A Synergetic Approach to Using Sand in Play Therapy

Sand in Play Therapy: Child in a sandbox
January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
2845 Wilderness Place (Multi-purpose Room A)
$160 for professionals; $120 for students
Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
A Synergetic Approach to Using Sand in Play Therapy @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado

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This LIVE workshop unravels the mystery of sand in the play therapy room. During this workshop you will have a one of kind experience as you explore a new and fresh way of using sand non-directively (Synergetic Play Therapy) and directively (Gestalt) in your play therapy sessions. Through didactic and experiential teachings, you will learn how to apply principals from interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, nervous system regulation, and brain development into your work with sand in play therapy. You will also learn what it means to attach to one’s self as the cornerstone for all healing, the importance of congruent emotional expression in the playroom, how to identify types of dysregulation in the child’s sand trays and how to model regulation while the child is engaged in these activities, and ultimately how to re-pattern a child’s nervous system while taking care of your own nervous system to prevent vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.  By exploring the healing power of this modality you will be better able to facilitate your client’s process.


•Understand the importance of attunement and emotional congruency while facilitating a child’s sand play process in play therapy.

•Determine how to use neuroscience to deepen a child’s healing while engaged in sand play in the play room.

•Understand Synergetic Play Therapy’s “The Set Up/The Offering” and how to use this information to understand what the child is trying to communicate in their sand trays and while  engaged in sand play.

•Understand the states of dysregulation and how they show up in a child’s sand trays

•Understand the difference between facilitating the use of sand in play therapy through directive (Gestlat)  and non-directive (Synergetic Play Therapy) processes.

•Understand the connection between how a child plays with sand and their nervous system.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

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