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Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work
With Children, Adolescents & Adults
Offered in:

Trainer for Brisbane: Dr Helen Wilson
Trainer for Singapore: Paula Huggins

This course is recognised for professional development points by the ACA and various PACFA member associations
Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over seventy five years. It has been used with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private counselling practices. It 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.

This course teaches you to use Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work exercises, along with Dreamwork, active imagination and creating stories in counselling with children.

This course is based on the material in Helen and Mark's book: Sandplay & Symbol Work - Emotional Healing and Personal Development with children, adolescents and adults. This is the only major publication on the subject written in Australia and it is sold world-wide as a major learning text.

The training will be a highly interactive and experiential. There will be many illustrated, case study presentations and an extensive manual is supplied.

12 days: 4 x 3-day training workshops
Students must work through the workshops progressively

WORKSHOP ONE   Foundation Skills - One
- Introduction to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work - practical experience, history and theory
- Review of research and relevant literature
- Role-play techniques to support integration
- The use of drawing in counselling
- Input on sandplay equipment
- Contra-indications for use of symbolic work and role-play
- Creating mythological stories for self-understanding
- Illustrated case studies

WORKSHOP TWO   Skills Two - From Theory to Practice

- Psychological mechanisms activated by sandplay
- Concepts from Jungian Psychology supporting sandplay
- Use of mandala artwork for integration
- Interpretation of spatial arrangements in the tray
- Categories of tray types
- Early research of the pioneers
- Dr Lowenfeld's theoretical framework
- Skills practice and case illustrations

WORKSHOP THREE   Symbolic Expression, Dreams & Research

- Use of sandplay with special client populations
- Use of Symbol Work in group programs
- Review of Dora Kalff's theoretical framework
- Indications for analysis of sandpictures
- Working with dreams in the sandtray
- Co-transference in the sandplay session
- Refinement of facilitation skills
WORKSHOP FOUR  Transpersonal Contexts, Supervision
- Case presentations by students
- Group supervision
- Beyond the Shadow - completion trays
- Skills development
Participants' Comments
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.

I want you to know that your training changed my work practice and also my life practice. The biggest thing I learned was to trust the process.
- Katherine Soper
The course last week was fabulous!
- Margaret Smeaton, Dept. of Juvenile Justice.

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.
Dr Helen Wilson BRISBANE
Paula Huggins SINGAPORE
9am to 5pm each day (last day ends at 4pm)
Digital camera, 1 large art pad (A3 size), crayons; journal or notebook; biro.
Other: An old towel; camera. Wear loose, comfortable casual clothes.

Mark and Helen have an ebook on this subject available for purchase, which is provided free to course participants. 

For more information please contact us.  Phone 0419 492 713 or email:

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