certificate in integrative sandplay
certificate in integrative sandplay training

Sandplay Training: Certificate in Integrative Sandplay

Now booking for 7 September 2019.


This is our most popular sandplay training course, leading to certification as a sandplay therapist. It is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists and play therapists, as well as other people working/volunteering in education and mental health settings. Our groups are always small, with never more than 10 students on a course. This gives you lots of one-to-one support and encouragement on the key Jungian sandplay theories of Dora Kalff from the teacher Jill Carter.  The focus is on experiential creative learning, so you will learn our evidence-based sandplay therapeutic method, with lots of practical advice and a chance to try sandplay. We will also use other creative arts therapies such as music, mindfulness and meditations to nurture ourselves in a free, protected space.


Accessible and affordable skills for working with children, adolescents and adults.


Sand tray is powerful as a way of accessing unconscious memories and feelings, so personal and group sandplay process is an important and healing part of all our training.  Exploring our own material supports us and helps us in our professional practice (and in life). We recommend that you are in personal therapy. In addition, there is ongoing support from the teaching staff and supervisors throughout the course, all of whom are BACP and/or UKCP therapists and supervisors.


Become a Certified Sandplay Therapist in five weekend modules:

7/8th September 2019

16/17th November 2019

18/19th January 2020

7/8th March 2020

9/10th May 2020


10-5pm all days


The cost is £1680 if paid in full before the course starts or £1750 in instalments. £250 to be paid as a deposit when you book. However, we can offer monthly payment plans.


On Route Health, 44-46 South Ealing Road, Ealing, London W5 4QA

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.

wizard figure certificate in sandplay therapy

This course is for you if:

  • You work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, play therapist, wellbeing or mental health practitioner.
  • You are a professional, student or volunteer in an educational /mental health setting, e.g. school, nursery, SEN or CAMHS.
  • Adding sandplay work and play therapy skills appeals to you

The three levels of Sandplay Therapy Training:


Check this general overview on how to become a certified sandplay therapist.

Benefits of this course:

  • This course is a good way of looking after yourself, in fact many students come for that reason. Moreover, you can also use it for continuing hours of education or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.
  • So, if you want the Certificate, you need to do 50 hours with a client that include sand. However, there is no time deadline on this – take as long as you need.
  • You can become a Certified Sandplay Therapist on completion of the taught hours, client and supervision hours, as well as having been assessed by your supervisor and teacher.
  • There is no written work on this course, although a small amount of reading is set throughout the sandplay training.
  • In addition, 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. Also, you may be able to use your own supervisor (check with Jill) if she/he has suitable experience and qualifications in sandplay training.


Jill Carter has been teaching and supervising sandplay therapy for 15 years. She is a Child, Adolescent Family and Adult UKCP and BACP Psychotherapist and Registered Training Supervisor. Jill has already taught hundreds of sandplay therapy students.

Jill Carter


The cost is £1680 if paid in full before the course starts or £1750 in instalments. £250 to be paid as a deposit when you book. However, we can offer monthly payment plans.

Schedule a chat with Jill!

contact jill carter

If you have any questions or would like to book on one of our courses, the best way to get in touch is to schedule a free 10 minute chat with Jill.


The course will give you:

  • All courses are certified and can be used for BACP/UKCP Continuing Personal Development
  • The Certificate will give you all the skills you need to confidently use sandplay therapy
  • And the ability do the Diploma in Sandplay Therapy

Weekend content:

  • Weekend OneIntroduction 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 TraumaEncouraging creativity and story telling in sandplay with adolescentsRites 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.

Support and Community:

  • Closed online groups, webinars, podcasts and videos.
  • Group supervision days in Colchester and Ealing

What to do next:

Schedule a chat with Jill!

contact jill carter

If you have any questions or would like to book on one of our courses, the best way to get in touch is to schedule a free 10 minute chat with Jill.


I was impressed and inspired by Jill’s professionalism, her excellent handouts, her encyclopedic knowledge but most of all the personal qualities that she brings, such generosity of spirit and warmth of heart. The pace is gentle yet firm, her holding of the space exceptional and after experiencing Psychotherapy training in other institutions I would rate Jill’s approach as masterful and highly competent. The handouts are eloquent and erudite, the symbol collection second to none and the opportunity to learn experiential as well as via lectures deeply effective and in my case, life changing.