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Workshop Description and Goals

Introduction to Sand Play Therapy
This introductory workshop provides an overview of sand tray play therapy.  How to organize, what is required of the therapist, clinical and theoretical issues, and case vignettes are included.  Participants will have opportunities for hands-on experiences and for building play therapy skills.. 

Prerequisite: None (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee)

Level 1 - Basic Tools and Methods
This workshop introduces the basic tools and methods of sand tray play therapy for both children and adults. Participants explore the various elements of the sand tray process through hands-on exercises with miniature figurines and sand trays. In the workshop, therapists use individual sand trays to practice and refine basic skills. Prerequisite: Prior knowledge or experience with the sand tray process is helpful but not necessary. (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 2 - Symbolic Integration and Theory
In this workshop, participants discuss and work with symbolic meaning and basic theoretical ideas. There are opportunities to create sand trays in the presence of an observer (workshop partner) and to practice skills using the symbolic language of play. Participants also explore the core issues of play therapy in the sand tray process.  Prerequisites: Level 1. (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 3 - Basic Clinical Skills and Theory
In this workshop, participants have numerous opportunities to develop specific skills in working with the language of sand tray play therapy. Therapists use exercises to learn when and how to translate play language into verbal language. Each participant has an individual sand tray for practice exercises and for creating individual sand tray worlds. Prerequisites: Levels 1 and 2. (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 4 - Advanced Clinical Skills
This workshop includes discussion of professional issues related to diagnosis, treatment planning, transference, and ethical issues of sand tray play therapy. Participants refine and integrate therapeutic skills through hands-on practice with workshop partners. Each participant has an individual sand tray for practice exercises and for creating individual sand tray worlds. Prerequisites: Levels 1, 2, and 3. (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 5 - Couples, Families and Group
In this workshop, participants have opportunities for experiencing sand tray play with partners and with small groups and to integrate the therapeutic skills learned in the first four levels of experiential training. Participants use miniature trays as well as large round group trays to explore the sand tray play therapy group process. Prerequisites: Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 6 - Play Therapy Intensive
The focus of this workshop is on integration of various play modalities in therapeutic settings, including sand tray play, costume play, puppets, games, art and storytelling. Through didactic and experiential methods, therapists have opportunities to learn how and when to use various modalities with both child and adult play. There is special emphasis on integrating the sand tray with play therapy and verbal therapy. Prerequisite: Level 1. (24 contact hours/4 days) $540 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 7 - Grief and Trauma in Sand Tray Therapy (old Level 10)
Through experiential exercises and didactic methods, participants in this workshop explore grief and trauma issues and how these issues manifest in sand tray play therapy. Participants explore and discuss case vignettes and theoretical issues.  The training also includes skill practice with workshop partners.  Prerequisite: Levels 1 & 2 (24 contact hours/4 days) $540 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 8 - Developmental Considerations with Children (early childhood & latency) (old 7/8)
Participants
explore how early childhood patterns of sand tray play appear not only in the very young but also in older children and even adults. This workshop also includes patterns of play of latency-age children. This workshop includes experiential exercises, brief lectures and discussion to help participants learn how to identify and support the growing edge of young children. It also provides a focus for how sand tray play therapy collaborates with the brain in its push toward integration throughout the lifespan. Participants identify and discuss these patterns of play therapy in terms of the developmental life span. They also learn how to recognize these play patterns when they occur in younger or older children and even adults . Prerequisite: Levels 1, 2 and 3 (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 9 - Developmental Considerations with Adolescents & Adults (old 8/9)
This workshop includes experiential exercise and didactic material relevant to sand tray play therapy with adolescents and adults.  Participants discuss both practical and theoretical issues of adolescent and adult sand tray play therapy.  The training also includes skill practice with workshop partners.  Prerequisite: Levels 1- 8 (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee). See goals below.

Level 10 - Capstone - Integrating All the Levels of Sand Tray Therapy (NEW)
The intention for this final workshop of the core curriculum is to create a culminating and integrating experience that will serve both as a completion of a skill set and an opening to a deeper level of practice. It draws from all the previous levels of training and from the developing expertise of each practitioner to refine and integrate the basic knowledge and skills of sand tray clinical practice. Participants will explore clinical case material using the scinece of interpersonal neurobiology, the knowledge of symbolic language, and clinical experience. They also will have opportunities to demonstrate their clinical skills and to provide effective feedback to colleagues for the purpose of ongoing skill developemnt.  Prerequisites: Levels 1-9 (24 contact hours/4 days) $540 (early fee). See goals below.

TOPIC:  Sand and Spirit
This workshop is two days of personal and professional growth through exploration of sand, play and ceremony. Participants use simple art materials and sand tray play therapy to build bridges to the wisdom and guidance that is within. No previous knowledge or artistic skills are required. Co-Presenter:  Wendy Thunderchief, MA.  $270 (early fee).

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TOPIC: When Children Grieve: Expressive Play Therapy Modalities to Help Children Heal
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. Co-Presenter:  Ann Buck, MA.  Prerequisite: None (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee)

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

TOPIC:  Sand Tray Group Counseling in Schools and Clinics
The focus of this workshop is the use of sand tray play therapy as a counseling technique with groups in schools or clinics. This workshop includes case vignettes, organizational principles for groups, use of individual sand tray counseling versus group sand tray play, application of sand tray counseling techniques and practical information. Co-Presenter:  Ann Buck, MA, RPT.  Prerequisite: Levels 1 & 2 (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee)

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TOPIC:  Sand, Play, and Art: A Playful "Artitude" - When Children are Anxious, Grieving, or Traumatized
Art making and sandplay enhance one another as expressive play therapy modalities, and they are especially effective in treating children with anxiety, grief, or trauma. These modalities activate right hemisphere processes that help to integrate sensory, emotional, and imaginative information, registering the actions, feelings, and intentions of participants. This workshop will present case examples, theoretical ideas, practical suggestions, and hands-on experiences that will foster the integrative power of sand tray play and art making in play therapy settings

Presenters:  Donna Hanna-Chase, MA and Theresa Kestly, PhD.  Prerequisite: None (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee).

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TOPIC:  Sand, Play, and Art: Mandalas & Sacred Circles - Healing Anxiety, Grief, and Trauma in Play Therapy, Cross-Cultural Considerations
Mandalas restore our sense of belonging, helping us to return from our sense of separateness to a realm of unity where we may fulfill our potential for wholeness. Integrating Jungian and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) concepts, we will explore how wholeness and inner balance help to heal anxiety, grief and trauma in both children and adults in play therapy settings. Mandalas and sacred circles exist across all cultures and throughout the lifespan. Neuroscientist Iain McGilchrist suggests that the right hemisphere engages in processing “in the round” as it takes in the whole of things rather than looking at bits and pieces of information in a linear fashion that is so characteristic of the left hemisphere. He emphasizes that we need both sides but that we are in danger in Western societies of ignoring the right hemisphere processing where relationships, empathy, and visions of wholeness prevail. In this workshop we will honor both sides as we explore in practical ways how to tap into this natural longing for unity and wholeness through mandala creation, sand tray play, and conscious attention to sacred circles within a science-informed and cross-cultural context.

Presenters:  Donna Hanna-Chase, MA and Theresa Kestly, PhD.  Prerequisite: None (12 contact hours/2 days) $270 (early fee).

The workshop will help participants to:

TOPIC:  Sand, Play, and Art: Healing Grief through Play and Creative Expression
This workshop is designed to tap the unique creative force within us.  Through personal and group art making and sand tray play we will experiment with methods of deep listening.  We will honor the sacred, relentless power within that invites us to be who we are.  We will play, invent, express, support and nurture each other and remind ourselves that inspiration is always available if we speak from its source.  Psychoanalyst Rollo May wrote in Courage to Create, "If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself."     Co-Presenter:  Donna Hanna-Chase, MA.  Prerequisites: Levels 1 & 2 (24 contact hours/4 days) $540 (early fee). Credit for Level 7 in CORE program.

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Consult:  Sandplay Group Consultation for Therapists
Participants will present case material related to sand tray play therapy for consultation purposes.  Presentations will consist of videotapes, art work, sand tray photos, treatment plans, case notes and other relevant materials. Therapists also have opportunities to incorporate sand tray play as part of the consultation process.  Groups are small to allow for individual attention.  Limit: 8 participants.
Request individual brochure for schedule and cost.  Fees vary according to the number of contact hours and the number of participants who register.  Prerequisites:  Levels 1 and 2 of Sand Tray Training Workshops and Individual Interview.

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Agenda for Workshops

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Instruction, Demonstration, Discussion
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Instruction, Demonstration, Discussion
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Instruction, Demonstration, Discussion
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. BREAK
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Instruction, Demonstration, Discussion
5:30 p.m. Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Goals, Levels 1-10

Core Workshops (Introductory and Levels 1 through 10):

The workshops will help participants:

 

Individual Consultation Sessions:

Individual Sand Tray sessions are recommended prior to or concurrent with training workshops. Please inquire about special rates if you have completed or are registered for the Level I workshop.

 

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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