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Sandtray Therapy Certification


Sandtray Therapy

Are you interested in learning more about sandtray therapy? The Institute for Play Therapy (IPT) is offering Sandtray Therapy Certification for mental health practitioners interested in learning about and applying sandtray therapy in their work with clients. With training facilitated by experts in the application of sandtray therapy with children, adults clients, groups, couples, families, and supervisees, IPT is proud to offer this training opportunity. Please note: You must apply by April 1 (and be accepted) to participate in this training.

Certification Process


Interested in participating in the Sandtray Therapy Certification? The first step is to apply for admission into the next cohort. The training is limited to 18 people in order to give participants individualized attention. A cohort model means the same group of people participate throughout the whole training, so participants should plan to attend all three trainings and participate in both consultations. If you are not able to participate in all of the certification requirements this year, please wait to apply during a year when you can. 


Module 1: Foundations of Sandtray Therapy

Facilitators:

Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Marshall Lyles, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dates: July 23-24, 2021, 9a-4p
CEs: 20 (12 direct, 8 indirect)

Day 1: Sandtray Therapy Basics and Clinical Theory

On the first day of this seminar we will cover the history and prominent literature in the field of sandtray therapy and play therapy, categories of miniatures, setting up the sandtray room or playroom, facilitative skills used with sandtray therapy and play therapy, and the sandtray protocol. Participants will create sandtrays each day of this module. We will also begin the discussion of integrating clinical theory into sandtray therapy practice. We will discuss theories utilized in play therapy and family systems.

Day 2: Person of the Therapist

On the second day of this seminar we will discuss the importance of the sandtray therapist. This will include aspects of neurobiology and how it impacts both the client's and therapist's work in sandtray therapy and play therapy with children and adults. 

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Cite the history of the play therapy and the sandtray therapy movement
  2. Sketch and describe the sand tray-based playroom
  3. List categories of figures/miniatures and discuss issues regarding selection
  4. Identify how the brain interacts and responds to the use of sandtray therapy
  5. Discuss mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology as it impacts the therapist
  6. Complete a Session Summary Report specifically related to sandtray therapy
  7. Utilize the Self-Assessment Form to inform professional growth and efficacy of sessions

Online Consultation 1 and Personal Trays

Dates: August 2021 (TBA)

Online Consultation 1: Practitioners will participate in two 1.5-hour online consultations in small groups. Practitioners will discuss case consultations and present a sandtray therapy self-reflection.

Personal Trays: Each participant will complete three sand trays on specific topics, write a self-reflection, and provide peer feedback.

Prerequisite: Module 1: Foundations of Sandtray Therapy

Module 2: Sandtray Therapy Theory and Group Work

Facilitators:

Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S
Marshall Lyles, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dates: September 16, 17, & 18, 2021, 9a-4p
CEs: 26 (18 direct, 8 indirect)


Prerequisites: Sandtray Therapy Certification Module 1 and Online Consultation 1


Day 1 - Sandtray Theory and Process

On the first day of this seminar we will continue to discuss and implement play therapy clinical theory into sandtray therapy practice and sandtray documentation, as introduced in Module 1. There will be an additional focus on the session protocol integrated with managing the sandtray therapy session and documentation. We will do peer practice work and live demonstrations.

Day 2 – Family and Group Work

On the second day of this seminar we will present working with groups and families. We will discuss and practice facilitating sandtrays in a group context. We will also explore facilitating sandtrays with children and families in a play therapy context.

Day 3 – Clinic Practice

On the third day of this seminar, participants will practice facilitating sandtray therapy in the Texas State Practicum Clinic with peers. Practitioners will receive individual and group supervision, support, and feedback based on the Sandtray Therapy Skills Checklist forms.

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify their own play therapy clinical theory/approach.
  2. Articulate how client prompts are developed given the stage of treatment and their play therapy clinical theory/approach.
  3. Design a personalized method to integrating the use of sand tray into their clinical practice.
  4. Demonstrate ability to integrate their own play therapy theory/approach while practicing a sandtray therapy session.
  5. Apply sandtray therapy methods for working with children, couples, families, and groups.
  6. Demonstrate the facilitation of sandtray therapy with peers in a clinic setting.

Online Consultation 2, Personal Trays, and Case Presentation Project

Dates: October 2021 (TBA)

Online Consultation 1: Practitioners will participate in two 1.5-hour online consultations in small groups. Practitioners will discuss case consultations and present a sandtray therapy self-reflection.

Personal Trays: Each participant will complete three sand trays on specific topics, write a self-reflection, and provide peer feedback.

Case Presentation: Each participant will record a session with a client, develop a sandtray therapy treatment plan, transcribe a portion of the session, and complete a self-review. Practitioners will present their case presentation in consultation groups during Module Three.

Prerequisite: Module 2: Sandtray Therapy Theory and Group Work

Module 3: Practicum in Sandtray Therapy & Capstone Experience

Facilitators:

Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S
Marshall Lyles, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dates: November 4, 5, & 6, 2021, 9a-4p (pending)
CEs: 26 (18 direct, 8 indirect)


Prerequisites: Sandtray Therapy Certification Modules 1 and 2 and Online Consultations 1 and 2


Days 1 and 2: Sandtray Therapy Practicum

Practitioners will practice facilitating a sandtray therapy session with volunteer clients in the Texas State Practicum Clinic. We will utilize the Sandtray Therapy Skills Checklist to assess the integration of sandtray therapy skills and clinical theory. Practitioners will receive and participate in individual and group supervision.

Day 3: Capstone Presentations

During Module 1, practitioners will sign up in small groups for a capstone project based on a special topic in sandtray therapy. During the certification, groups will develop and research this capstone project. On the last day of the seminar, groups will present their capstone project to the cohort. We will also celebrate the completion of the Sandtray Therapy Certification.

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the effective use of sandtray therapy and play therapy facilitative skills in a clinical context with clients.
  2. Develop a treatment plan that links the use of sandtray therapy to therapeutic goals.
  3. Apply culturally responsive sandtray therapy and play therapy techniques to therapeutic work with clients.
  4. Demonstrate sandtray therapy and play therapy skills listed on the Sandtray Therapy Skills Checklist.
  5. Apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards in sandtray and play therapy.
  6. Synthesize supervisor and peer feedback to enhance clinical skills.
  7. Teach peers about a special topic in sandtray therapy through the capstone project.