IN PERSON TRAINING. Using Puppets in the Playroom: The Power of Puppetry in Play Therapy

IN PERSON TRAINING - March 18, 2023 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monroe Township, New Jersey


March 18, 2023


8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Hampton Inn

1261 South River Road

Cranbury, NJ. 08512

Course Materials:

To be provided at the in person training

Bring your favorite puppet


Participants will leave this workshop equipped to use puppets in the following ways: 1) to create therapeutic stories and convey healing metaphors to child clients, 2) to teach skills (social skills, anger management skills, problem solving skills, and anxiety reduction skills, etc.) and practice these skills, 3) to process traumatic events and help the child gain mastery over them, 4) to overcome resistance to treatment, 5) to help children assess therapeutic progress and reflect on the work that has been accomplished during treatment and 6) to assess the child’s perceptions of family dynamics and salient events in their lives. Participants will create one puppet during the course of the day to take home to their playrooms. Videotape segments of puppet work in actual client sessions will be presented. Participants will see clients process everything from divorce to sexual abuse to adoption through puppets. This workshop will be experiential, so bring your favorite puppets (and the presenter will bring hers), and come prepared to play!!

Learning Objectives:

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

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.

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.

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, Prescriptive Play Therapy: Tailoring Interventions for Specific Childhood Problems, Play Therapy Across the Lifespan, Play Therapy with Children: Modalities for Change, as well as Play Therapy for Siblings (in press). Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a CEU 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.

CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (6hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002

APT CE Hour Area: Skills and Methods (6)

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Effective May 15, 2020 through June 30, 2021, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education." All of our Live webinars during this time period will meet APT's requirements to provide "Contact CE" credit. In order to be eligible, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

For general information, special needs, or grievances, please contact Beth Couturier at [email protected] You will receive a response within 24 hours

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