Level 5-Couples, Family, & Groups


Applying methods of group play therapy, participants in this training will learn how to facilitate sand tray play therapy with couples, families, and larger focus groups. Participants at the live site in Corrales, New Mexico will be using various sizes of trays, including miniature trays, individual trays, and a large 5-foot circular tray to explore a range of possibilities for group facilitation. Online participants will provide their own individual tray(s) and miniature collections at their local sites. Online participants will be able to view the group demonstration (large group tray) that will be done at the Corrales site. Interaction between online and in-person trainees will be possible and encouraged. All participants will have opportunities to experience both formal and informal processes for using sand tray play with groups. Integrating skills learned in previous training levels, therapists will learn how to balance individual with community needs within the group space. There will be a particular focus on how clinicians may utilize the polyvagal concept of connection versus protection for group facilitation. Participants who attend the training at the Corrales site will not need to provide any sandtray equipment. If possible, it would be helpful if in-person attendees could bring laptops and/or cell phones to help facilitate communication between on-site and online participants. The group is limited in size to support our intention to provide in-depth experiential training.

Educational Goals

This training will help participants to:

  1. Identify advanced skills for facilitating group sand tray play therapy in clinical practice.

  2. Discuss complimentary of individual and community group work in sand tray play therapy.

  3. Describe group techniques for couples, families, and focus groups for sand tray play therapy.

  4. List guiding principles for facilitating sand tray play therapy groups.

  5. Explain how to balance individual and group methods for sand tray play therapy.

  6. Discuss strategies for containing dysregulation during group sand tray play therapy.

  7. Apply current principles of IPNB to gropu sand tray play therapy.


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


Levels 1-2 plus 3 or 4; graduate degree in mental health or enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Continuing Education

This course is 12 contact hours.

Contact us: nmsandtray@gmail.com


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