And achieve better outcomes for children and facilitators.
@Play Facilitator Training is an online program for teachers, therapists, humanitarian aid workers, and even parents and caregivers. It blends mindfulness, puppetry, and play to help children build social and emotional skills, use their creativity, build friendships and community, and talk about difficult subject matter.
Set up with age-appropriate programming, @Play guides future facilitators to work with kids ages 3-18 (and even adults).
Students who complete all three levels of training will receive an @Play Facilitator Certification and the ability to provide to a range of children and adults in the classroom, at home, in the therapeutic setting, and in various settings that may present difficult conversations and subject matter.
Learn about the power of puppetry and how to use it with children, teens, and even adults in a variety of settings. This program teaches future facilitators mindfulness techniques, puppet building, and how to build specific programs for specific situations.
Depending on the field you plan to use this training for, capstone and practicum will be tailored toward your specific audience.
Level I training introduces future facilitators to the world of mindfulness, puppetry, and play. This training is great as a stand-alone training for parents and caregivers, or as the prerequisite to level II and III trainings and certification.
The Level II facilitator is a mentor-supported, in-depth training on how to provide programming across various developmental levels from ages 3-18 (and even adults). The information in this program sets up the trainee to complete capstone and practicum in Level III.
Become a certified @Play Facilitator upon completion of your Level III training. With the help and support of your teachers you will both create and execute programming for the population of your choosing.
Teacher: Puppetry & Play
Lisa Buckley is a professional puppeteer, humanitarian worker, and educator in puppetry, yoga, and play. She has actively traveled the globe teaching in the developing world helping adults work with children through difficult subject matter and at the same time, doing the same for the adults.
Teacher: Mindfulness & Meditation & Trauma
Jess Proulx has been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years. She has taught training and retreats across the globe. She is an educator on mindfulness, meditation, Eastern philosophy, and self-transformation and has a background in education and psychology.
Teacher: Mindfulness & Meditation
Mike Williams teaches mindfulness and meditation. He trains professionals to teach these practices in a variety of settings. Though Mike’s foundational practices come from years of history, philosophy, and modern science, his main tool and practices are love and compassion.
Level I: Level I is an online training designed for teachers, children’s yoga teachers, therapists, humanitarian aid workers, and even parents and caregivers. It offers programming using empirical data and proven research in the areas of mindfulness, puppetry, and play. Trainees learn through personal experience, video content, reading, critical thinking assignments, hands-on learning, and movement. Covered Material: History and science behind the use of puppetry, mindfulness, and play. Breathwork and meditation techniques. The “why” include this in working with children. How to build puppets and start executing programs. Movement.
Level II: Our level II training is offered both online and in-person (see below for upcoming in-person programs). Here students dive more deeply into science, research, and developmental milestones and start to tailor their training to the specific population(s) that they want to work with. Learn about trauma, working with various communities, and how to apply different techniques to different situations. Covered Material: The science of mindfulness, puppetry, and play across developmental levels. Trauma-informed play and mindfulness Tailoring your study to your population of interest (ie: kindergarteners, inner-city youth, refugee camps, etc). Specific techniques to use in a variety of settings and with different ages. Programming that includes love and compassion.
Level III: Capstone and Certification In level III training students build and execute a full program designed for a specific population. Students use the knowledge gained in level I and level II along with research, and critical thinking to thoughtfully and mindfully create programs that take into consideration the health, mindset, community, and culture of the group of their choosing. Here students also explore ethics, trauma, and cultural awareness.
There are so many areas to use this training, but here we have listed some:
No, not everyone is comfortable playing the role of the puppeteer. You need not be creative, silly, and theatrical to take and execute this training (though we encourage you to let loose and have fun).
There are so many ways for you to use the puppet. Some include teaching the kids to use it when speaking or teaching something to the rest of the class. When working with older kids, we encourage teaching them to use the puppets in working with younger kids or behind the scenes using shadow puppetry.
You don’t need any experience or special skills for this training. Just an open mind and the urge to help improve the lives of children and teens.
Sure you can. This program was designed with teachers, therapists, and humanitarian aid workers in mind, but here are just a few people and professions this training would work great for!
We know it is difficult to afford continuing education, especially for people who work as teachers or in non-profit organizations. Here are some tips that may help you secure funding: