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Symbols and Sandplay

"Professional, experiential, engaging, knowledgeable and lots of fun!''

"l really liked that at every point in the training we were all engaged in experiencing and practicing the theory, not just talking/hearing about it."

Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.

C. G. Jung


Course overview:

Sandplay allows for the projective expression of one's personal inner world. Learn how to respectfully invite the creation of miniature scenes and stories that help clients see, know and change.


This two day experiential workshop introduces you to approaches and applications of sandplay. Work with a range of clients and therapeutic contexts will be considered. Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method that has been around for nearly 100 years. It is a form of therapy that gives both child and adult clients the opportunity to portray, rather than verbalise, feelings and experiences often inaccessible and/or difficult to express. Its origins were in the work of Jung and Kalff who were analytically orientated. Current research has demonstrated successful use in shorter term strengths-based approaches with traumatised refugees, reducing measures of anxiety and depression, and with autistic children, increasing verbal expression, social interaction and spontaneous novel play. In the free and protected space provided by the counsellor, a client creates a concrete manifestation of his or her inner world using sand, water, and miniature objects.


Learn the fundamental theoretical and methodological concepts in the practice of symbols and sandplay work. It will include an overview of the major theoretical influences in this field, the existing evidence base supporting it and a review of contemporary applications. The focus of the workshop will be an experiential and practical introduction to a range of directive and non-directive methods to engage and work with this media in counselling.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify the theoretical basis of working with symbols (including Jungian, Narrative, Humanist, Gestalt perspectives)
  • Consider the evidence 
  • Practise person-centred counselling skills
  • Integrate the use of creative therapies into counselling
  • Consider appropriate developmental, practical and therapeutic benefits and limits 
  • Practically experience the therapeutic uses 
  • 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 symbol and sandplay work to clients?
  • How can using symbols be therapeutic?
  • Why do we use sandtrays?
  • What are the stages in sandplay therapy?
  • What do I do after clients have made something?
  • How do I make sense of what the client's symbol selection means?
  • How do we know if this is working?
  • Does it work for all ages and issues?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • How can I start a symbol collection?
  • What are the basic sorts of symbols I need?

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?

Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, school counsellors, mental health and pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. 

Workshop Facilitator

Jacki Short - Counselling Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist



Workshop Venue


Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Dr, North Parramatta NSW 

Workshop Dates

22 - 23 November 2021  AEDT


Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 12 CPD hours 
  • Comprehensive Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $660

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What people are saying about ...

Symbols and Sandplay Training was...

 This was a fantastic hands-on workshop.


 One of the best workshops we ever attended! Loved it both professionally and personally.  Presenter was well spoken, very intelligent, yet down-to-earth and friendly, very genuine and compassionate.


 Well structured, informative and very practical.


 Very clear, concise and logical training which made it easy to learn. The experience, knowledge and insight of the presenter was apparent and appreciated.


 Excellent integration of theory and practice - really appreciated the experiential tasks - so helpful and gives me confidence.


 Experiential work is a great forum for learning with a great symbol collection!


 Best workshop I have been to in the last 5 years!


 I love using the tray and feel comfortable in continuing to use it now.


  I like the playfulness of using symbols and sandplay/tray.


l really liked that at every point in the training we were all engaged in experiencing and practicing the theory, not just talking/hearing about it.