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Research shows that play is so much more than fun and games.  Through play, the stress response system is calibrated in ways that help students deal with changes in life.  Additionally, play requires movement that gets the body active, leading to greater health. We as youth workers have been playing with kids for years.  The question is, “Do we understand how powerful play can be?” This webinar will move from research to process to practical resources for increasing playful engagement with youth.

Speaker: Ritch Hochstetler, uLead

As Chief Ideation Trailblazer, Ritch has innovated and delivered training experiences for youth and adults for over 30 years. Most recently, Ritch has blazed the trail for ULEAD’s staff and board to radically embrace their identity and mission as a mobile training organization. When Ritch isn’t dreaming up new ways to stretch people’s comfort zones, he loves playing – spending time with family, his kayak, and his amazing Martin guitar. Currently, Ritch is working on developing a team-building program utilizing ULEAD’s new mobile challenge course. Ritch is a graduate of Goshen College and of Fuller Seminary, with additional certifications in personal, leadership, and team development strategies.

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