Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Training with Donna Hanna-Chase & Theresa Kestly

Sand, Play & Art

Healing Grief and Trauma through Creative Expression

Donna Hanna-Chase, MA, ATR-BC, LMFT*
Theresa Kestly, Ph.D.

September 10-11, 17-18, & 24-25, 2021

Corrales, New Mexico

Workshop Description

Through experiential exercises and didactic methods, participants in th is workshop have opportunities to use art-making activities and sand tray building exercises to explore how grief and trauma are processed in the brain, mind, and body. Using both art and sand images, participants will engage in partner practice to learn how to stay regulated in their own nervous systems while holding the powerful nonverbal images that emerge from clients during play therapy activities. The overall goal for this workshop is to develop an appreciation for the complicated relational work that evloves between therapist and client while healing grief and trauma in play therapy.

Workshop Goals

The workshop will help participants to:


Donna Hanna-Chase, MA, ATR-BC, LMFT is a registered art therapist and a licensed psychotherapist from Laguna Woods , California . Donna is a former adjunct faculty member of the University of New Mexico , School of Art Education in Albuquerque , New Mexico . She also served as an art therapy supervisor and was a faculty member at Webster University in Albuquerque . In California , Donna currently teaches art for the Emeritus Institute at Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. She is a psychotherapist in a small private practice in Laguna Hills . Donna has extensive experience as a psychotherapist with play therapy, marriage and family therapy and individual therapy with both children and adults across a wide range of clinical populations.

*Please NOTE: Donna has had some medical issues and may not be able to co-facilitate this workshop. Please inquire before registering if you want to know about her status.

Theresa Kestly, PhD, RPT-S 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. Theresa is author of The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being (Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology series).

Prerequisites: Levels 1, 2 & 3 or 4

Contact Hours: 24 (Includes Credit for Level 7)

Location: Corrales, New Mexico

Dates: September 10-11, 17-18, & 24-25, 2021 Friday & Saturday each week; In case if internet problems at host site, makeup date will be September 26.

Time: 8:40 am to 1:00 pm MDT with 20-minute break

$590 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance)
$630 regular fee
$540 early fee for students (postmarked 30 days in advance) - send proof of full-time student status.

Cancellation & Refund Policies:

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. Transfer fee is $50.00.

The Sand Tray Training Institute reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather, instructor illness, instructor family emergency, or some other unforseen event. Notice will be provided at the earliest possible date via email with the option to reschedule for a future training date or to receive a full refund of paid workshop fees.


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