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Build skills and confidence in using sand tray with clients of all ages. Sand tray is a powerful therapeutic tool often used in play therapy. It is popular with play therapists for a number of reasons. Sand tray gives children a language to express themselves. It offers a way for expressing what often feels beyond the capacity of words. It’s an accessible canvas for the unconscious mind.

This two-day workshop on using sand tray in play therapy will cover everything you want to know to get started with your first client. Participants will learn how to set up a sand tray, introduce sand tray to others, invite the process, and guide clients through the sand tray healing journey. They will also learn the history and theoretical foundations of sand tray.

Learning Objectives

  • Define sand tray therapy

  • Describe the integrative effects of sand tray play therapy
  • Define archetype
  • Explain the importance of a right-brain to right-brain connection in sand tray therapy
  • List four benefits of using sand tray in play therapy
  • Discuss the importance of having a variety of miniatures available for sand tray
  • Describe the role of the subconscious in sand tray play therapy
  • Discuss the importance of looking at the tray as a whole
  • Explain the significance of the first and central objects in a sand tray
  • Explain why the sand tray has specific dimensions


Faculty: Emily Keller, Ph.D., LPC, RPT
Dates: Nov. 2-3, 2018
Times: 9 AM - 5 PM, daily
Tuition: $340 if registered one month in advance, $100 deposit ($360 afterward).
Level: Beginner and intermediate
CE Credits (APA): 12
Contact Hours (NBCC/RPT): 12 

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Friday (Day One)    
9:00 am – 10:30 am   Getting to know you/explore miniatures exercise; Overview of sand tray and play therapy 
10:30 am – 10:45 am   Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Exercise; Exploring sand tray themes
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm    Neurological benefits of sand tray; exercise
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm    Break
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm   More on themes, archetypes and the subconscious mind
Saturday (Day Two)    
9:00 am – 10:30 am   Determining when to use sand tray; Exercise
10:30 am – 10:45 am   Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Interpreting the tray
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm   Practice as therpists
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm   Break
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm   Bringing it all together, documentation, and wrapup 


November 2nd, 2018 9:00 AM   through   November 3rd, 2018 5:00 PM
659 Edwards Ridge Road
Southeast Institute
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
United States
Phone: (919) 929-1171
Event Fee(s)
Therapist $ 360.00

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659 Edwards Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Phone: 919-929-1171
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