Sandplay therapy is a creative and effective way of working with children, young people, adults and families. Sand therapy uses miniature figures in a box of sand. This helps clients tell their story and process feelings. Creative arts therapy is widely used in schools, as well as counselling and mental health settings.
Sandplay therapy is valuable because it is proven to work
Dora Kalff initially developed Jungian Sandplay Therapy in the mid 20th century. Her work is the basis of all of our courses. However, we also integrate skills from Gestalt sand tray therapy. Also, object relations’, transpersonal and person-centred sandplay work.
This creates a very flexible and adaptable non-verbal therapy ideal for working with children. It is also great for teenage clients. Adult clients may be more suited to non-verbal play therapy, such as those with Autism or Dementia.
We teach evidence-based sandplay therapy techniques to use with primary school aged children, teenagers and adults.
Sand play is ideal for clients who struggle with words. The results are that children in particular will be able to express feelings, traumatic memories and improve their behaviour quite quickly. Sandplay can also help adolescent and adult clients to express feelings in a safe, non-verbal way.
Why do our sandplay trainings?
All of our sandplay therapy courses are based on recent research and our own clinical case studies. We can show you key skills to get results. 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.
Students can apply to become a Sandplay Therapist after successfully completing our one year’s Certificate course. You must have a counselling qualification (or similar) to get the full Certificate. Other mental health or educational professionals or volunteers are welcome. You will learn sandplay skills with clients and for self development.
There is no written work, Instead, you must complete 50 sessions of client work. Students are also assessed during group and individual supervision. You do not have to finish all of your client hours during the course.
Our teaching is online at the moment because of Covid-19 and we accept online sessions as part of course requirements. We are aiming to be back teaching face to face as soon as it is safe to do so.