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Online Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

Accessible and affordable sandplay training skills

for working with children, adolescents and adults

Sandplay therapy is:

  • A widely-used type of counselling, in which the healing process happens in a gentle, non-verbal way. It was in fact developed by Dora Kalff based on the World Technique of Margaret Lowenfeld. Sandplay and trauma therapy are proven to be especially effective in helping children express feelings, process traumatic memories and therefore improve their behaviour.
  • A very useful therapeutic approach with teenagers. Also, adults who may prefer play therapy to talking, e.g. people with autism or dementia.

Sandplay therapists:

  • In brief, we use miniature toys to enable clients to process their traumatic experience. For example, with clients who have been sexually abused. It is an approach which allows children and young people to work through even preverbal traumas in a free and protected space.

Our introductory level sandplay therapy training course
is perfect for:

  • School counsellors, clinical psychologists, play therapists, art therapists, social workers, wellbeing and other mental health professionals.
  • In addition professionals, students and volunteers in educational and mental health settings, e.g. school, nursery, SEN or CAMHS; are welcome.
  • Gaining basic skills in using sand with children, adolescents and adults
  • Helping you to decide if you want to become a sandplay therapist

We suggest you also read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your Sandplay Therapy Tutors

Tina Hesse

Laura McGuinness

Lindsey Toogood

Why do the Online Introduction to Sandplay Therapy with us?

Discover the benefits of our approach

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  • Feel supported in a small group of 6 to 10 people
  • Gain practical skills in the sandplay process
  • Experience sandplay therapy by doing it yourself in a friendly community
  • Connect with expert, friendly, supportive tutors
  • Be introduced to the Jungian sandplay theories of Dora Kalff.
  • Gain tips on encouraging clients of all ages – children, adolescents and adults – to try sandplay
  • Get advice on getting started in schools, counselling centres and in private practice e.g. what type of trays and miniature objects to use.
  • All our certified sandplay training courses are suitable for BACP and UKCP counselling and psychotherapy Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Expert, friendly, supportive sandplay therapy training

“I would not hesitate to recommend Jill Carter Training to anyone interested in direct practice with both children and adults. The training was hugely inspiring and provided an intimate approach to learning the skills through our own unconscious reflections and experience.”


Next Online Introduction to Sandplay Therapy Courses

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Saturday 30th September/Sunday 1st October 2023

ONLINE courses via Zoom Meetings.

10-4pm UK time LIVE both days

£300 payable on booking

6 to 10 people.

Our three levels of Sandplay Therapy Training:

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

If you are curious about or new to sandplay therapy, this is the best place to start.

Certificate in Integrative Sandplay Therapy

This is the next level of training and is our main key skills course.

Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Therapy

The Diploma builds on and expands the skills of the previous courses.

Check this general overview on sandplay therapy and why it is effective
Read our FAQs here

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Get in touch with Lindsey

If you have any questions, the best way to get in touch is to email Lindsey on or call on 07311 389613

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