Level 8 – Developmental Considerations with Children


Participants will explore in this workshop how early childhood patterns of sandtray play appear not only in the very young but also in older children and even adults. This workshop also includes patterns of play of latency-age children. There will be experiential exercises, brief lectures and discussion to help participants learn how to identify and support the growing edge of young children, older children, and adults when these early patterns emerge at their growing edges. It also provides a focus for how sandtray play therapy collaborates with the brain in its push toward integration throughout the lifespan. Participants will have opportunities to identify and discuss these patterns of play therapy in terms of the developmental life span.

Educational Goals

This training will help participants to:

  1. Identify skills in facilitating sandtray play across the life span.
  2. Describe pre-school patterns of sandtray play.
  3. Explain how pre-school patterns arise in clients of all ages during sandtray play therapy.
  4. Describe sandtray play therapy facilitation skills with latency-age children.
  5. List ideas for recognizing journey elements of sandtray play therapy.
  6. Describe sensory and emotional experiences evoked by hands-on experiences during the training.
  7. Identify transformation themes in 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; graduate degree in mental health or enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Continuing Education

This course is 12 contact hours.

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