SS 320 Group Process for Outdoor Leaders
Fall Intensive, 2012
Instructor: Anne Morse
Prerequisites: SS 233 and SS 241
Texts: Processing the Experience - Luckner and Nadler
Readings Risk Management for Outdoor Leaders- NOLS
The Processing Pinnacle –Simpson et al
The Role of the Instructor- Kalisch
Back Pocket Adventure- Rohnke
Reflective Learning- Sugarman
Lasting Lessons- Knapp
The Leader who is Hardly Known- Simpson
Exploring the Power of Solo, Silence, and Solitude- Knapp
Book of Metaphors, volume II- Gass
The Tao of Leadership – Heider
Ecopsychology - Roszak, Gomes, & Kanner
Format This class will meet in the classroom and the field, combining lectures and participatory activities with hands on experience facilitating peers on a nine day backpacking trip. Students will discuss and reflect on readings, give and receive feedback, participate in role plays, and maintain a portfolio of notes, reflections, and facilitation techniques.
Course Objectives: To gain a working understanding of the role of the leader in facilitating wilderness groups and outdoor education. To develop skills in facilitation, group assessment, conflict resolution, counseling, use of metaphor, and a variety of intervention techniques. To identify and develop a personal leadership style that is responsive to student needs, and educational in focus.
NOTE: I am aware that students bring a variety of learning styles to class. I do my best to address a variety of learning modes; please let me know if certain styles of teaching are not working for you and I can adapt the class accordingly. If you have learning style needs or a documented learning disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Sterling College Learning Disabilities Support Person. Leland can help you determine what accommodations would be helpful for you in this course.