Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Childrens Grief

When Children Grieve

Expressive Play Therapy Modalities to Help Children Heal

Ann Buck, MA, LPCC & Theresa Kestly, Ph.D.

To Be Scheduled

Corrales, New Mexico

Workshop Description

Children's grief is complex, and this 2-day workshop will help therapists to acquire the special skills necessary to deal with the wide range of emotions and behaviors that children (including teenagers) exhibit during the grieving process. Therapists serve an important role in containing children's grief during the healing process, and this workshop will help therapists to develop awareness of their own grief processes. This workshop will focus on children's tasks of grieving, risk factors, and developmental needs. It will help therapists develop play therapy facilitation skills and identify pitfalls of working with this special population. It will also provide therapists with play therapy activities that will help them explore how their own views and experiences of grief affect grieving children. We will use hands-on play therapy experiences, a video, clinical stories of grieving children, art activities, and sand tray play to explore the healing of grief.

Workshop Goals

The workshops will help participants to use play therapy activities to address the following goals/tasks::


Ann Buck, M.A., LPCC is a Play Therapist and Sand Tray Therapist in private practice in Albuquerque.  Ann has sixteen years of experience in working with children and adolescents.  While she deals with a wide variety of issues in her practice, she specializes in grief and trauma.  Ann was one of the founders of the Children's Grief Center of New Mexico , and continues to participate in training volunteer facilitators for the organization.  She has provided trainings for the Albuquerque Fire Department and the Albuquerque Police Department on minimizing risk for children who are on scene or affected by circumstances involving first responders.  Ann worked as a Clinical Team Leader for the Crisis Team with Albuquerque Public Schools.  She has presented at a variety of professional conferences including the Association for Play Therapy.

Theresa Kestly, PhD is a psychologist, educator, consultant and a registered play therapist/supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. She 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. Theresa 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.

Contact Hours : 12

Location: Corrales, New Mexico

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

$270 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance)
$290 regular fee
$250 early fee for students (postmarked 30 days in advance) - send proof of full-time student status.

Refunds: Registration fees are refundable (less $50.00 administrative fee) if written notice is post-marked no later than 30 days before the group begins. Refunds require a minimum 6-week processing time. Registrants may transfer/sell their enrollment to another qualified person at any time.

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