine what is happening to participants before, during, and after a high challenge activity—rappelling. The results of this study identified five salient themes that emerged as important constructs for OAE participants and are useful to consider as researchers and OAE practitioners design and implement high challenge activities. Further analysis and discussion about the importance of these themes are discussed at length.

Recreation Law Center: Employee or Independent Contractor? The Difference Really Matters!

Organizations must make choices between how to characterize an individual they engage for work. Is the individual an employee or independent contractor? As you’ll see in this Connecticut case, the issue can dictate an organization’s liability for harm to injured participants. Tax consequences, exposure to worker injuries and penalties are other issues that can befall an unenlightened employer. Learn about how to manage your risk and liability from Recreation Law legal experts Reb Gregg and Catherine Hansen-Stamp.
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