certificate in integrative sandplay
certificate in integrative sandplay

Certificate in Integrative Sandplay

Next available dates September 2019 – Ealing, London

Five weekends over an academic year:

7/8th September 2019

16/17th November

18/19th January 2020

7/8th March

9/10th May


10.00-17.00 all days.


This is our most popular course, providing accessible and affordable sandplay training skills for trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. It’s a mixture of theory, practical skills and experiential learning by doing our own sandtrays. It equips you to do sandplay therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Taught by Jill Carter, it runs annually with the next course starting in September 2019. The cost is £1680 if paid in full before the course starts or £1750 in instalments. £250 of this amount needs to be paid as a deposit at the time you book to guarantee you a place. We can offer monthly payment plans by arrangement.

The focus is on experiential creative learning, so the weekends are a mixture of sandplay, counselling and psychotherapy training shared in an interactive way, lots of practical advice and doing our own sandtrays. We will also use music, mindfulness, meditations and breath work to nurture ourselves during the weekends. And cake.

Sandplay is a powerful way of accessing unconscious memories and feelings, so personal and group process is an important and healing part of all our trainings.  Exploring our own material supports us and helps us in client work (and in life). You don’t have to be in personal therapy (though I would recommend it) and there is ongoing support from the teaching staff and supervisors throughout the course, all of whom are BACP and/or UKCP therapists and supervisors.

Many students use this course as a way of looking after themselves in what is an increasingly stressful occupation. You are welcome to come purely for that support, or to use it for continuing personal development (CPD) hours. If you want the Certificate, you need to do 50 client hours that include sand. There is no time deadline on this – take as long as you need.

There is no written work on this course. A small amount of reading is set throughout the sandplay training, and students are encouraged to present client material in group sessions during the weekends. We work to BACP standards and can help you to find a suitably qualified supervisor to cover sandplay clients. You may be able to use your own supervisor (check with Jill) if she/he has suitable experience and qualifications in sandplay training.

Venue & Getting There

On Route wellness centre, 44-46 South Ealing Road.

2 mins from South Ealing tube – very close to Heathrow Airport and 30 minutes from central London.

There is a vegan restaurant on site and good coffees and home made cake.

Weekend Content

Weekend One: Introduction to the group and working with sand, getting started (equipment, rooms, having confidence in what we do), BACP confidentiality, boundaries, ethics, contracting. Being present with child and adult clients.  An introduction to our theoretical model. Reading and supervisors lists.

Weekend Two: Working with children in schools, NHS and private practice. Being with the child in front of you, based on work of Violet Oaklander. Practical skills and support on dealing with parents, head teachers and other colleagues, e.g. how to answer the ‘what is it that you DO?’ question. Case studies and examples of sand play with 3-11 age group. An introduction to children’s’ developmental stages and object relations’ theory.

Weekend Three:  Being not doing. The creative world of Jung and the healing power of the unconscious. The union of opposites – anima (female), animus (male) and shadow parts of our clients and ourselves. Exploring potential meanings and interpretations of Archetypes, universal meanings common in sand and other play therapy creative work. Mandalas – the symbol of wholeness – in sandplay and in art. Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey in sand.

Weekend Four:  Working with Teenagers and Trauma. Encouraging creativity and story telling in sandplay with adolescents. Rites and initiations: the battle between Eros (life/love) and Thanatos (death/destruction).  The therapist as fellow traveller. An introduction to using sandplay with both simple and complex trauma. The work of Bessel van der Kolk.

Weekend Five: Remembering who we are.  Helping adult clients to reconnect to their hearts through sandplay. Simple ways of making creative work less challenging and practical ways of encouraging clients to do sand. An introduction to the transpersonal writings of Almaas. Bodywork and mindfulness exercises and ways of supporting ourselves after the course.

Contact us for more details or a booking form

Contact us for more details or a booking form