Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work

Expressive Therapy Studio


Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work

Presenter: Dr Helen Wilson

12 days: 4 x 3-day workshops over 5 months. Twelve days of experiential training and supervision in the Expressive Therapies approach to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work. Sandplay Therapy was developed by Dora Kalff in the late 1950s, based on Dr Margaret Lowenfeld’s World Technique, Jung’s Analytic Psychology and mindfulness practices.

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over eighty years. Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive, creative arts therapies, combining elements of each. The sandplay process is spontaneous and non-directed; Symbol Work is guided to focus on specific issues.

Sandplay allows both explicit and implicit processes to be explored and worked with naturally and safely. With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay Therapy provides highly positive outcomes as a psychotherapeutic method for use by trained professionals. 

An effective therapeutic resource with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices, Sandplay Therapy has been found highly supportive of trauma recovery, and for personal and transpersonal development.

• Understand the principles of applying Sandplay Therapy
• Describe the basic theory of Sandplay facilitation
• Utilise a range of counselling skills using metaphor and symbolism
• Demonstrate client-focused and trauma-informed therapeutic skills
• Assess the suitability of applying Sandplay for individual clients
• Understand and demonstrate how to plan a therapy session

This is a highly experiential, interactive program that will provide many skills to support your clients move into resilience and emotional confidence. Participants will have the experience of following their own personal growth journey using the processes at each training workshop, gaining much experience in the client role. 

There will be illustrated case studies and an extensive manual will be provided for each workshop.  There is a requirement for three short assignments, and a Book of Readings will be supplied to support your wider reading. Participants with prior training in the helping professions will receive the Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work, other participants will be awarded a Statement of Attendance. 

About the presenter

Dr Helen Wilson
PhD., M. Couns.; B. Bus. (HRM); G. Dip. ERC.; Cert SP; Cert. HB & TP; Cert. ERC.

To register: please go to their website

This event counts as 80 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

28/10/2021 9:00 AM - 12/03/2022 5:00 PM
20 River Vista Court Maroochy River Sunshine Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA

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