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DeEP Ethics & Guiding Principles

The Definition, Ethics and Exemplary Practices of Experiential Training and Development (DeEP ETD) Initiative began as the outgrowth of a number of conversations that took place in late 1996 and early 1997.  Bill Proudman drafted and submitted the initial proposal in the early summer of 1997 to Ellerie Brownfain, chair of the Experienced-Based Training and Development (EBTD) Professional Group Leadership Council of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).

With contributions from many writers, editors and readers, the first edition of the document was finished and published in March 1999.

In 2011, a Task Force from the ETD Alliance began revising and updating the document. The Revised DeEP Document is now available. Click the button below:

Revised DeEP Document

The Initiative was designed to:

  1. Create a common working definition of Experiential Training and Development (ETD) that can be used by clients, providers and practitioners, the AEE's EBTD Professional Group, and others in the industry to better define the breadth and scope of the field.

  2. Establish ethical guidelines for ETD practitioners.

  3. Define exemplary practices of ETD services for providers and practitioners.
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