These Are Not “Soft Skills”! Facilitating Emotional Safety: A Foundational Risk Management Skill - Online Classroom


These Are Not “Soft Skills”! Facilitating Emotional Safety: A Foundational Risk Management Skill - Online Classroom

Evening webinar on managing emotional safety with Steve Smith. This session will be online only.

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  • Casual

7-8:30pm via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees a day or two before the session.

Seminar Description

Not all injuries are physical ones. This workshop will explore the importance of emotional safety, the connections between physical and emotional safety, and case studies that illustrate these connections. Finally, we will offer tools and strategies to foster a foundation of emotional safety for your trips, classes, and adventures. This workshop is designed to be collaborative and interactive and participants should expect to engage with one another in small-group discussion.

Steve Smith is a risk management consultant at Experiential Consulting, LLC. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over twenty years, including hundreds of days in the field instructing, administrative leadership roles with national organizations including Outward Bound and The Student Conservation Association, and helping The Mountaineers envision and launch Progressive Climbing Education as a member of the Adult Education department. Steve served as chair of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) for three years. He has a master's degree in English composition, along with six years of university-level teaching experience, and earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management, all of which help him view outdoor education through a variety of educational and administrative lenses. A regular speaker at regional and national conferences, Steve strives to make his presentations fun, engaging, and practical. He lives in Seattle and enjoys exploring the mountains, forests, and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. 

Category: Equity & Inclusion


This seminar will be delivered online as a Zoom meeting. You will need access to a computer with a speaker and camera, as well as high-speed internet. Information about how to log-on to the Zoom meeting will be sent a day or two before the session.

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