general workshop information:

The prerequisite for all workshops is a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or related field, or current enrollment in a graduate training program in counseling or related field.   Additional prerequisites are noted with each workshop description.  Please note that prior approval is required for comparable training to be accepted as a prerequisite

CEU's are granted according to contact hours.  The Center for Sand Tray Play maintains responsibility for all programs, and is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider #13-354).   

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants. 

Please scroll down for specific information on each of the workshops we offer.

 

Basic workshop descriptions:

The four basic levels of training in sand tray play therapy each consist of 13 contact hours - 12 hours of group workshop consisting of experience with building and witnessing sand trays, group process, and direct instruction, plus 1 hour of individual consultation and learning through your own personal sand tray process and/or a professional case consultation. 

The Level I-IV workshops must be taken sequentially, as each level builds upon the knowledge and experience of the previous level.  Some participants prefer to do all four levels within one series.  Others prefer to take one or two levels in a series, and then allow time for practice and application in their work with clients before taking subsequent levels.   Workshop costs are $270 for the 13 hour Level I-IV workshops.

 

Level I~  foundations of Sand Tray Play Therapy  

Level I explores the fundamental theory, skills, tools, and methods of sand tray play therapy for children and adults.  Hands-on experiences allow participants to explore the various elements of the sand tray process.  Through building and witnessing individual sand tray worlds, participants will be able to develop and practice basic skills for incorporating sand tray play therapy into their practice.  

Prerequisite: Prior experience with the sand tray is helpful but not necessary.

Goals
1.  To experience the process of sand tray play therapy.
2.  To develop the basic skills for using sand tray play therapy with both children and adults.

Objectives
Workshop participants will
1.      learn historical and theoretical perspectives on sand tray play therapy
2.      learn guiding principles for the practice of sand tray play therapy
3.      experience the dynamics of figures and symbols in the sand tray process
4.      develop the basic methods and skills of sand tray play therapy
5.      explore ways to begin incorporating sand tray play therapy into their own practice.

 

Level II~  Symbols and Stories in Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level II builds upon and refines the basic skills learned in Level I, as well as explores the theory and practice of sand tray play therapy in more depth with particular attention to the use of symbols, stories and themes in the sand tray process.  Through both directed and non-directed building exercises, participants will deepen their attunement skills as witnesses of the sand tray process in the context of their play therapy practice.
                                  
Prerequisite:  Sand Tray Play Therapy Level I, or approved comparable training.
                                 
Goal:  To refine and sharpen the basic witnessing skills for deeper attunement during the process of sand tray play therapy with children and adults.

Objectives:  
Workshop participants will
1.      explore the power and meaning of symbols, and their use in sand tray play
2.      explore the dynamics of stories and themes, and their manifestation in sand tray play
3.      expand their skills for facilitating and witnessing therapeutic sand tray play
4.      explore the use of sand tray play therapy in the context of their own practice

 

Level III~  The Language of Process in Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level III focuses on the language of processleading to sharpened clinical skills and deepened theoretical perspectives in Sand Tray Play Therapy.  Through directed and non-directed building experiences, group process & discussion, and case study material, participants will explore foundational theories of Sand Tray Therapy, developmental theories and their expression in sand tray play, as well as various approaches to facilitating a group sand tray process.  
                              
Prerequisite:  Sand Tray Play Therapy Levels I & II, or approved comparable training. 

Goal:   To sharpen clinical skills and deepen theoretical perspectives regarding the process of sand tray play therapy with children, adults, individuals and groups.

Objectives:  
Workshop participants will
1.      explore foundational theory of the sand tray process, in particular the multidimensionality of Lowenfeld’s World Technique, and its expression in sand tray play therapy
2.      explore developmental theories and processes in the sand tray play of children and adults
3.      explore the use of sand tray play with group processes
4.      expand skills for facilitating and witnessing therapeutic sand tray play

 

Level IV~  Advanced Clinical Skills for Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level IV provides opportunities for ongoing integration of the theory and practice of sand tray play therapy while also developing advanced clinical skills for deepening the process and thus, the client’s potential for healing.  In particular, participants will learn and experience the process of amplification as it applies to sand tray therapy, and will explore issues of transference and countertransference in the sand tray process.  
                               
Prerequisite: Sand Tray Play Therapy Levels I, II, & III or approved comparable training

Goals:   
1.  To further integrate theory and practice in sand tray play therapy.
2.  To learn advanced clinical skills for deepening the process of sand tray play therapy.

Objectives:   
Workshop participants will
1.      review and further integrate previously learned sand tray play therapy skills such as effective listening, holding the space, attending to the symbols and stories, and attuning to the client through the multidimensionality of the sand tray process.
2.      learn and experience the process of amplification in sand tray play therapy from both the builder’s and the therapist’s perspective.
3.      explore issues of transference and countertransference as they manifest in the sand tray process.

 

Advanced workshop descriptions:

These advanced workshops do not need to be taken in sequential order.  The cost for each 12 hour advanced workshop is $250.

Level V ~ Cultural Perspectives in sand tray play therapY

Level V continues to explore the multidimensional nature of sand tray play through attention to the cultural dynamics at work in both the builder and the witness.   Participants will explore their own personal culture through sand tray play, learn to attune to the often unspoken cultural expressions in a client's sand tray, and increase their awareness of the cultural interaction between the builder and witness in a sand tray process.

Prerequisite:  Sand Tray Play Therapy Levels I-IV at the Center for Sand Tray Play, or approved comparable training.

Goals:   
1.   To increase cultural competence by examining the multidimensionality of culture as experienced in the context of sand tray play
2.  To deepen therapists' attunement to clients through attention to the various cultural expressions in their sand tray play


Objectives:  
Workshop participants will
1.      learn about the multidimensionality of culture through various cultural models
2.      increase their attunement to the multi-dimensions of culture in their clients
3.     explore cultural transference and countertransference through attention to a specific client case
4.      integrate broadened cultural perspectives into their professional practice of sand tray play therapy

 

Level VI~  Healing the divide: Sand tray play therapy with adults

Level VI focuses specifically on the use of sand tray play therapy with adults.  Adults in therapy often encounter many and varied experiences of division in their lives - within themselves, within families and relationships, within our world - divisions that are emotional, relational, political, philosophical, spiritual, cultural, generational, and so on - divisions that yearn for healing on a deep soul level.  Sand tray play therapy is particularly effective in helping adults explore their inner worlds and access the benefits of metaphor and therapeutic play that lead to integration and healing.  This training will explore how the sand tray process can contribute to "healing the divide" in the adult journey.

Prerequisite:  Sand Tray Play Therapy Levels I-IV at the Center for Sand Tray Play, or approved comparable training.

Goals:   
1.  To engage the therapeutic powers of play in ways that are appropriate for adults
2.  To strengthen and broaden therapists' use of the sand tray playtherapy with adults

Objectives:  
Workshop participants will
1.       explore the dynamics of division and healing that impact adults, and the therapeutic power of play as intervention for adults
2.      learn ways too engage adults in using sand tray as a therapeutic tool
3.      explore ways to integrate sand tray play therapy with other healing practices for adults

 

sPECIAL TOPICS workshop descriptions:

These workshops satisfy state licensure requirements for continuing education in multicultural issues and professional ethics.  The cost for each three hour special topic workshop is $70. 

exploring MULTI-cultural competence through sand tray play therapy

This training is aimed at increasing the cultural competence of play therapists by examining the multidimensionality of culture as experienced in the context of play and play therapy.  The exploration of personal culture through sand tray play will provide a foundation for increased attunement to the personal culture of clients.                                

Prerequisite:  Sand Tray Play Therapy Level I at the Center for Sand Tray Play, or comparable training/experience. 

Goals:   
1.  To increase cultural competence by examining the multidimensionality of culture as experienced in the context of play and play therapy
2.  To deepen therapists' cultural attunement to clients through sand tray play

Objectives:  
Workshop participants will
1.      learn about the multidimensionality of culture through various cultural models
2.      explore the dynamics of personal culture through sand tray play
3.      increase their attunement to the multi-dimensions of culture in their clients
4.      integrate the multidimensionality of culture into their professional practice of sand tray play therapy

 

Exploring ethical principles through sand tray play therapy

The values, ethical principles, and best practices of play therapy govern and ground the work of therapists who use play therapy and sand tray therapy in their professional practice.  This training will review these essential aspects of play therapy and allow for experiential learning and integration through sand tray play.                          

Prerequisite:  Sand Tray Play Therapy Level I at the Center for Sand Tray Play, or comparable training/experience. 

Goals:   
1.  To explore best practice in play therapy
2.  To enhance the ethical practice of play therapy

Objectives:  
Workshop participants will
1.      learn the values, ethical principles, and best practices of play therapy
2.      use sand tray play as a means to explore and integrate their knowledge of the values, ethical principles, and best practices of play therapy
3.      identify areas of strength and steps for continuing growth in their own ethical practice of play therapy