diploma in integrative sandplayt
diploma integrative sandplay therapy training

Sandplay Therapy Training: Online Diploma in Integrative Sandplay

Creativity enhances our professional practice and nourishes us in life

  • The Diploma is the second year of our sandplay therapy training. It therefore follows on from the Certificate in Integrative Sandplay
  • You will explore your own sense of calling, self and spirituality in a small, supportive group working to BACP standards. You will also learn how to avoid burnout by finding time for self-care
  • We will look at commonly used trauma models such as Internal Family Systems and Polyvagal Theory within the sandplay context. We will also explore the key Jungian theories of Dora Kalff
  • In addition, we will teach the theory and practice of transpersonal writers. For example, Michael Washburn’s idea of ‘regression in the service of transcendence’ and Stanislav Grof’s concept of consciousness before and during birth.
  • Sandplay therapy is often used alongside talking therapy. It is also easily combined with other creative therapies. So, we will explore simple ways of using sand tray in conjunction with mindfulness, music and movement.
  • This sandplay therapy training is particularly useful as part of a spiritual practice for both clients and therapists.
  • All our certified sandplay therapy training courses are suitable for BACP and UKCP counselling and psychotherapy Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Our popular diploma in sandplay therapy training course is perfect for:

how creative trauma training works
  • Your work in counselling and psychotherapy. Your job as a clinical psychologist, play therapist, wellbeing or mental health practitioner with children, adolescents and/or adults.
  • Professionals working in a variety of settings including schools, SEN, CAMHS, adult mental health, hospice care, bereavement services.
  • Deepening your practice as a Certified Sandplay Therapist. The Diploma helps you understand the theory and practice of sandplay therapy on a personal, professional and spiritual level.
  • Helping you feel supported and nourished so that you can prevent burnout

We suggest you also read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Why do the Online Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Therapy course with us?

If the Certificate is the how, the Diploma is the why

  • Completing the Certificate gave you the key practical skills to work as a sandplay therapist. Now, the Diploma will deepen your personal and professional development. It provides a nurturing, free and protected space in which to explore your clinical work and self-awareness.
  • The Diploma helps you understand the theory and practice of sandplay therapy on a personal, professional and spiritual level.
  • You can choose to do the Diploma the year after the Certificate, or take a break and come back to it.
  • Many groups formed on the Certificate stay together for this second year of training.

How to book for the Online Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Training

Step 1

Fill in our online booking form and we will be in touch.

Step 2

Secure your place with a £350 deposit

Step 3

Choose your payment plan and get started!

Expert, friendly, supportive training

“This sand diploma is one of the most amazing journeys you go on both in a personal and a professional level. My tutor was amazing and had such knowledge and insight which helped deepen the understanding of the power that sand has on a therapeutic level. The work around IFS, trauma, systemic work and the spiritual work was not only profound but also inspiring.
I’d therefore recommend it to anyone who wants to make a difference in the world. The power sand holds in the therapeutic space still amazes me everytime I use it.”


On our Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Therapy Training

You will:

  • Explore ways of using symbolic play to represent and heal ‘parts’ of our personalities.
  • Bring together sandplay research and the latest trauma models using symbols.
  • Look at systemic ways of working with sandplay with families, parents and children, couples and groups.
  • Relate sandplay to the mental health world.
  • Integrate trauma models such as Internal Family Systems into sand tray work.
  • Explore spirituality, meaning and self-care in a small supportive group.

What’s involved?

  • Online live via Zoom
  • 5 weekends over academic year
  • 10am until 4pm (UK time) each day
  • Small groups (up to 10 people)
Learning Approach
  • Experiential- opportunities to create and explore your own sandtrays
  • No written component
  • Commitment to required reading between weekends
  • Minimum of 80% attendance at weekends*
Practice Requirements
  • 50 clinical hours
  • Required to commit to a minimum of 8 supervision hours with one of our highly experienced sandplay supervisors.**
  • Present client material during one of the weekends

* To find out more please see FAQs

** Please budget for this as it is an additional cost to the course fees. To find out more please see FAQs

Overview of weekend content

Weekend 1: Sandplay in a Wider Context
  • How creativity can help us to safely explore the superego and the unconscious rules that we face in our families as children.
  • Introduction to key systemic writers such as Virginia Satir and Gregory Bateson.
  • Using sandplay in families and in groups. The power of genograms as a way of seeing family patterns in our clients.
Weekend 2: Parts work in Sandplay
  • The Internal Family Systems model of Dick Schwartz in sand.
  • How to encourage a better experience of attachment between parent and child via joint trays.
  • Ways of incorporating meditation and belief into sandplay therapy.
Weekend 3: Being in the Moment
  • Using the Polyvagal Ladder to help keep our clients present.
  • Simple, practical techniques to help clients and their dissociated parts stay in the room.
  • The existential crisis in the work of Michael Washburn’s regression in the service of transcendence.
    angel circle icon
Weekend 4: Sand as a means of Alchemical Spiritual Change
  • A simple, practical exploration of the Jungian psychological process of turning lead into gold.
  • Edward Edinger’s seven basic stages of change in sandtrays.
Weekend 5: Life and Death
  • Looking at Stanislav Grof’s transpersonal ideas of consciousness before birth.
  • Preparing clients (and ourselves) for a conscious death through creativity.

Your Sandplay Therapy Diploma Tutor


Lindsey Toogood

  • Lindsey has been a practising Integrative Relational Counsellor for more than twenty years.
  • She is an experienced Play Therapist, Integrative Sandplay Therapist, Creative Supervisor and Mindfulness teacher.

Commencing December 2023 with Lindsey Toogood

Course dates

  • 2nd/3rd December 2023
  • 27th/28th January 2024
  • 16th/17th March 2024
  • 11th/12th May 2024
  • 15th/16th June 2024



  • £350 deposit. Then choose from two payment options:
  • 7 affordable monthly instalments of £215 per calendar month total cost £1855
  • Pay £1350 before the course starts – this is the better value option- total cost £1700

About Jill Carter Training

therapeutic arts

These expressive therapy courses basically explain the theories and research behind creativity in counselling, education and mental health environments. They are written and developed by Jill Carter, the UK’s leading creative trainer for sandplay therapy training courses. Lindsey Toogood has taken the reins as Jill is now retiring. The team also includes, Tina Hesse, and Laura McGuinness.

In addition, our sandplay training, working creatively with trauma and creative supervision courses can be used as Continuing Professional Development by BACP/UKCP/similar regulatory bodies.


Let's stay in touch

Get in touch with Lindsey

If you have any questions, the best way to get in touch is to email Lindsey on hello@jillcartertraining.co.uk or call on 07311 389613

Sign up for updates and offers!

Sign up to get latest updates and find out when booking opens. The courses are small and limited and sell out fast, so don’t miss out!

Blogs and podcasts