Level 10- Capstone -Integrating All the Levels of Sandtray Therapy


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 each practitioner’s expertise to refine and integrate the basic knowledge and skills of sand tray clinical practice. Participants will explore clinical case material using the science 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 development.

Educational Goals

This training will help participants to:

  1. Identify, observe, and nurture sandtray play therapy skills in other professionals.

 2. Describe the function of symbolic material in sand tray play therapy.

 3. Discuss concepts of shame in the nervous system as it relates to sand tray play therapy.

 4. Describe the function of mindfulness when facilitating sand tray play therapy.

 5. Describe the polyvagal theory as it relates to sand tray play therapy.

 6. Demonstrate competence in sand tray play therapy facilitation skills.

 7. Describe ways to conceptualize a sand tray play therapy clinical case for consultation with a colleague or a supervisory consultant.

 8. List risks associated with sand tray therapy.

 9. List limitations of sand tray therapy with general populations.

10. List limitations of sand tray therapy with specific populations.

11. Discuss the meaning of liminal space in sand tray processing.

12. Describe the meaning of Kalff’s “free and protected space” in sand tray play therapy.

13. Identify problematic issues associated with countertransference in sand tray play therapy

14. Identify differences and similarities between the Lowenfeld and Kalff approaches to sand tray/sand play therapy.


In-person training does not have any equipment requirement. For online course equipment requirements, please refer to the linked document below:


Levels 1-9; graduate degree in mental health or enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Continuing Education

This course is 24 contact hours.

Contact us: nmsandtray@gmail.com


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