Trainings in Frankston & Phillip Island - 

Trainer for Victoria: Jo Ablett


NEW INTAKE: Frankston - 6 May, 2021

Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work

with Children, Adolescents & Adults


12 days - 4 x 3-day training workshops

Trainer: Jo Ablett

M. Couns., Dip & Adv Dip. ET, Cert ET, Dip Ed. B. Ed. Cert IV &. Grad. Dip. Couns. Supervision.

Course created by Dr Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson


Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over seventy years. Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive therapies, combining elements of each. Sandplay allows the deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety, and is highly effective in reducing the emotional causes behind difficult behaviours.


With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method for use by established professionals. It has been used with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices.



WORKSHOP 1  Foundation Skills One - 3 days

6 - 8 May, 2021

- Introduction to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work

       - practical experience, history and theory

- Overview of literature

- Role-play techniques to support integration

- Input on sandplay equipment

- Contraindications for use of symbolic work and role-play

- Illustrated case studies


WORKSHOP 2  Skills Two - From Theory to Practice 

- 3 days 17 - 19 June, 2021

- Psychological mechanisms activated by sandplay

- Concepts from Jungian Psychology supporting sandplay

- Interpretation of spatial arrangements in the tray

- Dr Lowenfeld's theoretical framework

- Skills practice and case illustrations


WORKSHOP 3  Symbolic Expression, Dreams & Research  - 3 days   29 - 31 July, 2021

- Review of Dora Kalff's theoretical framework

- Indications for analysis of sandpictures

- Working with dream symbols

- Co-transference in the sandplay session

- Refinement of facilitation skills


WORKSHOP 4  Transpersonal Contexts, Supervision  - 3 days  9 - 11 September, 2021

- Case presentations by students, peer supervision

- Transpersonal influences on the psyche

Beyond the Shadow - Dora Kalff on completion trays (DVD)

- Skills development



Each day from 9am to approx 5pm; last day ends at 4pm.

VENUE Kindred Art Space, Frankston, Victoria


Cost: each 3-day training workshop: $850   Fee includes workshop manual, electronic Book of Readings, morning and afternoon tea.

For details and Registration Forms:
Email:      or phone: 0417 078 792

NEW INTAKE - Philip Island, Victoria - TBA
Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents
- Somatic Focused, Creative Counselling for Emotional Integration

Trainer for Victoria: Jo Ablett
M. Couns., Dip & Adv Dip. ET, Cert ET, Dip Ed. B. Ed. Cert IV &. Grad. Dip. Couns. Supervision.

Created by Dr Mark Pearson & Helen Wilson
Recognised for membership of the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association.

Five 3-day workshops over six months.

Fees for each 3-day training module: $850

VENUE:  Into Blue Studio, Ventnor, Philip Island, Victoria

WORKSHOP ONE: - 3 days

Supporting Emotional Expression - Art, Music & Movement

 - Theoretical background for client-centred practice

 - Multiple Intelligence in counselling

 - New ways to help clients talk about themselves

 - Developing trust and encouraging interest in self-discovery

 - Introducing emotional release processes

 - Use of drawing for expressive release

 - Contraindications for emotionally activating activities

WORKSHOP TWO:   -  3 days 

Exploring Family Issues - Processing Strong Emotions

- Exploring family of origin issues using art and symbols

- Emotional release processing:

           - supporting the resolution of grief

           - safe anger release and integration

 - Bioenergetics, de-armouring and movement therapy

 - Expressive writing and worksheets for expression and integration

WORKSHOP THREE:    -  3 days

Symbol Work, Group Work & Transforming Trauma         

- Symbol Work in contemporary counselling

- Role-play for a strong sense of self

- Safe processes for traumatised clients

- Building resilience

- ET in group work and group dynamics

- Illustrated case stories


WORKSHOP FOUR:  26 - 28 March, 2020 - 3 days

Balancing Emotional, Cognitive and Somatic Processes

- Foundation Principles of Expressive Therapies

- Dealing with reactivity and anger

- Body Focus - supporting kinaesthetic resolution

- Music as a therapeutic tool - recorded and live

- Research and background literature


WORKSHOP FIVE:  - 3 days

Inner-Life Skills for Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem

- Approaches for teaching relaxation and centering

- Visualisation and imagination for enhancing self-esteem

- Engaging parents and carers in the process

- Emotional expression through bioenergetics

- Enhancing emotional stability

For details and Registration Forms:
Email:     or phone: 0417 078 792



M. Couns. Dip & Adv Dip E T, Dip. Couns. Supervision, B. Ed.

Prof. supervisor and member ACA, PACFA, member SCAPE, ACATA, CAPAV, VIT.

Jo conducts a private practice, Into Blue Expressive Therapies from her studio on Phillip Island, Vic. Jos qualifications include a Master in Counselling, Bachelor of Education and Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Expressive Therapies and a Diploma in Counselling Supervision. Jo has an extensive background in working with children and adolescents with 10 years teaching in the secondary school system and 20 years in the primary system before establishing a private practice in 2002.  She has worked with children, adolescents and adults, using Expressive Therapies since 1997.

 Jo currently works as a counsellor and psychotherapist with adults, adolescents and children as well as a professional supervisor (ACA, PACFA) for counsellors and ET graduates.  As the Victorian Trainer for ETIA, Jo also conducts one-day workshops in Expressive Therapies and facilitates the certificate courses. She regularly facilitates educational workshops for agencies, schools and parents, on issues related to emotional intelligence, relationships, personal development, and learning styles.  For 36 years Jo has facilitated personal development in support of children, adolescents and adults and continues her life long passion to set the scene for life enrichment, personal growth and healing for people of all ages. Visit Jo at:


Contact: Jo Ablett - Phone: 0417 078 792   



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