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. The training summer 2022 will be led by Karrie Marshall from Scotland.


For 5 occasions Summer 2022, for 3 hours each occasion. A follow-up session is included. 

  • WEEKEND 1: Saturday 23´rd & Sunday 24´th of July 
  • WEEKEND 2: Saturday 30´st & Sunday 31´st of July
  • FOLLOW-UP: Sunday 14´th of August


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


"Life, Death and Puppetry"
Life, Death and Puppetry is an inspiring, informative and practical programme for therapeutic practitioners interested in how puppetry illuminates strengths and preserves personal stories through life, end of life care, and after death. The programme will be facilitated by author and speaker Karrie Marshall who has a background in care management, lecturing in health and social care and creative wellbeing. Her therapeutic puppetry work is used in dementia care, mental health and end of life care. Karrie Marshall is a managing director of Laughing Geese for staff coaching and learning programmes; founding director of Creativity In Care community interest company for social arts programmes, and co-founder of Zenwing Puppets a small touring theatre company that worked in care and community settings. Karrie has given talks in UK, Canada, Japan and Sweden. She currently
lives in the Highlands of Scotland where she wrote Puppetry in Dementia Care: Connecting through Creativity and Joy (2013) and A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care (2016) both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

There will be workshops within the training sessions. Additional tasks in between training sessions are optional. 

‘Puppets are imbued with powers of healing and wonderment that go beyond
limitations into the realm of possibilities found in ‘this moment’. It was puppetry that
led me to understand what matters most in care work.’
K. Marshall 2012

1. Learn the basic principles underpinning Life, Death and Puppetry for
wellbeing in mental health, dementia care, terminal illness and family work
2. Increase understanding and practice of therapeutic metaphorical-work
through shadow-puppetry
3. Learn about bedside theatre and puppetry by practicing approaches with:
object puppetry, silent animation and animation with sound
4. Gain knowledge and understanding of therapeutic puppetry at end of life care
and after death
5. Improve practitioner skills in risk assessment and risk management
6. Gain access to private online resources


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. 

Places are limited to ensure personal experiences and opportunities to share
practice. Maximum 16 participants. 


450 Euro. The fee includes a material kit sent by post prior to the event. 50 Euro discount for those with lower income (students and alike) or for those who have attended earlier on a IPT-S training. If you prefer to pay in pounds or USD please ask for the exact amount in that specific currency. 

Payment information will be sent along with refund information after you filled in the Registration form. You get your seat after you paid a 20% registration fee. You find a link to the Registration form in the right margin, see blue button or click 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 and the Commission Education, Development and Therapy (EDT).



Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, was invited to teach on Puppet Play Therapy Summer 2021. Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University. The training was held online due to the Covid-19. 

The four-week online play therapy training series took participants on a journey of puppet play therapy skills and interventions with young children, older children, teens, and families. Participants learnt what types of puppets are a good fit for play therapy. In the interactive training, participants had the opportunity to create a puppet theater and different types of puppets each week of the training. Participants also learnt and practiced 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 culminated with a focus on family puppet play therapy. COURSE DESCRIPTION  REPORT


Matthew G Bernier was invited to teach for a week 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