What is “Experiential Learning”?

Experiential learning, commonly referred to as “learning by doing,” is the process of gaining understanding of a topic through (1) having a concrete experience followed by (2) reflection on that experience which leads to (3) the formation of abstract concepts (analysis) and generalizations (conclusions) which are then (4) applied in future experiences.

In contrast to other forms of knowledge acquisition, experiential learning engages the learner’s whole brain, helping them make true, personal connections with the material and therefore deepening the integration of information. Additionally, the experiential approach helps people become better lifelong learners and increases one’s overall capacity to think critically and apply knowledge in complex or ambiguous situations.

In her educational work with clinical professionals across the globe…

Adena Bank Lees leverages experiential learning techniques (such as role playing, family sculpting, and psychodrama) to tackle complex topics like Covert Emotional Incest, sexual abuse, and trauma. Audiences report that Adena’s experiential approach is unique and engaging, helping them make meaningful connections with the subject matter and leaving them equipped to apply their acquired knowledge to their personal and professional lives. Visit Adena’s YouTube channel to learn more.