Therapeutic Puppetry 
Empowering - Transformative - Healing

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

Professional puppet therapy training 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 from 2019. The first week will start on Sunday afternoon the 28´th of July and will finish on Saturday noon 3´rd of August 2019.

NOTICE: 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.


In FFT HF institute in Olten, Swizerland. Close to Zürich (½ hour by train). Through cooperation the place of training can be changed to other institutes in Europe.


Matthew teaching at Expressive art Institute Inartes in Helsinki, Finland, July 2014

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 and their construction and different possibilities, manipulation of puppets in therapeutic settings, and an expressive arts approach to therapeutic puppetry. More detailed content will come later on. 

FOR WHO?          

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


500 Euro for training one week. No meals, travels or accommodation included. 10% reduction for a second week, 20 % for third week.


Let us know if you are interested in attending our IPT-S summer school by e-mailing  Application form will be filled in later.


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

We look forward to hearing from you!


 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 

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