What's covered in this course:

  • Engagement

    You will learn at least 3 ways that creative engagement supports brain health.

  • Communication

    You will learn at least 2 unique properties of puppet play that promote communication.

  • Puppetry

    You will learn at least 3 of puppetry applications for art therapists working with older adults.

  • Ethics

    This course covers the ethical considerations of engaging with older adults in ways that promote dignity rather than infantilize.

  • Reducing Stigma

    This course will cover the ethical significance of reducing dementia-related stigma in art therapy

  • Experiential

    This workshop includes puppet art-making experiential guided by the instructor.

Course Description

3 CE hours total including 1 ethics CE credit

Live workshops:

(There is no need to select which one to go to at check out, simply attend one of them via Zoom on the day and time listed below)

Saturday, June 3, 2023; 12 pm – 3 pm Central Standard Time


Tuesday, June 6, 2023; 6 pm – 9pm Central Standard Time

This workshop will cover three applications of using puppets in art therapy with older adults to promote brain health, whether a person has dementia or not. 

You will learn two puppet-building techniques - simple shadow puppets and playful mouth puppets - and practical tips for engaging clients in puppet play and performance. 

We will discuss the neurological benefits of puppet building and play. We will also explore the ethical implications of utilizing puppetry in ways that both honor chronological age and offer dementia-capable support.


Art Materials required

Prepare these easy-to-find art materials to fully utilize your workshop experience:

  • Paper

    Upcycled materials:

    1. Cardboard from a recycled box 2. Foamboard (preferably black) or more cardboard (at least 8 inches by 6 inches ) 3. Black paper/cardstock

  • Tools

    For cutting and structure

    4. Box cutter or knife. 5. Wooden skewer/stick/small dowel rod. 6. Pencil. 7. Cutting mat or cutting surface.

  • Embellishments


    Fabric scraps, yarn, paint, markers, googly eyes, etc.

Meet our Expert Instructor

Theresa Dewey, ATR-BC, LCPC

Dementia Consultant, Dewey Dementia Consulting

Theresa Dewey is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) with over 19 years’ experience in dementia care, intellectual disability care, and end-of-life care. She has worked in various settings, including roles at residential facilities, art therapy studios, a behavioral neurology clinic, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Currently, she provides dementia education and consultation through Dewey Dementia Consulting. Dewey is passionate about ending stigma related to dementia and cognitive impairment. She received a Master of Arts in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Rhodes College.

3 CE Credit Hours with 1 CE hour in Ethics

This art therapy workshop CE credit is NBCC approved and include 1 credit hour in Ethics.

Approved CE provider

Spring Advisory, PLLC has been approved by The National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7169. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Spring Advisory, PLLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The Art Therapy Credentials Board recognizes CE credits granted by NBCC Approved Continuing Education Providers. All CE from Spring Advisory can be counted towards ATR, ATR-BC, and ATCS credential renewals for art therapists per ATCB.

Spring Advisory is an Illinois Social Work CE Sponsor, #159.001540

Spring Advisory is an Illinois Psychologist CE Sponsor, #268.000141

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