Experiential Educator Course

BaMidbar offers a professional development course for youth-serving Jewish community professionals.  The course focuses on a basic understanding of psychological issues, crisis intervention and de-escalation skills, experiential and expeditionary learning, and facilitation with an eye toward social and emotional growth experiences. Participants will spend five days at the Ramah in the Rockies ranch, and will learn how to create, frame, facilitate, and debrief experiences that push participants to explore questions of meaning, values, purpose, and identity. They will explore the use of storytelling, metaphor, and ritual in experiential education, and how these and other tools can be used to support emotional and spiritual growth.  The group will celebrate Shabbat together as a community, and will explore the intersection of Jewish tradition, wilderness, and whole-health wellness.

Do you work with teens and young adults in the Jewish community? Emerging adulthood is full of instability, uncertainty, and major life transitions, and we hope our Jewish communal spaces are open, supportive, and inviting to the youth we serve.  At the same time, when we succeed, we sometimes invite situations beyond the scope of our educators’ ability. BaMidbar’s Experiential Educator Course is designed for Jewish educators hoping to expand their mental health literacy, while creating programs that support teens and young adults in building resilience and the skills needed to thrive in a complex world. 

Topics Covered:

Mental Health LiteracyExperiential Education Your Facilitation ToolkitSelf-Care
Teen & young adult development Group development & managementBack pocket games Burnout 
Suicide prevention & crisis de-escalationFraming, facilitation, & debrief Communication skillsEmotional intelligence 
Depression, anxiety, and substance use disordersExperiential education cycleJudaism through the lens of whole-health wellnessStaff empowerment 
Identity exploration Use of metaphor, storytelling, and narrative in educationShabbat & holiday programming Staying in your lane 

Dates and Rates

Session2020 Program DatesRates
Experiential Educators CourseMarch 11 to March 15$600
Experiential Educators CourseMay 20 to May 24$600

Have any questions? Email EmilyH@BaMidbarTherapy.org or call (720) 835-2937 x0.  Ready to register? Please complete the form below.