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How to become a Certified Sandplay Therapist: Our Sandplay Courses

Sandplay therapy is a creative and effective way of working with children, young people, adults and families. It is widely used in counselling and mental health settings. Dora Kalff initially developed Jungian sandplay in the 1930’s. Her work is the basis of all of our courses.   However, we also integrate skills from Gestalt sand tray, object relations, transpersonal and person-centred sandplay work.


Our students also learn evidence-based sandplay therapy techniques to use with primary school aged children, teenagers and adults. All of our sandplay therapy courses are based on recent research and clinical case studies. On every weekend, you are welcome to bring your clients’ material to discuss in group supervision.  In addition, we will help you through your own personal sandplay process in a small, supportive group environment. You will, therefore, become a well-rounded, confident sandplay therapist able to use sand with clients, in supervision and as a way of looking after yourself. 


You can apply to become a Certified Sandplay Therapist after you successfully complete our one year’s Certificate course. There is no written work, instead, you are assessed in a group or individual supervision, as well as completing 50 hours of client work. There is also no deadline to finish these requirements.

Our courses focus on teaching the practical, research-based skills you need - how to become a Certified Sandplay Therapist.

Firstly, our groups are small, friendly and interactive. Secondly, you will be doing your own sandtrays, as well as using other art therapies such as art, music and meditation to create an expressive, healing space. Thirdly, there will always be space for group and individual consultation sandplay sessions during our course of training.


The Introduction is a good place to start if you are new to sandplay therapy or want to see if you like our way of working. After that, our key skills training is the Certificate, which is taught in five-weekend modules over a year. After that, you can continue on to the Diploma, which is more focussed on self-care and working with sandplay in group or mental health settings.

how sandplay training works
how sandplay training works
how sandplay training works

Course Requirements


All our sandplay training courses are suitable for BACP and UKCP counselling and psychotherapy Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

There is no written work. Instead, you are assessed in group or individual supervision. Also, on the Certificate and Diploma courses, you will be asked to present a case study to the group during a teaching weekend.

In addition, the Certificate and Diploma courses require 50 hours each of client work. However, there is no deadline on completing these hours. You can call yourself a Certified Sandplay Therapist after completing the Certificate weekends, client hours and supervision requirements. You will also be assessed by your supervisor and sandplay teacher.

In summary, we recommend that you are in personal therapy. Therefore, we may be able to suggest creative therapists or supervisors. We work to BACP Ethical Standards.

I was impressed and inspired by Jill’s professionalism. Her handouts are excellent and she has encyclopaedic knowledge. Above all, I loved the personal qualities that she brings. She has such generosity of spirit and warmth of heart. Therefore the pace is gentle yet firm and  her holding of the space exceptional. After experiencing psychotherapy training in other institutions, I would rate Jill’s approach as masterful and highly competent. In conclusion, the handouts are eloquent and erudite. Also, the symbol collection is second to none. In fact, the experiental learning and lectures were deeply effective and in my case, life-changing.

We offer three levels of Sandplay Therapy Training

In general, the best place to start if you are new to sandplay therapy, is the Introduction to Sandplay Therapy weekend course.

Then the next level is the Certificate in Integrative Sandplay Therapy, which is our main key skills sandplay training.

After that, you can go on to the Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Therapy, which builds on and expands the skills of the previous courses.

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

introduction to sandplay therapy courses

Certificate in Integrative Sandplay

certificate in integrative sandplay training

Diploma in Integrative Sandplay

diploma integrative sandplay therapy training

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