Taught by therapists and qualified teachers who are also artists, this award-winning program springboards discussions on one of the most important subjects – self-realization.
Courage Journey Workshops:
- Use the power of puppetry to promote awareness and discussion of mental health and wellness
- Support social – emotional learning in diverse groups of students from Kindergarten to grade 12
- Develop community, foster resiliency and gain a voice for participant’s stories
|Grade Groups (Flexible)||Workshop title|
|K-Gr 2||Emotional Colours
Exploring different emotions and how they make you feel. Based on The Color Monster and Zones of Regulation.
||Option 1: Diverse World
Expressing global communities and cultural/ societal diversity.
Option 2: When Stuff is Shadowy
When we’re angry and unsure about how to appropriately express ourselves and
when things aren’t clear, stuff is shadowy.
||Dualities in Self Awareness
Exploring the dualities or multiple facets of who you are.
||Working out who I am
Journaling with text and image, then paper mâché it right into the puppet.
|Gr 10 – 12
||View from the Inside
Self-portrait mask-body puppet is a metaphor for the maker:
Our suite of Courage Journey workshops use the power of puppetry to promote awareness and discussion of mental health and wellness. They support social – emotional learning in diverse groups of students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Participants develop community, foster resiliency and gain a voice for their stories. Taught by therapists and qualified teachers who are also artists, this award-winning program springboards discussions on one of the most important subjects – self-realization.
Courage Journey workshops:
- Can be expanded with video documentation, performance or art exhibits.
- Make with Alberta Learning curriculum links in science, social studies, language arts, math, art and drama
- Build teacher and school capacity to promote the development of positive mental health and wellness.
- Provide assessment and evaluative opportunities in an experiential learning setting
- Through non-threatening and fun activities, in a safe place, it prepares students to be better engaged in their academic learning.
Minimum workshop duration is 75 minutes but can expand to sessions over several weeks.
Minimum workshop fee is $200 plus GST. Includes all supplies, tools, curriculum links & scaffolding suggestions, pre and post assessment tools. Please feel to discuss variations to meet your particular needs
M.A., B.A., APTA
Allan Rosales has a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Fine Art with a minor in Psychology from the University of Calgary. Allan is currently an instructor at Mount Royal University in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education. He also facilitates art therapy programs with WP Puppet Theatre, the Operational Stress Clinic, Health Upwardly Mobile and Wellspring. Formerly Allan was the Manager of Child Development Services at the YWCA of Calgary and Coordinator of the Healing Arts Program in Cancer Care at Alberta Health Services. Allan has published in peer reviewed journals and has presented at conferences internationally.
M.A., B.A., CATA, APTA
Annie Hussain has a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University as well as an Honours Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Annie has over 15 years of experience working and volunteering with children, adults and seniors in various community, medical, and educational settings. Her previous work experience encompassed working with women survivors of domestic violence within various women’s shelters and organizations. Currently, she is an art therapy facilitator for WP Puppet Theatre, implementing a mask-making program for youth in schools, as well as facilitating art therapy groups for adults with addictions in an outpatient treatment centre. Annie is also continually involved in developing art therapy programs, workshops and presentations in various community settings.
Barb English has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UBC. She has been granted a Teacher Certificate with Alberta Education. Barb recently retired from the Calgary Board of Education after 13 years of service as an Educational Assistant and Elementary School Teacher. Her area of specialization was inclusive education and she spent her career supporting students with complex social/emotional learning needs. Barb is passionate about inclusive education, trauma informed practice, emotional regulation and mental wellness in children. She joined WP Puppet Theatre in Fall 2019 as an art therapy facilitator and also teaches workshops for Art Felt Studios.
MPS-AT, CCC, CATA , BEd
Suzanne Clease is a professional art therapist with a Master’s degree in psychotherapy. She is a francophone who taught for twenty years in Calgary French immersion schools. Currently Suzanne facilitates art therapy programs for WP Puppet Theatre working in schools and in the community with students and seniors. Her community experiences have included Roots of Empathy, Calgary Children’s Hospital, Calgary Alzheimer’s Society, Creative Aging Calgary Society, Canadian Mental Health Association and Healing Arts Program in Cancer Care at Alberta Health Services. Suzanne is also involved in delivering grief support workshops and retreats.
B.F.A, Artistic Director & Founder WP Puppet Theatre
Wendy has designed, built and performed over 20 different productions, touring them both locally and internationally. She chairs the International Puppet Power Conference committee, and teaches thousands of hours of workshops and residencies in Alberta schools. She has partnered with many local community engagement projects, served on the Puppeteers of America board and is also a writer and visual artist. In 2018 she was a CTV Inspiring Albertan and won the ATB Financial Healing through the Arts Award with the VIEW from the Inside program.