Certified Sandplay Therapy Training Courses
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Certified Sandplay Therapy Training Courses Jill Carter


jill carter training creative supervision


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Certified Sandplay Therapy Training Courses Jill Carter


Sandplay Courses, Creative Trauma and Therapeutic Arts Training UK

Are you drawn to using sandplay and therapeutic arts in your work?

Creative space to care for yourself and your clients

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We use sandplay and therapeutic arts to offer both expression and containment. This is especially important after the pressures of Covid, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine. These traumas can put us as counsellors at danger of burn out.

You may sometimes feel your client load is very heavy. Working creatively with therapeutic arts can help relieve that stress. We believe that using creativity in therapy sessions benefits both your clients’ and your own mental health.

Sandplay therapy and creative arts are brilliant ways to understand and process feelings with children. They also help clients of all ages to express their emotions non-verbally.

Created for you

We designed our sandplay and therapeutic arts trainings especially for school counsellors and psychotherapists. Likewise, psychologists, play therapists and social workers. We will help you with a combination of support, learning and nourishment. You will feel confident in your work with complex trauma in children, adolescents and/or adults.

Hundreds of students have completed our Certificate in Integrative Sandplay, which is a year’s key skills training

Why do these sandplay and therapeutic arts courses with us?

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When you join one of our courses you will:

  • Learn practical, research-based ways of using sand tray, art and other creative activities working with children, adolescents and adults.
  • Develop the key skills of therapeutic arts to use the magic of play in an evidence based person-centred way.
  • Understand the theories and research behind creativity in counselling, education and mental health environments.
  • Work in a small group of mental health professionals. Our students come from different backgrounds, trainings and experience.
  • Create space to develop ways to look after yourself.
  • Feel supported by a team of creative supervisors. Join the growing community of hundreds of students who have already completed our courses.
  • Be able to use our sand tray therapy, expressive arts, trauma and supervision courses for BACP/UKCP Continuing Professional Development.

Meet the Team

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Jill Carter, Lindsey Toogood, Shirley Mearing, Tina Hesse, Irene Dudley-Swarbrick and Bekki Watson facilitate our courses. We have been teaching arts therapy training and sand therapy courses for many years. Our therapeutic arts and creative trauma trainings are therefore based on research-based models that work.

You will also benefit from our wide range of experience as counsellors and therapists:

  • Child, adolescent, family and adult psychotherapist (Jill)
  • Play therapist and counsellor (Lindsey, Shirley + Irene)
  • Mental health manager (Tina)
  • Dramatherapist (Bekki)
  • EMDR therapists (Jill and Lindsey)

Expert, friendly, supportive training

“Jill led workshops which were very well organised. She gave lots of recommendations for pre-reading in addition to the generous provision of articles and creative resources. Her clear yet empathic approach created an environment for learning and self-reflection. She modelled her vast range of therapeutic skills and knowledge of complex trauma, which was very helpful. Jill invited some interesting practitioners into the workshops to give insights into different methods of working creatively. The workshops were heavily based upon experiential learning. I found them very powerful and life-enhancing. Despite the course being online due to Covid-19 restrictions, Jill created and held a very safe and nurturing space”.

Daisy, who completed the Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma course in 2021

Choose the sandplay training or therapeutic arts course that is right for you

Each of our courses has been created, tested and developed by Jill Carter, who is the UK’s leading creative trainer for sandplay courses. School counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists and psychologists will especially benefit from our approach. Likewise, play therapists, wellbeing or mental health practitioners and social workers are welcome.

We offer 3 levels of creative expressive training:

  • Introductory weekend – this will support you in your work as a professional or volunteer in an educational or mental health setting. This also includes a school or nursery, as an SEN or in CAMHS. We also welcome students completing counselling, trauma therapy or art therapy training.
  • Certificate – this is our key skills’ creative arts training. It generally takes place at family friendly times throughout the academic year. You need therefore to have a counselling qualification (or similar) to be awarded the Certificate.
  • Diploma – you can then go onto this course once you have completed our Certificate course. The Diploma also takes place at weekends throughout the academic year. It basically helps you understand the theory and practice of your chosen therapy on a personal, professional and spiritual level.

You can use any of our sand tray therapy, expressive arts, trauma and supervision courses as BACP/UKCP (or equivalent bodies) Continuing Professional Development.

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Integrative Sandplay Courses

Sandplay therapy basically uses miniature figures in a box of sand. Creative play helps clients tell their story and process feelings. You will find our Certified Sandplay Training invaluable in your work in schools as well as counselling and mental health settings.

Start with the Introduction to Sandplay weekend


Gain your Certificate in Integrative Sandplay in a year

From £1,800 (payment plans available)

Join the next Diploma in Integrative Sandplay

From £1,800 (payment plans available)

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Creative Trauma Courses

Our Working Creatively with Trauma™ courses are the only Creative Trauma Training UK courses to explore evidence-based models of trauma therapy using sandplay and creative expressive arts.

Start with the Introduction to Working Creatively with Trauma™ weekend


Gain your Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma™ in a year

From £1,800 (payment plans available)

Join the next Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma™

From £1,800 (payment plans available)

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Expressive Arts Courses

Integrative creative expressive art helps us to express feelings, process memories and calm minds. It is therefore an effective therapeutic tool for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Start with the Introduction to Expressive Arts weekend


Gain your Certificate in Integrative Expressive Art in a year

From £1,800 (payment plans available)

Join the next Diploma in Integrative Expressive Art

From £1,800 (payment plans available)

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Gain your Certificate in Creative Counselling Supervision

This is a full creative counselling supervision training for post qualifying counsellors, psychotherapists and play therapists.  Other professionals from mental health, social work and education are also welcome.

All our sandplay courses and therapeutic arts trainings are provided online and in person

You now have a choice of how to join us

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All the courses detailed are provided online. This saves time travelling. It also saves money spent on petrol, tickets and accommodation.
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In person

For people who prefer meeting face to face, our in person courses are starting soon. To help us plan the dates, please get in touch with us.

Let's stay in touch

Get in touch with Jill

If you have any questions, the best way to get in touch is to email Jill on jill@jillcarter.co.uk or call on 07932694779

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