1. Competency-Based Debriefing: Building Tools and Skills for Practicing Interculturalists

March 12-14, 2019

Psychologist George Kelly has suggested that learning isn’t being in the vicinity of an event, it’s the sense we make of it. One time-tested form of experiential learning involves the use of intercultural games and play. These activities are highly varied, unique, energizing, learning-focused, and sometimes challenging for a number of very real reasons. The meaning and learning within experiential activities is in the debriefing. This is where – and how – we come to better understand our culturally-influenced thoughts and behavioral patterns.  In this active and engaging three-day program, we will understand the focus and functions of debriefing concepts and the skills and practical realities involved in their facilitation.  We’ll pursue a wide range of topics designed to enhance our professional abilities to lead debriefings in diverse and intercultural settings and strategize how to best debrief in challenging situations. Our time together will include presentations and discussion, partner and small group work, small and large group activities, reflection, and games to be learned in the process.

Daniel Cantor Yalowitz cross cultural communication strategies

Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz is a global consultant, trainer, and educator and the co-founder of New England Educational Consulting, working with higher education and secondary schools across the USA and abroad. Daniel focuses his professional energies around themes of intercultural communication, conflict transformation, community building, social/emotional/multiple intelligences, social justice, gender, play, and archetypal psychology. He has delivered programs in 88 countries, and continues to refine his understanding and work as a global citizen and activist. He is a consultant with the International Peace Boat and designs programs on board and abroad for that organization. His new book, Journeying with Your Archetypes: The Search for Deeper Meaning in Daily Life, is due out in the late spring of 2018. Daniel is the former dean and vice provost at The School for International Training Graduate Institute in Washington, DC and Brattleboro, VT.