PACIE-Lodestone Workshop

International Group Leadership and Program Management

Monday, April 9, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh campus)
$245 for PACIE members; $270 for non-members (lunch included)

Deadline to register: 9 March 2018

PACIE is offering this one-day Lodestone Safety International workshop for study abroad faculty and administrators.

Leading international programs calls for additional roles and skill sets than those typically exercised faculty and staff. Additionally, program leaders and their students will be in circumstances qualitatively different from the typical day on campus. This training will look at the process aspects of international programming. Specifically, we’ll look at setting tone, goals and expectations. We’ll discuss how to structure orientations and how to talk about the rules. We’ll work scenarios regarding “misbehavior” and mental health issues.

Goals of this workshop:

  • To provide an overview of the group dynamics characteristic of international programming (differentiating between higher education groups and secondary schools)
  • To identify common group management pitfalls for program leaders
  • To provide tools to assist faculty with establishing their roles, tone setting, expectation setting and creating successful orientation processes
  • To identify strategies for working through individual and group challenges
  • To explore common issues for working with co-leaders, partners and providers

Informative presentations and case studies will be interspersed with group exercises to best capture the collective wisdom of the participants. Presentation content will be supplemented by a Lodestone Safety International readings packet.


  • 9:00am - Introductions, Goals, etc.
  • 9:15am -  Case Study Scenarios and Discussion
    • What is the problem(s)?
    • How might this have been prevented on the front end?
    • What are you going to do now?
  • 9:45am -  Leadership for What? General Concepts in Trip Leading (presentation)
    • What is the problem?
    • Group Dynamics (Mission, GRPI Model, Tuckman’s Stages, Petzoldt’s Expeditionary Behavior, task vs. process, common pitfalls and strategies, etc.)
  • 10:15am -  Scenarios 1 – Group “Misbehavior”
    • Testing boundaries, rule breaking, group dysfunction, lack of mission buy-in
  • 11:00am - Break
  • 11:15am - Scenarios 2 – Individual “Misbehavior”
    • Sexual misconduct, alcohol, rule breaking, poor group interaction, poor self-care, poor interaction with local culture, moderate mental health issues
  • 12:00pm - “Misbehavior”, Choice Theory and Additional Strategies (presentation)
    • A practical model for working with “misbehavior”; disciplinary approaches; student support strategies (including Emotional First Aid); navigating individual misbehavior in a group context. Responding to group misbehavior as a pedagogical tool.
  • 12:30pm - Lunch
  • 1:30pm -  Create an Orientation Process (Exercise)
  • 1:45pm -  The Orientation Process: What Works, What Doesn’t (debrief & presentation)
    • Goals of orientation: Establish mission, establish leader’s role, setting expectations, tone setting, building relationship, establishing group norms.
    • Tools and tricks of the trade for achieving orientation goals.
  • 2:30pm -  Scenarios 3 - Working with Co-Leaders (debrief & discussion)
  • 3:15pm -  Case Studies - Working with Partners and Providers (presentation & discussion)
  • 4:00pm -  Wrap Up

Presenter Bill Frederick is the founder of Lodestone Safety International, a training and consulting company specializing in health, safety and security for educational organizations operating abroad. Prior to that he served as the Director of Safety at the School for Field Studies for 8 years and served with Outward Bound for 16 years. Bill was chair for the Forum on Education Abroad’s pilot incident database and served for 3 years as co chair for the Forum Standards Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety and Security. As a faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates, Bill designed the travel med first aid course for Habitat for Humanity International and has taught extensively overseas. He has led numerous international safety reviews and has provided risk management training and program development for over 50 higher education institutions. He holds a B.A from the University of Colorado, an M.Ed from Harvard University and a CTH from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

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