What's covered in this video 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 video workshop

Mouth Puppet made by workshop participant Theresa Quinn, ATR-BC, LMFTMouth Puppet made by workshop participant Theresa Quinn, ATR-BC, LMFT

Shadow Puppet made by Theresa Dewey, ATR-BC, LCPCShadow Puppet made by Theresa Dewey, ATR-BC, LCPC

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.

Mouth puppet made by workshop participant Crystal Drake, MA, LPCMouth puppet made by workshop participant Crystal Drake, MA, LPC

Puppet made by participant Renee Nordstrom, LCPC, ATRPuppet made by participant Renee Nordstrom, LCPC, ATR


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

Spring Advisory is an Illinois Marriage and Family Therapy CE Sponsor, #168.000265

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  • Q: I finished my course, where is my CE evaluation and exam link?

    A: On your course website, look on the left-hand side menu, and find the menu item to the CE eval and exam link. 

  • Q: I finished my exam, but I did not get my certificate, what happened?

    A: It's highly possible that you misspelled your email address when filling out the form. You can retake the exam to get the certificate resent to you. 

  • Q. I passed the exam by 70%, where is my certificate?

    A: You must pass the exam by over 80% in order to obtain your CE certificate, go back to your course page and access the CE link, retake the exam until you pass by 80%. You will be awarded your CE certificate upon passing at 80% or above.

  • Q: I created an account and paid for the course, but when I go to the dashboard, I didn't see my course, what happened?

    A: We often see people create two accounts by mistake due to the misspelling of email addresses. Then the paid course reside in the wrong-email-address account. Unfortunately, this requires manual help. Reach out to the Admin for assistance.

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Compatible Web Technology for Online Course

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  1. The most recent version of one of the web browsers in your PC or MAC computer. 
  2. Javascript enabled
  3. PDF plugin
  4. Graphic and audio output capability
  5. Broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps (recommended)
  6. TLS 1.2 is supported by your web browser