(Self Study, 1.5 CEs) Easing Anxiety through Doll Making

This self-study is worth 1.5 continuing education contact hour for LCATs in New York state.


When a person creates a doll they are connecting with the materials through a multi sensory experience. The feel of the fabrics, baubles and other objects gathered followed by the process of piecing together of these objects serves both as a metaphor of self and connect one with their senses. The metaphor of taking a “pile” or “mess” of disorganized pieces and creating a new cohesive connection between the materials show the individual that it is possible to reframe the situation when they are feelings of being anxious. In this workshop participants will learn techniques to ease anxiety though therapeutic doll making.


  1. Participants will be able to assess when doll making can be useful when working with anxiety.
  2. Participants will be able to identify three types of dollmaking techniques.
  3. Participants will be able to create a doll based on one of the techniques discussed.

Course Curriculum

  Presentation Lecture
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"I found Suzanne to be totally engaging. She was welcoming and encouraging viewers to feel relaxed and equipped to create dolls which she had shown, described, and explained. The not-so-absolutely-clean delivery made her absolutely relatable and even more engaging.(And reminded me of my creative process)."

- Judith Ginzberg

"The examples and experiential were excellent. Even though I did not have the full supply list for materials, I felt very equipped. I felt successful in working with misc. materials in stock. The course promoted creative doll making with nearly any type of material and that was very inspirational."

-Melissa Sasso

"The presentation gave me new energy and ideas in how I can use the doll making process with the students I work with. I enjoyed learning the different techniques."

- Danielle Rubino

Your Instructor

Suzanne DuFour MPS, ATR-BC
Suzanne DuFour MPS, ATR-BC

Suzanne DuFour MPS, ATR-BC is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and holds a Masters of Professional Studies from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. She currently works as an art therapist in private practice and online creating courses such as this one. She has previously gained experience working with teens who have experienced addiction, trauma, neglect, physical and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and mood disorders, individuals on the autistic and special needs spectrum (both adults and children), individuals living with HIV/AIDS and with children in both private and public school settings ( K-6). Suzanne is currently on the board of the New Jersey Art Therapy Association as the Vice President.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive the certificate?
Certificates are automatically generated when you complete a webform, after you have taken an online assessment and course evaluation. It will be sent to the email you used to enroll in the program.
What if I have more questions?
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Briana MacWilliam, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists; #CAT-0014, and is also an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors; #MHC-0224.

PLEASE NOTE: While some subject areas overlap in education, a course that includes art therapy directives does not qualify a counselor to practice art therapy, and similarly an art therapist is not qualified to practice as a counselor, without proper licensing. This is a completely self-directed course. Your continuing education contact hours will be attributed on the date that you submit the webform for your certificate of completion.