VIEW Facilitator Training Course

The VIEW Facilitator Training Course is developed for helping professionals, to teach them how to deliver the VIEW from the Inside program. VIEW is a self-portrait puppet art intervention that is research-informed* and was developed to provide authentic self-realization and expressive experiences supporting positive well-being.
(*2022 Study by Sheridan Centre for Elder Research)


Centre of Excellence Therapeutic Recreation in Continuing Care

The course is accessible through the Centre for Excellence Therapeutic Recreation in Continuing  Care Website for an Introductory price of $50.00 + GST CAN


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The process of building a self-portrait puppet highlights the healing potential of creative practice, fosters a greater sense of community and promotes empathy and understanding across diverse groups of people.

Developed by WP Puppet Theatre, the VIEW from the Inside program has been delivered to a wide range of communities encompassing: Aboriginal youth, High School art class, Syrian refugees, Foster children, Chinese seniors, vulnerable homeless, Alzheimer clients, Girl Guides, under-employed young adults, young mothers, advantaged seniors, artists with disabilities and healing arts professionals.

The ideal candidate for the VFTC works in the field of Therapeutic Recreation, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Play Therapy, Education, Nursing, Social Work, or Psychology. You do not require extensive art experience to lead the course, only a willingness to explore your own creative abilities and support your clients in developing their expressive voice. Some technical expertise is required for online facilitation.


During the e-learning experiential course you will be required to:

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Register Now on the Centre for Excellence Therapeutic Recreation website to take the VIEW Facilitator Training Course
  • Complete all lesson activities in sequence
  • Create your own self-portrait puppet and video a performative reflection
  • Share your final self-portrait puppet in a classroom forum

Upon completion of this course you will have learned:

  • How to deliver the 8-session VIEW program
  • How to support the puppet making process
  • How to encourage participants in sharing their story
  • How to celebrate the journey and showcase the work of your clients
  • How to encourage your administration to support the program
  • How to access all program materials

A certificate of completion and 5 CEU credits approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) will be awarded upon completion of ALL three parts.

Additionally,  WP Puppet Theatre is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The WP Puppet Theatre maintains responsibility for the program. Canadian Canadian Psychological Association logo


Program Development
We begin by introducing you to the VIEW Facilitator Training Manual and research study by Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. It is important to understand the rigour taken to develop the program, before jumping into the specifics of how to teach it.

Program Structure
Next, we dive into the program structure and introduce two other useful resources: the Organizational Schedule and Participant Handbook.

Program Sessions
Once you have a thorough understanding of the program development and program structure, we move into unpacking the 8-sessions. Here we provide a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video of challenges you might encounter as a facilitator and how to overcome them, as well as hands-on activities, skill videos, examples of performative reflections, required readings and reflective journal questions. Each session includes slides and a script to guide your facilitation. At the end of the course you will be required to complete a short quiz.

VIEW Facilitator Training Course

  • Session One – Welcome to VIEW
  • Session Two – Public Me
  • Session Three – Private Me
  • Session Four – Work Party
  • Session Five – Connected Me
  • Session Six – Performing Me
  • Session Seven – Animating the Puppet
  • Session Eight – Performative Reflection


Planning Your Program
We conclude by discussing suggestions on how to bring the program to your workplace and direct you to the case studies, showcasing the diverse populations we have worked with.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a course certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEU). You will also have permission to use the teaching materials, for educational purposes, including:

  • Facilitator Training Manual
  • Participant Handbook
  • Organizational Schedule
  • Session Slides & Scripts
  • Demonstration Videos

Researcher Dr. Kate Dupuis speaks of the VIEW from the Inside Program efficacy:

On behalf of the entire Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Instructional Team I want to extend a huge Thank You for the incredible presentation you gave yesterday! The students and staff who were in attendance were engaged and had rich discussions afterwards regarding the program. I can confidently say that we were all inspired by the work that your program has done. I look forward to learning more and hopefully taking the training myself to share with students. I hope to really promote students signing up for the Centre for Excellence so they can access your training and many other great courses. Thank you again for your time and for sharing your passion with us! 

Jaclyn England, BARST, RecT,
Norquest College,
Instructor, Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Program, Faculty of Health Studies

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