Level 3 – Basic Clinical Skills & Theory


Participants in this workshop will have numerous opportunities to develop and practice specific skills in working with the language of sandtray 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 sandtray 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 sandtray play therapy in clinical practice.
  2. Describe images and behaviors that portray feelings of shame in the nervous system during sandtray play therapy.
  3. Discuss the multidimensional nature of the sandtray 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 sandtray play therapy.
  6. Explain the sandtray play therapy process from a science-informed perspective.
  7. Describe the relationship of mindfulness and the witnessing role during sandtray play therapy.
  8. Explain how play helps to build a resilient nervous system during sandtray 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, & 3; graduate degree in mental health or enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Continuing Education

This course is 12 contact hours.

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