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. 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. Each training will focus different theoretical approaches. Next training will focus Puppet Play Therapy.

PLEASE NOTE: Training summer 2021 will be online. 


Online July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25, 2021 (Sundays) via Zoom 
9:00am - 12:00pm CST (U.S.A.) / 5:00 - 8:00pm EET (Greece) & Weekly Activities


Online. You will need a computer with a video camera and stable internet connection.


The Institute for Play Therapy in partnership with the International Puppet Therapy Training is proud to present this international seminar series on Puppet Play Therapy with Children, Teens, and Families. Participants can earn 24 play therapy CE:s through this interactive online seminar series. Puppet play therapy is the use of puppets in the context of play therapy with children, teens, and families. Puppets serve as a safe medium for children to explore problems and tell their story. 

This four-week online play therapy training series will take participants on a journey of puppet play therapy skills and interventions with young children, older children, teens, and families. Participants will learn what types of puppets are a good fit for play therapy. In this interactive training, participants will have the opportunity to create a puppet theater and different types of puppets each week of the training. Participants will also learn and practice facilitative and directive therapeutic responses that can be used in puppet play, with an emphasis on how to respond in the puppet metaphor. The training will culminate with a focus on family puppet play therapy.

The presenter is Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S. For CV click on the name.

Learn more at: Puppet Play Therapy International Seminar Series


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. 

Limited amount of seats (35 participants).

Information for Play Therapy students:

Continuing education CE:s 24 total (12 contact and 12 non-contact)

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 12 CONTACT CEs and 12 non-contact CEs. APT Approved Provider #12-336


400 USD (current students 300 USD). More information on fees and registration HERE


Contact us by e-mailing Åsa Viklund at   


Evelyn Krapf-Schibli

Principal of the Puppet Therapy Institute Fachverband Figurenspieltherapie Höhere Fachschule FFT HF in Olten, Switzerland, see  Masters in special needs education and psychosocial counseling. Further education in art therapy. Teacher.

Åsa Viklund

Course coordinator for the IPT-S training. Child, family and arts therapist in Sweden. Social worker with  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, Kinesthesis and The Institute for Play Therapy.


Matthew G Bernier was invited to teach in Switzerland 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