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


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

Online webinar on facilitating emotional safety with Steve Smith. A Leadership Development Series presentation.

  • Casual

6:00-7:30pm PST via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees the day of the session.

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.


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. 

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet.

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