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Advanced Sandplay


"I loved this training so much.... especially as there were so few slides and so much experiential work!"

...the simplicity and depth of sandplay provides a space for contact with the inner, symbolic world.

                                                                               Harriet Friedman

Course overview:

Sandplay invites the symbolic creation and transformation of one's world. Building on your learning from our Symbols and Sandplay Training, learn and practice 5 different counselling methods to use with older children, adolescents and adults in sandplay.


This two day experiential workshop extends on your introduction from the Symbols and Sandplay Training to offer you a theory review, demonstration of and practice in 5 counselling methods suitable for a range of client presentations. In the free and protected space provided by the counsellor, after the client creates a concrete manifestation of his or her inner world using sand, water, and miniature objects, a range of interventions are available. Practice will be offered in and consideration given to the most appropriate methods to use given client age, presentation, context of therapy and time available.


This workshop will briefly revise the fundamental theoretical and methodological concepts in the practice of symbols and sandplay work. It will include an overview of the existing evidence base supporting it and a review of contemporary applications. The focus of the workshop will be an experiential and practical use of Person-Centered, Gestalt, Adlerian, Narrative and Action-Oriented methods for use in counselling. 


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Review the theoretical basis of working with symbols
  • Consider the evidence 
  • Integrate the use of 5 counselling methods with sandplay
  • Practise Person-Centred counselling skills in sandplay
  • Practise Gestalt therapy skills in sandplay
  • Practise Adlerian skills in sandplay
  • Practise Narrative Therapy skills in sandplay
  • Practise Action-Oriented skills in sandplay
  • Experience the therapeutic uses and benefits of sandplay
  • Consider practical ways to build an appropriate symbol collection
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group

What ideas are explored:

  • How do I introduce this type of work and methods to clients?
  • How can I integrate different counselling methods to sandplay work?
  • When is it best to introduce therapeutic questions?
  • How can using symbols and sandplay facilitate change?
  • What are practical ways to maintain the free and protected space?
  • How do we know if this is working?
  • Do all these methods work for all ages and issues?
  • When might different sandplay methods be best used?
  • How could I use this in supervision?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Live demonstration of methods
  • Practical role play experience with symbol and sandplay methods in pairs
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods

Who Should Attend?

Completion of the Sydney Centre for Creative Change, Symbols and Sandplay 2 day training is a mandatory prerequisite for this workshop. Those having completed our Certificate in Art and Play Therapy are also welcome to attend. This training is suitable for psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, school counsellors, mental health and pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.


Workshop Facilitator

Jacki Short - Counselling Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist


Workshop Venue


Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood, NSW 


Workshop Dates      

25 - 26 May 2020 (Sydney)

20 - 21 August 2020 (Sydney)


Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 12 CPD points/hours 
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $660

Early Bird              $630 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

Student Price        $560

Student Early Bird $530 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)


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