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Advanced Sandplay Therapy

One day skills workshop

Presented by Cathy Banks - Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt

Please note that it is a prerequisite to complete the Introduction to Sandplay Therapy Workshop before registering for this Advanced Sandplay Therapy Workshop.

Sandplay Therapy is a play-based technique that is a valuable and powerful tool for counsellors. It is nonverbal, less intrusive, and fun adjunct to the mainly cognitive and behavioural modalities of traditional “talking” therapies. It is a self-directed and expressive therapy, and suitable for use by adults and children alike from many client populations. It provides a multiple intelligences perspective, and has proved an effective aid in helping the processing, containment, and healing of emotional trauma – such as grief, anxiety, aggression, and even physical pain.

Sandplay is a healing tool which opens the window into the psyche, accessing unconscious material and making it conscious by giving it form. Sandplay Therapy works by using real symbols from life (utilising small objects, pieces and figures) placed into a tray of sand to form a picture. The tray symbolises a protected space that is safe for expression; the sand is the place that land and water merge and represents a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious. The figurines or miniatures are symbolic of the world at large. This can lead to profound shifts in levels of understanding and emotional healing. One of the attributes of Sandplay Therapy is that change comes from within the client.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Willingness to explore Sandplay as a creative therapy

  • Introduction to Jungian concepts

  • Understanding of Sandplay Therapy freeform and directed

  • Introduction to symbology and archetypes and shadowing​

  • Considerations when working with teens and children

Workshop Dates & Locations


About the Facilitator

Cathy Banks

(Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt)


Cathy is an experienced Clinical Supervisor, ACA registered counsellor (COS #16575), psychotherapist and workplace trainer. She has gained experience in organisations such as ANZ Bank, Department of Corrective Services (Probation & Parole), public schools and private clinics. Cathy has also lived and worked in Dubai as a school counsellor, child protection consultant, and psychological supervisor. Cathy has returned to her hometown of Dubbo to provide specialist bereavement support counselling, workshop facilitation, volunteer training and support, and clinical supervision. In addition, Cathy is a very experienced and enthusiastic Sandplay therapist.


NALAG NSW Head Office


Phone: 02 6882 9222

Sorry, there are currently no confirmed dates for this training.

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