Sand Play Therapy

Sand Play Therapy Overview

The approach to sand play therapy taught and practised in these seminars were developed by Marie José Dhaese, as one of the many expressive play therapy methods used in the context of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy. It has now been shared and taught for over 30 years. The content of each Sand Play Therapy seminar builds on the other; it is recommended they be taken in order.

Children’s process and imagery will be addressed through viewing and discussing slides and/or video taped sessions in the mornings. Adult imagery and process will be addressed through viewing slides but mostly through demonstrations and/or debriefing of participant’s imagery during the experiential in the afternoons. These seminars take place in Marie José’s well equipped playroom; participants will thus have the opportunity to experience and use her collection of sand play therapy figurines as well as the sand trays and storage units she has designed.

Sand Play Therapy 1
Webinar: Sand Play Therapy, A Healing Journey for All Ages

Date: March 13-14 + April 17-18, 2021 & July 10-11 + August 7-8, 2021
Cost: CAN$780 + GST
CEU Credits: 24
Recommended Prerequisite: Expressive Play Therapy, A Holistic and Integrative Approach or equivalent

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Overview

This 4-day webinar is intended for adult and/or child therapists who want to incorporate and/or further develop the use of Sand Play Therapy in their practice. It addresses the use of Sand Play Therapy with all age groups from young children to the elderly and in different combinations (individuals, families, couples and groups).

Content:

In this seminar, Play Therapists will:

  • Learn the theoretical principles underlying the use of Sand Play Therapy.
  • Discuss the context in which Sand Play Therapy is used.
  • Learn the history of the development of Sand Play Therapy, as one of the expressive methods used in Holistic Expressive Therapy.
  • Examine the therapeutic properties unique to Sand Play Therapy.
  • Discuss Sand Play Therapy methodology, namely structuring and conducting a session through beginning, middle, and end.
  • Learn how to set up a Sand Play Therapy area in various settings and for different age groups.
  • Be instructed in what to take note of while witnessing the image making process.
  • Learn the many ways Sand Play Therapy (dry sand, wet sand and water play) can be used to help children heal themselves while engaged in spontaneous play.
  • Examine an application of Sand Play Therapy principles by viewing and discussing a videotaped session illustrating the development and creation of a spontaneous image as well as the following and tracking of process and content.
  • Discuss when and how to use structured interventions:
    • to engage older children
    • to amplify the image
    • to help contain disintegrated play
    • to move past repetitive fighting stage and influence and imitation of video games
  • Discuss using Sand Play Therapy with families and adults (illustrated by slides).

Participants will apply these principles in the afternoons, which will be spent making, witnessing and exploring Sand Play Therapy images as related to the information discussed in the mornings.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical principles of Expressive Play Therapy as related to Sand Play Therapy.
  2. Describe the history and development of Sand Play Therapy within the context of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy.
  3. Describe Sand Play Therapy’s place in the larger context of the major components of Holistic Expressive Therapy and the other Expressive Play Therapy methods which may support it.
  4. Apply Sand Play Therapy methodology in structuring and conducting a session through beginning, middle, and end stages.
  5. Identify the unique and specific gifts of Sand Play Therapy as one of the many expressive therapies available in play sessions.
  6. Integrate Sand Play Therapy practices while considering setting, accessibility, age groups, and demographics.
  7. Prepare a Sand Play Therapy area while taking into consideration various materials and symbols and the multimedia character of dry sand, wet sand, and water tables.
  8. Assess the appropriate and most beneficial media – water, dry sand, or wet sand – for children to process their trauma in a safe way during a play therapy session.
  9. Facilitate the image making process during spontaneous play in dry sand, wet sand, and water.
  10. Identify what to take note of while witnessing the image making process in a Sand Play Therapy session.
  11. Identify and track critical developments in the imagery and story created by children in a recorded Sand Play Therapy case study.
  12. Design appropriate structured interventions unique to the needs of each child, youth, or adult during the Sand Play Therapy process.
  13. Conduct Sand Play Therapy sessions with children, youth, adults, and families.

Fee includes certificate of attendance for the purposes of continuing education programs.

For participants wishing to count credits towards certification with CAPT, a successful student evaluation by Marie Jose in the form of an essay will be required. There will be an additional charge of $50 for this service.

* Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event (March / April session) has been approved by APT for CONTACT CE Hours. For those seeking Play Therapy registration or certification – this course will go towards 12 hours of theory / approach and 12 hours of techniques.
Sand Play Therapy 2
Images of Healing in Sand Play Therapy

Date: To be arranged
Cost: CAN$585 + GST
CEU Credits: 18
Recommended Prerequisite: Expressive Play Therapy, A Holistic and Integrative Approach and Sand Play Therapy, A Healing Journey For All Ages

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Overview

This 3-day seminar is for experienced play therapists who are interested in further exploration of the symbolic language as it manifests itself in the images created in sand play therapy through the various stages of the healing process.

Learning Objectives and Content:
  • Therapists will learn about the theoretical principles of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy as related to the image making process and the use of sand play therapy.
  • Participants will discuss the ways self-healing manifests itself in sand play imagery through the various stages.
  • Participants will consider and discuss central images of healing in sand play therapy.
  • Therapists will view and explore the images of healing through the stages of therapy.
  • Therapists will explore and learn to understand further the language of symbols, metaphors, and images and their recurring patterns.
  • Therapists will address the dangers of interpretation and projection.

The mornings will be a time to cover the lecture material and discuss its content with participants while viewing children’s imagery.

The afternoons will be participatory, and therapists will create, witness, and explore sand play images as related to the information discussed in the mornings.

Fee includes certificate of attendance for the purposes of continuing education programs.

For participants wishing to count credits towards certification with CAPT, a successful student evaluation by Marie Jose in the form of an essay will be required. There will be an additional charge of $50 for this service.

 

* For those seeking certification with CAPT – this course will go towards 9 hours of theory / approach and 9 hours techniques.
Sand Play Therapy 3
Sand Play Therapy Consultation

Date: To be arranged
Cost: CAN$390 + GST
Participants: 6 participants maximum
Recommended Prerequisite: Sand Play Therapy, A Healing Journey For All Ages and Images of Healing in Sand Play Therapy

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Overview

This 2-day seminar will give participants the opportunity to consult with Marie Jose on client cases, whether working with children, youth, adults, individuals, couples families or groups.

Learning Objectives and Content:
  • Therapists will explore client’s imagery as well as address some of the problems they may have encountered in their sand play therapy work.
  • The afternoon will be a time for participants to make and explore sand play images related to the case brought to the group in the morning.
  • Follow up Sand Play Therapy Consultation Seminars will also be set up upon request.

Fee includes certificate of attendance for the purposes of continuing education programs.

For participants wishing to count credits towards certification with CAPT, a successful student evaluation by Marie Jose in the form of an essay will be required. There will be an additional charge of $50 for this service.

The Centre for Expressive Therapy is accredited by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy (Provider #09-102) and the Association for Play Therapy (Provider #95-010).

Please visit their websites to learn more about their specific requirements.

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