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, Supervision & Expressive Arts Training UK

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

Creative space to care for yourself and your clients

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Self care through sandplay courses and creative therapies offering expression and containment is especially needed right now. The  traumatic pressures of Covid, cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine put us as counsellors at danger of burn out. In particular, those of us who are survivors of complex trauma.

You may feel that your client load is sometimes very heavy. Working creatively lifts some of that stress off your shoulders. In fact, using creative play also brings huge benefits for both your clients and yourself.

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 courses, trauma therapy and expressive arts trainings especially for school counsellors and psychotherapists. Likewise, psychologists, play therapists and social workers. We will therefore help you with a combination of support, learning and nourishment. Our courses will help you feel confident in your work with complex trauma in children, adolescents and/or adults.

Why do these sandplay courses and creative training 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 ways of working with children, adolescents and adults.
  • Develop the key skills 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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Your tutors are Jill Carter, Lindsey Toogood, Shirley Mearing, Tina Hesse, Irene Dudley-Swarbrick and Bekki Watson . We have been teaching arts therapy training and sand therapy courses for many years. Our expressive arts and creative trauma trainings are therefore based on research-based models that work.

You will also benefit from our wide-ranging 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’s workshops 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. Also, her vast range of therapeutic skills and knowledge of complex trauma was helpfully modelled. 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. They were 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 course, trauma therapy, expressive arts training or supervision course that is right for you

Each expressive therapy course has been created, tested and developed by Jill Carter. In short, she is the UK’s leading creative trainer for sandplay courses. All our courses are specifically designed for school counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. Likewise, play therapists, wellbeing or mental health practitioners and social workers are welcome.

We offer 3 levels of training:

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

All our sand tray therapy, expressive arts, trauma and supervision courses can be used as BACP/UKCP (or equivalent bodies) Continuing Professional Development.

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Integrative Sandplay Courses

Basically, sandplay therapy uses miniature figures in a box of sand. This helps clients tell their story and process feelings. It is therefore valuable 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 Trauma Training UK courses to explore evidence-based models of trauma therapy using sandplay and 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 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.  As well as other professionals from mental health, social work and education.

All our sandplay courses and creative 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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