Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Sand & Spirit

Sand and Spirit: Talking Sticks

Cross-Cultural Considerations

Wendy Thunderchief, MA, LPCC & Theresa Kestly, Ph.D.

September 2021 DELAYED

Corrales, New Mexico


NOTE: This training is indefinitely delayed due to the global pandemic. We are hoping to resume this important training, and we are praying for a time when we are clear to meet safely in person once again.

Workshop Description

This workshop will be two days of personal and professional growth through exploration of sand, play and ceremony. We will use simple art materials and sand tray play therapy to build bridges to the wisdom and guidance that is within each of us. This workshop will focus on making and using medicine bags. No previous knowledge or artistic skills are required.

Workshop Goals

The workshop will help participants to:


Wendy Thunderchief, M.A., LPCC maintains a private practice in Albuquerque, NM  where she works primarily with children specializing in sand tray therapy. She also works with teenagers and adults.  Wendy is a consultant, presenter, and mental health advocate/specialist for Native Americans. She provides leadership to local and national agencies associated with the development and advancement of Native Americans. Wendy is a Pipe Carrier, writer, and artist.

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

Dates: September 2021

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

$295 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance); Materials fee: $25.00
$315 regular fee; Materials fee: $25.00
$270 early fee for students (postmarked 30 days in advance) - send proof of full-time student status; Materials fee: $25.00.

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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