Workshops

We are constantly evolving... adding new materials, activities, approaches and combinations of topics and learning modalities.

"Your presentation was just what my management team needed. The activities were very low threat so that all of us could participate. No one opted out for fear of feeling foolish...you helped us with an annual tune-up." - Superintendent Charter Oak U.S.D.

Although we've made part of our reputation in the area of play leadership, we hope you can see the wide variety of different things we can do related to child, staff and personal development. In fact our humor, advanced leadership, teambuilding and common sense discipline workshops are among our most popular offerings. The great advantage of hiring us for a more extended time period is that you can combine an informative, entertaining, inspirational keynote with a wide variety of “hands on” practical, skill-oriented workshops (i.e., 'teambuilding', 'play leadership' and 'discipline') for all leadership and management levels, so that people will walk away "pumped up" and with skills to do the job -- in other words, "more bang for your training buck."

We’d love to do a presentation in your area and/or play a major role at any of your local state, regional or national conferences. What’s the possibility of you rounding up some different agencies and folks in your vicinity (i.e. surrounding cities, YMCA’s, school district people, scouts, child care workers, park and recreation department folks, etc.), pooling your resources and making some BIG FUN happen? In fact, many agencies that ‘subcontract’ and pool resources actually make a profit for the event or workshop while still keeping the costs low for the individual participants.

We’re booking now for all of this next year and prime training dates do go quickly. We're very happy that people like our work and more folks are booking us six months to a year in advance (especially during prime training times).

So why not take advantage of our offerings as they relate to your planning needs? Contact us. LET’S MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN!

"Thanks again for a great workshop...our time and space were a little tight but staff loved ya!" - Director, Alameda 4Cs

WORKSHOP TOPICS    

Communication Essentials for Working with Staff, Parents and Kids
This interactive workshop details a wide range of training tools, principles and applications for effective communication at all levels. Learn how to apply these communication skills in a wide range of settings.

Totally New Teambuilders
Learn many new teambuilders you haven't seen yet, with multiple applications for problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, and developing pro-social skills at both the staff and participant levels.

The Best of Cooperative Play -ADVENTURE, INITIATIVE AND PROBLEM SOLVING GAMES FOR ALL AGES
A lively session presenting an excellent sampling of WIN-WIN activities, games and FUNdamental leadership principles for all ages. Expanded old favorites plus Brand New Adventure games and Teambuilders from the most contemporary sources. Multiple applications for program development, conflict resolution, positive group dynamics and employee teambuilding. Enough challenge and Big Fun for Everyone!

Teamwork 101
In this interactive, fun, challenging and meaningful workshop learn what goes into healthy high performing teams, what builds and blocks team development, what makes up the subsets of team skills and behaviors... and applications of all of the above.

Caring For the Caregiver: Making Sure You Don't Slip Off the Radar Screen
An upbeat, interactive, and meaningful workshop filled with a variety of simple, accessible stress reduction ideas and techniques for beating burnout ...and real world ways to make time for you and your family. Extensive resource packet. We're worth it!

Laugh and Level With Me: Breaking Barriers, Tightening Teams, and Cultivating Caring Cooperative Communication...
Victor Borge once said that laughter is the shortest distance between two people. This workshop will present a sampling of accessible, non-threatening, easily applied, fun and challenging team-building activities. We'll use win-win "games", communication activities, human resource and organizational development materials, and other integrative learning modalities-all designed to enhance our understanding and application of the Team Work model (a clear model of what goes into highly effective teams). The activities have the serious purpose of promoting trust, support, initiative, problem-solving, decision-making, cooperation, ownership and the open exchange of ideas in an upbeat, interactive atmosphere. Includes examples from organizations around the country on how they are using teambuilding, laughter, play, and humor for staff development, stress reduction, and the creation of a positive work atmosphere. Extensive resource packet.

Laugh & Level With Me Two - The Follow-up Next Level of Teambuilding
A fun series of challenging, accessible, interactive problem solving, initiative and adventure activities designed to analyze the subsets of team effectiveness, team behavior, and team skills in more depth...and of course the application of these subsets in the workplace.

A Common Sense Approach to Discipline
Principles and proven techniques of common sense discipline, effective communication, conflict management, and active positive assertive leadership. Emphasis on prevention and the proactive creation of positive behavior as well as "when all else fails" strategies. Includes an extensive resource packet of the most contemporary national conflict resolution materials.

Common Sense Discipline: Beyond the Basics
Topics we never get to cover in our Basic Behavioral Guidance workshop (because we run out of time) including Driekers misplaced goals Communication and other techniques to help diffuse volatile, angry or frustrating situations, effective leader talk, problem solving models and examples, working with parents and other primary caregivers, avoiding power struggles and more. Continued emphasis on proactive prevention. Includes extensive resource packet.

Playful Teaching Practices
During this era of "drill and grill", accelerated learning, overdrive consumer lifestyles, excessive testing, and a great decrease of play in the early childhood education curriculum, playful teaching practices are sorely needed. In group work, playful teaching practices are essential to relationship building and creating connections for succesful group dynamics. Perhaps most importantly, playful teachers develop positive attitudes in their students and help students understand that learning can be fun and joyful. A range of practical attention getters, team dividers, motivators, transition activities and more.

Working with Parents and Primary Caregivers; Building Positive Relationships
How do we do our best to get everyone on board to work together for the best interest of the children...A short series of reminders and best practices.

Children and Staff Play (ground) Problems (and some solutions)
An interactive session featuring a problem solving model. Some possible solutions to typical problems found at your site and followup resources. (i.e. Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Motivation).

Going Beyond: ENHANCING THE WORKPLACE
In today's world, in particular in the human service arena, it is increasingly important to keep your staff happy and satisfied beyond monetary compensation. This workshop-keynote will help enhance the environment of the workplace through a presentation of eight principles that contribute to the complexity of work and create flow and happiness for employees: clarifying goals, feedback, opportunity, loss of ego, matching challenges with skills, concentration, and control over one's job and time.

Leadership - BEYOND THE BASICS
This workshop covers the latest in cutting-edge leadership theories and techniques to help leaders and managers of all experience levels develop and motivate their team or group. This fast paced, high energy session will surely add tools to your leadership tool box.

  • Ways of Empowering Kids.
  • Situational Leadership.
  • Understanding Your Groups Needs and Stages of Group Development.
  • Practical Applications of Flow Theory: Balancing Challenge, Ability and Fun.
  • A Bigger Bag of Tricks

Can't Miss Games and Movement Activities for Small Groups, Mixed Age Groups "Little Ones" and Family (Day Care) Settings
A treasure chest of proven games, movement activities, and leadership principles for small groups (2 to 15 people) of all ages and mixed age groups (preschool through school age and above).

Can't Miss Games for Older Kids
A treasure chest of proven games and leadership principles for 8 to 12 year olds (and beyond) that inspire participation and BIG FUN.

The FUN-damentals of Play Leadership: An Interactive Training Program
Learn essential play leadership techniques using professional training videos, hands on participation and extensive resource materials. Includes promoting physical and psychological safety, developing trust and cooperation and a WIN-Win Playful atmosphere, getting attention, dividing teams, eliminating elimination, modifying activities, nurturing discipline and "can't miss" games for all age groups.

Children Together - Resources for Cooperative Play and Staff - Team Development
A lively session presenting WIN-WIN activities, games and FUN-damental leadership principles for all ages including applications for families and employee teambuilding. Extensive resource materials.

Super Parachute Play!
Our best 20+ parachute games and variations. Includes positive leadership and control techniques that inspire participation and BIG FUN!

New Games/Adventure Games Training
Leadership training, team building, and community/event organizing techniques for New Games, Adventure Games, Cooperative Games, and other progressive, win-win play movements. Includes activities, philosophy, values, resources, and hands-on applications. Great for leaders, trainers and/or players of all abilities who just want to have BIG FUN.

Children Without Childhood: How To Turn It Around
The economic pressures, profound changes, and acceleration of life in the twenty-first century have negatively impacted Childhood and children at both ends of the economic spectrum. Learn more about the scope of the problem and a wide range of specific proactive solutions. A keynote or workshop presentation.

Helping Kids and Families Cope with Media Madness and Video Games "Addiction"
Learn more about the impact of TV, computers, video games and other media on our children and families and solutions for restoring balance. Features a short video of media "addicted" kids and families and an extensive solutions resource packet.

Overcoming Hurry Sickness and Urgency Addiction
In a rapidly accelerating world with seemingly more to do in less time... how do we apply the brakes, prioritize, and restore balance? Learn more about this modern problem and its impact upon individuals, families, and society. Identify proven principles and techniques for deceleration and wellness. A keynote or workshop presentation. Extensive resource packet.

And Others Designed and Developed with Your Needs in Mind. Expanded descriptions, vita, and excellent letters of reference from a wide range of national and international clients are available upon request.

OTHER WORKSHOP TOPICS
  • Building a Cooperative, Communicative Win-Win Learning Environment
  • Every Kid A Winner: Cultivating Creativity, Diversity and Self Esteem Through Play
  • Playing to Learn, Learning to Play
  • Fun in the Pool: Aquatic Games and More
  • Family Matters: Developing Family and Intergenerational Play Programs for Your Agency and Community
  • Challenging Teens Through Games, Adventure, and Relevance
  • Why Not Both? Healthy Competition and Cooperation for All
  • Targeted Leadership, Activity and Resource Training for Camps, Schools, Businesses, Agencies and Trainers
  • Pure Unadulterated Play...For the Time of Your Life
  • Adding More Life to Our Years: Play, Laughter and Healthy Aging in the Twenty-First Century
EVENTS    

Picnics, parties, play days, kickoffs, lead-ins, icebreakers, teambuilders, mid-year re-energizers, festivals, back to school parent nights, celebrations, etc.. for folks of all ages and abilities (groups of 10 to 10,000)

RESOURCES AND CONSULTATION

Resources consist of "how to" checklists, program ideas, bibliographies, people, organizations, articles, books, etc... and other media including three professional interactive training and games videos and DVD's: "How to Lead Games", "The Best Frisbee and Balloon Games for Older 'Kids', Teens, Adults, and Families" and "The Best Cooperative Team Building Activities for all Ages and Organizations." See our on-line store for more information and to purchase. We also do ongoing consultation, program leadership and management development with a wide range of clients.

"You totally involved every member of the group, you made us laugh, you helped us form closer bonds with one another and you assisted us in developing a focus for the coming school year..." - Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyvale S.D.

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