IN PERSON TRAINING WITHOUT CEs  

Sand Tray in Play Therapy with Children & Adolescents

  IN PERSON TRAINING WITHOUT CES  

Sand Tray in Play Therapy with Children & Adolescents

October 14 - 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mesquite, Nevada

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE VERSION OF THIC COURSE WITH CEs

boy and social worker working with sand tray

Do you want to learn how to use sand tray therapy with your child and adolescent clients?

  • 👉🏻 Not sure how to use sand tray confidently with your clients to make sure you’re using it effectively and ethically in their play therapy sessions?
  • 👉🏻 Want to know how to make sense of what your clients created in the sand tray?

Well then – this two-day, in-person, experiential sand tray training is for you so you can feel super confident using this powerful modality!

No more second guessing ... 

Over the past twenty years of using sand tray in play therapy with my clients and teaching play therapists how to get really grounded using sand tray therapy with their clients, here are questions I’m ALWAYS asked by play therapists.

teen boy with disability and therapist working in sand tray
  • How do I introduce the sand tray and then how do I process it with my clients in a way that helps them really benefit from sand tray? 
  • How do I make sense of what my clients do in the sand tray?  I have no idea what any of it means.  I feel lost and inept (and quite frankly – like a fraud). 
  • What do I say to my clients when we talk about their sand tray? 
  • What kind of sand tray should I get?  What kind of sand should I get? Do I really need all those miniatures?  It’s so expensive! 
  • How do I document my clients’ sessions when they use the sand tray? 

These are excellent questions because if you don’t know how to effectively use this projective modality, you won’t likely get the most benefit for your clients in the play therapy process.

You may actually even create more problems if you don’t know how to use this powerful, projective modality properly.

This is why I LOVE teaching child and adolescent therapists and play therapists how to tap into the superpowers of sand tray therapy.

Not only that, I want to make sure you leave this training having experienced the power of sand tray therapy for yourself. You’ll create and process your own sand trays in a safe, professional environment with your colleagues.

🙌🏻 Yep! You’re totally going to get your hands in the sand  tray 🙌🏻
and use my sand tray miniatures to create your own sand trays.
That’s why it’s two full days.

👉🏻 You’ll have lots of time to practice and apply the information taught during the training before you even leave 

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You’ll have lots of time to practice and apply the information taught during the training before you even leave 

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It’s really the best way to make sure you really learn and experience sand tray therapy so that you can create a safe, therapeutic space for your clients using the magic of sand tray therapy for healing.

And – to make sure you get an amazing training experience - this training is limited to 10 – 12 people. You’ll have a lot of time using the sand tray making process to learn from me as well as your colleagues.

What you can expect ...

During this two-day, in-person, experiential sand tray training, you’ll learn:

  • The foundational history and elements of sand tray therapy. 
  • What to say to clients to introduce the sand tray, how to process your clients’ sand trays safely and therapeutically, and how to end the sand tray session
  • What to look for in the sand tray to recognize clinically relevant themes so you can understand what’s going on in your client’s sand tray. You’ll be able to use the information about themes to understand what your clients are working to resolve and how you can empower them to resolve it.
  • Practical tips for using sand tray with your clients so you can feel confident that you’re really helping your clients heal, including how to document their sessions.

SAND TRAY IN PLAY THERAPY TRAINING INFORMATION

SAND TRAY IN PLAY THERAPY TRAINING INFORMATION

Social workers, counselors, marriage & family therapists, school social workers, school counselors, child psychologists

October 14 – 15, 2022 @ 8:30am - 4:00pm. This is an in-person training and you need to attend both days.

Mesquite, NV (located between Las Vegas, NV and beautiful Southern Utah)

Written notification to cancel and receive a refund must be provided to Cathi Spooner at cathispooner@gmail.com no later than 10/07/2022 midnight Pacific Time zone (USA). No refunds will be given after that time. No partial refunds will be given after that time.

Integrating play therapy and sand tray in the treatment process for children and adolescents helps them resolve their mental health challenges in a way that meets their unique developmental needs in treatment. This in-person, experiential training will help child/adolescent mental health professionals and play therapists understand the developmental aspects of working with children and adolescents using sand tray in play therapy treatment. Participants will learn how to identify clinically relevant themes, how to process sand trays with clients, and how to therapeutically “hold” client sand trays in play therapy. Participants will also gain practical tips for how to document their play therapy sessions when using sand tray. Through this in-person two-day didactic and experiential training, participants will create and process their own sand trays and recognize how the therapeutic powers of play are accessed in the play therapy process.

  • Participants and play therapists will identify the unique developmental aspects of using sand tray in play therapy with children and adolescents 
  •  Participants and play therapists will describe the concept of “energy spots” in client sand trays in the play therapy process 
  • Participants and play therapists will describe at least two therapeutic powers of play accessed using sand tray in play therapy 
  • Participants and play therapists will demonstrate how to effectively introduce the sand tray process in play therapy to children and adolescents
  • Participants and play therapists will demonstrate the ability to identify personal projections and therapeutically hold client sand trays 
  • Participants and play therapists will explain basic concepts of Jungian theory and how to integrate sand tray with other play therapy models
  • Participants and play therapists will explain minimal information to include in session progress notes for sand tray in play therapy sessionsList item two

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It is my greatest desire to help families heal by empowering child and adolescent therapists learn how to integrate play therapy and expressive arts using the therapeutic powers of play into clinical practice with confidence and integrity.

Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S

Cathi Spooner LCSW, RPT-S
therapist with children playing with sand tray

WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID 

Feedback from Cathi's Trainings

Cathi's training was helpful. I will be able to integrate the information and interventions provided into my work with my clients

Anna H.

Smaller group sizes in Cathi's training facilitated more discussion and ability to participate.

Hallie B.


Cathi's experience and confidence in the model she developed plus her grounding energy helped in learning a whole new model. She brought it to life, including making comments during the first part explaining that the science is why you emphasize certain things with parents.

Cooper S.


Cathi was very available and able to answer questions. I really enjoyed her enthusiasm and knowledge. I learned a lot and feel more confident meeting with families.  

Leslie E. 

IN PERSON TRAINING  

IN PERSON TRAINING

Sand Tray in Play Therapy with Children & Adolescents

This course registration version does not include CEs.
If you need Continuing Education hours, click here for the registration version of this course with CEs

October 14 - 15, 2022
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mesquite, Nevada





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