Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Mar 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $220

Sandplay Therapy: Fundamentals of Theory and Practice (both days are required)

Course # - CPSY x678
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 9
Course Objectives:
·      To be able to describe how to introduce sandplay to child and adult patients
·      To be able to explain the importance of "the free and protected space" in sandplay
·      To be able to explain the role of the therapist as witness in the patient's
·      sandplay process
·      To be able to explain how a child's play is a metaphor for what may be happening in the child's psyche
·      To be able to give examples of how "sandplay" can be differentiated from other methods of using a sandtray in therapy
·      To be able to describe his or her experience with selecting sandplay figures from the shelf
Course Description:
Often referred to "a waking dream," sandplay is a non-verbal form of therapy that is often a healing experience for both children and adults.
In this modality, the individual uses sand, water and miniature objects to create a physical manifestation of the inner, psychic world. "Sandplay" is the Jungian approach to using the sand in therapy.
This interactive, hands-on workshop will present basic Jungian concepts and the theory of sandplay, originated by renowned Swiss therapist Dora Kalff. The course will cover introducing sandplay with child and adult clients, the significance of the first tray and the sandplay journey in a "free and protected space." Slides of sandtrays done by both children and adults will illustrate the process. The participant will experience how the selection of figures can be a healing practice.
Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D., MFT is a teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America. She is an analytically-oriented psychotherapist with extensive experience in using sandplay with children. She has a particular interest in how early life trauma affects psychological development. Dr. Heathcote lectures and teaches sandplay nationally and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a contributing author of Living the Tides of Uncertainty, 2006 and has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 2009. She maintains a private practice in Los Gatos, California where she works with children, adolescents and adults.


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Grace Perez
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