Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Ethical & Cross-Cultural Issues

Stories of Trust and Betrayal
Ethics and Cross-Cultural Issues in Play Therapy

Theresa Kestly, Ph.D.

May 6-8, 2021

Corrales, New Mexico Online

Workshop Description

In this ONLINE workshop, we will explore how storytelling may be used to guide our ethical decision making and to deepen our understanding of cross-cultural issues in play therapy. We will draw from our own story repertoires as well as a number of classic stories that serve metaphorically to help us stay on track with our professioal ethics as we face ethical dilemmas. Going deeper than a review of the rules, we will focus on the personal values that draw out the best in us. When using storytelling play, how do we honor the safety that play offers to both children and adults without betraying the trust understood implicitly in these activities? We also will look at how storytelling is used across cultures for the purposes of healing and integration that are central to mental health. Join us for this fun-filled workshop as we use sand tray and Lego play to become more aware of our values and principles governing our ethical decision making in the context of play therapy.

Workshop Goals

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


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 (6 Ethics + 6 Cross-Cultural)

ONLINE Location: Corrales, New Mexico

Time: 8:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with 20-minute break; in case of local internet issues, make-up date is 05-09-2021.

$295 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance)
$315 regular fee
$270 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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