Our courses have already supported hundreds of counsellors, psychotherapists and students to become more expressive in their work and in life.
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.
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 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.
Join the hundreds of students have completed our Certificate in Integrative Sandplay, which is a year’s key skills training
Sandplay therapy basically uses miniature figures in a box of sand. Creative play helps clients tell their story and process feelings. Our Sandplay Training is invaluable in your work in schools, counselling and mental health settings.
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.
When you join one of our courses you will:
- Learn practical, research-based ways of using sand play, art and other creative activities working with children, adolescents, and adults.
- Develop key skills 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 sandplay therapy, expressive arts, trauma and supervision courses for BACP/UKCP Continuing Professional Development.
This will support you in your work as a professional or volunteer in an educational or mental health setting; including agencies, CAMHS and schools. We also welcome students completing counselling, trauma therapy or art therapy training.
This is our key skills creative arts training. You need therefore to have a counselling qualification (or similar) to be awarded the Certificate. The Certificate takes place across 5 weekends throughout the academic year.
Gain your Certificate in a Year
From £1700 (payment plans available)
Once you have completed our Certificate course you can join the Diploma. The Diploma also takes place at weekends throughout the academic year. It basically helps you deepen and broaden your understanding of theory and practice on a personal, professional and spiritual level.
From £2160 (payment plans available)
Workshops for former Certificate and Diploma Students
We often hear that you would like opportunities to stay connected with our sandplay community on completion of our trainings. In response we would like to announce two training opportunities about Internal Family Systems and Sandplay.
Gain your Certificate in Creative Counselling Supervision
NEW DATES ADDED FOR 2023
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.
You can use any of our sandplay therapy, working creatively with trauma and creative supervision courses as BACP/UKCP (or equivalent bodies) Continuing Professional Development.
We emphasise delivering exceptional value in all our courses. For example you’ll work in small groups (no more than 10 students) with lots of 1-2-1 time with your tutor. You’ll work with the same tutor throughout each training. We will of course continue to offer payment plans for the Certificates and Diplomas.
Lindsey Toogood, Tina Hesse and Laura McGuinness facilitate our courses. We have been teaching and offering sand therapy training for many years.
You will also benefit from our wide range of experience as counsellors, therapists and mental health practitioners.
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