Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Topic Workshops

Topic: Ethical Principles (6) and Cross-Cultural Issues (6) in Play Therapy: Stories of Trust, Love, and Betrayal

In this 2-day workshop, we will explore how storytelling may be used to guide our ethical decision making and to deepen our understanding of cross-cultural issues in sand tray play therapy. Therapists will have the opportunity to draw from their own story repertoires as well as a number of classic stories that serve metaphorically to guide decision making when confronted with ethical dilemmas. Going deeper than a review of the rules, participants will focus on the personal values that govern ethical decision making. When using storytelling play, how does one honor the safety that play offers to both children and adults without betraying the trust understood implicitly in these activities? There will be a focus on how storytelling is used across cultures for the purposes of healing and integration that are central to mental health. Prerequisites: None (12 contact hours/2 days)

Presenter: Theresa Kestly, Ph.D.


The workshop will help participants:

  • To identify common ethical challenges implicit in stories we already know and in the stories we create to enhance our lives.
  • To strengthen our play therapy trust building skills necessary for healing relationship betrayals.
  • To experience creative storytelling with objects of play as a means of clarifying ethical dilemmas and increasing cross-cultural awareness in the context of play therapy.
  • To describe ways to claim integrity from within to resolve ethical dilemmas in play therapy.
  • To discuss ethical and cross-cultural issues of cases relevant to play therapy.
  • To demonstrate the value of using storytelling in conjunction with established models of ethical decision making in play therapy.
  • To explore how storytelling serves to integrate the differentiated parts of the brain across all cultures.

Fee:

  • $305  Professional Early (Postmarked 30 days in advance)
  • $325  Professional Regular
  • $285  Student Early (Postmarked 30 days in advance)
  • $305  Student Regular

Topic: Sand Tray Intensive Retreat (Limit: 12 Participants) - Integrating Jung, Kalff, & IPNB

WAIT LIST ONLY status for the 2020 dates for this wokshop. (5 days)

For workshop description, goals, and other details, please email: sandtraynm@gmail.com

Topic: Supervisor Training (6) & Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) of Play (6)

This 2-day workshop will provide a total of 12 contact hours (6 contact hours of Supervisor Training for play therapists, and 6 contact hours of the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play). Participants will use play modalities drawing from the traditions of sand tray play therapy and Lego Serious Play (LSP) to address both of these topics. What is LSP? It is an innovative method, primarily used with adults, to enhance creative thinking and problem solving through building with Lego bricks and telling metaphorical stories. LSP has been used successfully in business settings, engineering, architecture, education, family therapy, and other mentoring contexts. This workshop explores an adaptation of the established LSP process for the purposes of supervisor training for play therapists. Theresa Kestly is a trained Lego Serious Play facilitator. Prerequisites: None (12 contact hours/2 days)

 

The workshop will help participants use play therapy activities to address the following goals/tasks:

  • Incorporating playful activities in the supervisory process,
  • Developing skills in clarifying professional roles,
  • Learning about the hand-mind connection of Lego model building (“thinking with your fingers”),
  • Practicing skills in grounding play therapy in the primary right hemisphere from an IPNB perspective,
  • Learning to draw from science-informed IPNB principles when supervising play therapists or facilitating play therapy,
  • Utilizing nonverbal play modalities to access universal brain/mind processes,
  • Describing the underlying connection of mindful awareness as core to both supervisory processes and the facilitation of play therapy

Topic: Sand and SoulCollage​

For workshop description, goals and other details please email: sandtraynm@gmail.com

Topic: Sand & Spirit, Cross-Cultural Considerations

This workshop is two days of personal and professional growth through exploration of sand, play and ceremony. Participants use simple art materials and sand tray play therapy to build bridges to the wisdom and guidance that is within. No previous knowledge or artistic skills are required.

Co-Presenter:  Wendy Thunderchief, MA.

 

The workshop will help participants:

  • To explore the healing aspect of sand tray play therapy from a Native American perspective.
  • To compare and contrast several Native American healing traditions with sand tray play therapy.
  • To develop awareness of Native American philosophy for working with Native American clients in the therapeutic process.
  • To apply concepts of sand tray play therapy to the community building process.

Fee:

  • $305  Professional Early (Postmarked 30 days in advance)
  • $325  Professional Regular
  • $285  Student Early (Postmarked 30 days in advance)
  • $305  Student Regular

Topic: Sand Tray Group Counseling in Schools & Clinics: An Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) Perspective​

The focus of this workshop is the use of sand tray play therapy as a counseling technique with groups in schools or clinics. This workshop includes case vignettes, organizational principles for groups, use of individual sand tray counseling versus group sand tray play, application of sand tray counseling techniques and practical information. Interpersonal Neurobiolgy (IPNB) principles will be woven into the theoretical understanding of group sand tray. Prerequisites: Levels 1 & 2 (12 contact hours/2 days)

 

The workshops will help participants:

  • To develop skills in facilitating group sand tray play therapy in schools and clinics.
  • To learn how to organize an environment for group sand tray.
  • To identify benefits and challenges of the sand tray group format.
  • To learn observational and evaluation skills for the group format.
  • To develop skills in recording methods for the group format.
  • To identify theoretical issues and standards of training.  

Topic: Sand, Play, and Art: A Playful "Artitude" - When Children are Anxious, Grieving, or Traumatized​

Art making and sandplay enhance one another as expressive play therapy modalities, and they are especially effective in treating children with anxiety, grief, or trauma. These modalities activate right hemisphere processes that help to integrate sensory, emotional, and imaginative information, registering the actions, feelings, and intentions of participants. This workshop will present case examples, theoretical ideas, practical suggestions, and hands-on experiences that will foster the integrative power of sand tray play and art making in play therapy settings. Prerequisite: None (12 contact hours/2 days)

Presenters:  Donna Hanna-Chase, MA and Theresa Kestly, PhD. 

 

The workshop will help participants to:

  • Learn how the integrative power of sand tray play and art-making is particularly useful in play therapy settings.
  • Experience a variety of art-making exercises that are applicable to play therapy practice for treating children’s anxiety, grief, or trauma.
  • Learn how these nonverbal modalities encourage play therapy clients to stay in their right hemispheres when they need to process feelings or integrate the implicit aspects of memories.
  • Increase sand tray therapy skills through witnessing and creating personal sand trays in combination with art-making projects.
  • Develop play therapy skills that utilize creative processes to deepen healing experiences.

Topic: Sand, Play, and Art: Mandalas & Sacred Circles - Healing Anxiety, Grief, and Trauma in Play Therapy, Cross-Cultural Considerations

Mandalas restore our sense of belonging, helping us to return from our sense of separateness to a realm of unity where we may fulfill our potential for wholeness. Integrating Jungian and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) concepts in this 3-day workshop, we will explore how wholeness and inner balance help to heal anxiety, grief and trauma in both children and adults in play therapy settings. Mandalas and sacred circles exist across all cultures and throughout the lifespan. Neuroscientist Iain McGilchrist suggests that the right hemisphere engages in processing “in the round” as it takes in the whole of things rather than looking at bits and pieces of information in a linear fashion that is so characteristic of the left hemisphere. He emphasizes that we need both sides but that we are in danger in Western societies of ignoring the right hemisphere processing where relationships, empathy, and visions of wholeness prevail. In this workshop we will honor both sides as we explore in practical ways how to tap into this natural longing for unity and wholeness through mandala creation, sand tray play, and conscious attention to sacred circles within a science-informed and cross-cultural context.

Presenters:  Donna Hanna-Chase, MA and Theresa Kestly, PhD.  Prerequisites: None (18 contact hours/3 days)

 

The workshop will help participants to:

  • Experience how art-making activities related to mandalas and circular forms help to cultivate integration in play therapy settings with attention to cross-cultural principles.
  • Learn to apply mandala concepts and activities across cultures to treat anxiety, grief, and trauma in a play therapy practice for both children and adults.
  • Learn how these nonverbal modalities encourage play therapy clients to stay in their right hemispheres when they need to process feelings or integrate the implicit aspects of memories.
  • Increase sand tray therapy skills through witnessing and creating personal sand trays with a focus on recognizing the mandala form when it emerges in the tray.
  • Draw from interpersonal neurobiology concepts to develop play therapy skills that utilize creative processes to deepen healing experiences that are relevant across cultures.

Topic: Sand, Play, and Art: Healing Grief Through Play and Creative Expression

This workshop is designed to tap the unique creative force within us.  Through personal and group art making and sand tray play we will experiment with methods of deep listening.  We will honor the sacred, relentless power within that invites us to be who we are.  We will play, invent, express, support and nurture each other and remind ourselves that inspiration is always available if we speak from its source.  Psychoanalyst Rollo May wrote in Courage to Create, “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.”     Co-Presenter:  Donna Hanna-Chase, MA.  Prerequisites: Levels 1 & 2 (24 contact hours/4 days). Credit for Level 7 in CORE program.

 

The workshop will help participants:

  • To develop intervention skills for grief and loss.
  • To recognize symbolic patterns related to grief.
  • To articulate the role of play in healing grief.
  • To develop self awareness related to grief and loss.
  • To integrate the modalities of sandplay and art making to to address issues of grief and loss.
  • To identify general treatment goals that are important when treating clients with grief and loss issues.

Consult: Sandplay Group Consultation for Therapists

Participants will present case material related to sand tray play therapy for consultation purposes.  Presentations will consist of videotapes, art work, sand tray photos, treatment plans, case notes and other relevant materials. Therapists also have opportunities to incorporate sand tray play as part of the consultation process.  Groups are small to allow for individual attention.  Limit: 8 participants.
Request individual brochure for schedule and cost.  Fees vary according to the number of contact hours and the number of participants who register.  Prerequisites:  Levels 1 and 2 of Sand Tray Training Workshops and Individual Interview.

 

The workshop will help participants:

  • To develop treatment strategies for sand play therapy.
  • To formulate treatment plans including goals, interventions and recommendations.
  • To identify issues in case management including ethical issues.
  • To identify counter-transference issues.