Level 5 – Couples, Families, & Groups


Applying methods of group play therapy, participants in this workshop will learn how to facilitate sand tray play therapy with couples, families, and larger focus groups. Using various sizes of trays, including miniature trays, individual trays, and a large 5- foot circular tray, participants will be able to explore a range of possibilities for group facilitation. They will also 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 and 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.

Educational Goals

This training will help participants to:

  1. Identify advanced skills for facilitating group sand tray play therapy in clinical practice.
  2. Discuss complementarity 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 group 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, & 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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