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Recreation Practitioners Training Institute

May 11th– 13th, 2017 

 

In partnership with Recreation NS, Camping Association of NS and Brigadoon Village

Hosted at: Brigadoon Village, Annapolis Valley, 1650 N River Rd, Kentville, NS B4N 3V8

The Recreation Practitioners Training Institute will equip recreation professionals with the skills and knowledge to help ensure recreation programming is meeting a set of recognized standards across Nova Scotia; thus leading to increased safety, risk management and high quality programming. In partnership with Brigadoon Village, CANSPEI and Recreation Nova Scotia, the institute will provide recreation professionals with networking opportunities, certification training, and workshops. The institute will be held at Brigadoon Village, located on Aylesford Lake from May 11th to May 13th.  This will be a 1-3 day training and workshop institute.

 

Costs:

Wednesday night accommodations (no dinner provided), continental breakfast: $30 + HST per person

Thursday (day only), lunch, snacks and workshops included: $30 + HST per person

Workshops that run on Friday and Saturday have different costs involved depending on the certifications – please see below for costing.

All costing listed includes Thursday workshops, accommodations, food and certification/workshop fees.

We have applied for funding but will not hear about the results until mid-April. If we were successful in our funding application the workshop fees listed below for Friday-Saturday could be greatly reduced.

Workshops With Differing Costs

Reconnecting with Nature: $150 + HST per person (includes certification + Thursday workshops, overnight accommodation Thursday night and all meals)

Strengthening Children’s Mental Health: $115 + HST per person (includes certification + Thursday workshops, overnight accommodation Thursday night and all meals)

Leave No Trace Instructor Training (2 days): $285 + HST per person (includes certification + Thursday workshops, overnight accommodation Thursday and Friday nights and all meals)

OCC Hiking Certification (2 days): $260 + HST per person (includes certification + Thursday workshops, overnight accommodation Thursday and Friday nights and all meals) 

Mental Health First Aid (2 days): $220 + HST per person (includes certification + Thursday workshops, overnight accommodation Thursday and Friday nights and all meals) 

 

To Register, CLICK HERE

Please note, we recommend you review all session descriptions and schedules before completing your registration.

 

Recreation Practitioner Training Institute Schedule  

 

Many workshops have a maximum number of participants – all workshops are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please see full session descriptions below.

Thursday May 11th

9am-5pm: Anjeanette LeMay: Paddle Canada Canoe Certification

8:30am-12pm: Yevonne Le Lacheur: Autism Practical Supports and Strategies

9am-12pm: Maddox and Gabriel: Youth Project

9am-12pm: Meg Cuming: Risk Management

9am-12pm: Youth Project: Creating Welcoming and Safe Spaces

1pm-4:30pm: Jamie Lynn Hill: Behaviour Strategies 

1pm-3pm: Angela Johnston: Stewards of Children

1pm-5pm: Kathryn Bates Khan: YMCA Engaging Newcomers to Canada

1pm-5pm: Mickie Bowe: Mental Health Support for Your Staff

Friday May 12th

9am-5pm: Janet Barlow: Reconnecting with Nature

9am-5pm: Sue Hutchison: Strengthening Children’s Mental Health

9am-5pm: Lyse Boyce: Leave No Trace Instructor Training (Part 1/2)

9am-5pm Anjeanette LeMay: OCC Hiking Certification (Part 1/2)

9am-5pm: Mickie Bowe: Mental Health First Aid (Part 1/2)

Saturday May 13th

9am-5pm: Lyse Boyce: Leave No Trace Instructor Training (Part 2/2)

9am-5pm Anjeanette LeMay: OCC Hiking Certification (Part 2/2)

9am-5pm: Mental Health First Aid (Part 2/2)

 

 

Session Descriptions

Thursday May 11th

 

 9am-5pm: Anjeanette LeMay: Paddle Canada Canoe Certification

Paddle Canada’s Introduction to Lakewater Tandem covers all aspects of paddling a canoe with 2 people: safe route choice, assessing water and weather conditions, transporting and carrying a canoe, strokes to effectively move and control the boat, towing, self-rescue, and emptying a capsized canoe to assist paddlers back in to the boat.

8:30am-12pm: Yevonne Le Lacheur: Autism: Practical Supports and Strategies 

This workshop will be led by Autism Nova Scotia’s Program Director, Yevonne Le Lacher, B.Ed., M.Ed. (Candidate). The workshop will provide a general overview of autism while focusing on best practice models for strategies that can be implemented when supporting individuals with autism.

The following topics will be reviewed:

  • Communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Sensory Sensitivities 
  • Restricted Repetitive Patterns of Behaviour 

Attendees of this workshop will leave with practical supports and strategies that can be utilized in varying settings to help support individuals with autism. 

9am-12pm: Meg Cuming: Risk Management

This workshop will explore liability issues and include discussion on the categories of risk that summer programmers face. The session will be interactive, and focus on identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating risk specific to the participant’s program or facility. 

9am-12pm: Maddox & Gabriel: Youth Project: Creating Welcoming and Safe Spaces

This workshop will build a foundation of the basics including proper terminology and a deeper understanding of gender and sexuality. This workshop will concentrate on take away strategies that will help make your spaces safer and inclusive for everyone; focusing specifically on the needs of trans, non-binary, and LGB people.

1pm-3pm: Angela Johnston: Stewards of Children 

During our award-winning Stewards of Children® prevention training, you’ll meet survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You’ll meet experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis. Lastly, you’ll find concrete steps that you can take to protect the children in your life The documentary training is led by an Authorized Facilitator. Participants receive a workbook and a list of local resources.

1pm-4:30pm: Jamie-Lynn Hill: Behaviour Strategies 

This workshop will be led by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, Jamie-Lynn Hill M.Ed BCBA, from Autism Nova Scotia. She will walk you through applied behaviour analysis (ABA) principles to give you a new outlook of challenging behaviours.

The following topics will be reviewed:

  • What is behaviour?
  • Functions of Behaviour
  • Reinforcement 
  • Preventative Measures 

Attendees of the workshop will leave with an understanding of why a behaviour occurs, how to effectively use reinforcement and new techniques in their toolbox of behaviour strategies that can be used for preventing challenging behaviour.

1pm-5pm: Kathryn Bates Khan: YMCA: Engaging Newcomers to Canada

The YMCA provides immigrant youth, children and their families with a variety of program and outreach services. Our approach is to deliver community based support in a Centre that is inclusive and welcoming, as well as to provide onsite services for students at several partner schools. YMCA Settlement Programs helps immigrants to Canada settle into their new homes in Nova Scotia, and supports the mainstream population in understanding the issues and barriers newcomers face while adjusting and adapting to a new language, culture, climate and community, all while maintaining their own. With funding from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI), our YMCA offers several programs.

Using interactive activities and through discussing the creation of welcoming, inclusive groups this workshop will share experience, knowledge and key concepts in Intercultural Proficiency.  Participants will consider the kind of province that we want to have and our role in being part of a diverse Nova Scotia. 

1pm-5pm: Mickie Bowe: Self Help Connection: Mental Health Support for Your Staff

This workshop will help staff supervisors and managers in shaping healthy conversations about mental health. The focus will be on the power of support and making the connection between “Me, We, Family and Community”, as well as addressing questions that often run through our minds: What do I say? How do I say it? When is the right time to talk? Participants will learn the importance of self-care and self-awareness reflection.

 

Friday May 12th

 

9am-5pm: Janet Barlow: Reconnecting with Nature

The Reconnecting with Nature one-day workshop aims to increase and strengthen the resource base in Nova Scotia of adult leaders who can help children and youth spend more time appreciating, understanding and acting for the natural world while being physically active in the outdoors.

9am-5pm: Sue Hutchison: Strengthening Children’s Mental Health

This training will help anyone running children’s programs to be more informed and prepared to support their staff in promoting positive mental health in children. Participants will learn key concepts and factors that affect children’s mental health including the impact of stress and environment on a child’s ability to cope. They will also be able to identify strategies to help staff promote positive mental health and respond appropriately to children with challenges and/or mental health conditions. This training will provides tools and suggested activities to use with staff to help improve their understanding and integrations with children who face challenges in their programs.

9am-5pm: Lyse Boyce: Leave No Trace Instructor Training (Part 1/2)

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a two-day training course. Participants gain a better understanding of the seven principles of the Leave No Trace program and discover simple, minimum-impact methods. Through interactive activities, the participants also learn how to teach others about the awareness and ethical practices suitable for natural environments.

9am-5pm: Anjeanette LeMay: OCC Hiking Certification (Part 1/2)

This introduction to outdoor leadership (hiking) is a nationally recognized course and will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training in Field Leader – Hiking. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one-day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail group volunteers, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout and Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors.

9am-5pm: Mickie Bowe: Mental Health First Aid (Part 1/2)

This Mental Health First Aid is a training program that teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem), experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health challenge or in a mental health crisis. 

 

Saturday May 13th

 

 

9am-5pm: Lyse Boyce: Leave No Trace Instructor Training (Part 2/2)

9am-5pm: Anjeanette LeMay: OCC Hiking Certification (Part 2/2)

9am-5pm: Mickie Bowe: Mental Health First Aid (Part 2/2)

 

About Brigadoon

Brigadoon Village is a year-round recreation facility located on Aylesford Lake, Annapolis Valley, NS.  During the summer months we offer 12 different summer camp programs for children living with health conditions.  During the rest of the year we offer family camps, youth leadership retreats, school group programming and are a rental facility for events, workshops, conferences, meetings and more!

Accommodations

 

Stay at Brigadoon! We have five lodges on site, each with five bedrooms (total of 28 beds) and four private bathrooms with showers in each lodge. Our main lodge houses our dining area and features a wrap around deck overlooking the beautiful lake. Enjoy hiking trails, campfires and all of the fun camp has to offer during your stay! See you Briga-soon!

Please reserve your accommodations to ensure there is space available for you. Reservations can be made on the online registration webpage.  You will likely be sharing a room with other people, please let us know if you know of someone you would like to share with.  Everyone must bring their own bedding, pillow, towel and toiletries.

 

 

 

 

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