Therapeutic Puppetry 
Empowering - Transformative - Healing

International Puppet therapy Training (IPT-S)

Professional puppet therapy training is now offered for therapists who want to know more about how to use the puppet as a tool in therapeutic settings. For one week each summer you are invited to participate in workshops and lectures in English language. The world’s most leading teachers in the field will come and share their experience and knowledge.


The training takes place for one week each summer. The first week has already been, in Olten, Switzerland 2019. The second week will be from Sunday afternoon the 19´th to noon Saturday 25´th of July 2020. 

Every day starts at 09:00 hrs and ends at 18:00 hrs. Exceptions are first day with arrival time at 15:00 hrs (Sunday 19´th), and the last day with departure time at 12:00 (Saturday 25´th). 


The location is centrally in Athens, Greece, at Metropolitan College (42 Akademias Street). Limited amount of seats. NOTE: At this stage you are advised to book flight and stay that can be cancelled since we only run the training with minimum 8 participants.


The week will focus puppets in a Play Therapy context, Puppet Play Therapy. For information about the course content, click Course Description. The lecturer is Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, Ph.D, associate professor at Texas University, USA. Press name to enter CV.

Certificate track

You can either attend single summer weeks, or, you can choose any three weeks and get a certificate if working in between summers. As a certificate student you would have literature to read, do a practical project and write about it. Supervision alongside the weeks are recommended for the certificate, however optional and at own expense.


Therapists or alike working in therapeutic settings. Basic psychological understanding is needed. It is necessary with English language enough to understand and speak without translation. 


Total fee is 550 euro for training one week including study and workshop material**. No meals, travel costs or accommodation included in fee. There is a 10% reduction for booking a second training week and a 10% reduction for booking early. The reductions can be combined. Booking early fee means paying full amount before end of February. 

For registration click blue button Registration. You will receive an e-mail after registration with payment instructions. Registration fee is 50 euro, no refund. The rest of the course fee is refundable if you have special reasons and medical papers (in case of illness or ill relative). 

**Most course material will be in electronic format, not in paper version. It is therefore helpful - but not necessary - to bring a laptop on the trip. 


Contact us by e-mailing Åsa Viklund at   

 Corinne Michel-Kundt

Principal of the Puppet Therapy Institute Fachverband Figurenspieltherapie Höhere Fachschule FFT HF in Olten, Switzerland, see  Also a puppet therapist and adult educator.

Åsa Viklund

Course coordinator for the IPT-S training. Child, family and art therapist in Sweden. Ongoing MA in Social work, further education in symbolic work, psychotherapy and family therapy. For questions e-mail address 

The IPT-S is a cooperation between the puppet therapy school FFT HF, the Commission Education, Development and Therapy (EDT), UNIMA International, UNIMA Hellas and Metropolitan College, Athens, Greece.


Matthew G Bernier was invited to teach Summer 2019. Matthew is an art therapist, educator, artist, puppeteer, consultant, and doctoral student in Expressive Arts. He works as an associate Professor of Health Professions and  Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, United States. 

Highlights among other things was a historical overview of puppetry in therapy, puppet types, their construction and different possibilities, manipulation of puppets in therapeutic settings, and, an expressive arts approach to therapeutic puppetry. COURSE DESCRIPTION REPORT