Therapeutic Puppetry 
Empowering - Transformative - Healing

International Puppet Therapy training - Summer school (IPT-S)

Professional puppet therapy training is now offered in Switzerland 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.


One summer week each summer. The first week will start on Sunday 15:00 hrs the 28´th of July and will finish on Saturday 3´rd of August at 12:00 hrs 2019. The second week is planned to summer 2020 but is not yet set

ADDITIONAL: You can either attend single summer weeks, or, you can choose any three weeks and get a certificate if working in between summers. You would then 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.


The training takes place at the FFT HF institute in Olten, Switzerland (red dot on map below, Solothurnerstrasse 140). For pictures of the school CLICK HERE. There is a small kitchen with oven and refridgerator for those who wish to bring own lunch. 

Olten is close to Zürich, approximately ½ hour by train. Other cities with airports such as Basel are also close by. You can stay any place you like, there are many alternatives. However there is an offer at a hotel in town 1 ½ km from the school (purple dot to the right, prices starting at 50 euro pre-paid, no breakfast alternative). Contact course coordinator for further info. A budget alternative is to camp at Campingplatz Wiggerspitz in historic town Aarburg, 6 km away, 

OBSERVE: through cooperation the place of training can be changed to other institutes in Europe for future summer weeks (after 2019).


Matthew G Bernier will teach for 5 days, Monday to Friday from 09.00 hrs until 18.00 hrs (including a two hour lunch break). 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 will among other things be on 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    


Therapists or alike working in therapeutic settings. Basic psychological understanding is needed. English language enough to understand and speak without translation is necessary. Limited amount of seats.


500 euro for training one week. No meals, travels or accommodation included. 10% reduction for a second week, 20 % for third week. You will receive an e-mail after registration with payment instructions for the 50 euro in registration fee (no refund).


Do you wish to teach at IPT-S? Fill in the form by clicking HERE  


Contact us by e-mailing Åsa Viklund at info (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 info (at) 

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