An Introduction to Sandplay Therapy
One day skills workshop
Presented by Cathy Banks - Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt
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.
This workshop will focus significantly on experiential learning and interactive participation. As the therapy is not diagnostic, this workshop will provide a first level of training to give encouragement and confidence to participants in working with Sandplay. The aim is to be a neutral and honoured witness to your client’s self-expression. It is about the gaining of insight, a reflection or narrative about what is created, and integration into the client’s life experience.
Workshop Dates & Locations
When: 9:00am to 4:00pm on 8 July 2022
Where: 7 Welchman Street, Dubbo
Cost: $300 (includes GST). Online payments incur a booking fee.
To register, pay the registration fee by clicking the 'Pay Now' button, where you will then be redirected to the registration form once successful payment has been received. Please ensure to complete the form and pay the registration fee to secure your place in this training.
About the Facilitator
(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.