Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work
adolescents and adults
Redcliffe (Moreton Bay) 2024 intake starts 11 April
Trainer for Brisbane: Dr Helen Wilson
course 4 x 3-day workshops over 5 months
Twelve days of experiential training and supervision in the Expressive
Therapies approach to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work. Sandplay Therapy was
developed by Dora Kalff in the late 1950s, based on Dr Margaret Lowenfeld's
World Technique, Jung's Analytic Psychology and mindfulness practices. Symbol Work was created by Helen
Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that
has been in use for over eighty years. Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal
therapy and the expressive, creative arts therapies, combining elements of
each. The sandplay process is spontaneous and non-directed; Symbol Work is
guided to focus on specific issues.
Sandplay allows both
explicit and implicit processes to be explored and worked with naturally and
safely. With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay Therapy
provides highly positive outcomes as a psychotherapeutic method for use by
therapeutic resource with children, adolescents and adults, in schools,
hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices, Sandplay Therapy has
been found highly supportive of trauma recovery, and for personal and
This course is recognised by the ACA and of PACFA
for professional development points.
Kalff's Sandplay approach was based on this fundamental premise
that the psyche can be activated to
move forward in a purposeful and healing manner.
Mitchell & Friedman, 2002
WORKSHOP 1 3
days 11 - 13 April, 2024
Foundation Skills One
- Introduction to
Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work
- Practical skills
experience, history and theory
- Overview of
techniques to support integration
- Collection and use
of sandplay equipment
for use of symbolic work and role-play
- Illustrated case
WORKSHOP 2 3
days 13 - 15 June, 2024
Skills Two: From Theory to Practice
mechanisms in sandplay
- Jung's Analytic
Psychology in sandplay
spatial arrangements in the tray - Ammann's quadrant theory
theoretical framework - The World Technique
- Skills practice and
3 days 8 - 10 August, 2024
Symbolic Expression, Trauma Care, Sandplay Research
- Review of Kalff's
- Making sense of
- Exploring dream
- Sandplay in
- Transference and
co-transference in Sandplay
- Supervision for
- Facilitation and
3 days 26 - 28 September, 2024
Transpersonal Contexts, Supervision
- Sandplay as a
support for Transpersonal Psychotherapy
influences in the psyche
- Case presentations
by students - group supervision
- Beyond the Shadow - Kalff's presentation of completion trays - DVD
- Skills development
TIMES: Each day from 9am to 5pm; last day ends at 4pm.
VENUE: Expressive Therapies Training & Consulting
Rooms, 137 Sutton Street, Redcliffe.
FEES: Each 3-day training
workshop: $895 Fee includes extensive
workshop manuals, electronic Book of
Readings, morning and afternoon tea, as well as a free e-copy of the
textbook. BYO Lunch. Payment can be made per workshop, by direct
bank deposit to: Helen
Wilson BSB: 084 435 Account No:
REGISTRATION: Book a place via
payment and submitting the Registration Form - contact Helen: Phone 0421 129
117 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
READING & TEXTBOOK - eBook provided free with
Pearson, M., &
Wilson, H. (2001). Sandplay and Symbol
Work. Melbourne: ACER Press.
BRING: Bring your lunch (morning and afternoon refreshments
provided). Large art pad (A3 size); good crayons; biro; notebook; an old towel.
Bring a camera / iPad or iPhone to
record sandplay pictures.
All workshops are on
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
a highly experiential, interactive program that will provide many skills to
support your clients move into resilience and emotional confidence.
Participants will have the experience of following their own personal growth
journey using the processes at each training workshop, gaining much experience
in the client role.
will be illustrated case studies and an extensive manual will be provided for
each workshop. There is a requirement
for three short assignments, and a Book of Readings will be supplied to support
your wider reading. Participants with prior training in the helping professions
will receive the Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work, other participants will be awarded a
Statement of Attendance.
The Expressive Therapies Approach to Sandplay combines Play
Therapy, Jungian, Gestalt and mindfulness concepts and methods, and applies
this to working with small symbolic objects, either in a sandtray or on art
paper. The play aspect of this approach makes it inviting and non-threatening
and suitable for trauma recovery.
Sandplay has an
important role in helping clients deal with emotional and relational problems
and can be incorporated into traditional counselling with children, adolescents
and adults, working individually or in groups. It can offer ways to help
clients resolve family issues, contact and deepen personal resourcefulness, and
promote emotional resiliency. Sandplay work is also an effective support for
existential and transpersonal exploration.
Comments on the Course
Thank you for the introduction to Sandplay - the gentle way you as
facilitators approached our learning, I believe, had a huge impact on how
excited I am to have knowledge of this therapy. I have used it with a few of my
young clients and the impact it has had on them is incredible. Carol Long, Centacare.
Thanks for the excellent sandplay course. It was an extremely
beneficial experience for me, both from a personal and a professional
perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed the highly professional and informative, yet
relaxed and collegial facilitation.
Fiona Pienaar - MIT, New Zealand.
There is a very
dignified, cohesive symmetry in the way you both worked the workshop. There is
calmness and fiery passion, empathy and compassion, overlaid with a huge amount
of wisdom and experience, both of which were conveyed with skill and
style. New Zealand student.
I value the many
dimensions of practical and personal development offered in the course. The
manual was well presented and the course structure was great, with ample time
for reflection and discussion. Keran Thomas, Social Worker / Counsellor,