As a teaching, training, and research affiliate of the University of New Hampshire, The Browne Center is dedicated to advancing the standards of excellence in experiential learning. Through the teaching of university courses, designing and delivering professional development workshops, hosting learning-centered events, and providing quality programs, The Browne Center distinguishes itself as a hub for experiential education.
Our current offerings are listed below.
Please note – many of these university courses are also offered as workshops (not for credit).
Dates: Fall- Thursdays 10am-5pm, Spring-Mondays 10am-5pm
This course provides students with an introduction to the basic facilitation and technical skills to manage a challenge course program.
Dates: Fridays, March 25 – May 6, 9:10am-3:30pm
This is a five-day immersion course offered in the summer on the intermediate & advanced technical skills required by lead facilitators and challenge course managers. Specific topics include: advanced facilitation techniques (adaptive/universal programming), operating procedures & rescue techniques for standard and advanced high elements, exposure to static challenge courses and canopy/zip-line tours, and Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Practitioner Certification Level 1 certification exam* administered by an accredited ACCT Vendor. KIN 541: Challenge Course Management or equivalent skill-set is prerequisite for participating in this class.
Dates: May 23-27, 2016. This course is designed for students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Equine-assisted Mental Health (EAMH) field and its application within counseling and education. The course will address theories that helped inform and develop the practice of EAMH, the history and development of the field, as well as considerations of elements of safe, effective, ethical practice. Students will become familiar with current research, supporting professional organizations, practitioners and programs relevant to their area of focus, as well as issues facing the field.
Class meets from 9 am – 4 pm and will be held at three very different horse facilities in the Seacoast area. The remainder of the semester students will be supported online as they pursue topics to their area of focus. This is the first course in the development of the certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health.
Cancelled for 2016.
Dates: June 16, 17, 23, 24, 27, 2016. This course incorporates lecture, role-playing, action learning, and peer support to provide an interactive forum for participants to develop and practice effective group facilitation skills. The curriculum addresses theories of group development, offering experiential methods for process design, questioning and recording skills, and strategic planning.
"This class was the perfect match for my major. I wish it was a required course for the Master’s in Counseling. My instructor was amazing. She was able to communicate respectfully and thoughtful while still valuing our opinions and where they come from. Additionally, we all now have great activities to share with the youth of NH and the world!" - Student