Category Archives: Tips for Trainers

The Challenge of Choice

During the briefing, when the leader says, “It’s important to be able to say at the end of our activity today that you challenged yourself in at least one way,” he is utilizing one of the most effective tools he has.  Challenge means going beyond the old, pushing into new territory, new ways of doing […]

Happy Pi Day! 3.14 and the Game of Get 20

3.14 – Albert Einstein’s birthday and National Pi Day!  Illustration by Charlie Powell I love a good play on words, and numbers, and anything that is creatively clever.  Pi day ranks pretty high on my creatively clever scale, but did you know that it’s actually a nationally recognized holiday?  Really! It’s official. The date March 14 […]

The Experiential Learning Cycle

Experiential Learning Cycle (based on the work of David Kolb and others) One of the most basic models of our work, the Experiential Learning Cycle (Kolb, et al), proposes that after Activity comes Reflection, followed by Application of the new information we have learned. The complete cycle is required for learning to take place. Unfortunately, […]

Full Value Contract

Whether from an educational or therapeutic point of view, effective learning occurs in an environment where what is learned can be put into practice and the individual can receive feedback and reinforcement.  Learning experientially in groups is particularly effective in encouraging and supporting individuals who are developing new approaches and behaviors in their lives. An […]

Essential Staff Training Activities

You expect staff to think on their feet, why not train them on their feet? As you start to plan your staff training week, make sure you incorporate a wide range of helpful experiential topics, from icebreakers, getting-to-know you activities, to activities that help staff embrace their different work styles and gifts. These are not […]

New book! Facilitated Growth Experiential Activities for Recovery and Wellness

Tips for Trainers New book! Facilitated Growth Experiential Activities for Recovery and Wellness by Michelle Cummings, Marc Pimsler and Diane Sherman I am excited to announce my new book, Facilitated Growth–Experiential Activities for Recovery and Wellness, that I co-authored with Marc Pimsler and diane Sherman! This book is for facilitators and professionals who work with […]