Participants in this workshop will have numerous opportunities to develop and practice specific skills in working with the language of sand tray play therapy. Therapists will use exercises to learn when and how to translate play language into verbal language, and they will also explore the multidimensionality of sand tray play therapy as an expressive art. In addition, therapists will learn how to use the polyvagal theory of play to articulate how play helps to create a resilient nervous system.

Educational Goals

This training will help participants to:

  1. Identify advanced skills for facilitating sand tray play therapy in clinical practice.
  2. Describe images and behaviors that portray feelings of shame in the nervous system during sand tray play therapy.
  3. Discuss the multidimensional nature of the sand tray play therapy process.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to provide kind but accurate feedback to peers who are practicing the therapist/client roles.
  5. Use a recording form designed for sand tray play therapy.
  6. Explain the sand tray play therapy process from a science-informed perspective.
  7. Describe the relationship of mindfulness and the witnessing role during sand tray play therapy.
  8. Explain how play helps to build a resilient nervous system during 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.

Continuing Education

This course is 12 contact hours.


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