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
Sand Play Therapy, A Healing Journey for All Ages

Date: August 11-14, 2020
Cost: CAN$680 + GST
CEU Credits: 24
Recommended Prerequisite: Expressive Play Therapy, A Holistic and Integrative Approach or equivalent

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Overview

This 4-day seminar 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).

Learning Objectives and Content:
  • The theoretical principles underlying the use of Sand Play Therapy.
  • The context within which Sand Play Therapy is used.
  • History of the development of Sand Play Therapy, as one of the expressive methods used in Holistic Expressive Therapy.
  • The therapeutic properties unique to Sand Play Therapy.
  • Methodology, conducting a session.
  • Setting up a Sand Play Therapy area in various settings and for different age groups.
  • What to take note of while witnessing the image making process.
  • 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.
  • View and discuss a videotaped session illustrating the development and creation of a spontaneous image as well as the following and tracking of process and content.
  • 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
  • Using Sand Play Therapy with families, adults, couples and groups (illustrated by slides).

The afternoons will be spent making, witnessing and exploring Sand Play Therapy images as related to the information discussed in the mornings.

Fee includes use of materials. Meals and accommodations are not provided.

* For those seeking CAPTor BCPTA certification – this course will go towards 12 hours of theory / approach and 12 hours techniques.
Sand Play Therapy 2
Images of Healing in Sand Play Therapy

Date: October 18-20, 2019 and October 9-11, 2020
Cost: CAN$550 + 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:
  • Theoretical principles of Holistic Expressive Play Therapy as related to the image making process and the use of sand play therapy.
  • The ways self-healing manifests itself in sand play imagery through the various stages.
  • Consider and discuss central images of healing in sand play therapy.
  • View and explore the images of healing through the stages of therapy.
  • Explore and learn to understand further the language of symbols, metaphors and images and their recurring patterns.
  • Address the dangers of interpretation and projection.

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

The afternoons will be spent making, witnessing and exploring sand play images as related to the information discussed in the mornings.

Fee includes use of materials. Meals and accommodations are not provided.

* For those seeking CAPTor BCPTA certification – 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$495 + 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 3-day seminar will give participants the opportunity to consult on client cases, whether working with children, youth, adults, individuals, couples families or groups.

Learning Objectives and Content:
  • It will be an opportunity to 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 use of materials. Meals and accommodations are not provided.

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