Puppet Play Therapy

Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording...

This training was created from a live-webinar that was originally recorded in 2020 by Dr. Heidi G. Kaduson.


This workshop has been developed to help participants who are new to play therapy use puppetry in treatment to enhance play therapy outcomes. Research on why puppetry can help children express themselves will be provided, and several techniques will be illustrated to show how the puppets can enhance the verbalization of children in play therapy. Some basic puppets will be created, and storytelling techniques will be incorporated to help the child play through difficulties.

Courses Materials...

The Puppet Play Therapy course requires participants to have specific materials. For those who do not have the materials on hand, we are happy to provide a puppet making kit for an additional $15 fee (includes shipping). You must be registered for the course to be eligible to receive a kit. Please email [email protected] to request your puppet making kit.

  • 2 - Brown Sandwich bags
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue Stick or bottle
  • Glitter
  • Pieces of string or yarn
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Hand puppet form
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • felt
  • feathers

Optional Materials:

  • Glue Gun (recommended)
  • pompoms
  • pipe cleaners
  • Foam sheets or shapes
  • Any other crafting materials to decorate puppets

Learning Objectives...

  1. Identify several different uses of puppets in the play therapy playroom
  2. Demonstrate how to help a child practice a new social skill through puppet play therapy
  3. Explain how to use puppets to get information related to family dynamics in play therapy
  4. Describe how to instill a sense of mastery over traumatic events through puppetry in play therapy
  5. Create a metaphorical story for use in play therapy that conveys therapeutic learning through puppetry
  6. Demonstrate how to create puppets with children in play therapy

About Video Quality Control. . .
When first deciding to make these video workshops, we had a decision to make: produce them professionally at a very high cost or produce them ourselves at lower cost. Because our goal was to disseminate as much play therapy information as possible to mental health professionals with limited budgets, we decided on the latter. This video workshop is 4 hours long, yet we’ve been able to keep the costs under $100. The “trade-off” for this is a slight decrease in video quality and rough cuts and transitions. Viewers have consistently commented that the quality of information on them is top-notch.

Your Instructor

Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Heidi Gerard Kaduson is a licensed clinical child psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional and learning problems. She is obtaining her masters in Psychopharmacology for Prescribing Psychologists.
Dr. Kaduson uses play therapy for individual counseling, group psychotherapy, and social skills training. She has lectured throughout the world on Play Therapy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She has trained and/or supervised thousands of individuals around the world. Dr. Kaduson is Past-President and a past-Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Play Therapy, as well as the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc.

Dr. Kaduson is editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. III, Short Term Play Therapy, Game Play Therapy, Short Term Play Therapy, Second Edition, Contemporary Play Therapy, and Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition, Short Term Play Therapy, Third Edition as well as Prescriptive Play Therapy. Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with ADHD. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and play therapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

About Continuing Education Credits. . .
The Play Therapy Training Institute is a an Approved Provider for The Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 95-002). 6 Hrs. NON-CONTACT CE credits can be earned via these video/webinar recording workshops. To obtain CE credits, you must complete all course content and receive an 80% or higher on the final exam. If you have additional questions about CE credits please contact us at [email protected]

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