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. Each week focuses different theoretic approaches. 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 Summer 2019. It focused puppets in a expressive arts therapy perspective. The second week will focus puppets in a play therapy context. The second week is postponed because of the Corona virus and will take place Summer 2021 in Athens, Greece. New dates are Sunday the 27´th of June to Friday the 2´nd of July 2021.

Every weekday Monday to Friday starts at 09:00 and ends at 18:00 hrs. The first day, Sunday the 27´th of June is an introductory day with arrival time at between 15:00-16:00 hrs. We end this day by the latest at 18.00 hrs.  


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


The week will focus puppets in a child-centered play therapy context; puppet play therapy with children, teens and families. 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. Elizabeth will teach Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00. 


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. 

Information for Play Therapy students:

Continuing education

Homeyer & Associates, APT Approved Provider #98-041, is co-sponsoring this training to offer
40 play therapy continuing education hours (CE). This CE credit is for mental health
practitioners who would like to become a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for
Play Therapy.

The 40 CEs will be categorized in the following play therapy content areas:

- Play Therapy History: 1
- APT-Defined Play Therapy Theories: 4
- Play Therapy Skills & Methods: 27
- Play Therapy Special Topics: 8


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. There is also a 5% reduction for UNIMA Greece members. The reductions can be combined. 

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 documents (in case of illness or ill relative). If the training is postponed to next summer due to Covid the full amount can be paid back.

**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. 

ADDITIONAL - Certificate track

You can either attend single summer weeks, or, you can choose any three weeks and get a certificate. If you only attend a single summer week there is nothing you need to do more than attending. However you can get suggestions of literature to read related to the week if you wish. You can decide to attend the certificate track after attending a week and still have that week included in your three weeks. 

As a certificate student you have literature to read in between summers. You also carry out a practical project that you write about and present for the participants on your third training week. Supervision alongside the weeks are recommended for the certificate, however optional and at own expense. 

NOTE: The certificate is not a official document, it is a document that certifies you have attended three training weeks and the title of your project. It is signed by the principal of the Swiss puppet therapy institute FFT HF.  


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, 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