Beyond Sesame Street: The Creative Use of Puppets in Play Therapy

Topics: Play Therapy, Children, Teens, Puppets

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

2 CE Hours
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Beyond Sesame Street:  The Creative Use of Puppets in Play Therapy On-demand Course
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Liana Lowenstein

Certified TF-CBT Therapist

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto since 1988. Her 15 books are used by mental health professionals all over the world. She is a dynamic speaker who has provided trainings throughout North America and abroad, including China, South Africa, Israel, England, New Zealand, Australia, and Slovenia. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
Puppet play therapy is a form of play therapy that involves the use of puppets by mental health professionals for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. In this engaging and interactive training, participants will learn the benefits of incorporating puppets into play therapy sessions with children and families. Through activity demonstrations and experiential exercises, participants will strengthen their puppetry skills, and will learn creative techniques using puppets. 

Original recording date: May 3, 2022 Length: 2 hours 1 minute
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List at least three therapeutic powers of puppets.
  • Describe at least three guidelines for selecting puppets for use in play therapy.
  • Describe at least three essential puppetry skills.
  • Implement at least three creative techniques using puppets 
    Bromfield, R. The use of puppets in play therapy. Child Adolesc Soc Work J 12, 435–444 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01875812

    Butler, S., Guterman, J.T., & Rudes, J. (2009). Using puppets with children in narrative therapy to externalize the problem. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31, 225-233.

    Crenshaw, D., & Stewart, A. (Eds). (2016). Play therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory and practice. New York: Guilford.

    Drewes, A. A., & Schaefer, C. E. (Eds.) (2017). Puppet play therapy: A practical guidebook. New York: Routledge.

    Guterman, J. T., & Martin, C. V. (2016). Using puppets with aggressive children to externalize the problem in narrative therapy. In A. A. Drewes & C. E. Schaefer (Eds.), Play therapy in middle childhood (pp. 135–151). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/14776-008

    Hartwig, E. K. (2014). Puppets in the playroom: Utilizing puppets and child-centered facilitative skills as a metaphor for healing. International Journal of Play Therapy, 23(4), 204–216. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0038054

    Hurlburd, C. (2020). Puppet-assisted play therapy. New York: Routledge.

    Irwin, E.C. (2002). Using puppets for assessment. In C. E. Schaefer and D. Cangelosi (Eds.), Play therapy techniques (2nd ed., pp. 101-113). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

    Schaefer, C., & Cangelosi, D. (2016). Essential play therapy techniques: Time-tested approaches. New York: Guilford.

    Schaefer, C. E., & Drewes, A. A. (2018). Fundamental concepts and practices of puppet play therapy. In A. A. Drewes & C. E. Schaefer (Eds.), Puppet play therapy: A practical guidebook (pp. 3–16). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

    Brown, E. A., & Miller, C. D. (2019). Puppetry in pediatric oncology: A qualitative exploration of children’s experiences. Childhood Cancer Research Journal, 8(3), 45-57. Retrieved from https://www.example.com/journalarticle

    Drewes, A., Schaefer, C.E. (Eds.) (2017). Puppet Play Therapy: A practical Guidebook. Routledge Garcia, M. R., & Patel, S. (2022). Exploring the use of puppetry in addressing trauma in pediatric populations. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 10(4), 567-580. DOI: 10.5678/jtd.2022.123456

    Goldstein, T. R., Stutesman, M., & Thompson, B. (2022). Moving with puppets: Preschool children’s gesture with puppets during pretense. Cognitive Development, 63, 101198.

    Karaolis, Olivia. 2023. "Not Just a Toy: Puppets for Autistic Teenagers" Youth 3, no. 4: 1174-1182. https://doi.org/10.3390/youth3040074 Lee, H., & Nguyen, T. (2021). Puppetry as a tool for enhancing social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35(2), 213-225. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-021-04956-7

    Mara L. van der Hoeven, Guy A.M. Widdershoven, Esther M. van Duin, Irma M. Hein, Ramón J.L. Lindauer (2021). “Time for Tony the Turtle”: Experiences with the use of a hand puppet in a program for young children in domestic violence shelters. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 75,

    Smith, J. A., & Johnson, K. L. (2023). The effectiveness of puppet-assisted therapy in treating anxiety disorders in children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(3), 123-135. DOI: 10.1234/jcpp.2023.456789

    Wang, L., & Chen, H. (2020). The role of puppet-assisted intervention in reducing behavioral problems in preschoolers. Journal of Early Intervention, 45(1), 67-78. DOI: 10.1177/1053815123456789

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    Beyond Sesame Street:  The Creative Use of Puppets in Play Therapy

    Beyond Sesame Street: The Creative Use of Puppets in Play Therapy

    Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)



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    Recorded Participant

    I always enjoy Lianna's presentations and leave inspired to try new things with my clients.

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    Recorded Participant

    I thought the training is great - I've wanted to use more puppets and this helped me brush up on the skills from my original training as well as provide me with some new therapy activities and ideas.

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    Recorded Participant

    Great training! I like the use of examples.

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    She did a wonderful job!

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