Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Training Schedule with Bonnie Badenoch

Incubated in Rhythm:
Moving with the Tempo of Our Inner World

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT and Theresa Kestly, PhD

Corrales, New Mexico To Be Scheduled


Workshop Description

From the moment of conception, we are surrounded by the rhythms of life and relationship - bodily rhythms, emotional tempos, the pattern of life's rituals, the cultural pulse and pace, the cycles of nature, and the sweep of galaxies. All of our embodied brain's systems are shaped by these rhythms - our belly and heart brains, brainstem, primary emotional circuitry, implicit memories, explicit knowings, and our relational expression. We carry not only our own patterns of movements, but those of all the people with whom we have developed emotionally meaningful relationships. Such a symphony of rhythms inside - some of them discordant, some of them harmonious. Together, we will invite sand and miniatures, art, movement, and music to guide us in our exploration and transformation of these rhythms in the context of play therapy.

In the quiet, supportive environment of Theresa's home, in Corrales, New Mexico, we will have the opportunity to be with one another playfully and soulfully as we deepen our awareness of life's rhythms. We will use a variety of play therapy modalities to develop skills in collaborating with the brain's innate tendency to organize itself in rhythmical ways.

Workshop Goals

The workshop will help participants to:


Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT is an in-the-trenches therapist, supervisor, teacher and author who has spent the last five years integrating the discoveries of neuroscience into the art of therapy. She co-founded the Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) in Irvine, California in 1991, and in 2004, joined Daniel Siegel’s interpersonal neurobiology study group, subsequently becoming one of the founders of the nonprofit organization, Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS). Out of this study, combined with her 19 years of working with survivors of trauma and attachment struggles, came her book, Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, published in 2008. Bonnie has a gift for translating the complexities of brain science into words and examples that allow people to internalize the principles so they can use them in the counseling room. Her article, “Brain to Brain: Applying the Wisdom of Neuroscience in Your Practice,” is featured in the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of Psychotherapy Networker and she presented Being a Brain-Wise Therapist at the March 2009 Psychotherapy Networker Conference.

Theresa Kestly, PhD is a psychologist, educator, consultant and a registered play therapist/supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. She is the author of The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being. Theresa is an international presenter, and she maintains a private practice with specialties in play therapy and sand tray therapy in Corrales, New Mexico for children, adults, families, couples, and small groups. She served as a senior staff psychologist at the Albuquerque Family and Child Guidance Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she specialized in child, adolescent and family therapy, consultations with the Indian Health Service, and consultations with the Albuquerque Public Schools. She supervised psychology, counseling and psychiatry trainees as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico. Theresa served as the first president of the New Mexico Association for Play Therapy. She is the founder and director of the Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico in Corrales, New Mexico where she provides large-group seminars and small-group intensive training for psychotherapists in child and adult sand tray therapy.

Location: Corrales, New Mexico

Date: To Be Scheduled

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Lunch break is one and one half hours.)

Limit: 28 participants

$540 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance)
$580 regular fee
$500 early fee for students (postmarked 30 days in advance) - send proof of full-time student status

Refunds: Fees for this workshop are nonrefundable due to travel expenses of our guest speaker. Registrants may transfer/sell their enrollment to another qualified person at any time.

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