NCRSS 2018 ANNUAL GATHERING: Fire On The Mountain - October 13th, 2018
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

NCRSS 2018 ANNUAL GATHERING: Fire On The Mountain - October 13th, 2018

Fire on the Mountain: Archetypes of Transformation

Destruction & Creation Observed in Myth and Sandplay

Presenter: Judy Zappacosta LMFT, CST-T

   Catered lunch, figure making supplies and 3 CE credits for $60

9:00-9:15am: Opening ritual

9:15-10:30 am: NCRSS Annual Members Meeting is open to all attending

10:45am-12:15pm: Fire on the Mountain: Archetypes of Transformation

12:15-1:15 pm: LUNCH hosted by the NCRSS board members

1:15-2:15 pm: Make miniature figures related to the myths and deities of fire

2:15-2:45 pm: Discuss clinical and personal relevance of these archetypal energies

2:45-3:00 pm: Closing circle

To register and learn more about NCRSS go to www.californiasandplay.org

Contact: norcalsandplay@gmail.com

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Fire on the Mountain: Archetypes of Transformation

Destruction & Creation Observed in Myth and Sandplay

Judy Zappacosta LMFT, CST-T

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” 

 A 17th century Japanese poet and samurai named Mizuta Masahide left this enigmatic poem that challenges us to see beyond what appears first as destruction, but then invites a larger of holding of possibility, a growing new image, even beauty.  

In many cultures, there is consideration and respect for archetypal images of goddesses that are fierce, fiery, and demanding of sacrifice.  She, in her many forms, can command death, but also carries authority and love in service to new life. During this day together, we will explore myths of fire from several cultures that feature goddesses and observe one sandplay process where fires of destruction, desire, and passion make way for creation and new growth, offering transformation in consciousness.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss archetypal images of feminine deities in diverse cultures that reflect both destruction and creation.

  2. Observe a sandplay process of a client who moves through stages of destruction, death, sacrifice, and discovers new life as new consciousness emerges within the inner process.

  3. Discuss and critique the attributes of goddess images in myth and folktales.

  4. Explore the meaning of both masculine and feminine energies, and the concept of “both/and” within the goddess archetype as presented by Marion Woodman.

  5. Elucidate, explore, and apply C.G. Jung’s concept regarding the nature of the psyche as seen in clinical work through sandplay examples and discussion.

JUDY ZAPPACOSTA, LMFT, CST-T, is a past president of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and past board member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). She maintains a practice in Monterey, CA, consults and supervises therapists using sandplay, and has published and teaches both nationally and internationally.  She is Editor of the book, Pearls: Defining Moments in our Lives. She is co-founder of Caring for the Soul, offering international trainings, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Judy trained with Dora Kalff and Marion Woodman.           

Fee is $60. REGISTER AT www.californiasandplay.org

3 hours Continuing Education credits, CPA Accredited: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association (# NOR021) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes CPA for continuing education credit for LCSW’s, LMFT’s and LPCC’s. NCRSS is responsible for maintaining this program and its contents. One credit equal 60 minutes of instruction. Approved for 3 hrs. toward STA sandplay therapist certification.  

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Images of the Self in Sandplay Therapy - Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T and Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Images of the Self in Sandplay Therapy - Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T and Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Self is the central archetype of the psyche, holding the power to inspire awe, terror and ecstasy. According to C.G. Jung, Dora Kalff and others, the Self is the reconciler of opposites: between yin and yang, above and below, masculine and feminine, conscious and unconscious, light and dark, body and soul, spirit and matter. Resolving the tension of the opposites, it gives rise to the transcendent function, with the power to heal and to transform. In this workshop, we will show examples of manifestations of self in different cultural contexts as well as in sandplay process. We will explore and experience one particular symbol which represents the Self, the Mandala, and learn the significance of the appearance of symbols representing the Self in Sandplay therapy with adults and children as well as in dream and personal process work.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Define the meaning of the "Self" according to Jung.

  2. List three people who had life-changing experiences of the Self.

  3. Demonstrate the relationship between Ego and Self according to Edinger.

  4. Define the transcendent function as it relates to Sandplay therapy.

  5. Give two examples of configurations or figures in a sand tray that may represent an appearance of the Self.

  6. Define the meaning of "mandala" and describe its potential significance in clinical work.

LYNNE L. EHLERS, Ph.D. CST-T, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Albany and San Francisco. She is a Teaching Member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) and an active member of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society (NCRSS). She has worked with sandplay since 1977. In 2003 she began teaching classes on sandplay and dream symbolism. She has also presented papers at sandplay conferences both nationally and internationally since 2009 and her many articles appear in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

JILL KAPLAN, MFT, CST-T, is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Jose. She is a Teaching Member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Since 2007 she has taught classes on sandplay, including the following topics: trauma and sandplay; containment and child therapy; sandplay and symbol formation; the role of silence in sandplay. She has also presented papers at national Sandplay conferences since 2010. Her articles on sandplay have appeared in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She is a founding member and past president of Northern California Regional Sandplay Society and a STA board member since 2008, currently serving as Past President

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Sandplay and Play Therapy With Children - Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D., LMFT, CST-T
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Sandplay and Play Therapy With Children - Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D., LMFT, CST-T

This Intermediate II course takes place in Davis, CA.

This introductory sandplay course focuses on Dora Kalff’s concept of the “free and protected space" as it applies to sandplay and play therapy with children. Developmental stages and themes will be reviewed in sandplay cases, intertwining with child development theories, neurobiology and trauma research (Badenoch and Kalsched) relevant to play therapy and sandplay. Learn and discuss how to effectively present sandplay and play therapy to parents and form an alliance with them around treatment issues such as beginning therapy, parenting styles and termination. We will view sandplay scenes created by a girl who had been traumatized as an in-depth example of a child sandplay case with focus on containment and other challenges presented in play therapy. Practical and theoretical handouts are provided.

Learning Objectives - this workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Work with children and parents in a sandplay and play therapy practice, while creating a therapeutic alliance with parents.

  2. Describe how sandplay and play therapy is effective treatment for childhood trauma to parents.

  3. Identify developmental stages and themes in sandplay (Kalff, Neumann and Erikson) and apply these concepts to play therapy practice.

  4. Define the therapeutic function of the “free and protected space” in sandplay and play therapy.

  5. Explain the necessity of confidentiality to parents and children in terms of the “free and protected space” in sandplay and play therapy.

  6. Observe and analyze a sandplay case’s initial assessment, progress and consolidation.

Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D, MFT is a teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. She is an analytically-oriented psychotherapist with a particular interest in how early life trauma affects psychological development. Olivia lectures and teaches sandplay nationally and internationally. She has served on the STA board and is a member of STA’s Education Committee. She is a contributing author of Pearls: Defining Moments in Our Lives (2014) and of Living the Tides of Uncertainty, 2006 and was published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 2009 and 2016. Dr. Heathcote maintains a private practice in Los Gatos, California where she works with children, adolescents and adults.

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Symbolic Process in Sandplay Therapy - David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Symbolic Process in Sandplay Therapy - David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T

This Fundamentals III training will take place in Davis, CA.

This course on symbolic process and symbols is based on Dora Kalff’s Introduction to Sandplay Therapy. Kalff developed a Jungian based play therapy with children and adolescents This form of imaginal play invites access to contents of the unconscious in the “free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship. Learn how the sandplay process expresses itself in a symbolic language in sandplay and play therapy practice and is often related to religions, myths, fairytales, literature, and art. Figures in the therapist’s sandplay collection selected by the client represent archetypes or unconscious materials that are specific to their therapeutic process, reflecting issues or themes that will assist in their healing and path towards individuation. Participants will experientially learn to amplify symbolic meaning they will see in a sandplay case presentation and use research source materials for symbolic meaning.   

Learning Objectives: This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Define and differentiate both symbols and signs you encounter in sandplay and play therapy.
  2. Place sandplay in a context of play; culturally, historically and therapeutically.
  3. Identify symbols that represent archetypes and key unconscious material specific to the patient.
  4. Describe the basic concept of transcendent function in resolving opposites as seen in the case material.
  5. Understand the Jung’s theory of individuation and how it applies to sandplay and play therapy.
  6. Amplify and research symbols and their meaning found in sandplay and play therapy cases.

DAVID CAPITOLO, MFT, CST-T is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with offices in San Rafael and San Francisco. He is a Teaching Member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. He teaches sandplay and the language of symbols, presents at sandplay conferences nationally and internationally, and has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. He is interested in fathering and initiation into manhood rituals and sharing stories, myths, and legends applicable to sandplay.

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Sandplay Training with Jean Parkinson, CST
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Sandplay Training with Jean Parkinson, CST

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Please join the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society and STA/ISST teaching member Judy Zappacosta for a special day with Jean Parkinson, an internationally certified sandplay therapist who lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Come for the full day or either event separately. 

Morning Presentation 10:00-12:30: Sandplay Therapy in the Shaky Isles of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Jean’s presentation introduces Maori culture and traditions. See how the inner worlds created during sandplay therapy intersects with mythical and real landscapes in the sandplay process of a boy.

Lunch 12:30-1:30: bring a picnic lunch or find a nearby restaurant

Afternoon Sandplay Group Supervision 1:30-4:00 with Jean Parkinson, CST and Judy Zappacosta, CST-T.

Sandplay cases are welcome for presentation and discussion, particularly those with emphasis on clients who use the sand sculpted as landscape, with or without symbols. Group is limited to 10 students.  Contact Judy Zappacosta, MFT at zappaj@sbcglobal.net to sign up to present a case for supervision.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION

FEE: Presentation: $50 NCRSS or STA members, $55 non-members. Register on-line at www.californiasandplay.org. Contact norcalsandplay@gmail.com for questions or more information.

FEE: Supervision: $25     Register directly with Judy Zappacosta at zappaj@sbcglobal.net or 831-427- 5326.

LATE REGISTRATION FEE: If registering less than 6 days before the event, add $10. CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if cancelled up to 7 days before the event. EDUCATION CREDITS: NCRSS offers 3 hrs. for the presentation toward certification as a sandplay therapist, approved by Sandplay Therapists of America. Judy Zappacosta provides 2.5 hrs. of STA group supervision hours. No other continuing education credits are available for this event.

Image from http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/2444/tawhirimatea

PRESENTATION:  The Shaky Isles of Aotearoa New Zealand with Jean Parkinson

Sandplay Therapy is a recognized modality used worldwide and appreciated by clinicians from many different countries. Continued training experiences through the International Society for Sandplay Therapy are offered now on most continents. There is a rich cross pollination in the work as both the universality of sandplay therapy as well as its uniqueness in different cultural settings.

This presentation explores symbolic language as it appears in the collective cultural unconscious in a sandplay process of a young boy. Many clients who come to sandplay therapy in New Zealand have lived in the same geographic areas for four and five generations.  These clients carry bi-cultural influences that also interplay with culture and family history of their forebears. Follow the sandplay process of a boy who is able to reconnect with his roots and cultural origins, using the sand and symbols as the container and co-transference in his journey. Through a personal bi-cultural lens, you are invited to reflect on how cultural, mythological, historical and geographical energies embedded in our psyche may manifest in sculpted sandplay landscapes.  Particular attention will be given to Maori traditions and symbols.

For it is the body, the feeling, the instincts which connect us with the soil. If you give up the past, you naturally detach from the past; you lose your roots in the soil, your connection to the totem ancestors that dwell in your soil.

(Jung, 1989, in Sabini, p.73. The Earth has a soul.)

Aotearoa, New Zealand presents unique geological, cultural and mythological landscapes that appear in sandplay process.  Situated in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand comprises two main islands, the North Island, the South Island and the smaller Stewart Island. Shaky Isles or Shaky Islands is a contemporary nickname for these geologically restless landscapes characterized by extensive shorelines and waterways, rugged mountains, dense bush, active volcanoes and frequent earth tremors.  

Maori were the first permanent inhabitants to make Aotearoa, New Zealand their home between approximately 900-1,000AD (Orbell, 1996).  A second wave of immigrants, manuhire, (non-Maori) also arrived by sea. Arrival is an important transitional phase of the archetypal journey of immigrants. Maori culture, historic events, beliefs and legends are preserved through strong oral traditions, carving, weaving, dance, and various art forms. A respectful introduction from oral creation myths of Tangatwhenua (the first Maori inhabitants) will attempt to set a context for how geography and topography was personified and mythologized in legend.

Jean Parkinson, MAAT; AThR ANZATA), CST; Registered Art Psychotherapist, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Educator. Jean is an experienced therapist working with children, families and adults in private practice (Auckland).  Through privileged exposure to bi-cultural Maori-Pakeha perspectives in her teaching career and now in therapeutic work, Jean has developed a reflective practice that honours the cultural unconscious.  She specialises in loss and change, trauma, relational attachment. Her work is informed by Kalffian Sandplay Therapy, psychodymanic Art Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Neuropsychotherapy. http://www.sandplayaotearoa.co.nz/

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SANDPLAY SALON: Caves and the Deep Unconscious
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

SANDPLAY SALON: Caves and the Deep Unconscious

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Join Dr. Elaine Bath, PhD, LMFT, CST-T and the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society for a free Sandplay Salon. We will meet at 1003 Court St. in Woodland for an afternoon of symbolic exploration. In Jungian sandplay as developed by Dora Kalff, the cave may appear as a symbol of the deep unconscious, indicating both the level of psychological issues and the sheltered therapeutic container.  In this 3 hour presentation, the healing nature of caves will be experienced from historical, theoretical, and clinical perspectives and by making figures of caves for use in your sandplay collection.

Due to space limitations, registration is limited to 12 participants. All must pre-register by contacting Elaine Bath at elainebath@me.com .  Register early to reserve your place. This class does not offer continuing education credits but will provide certificates of attendance toward certification as a sandplay therapist.

Linda Elaine Bath, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T, is a psychologist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Her practice is located in Woodland California. Dr. Bath is a founding member of STA and former board member and now teaches Sandplay in the USA, Canada and internationally.   She has published research on Sandplay and mindfulness practices.  

NCRSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to sandplay therapy education and community in Northern California. Introductory courses in sandplay therapy will be announced soon for 2018-2019 in the greater Sacramento region.  Learn more about our training programs and events, how to become a member and sign up for our email list at www.californiasandplay.org or contact us at norcalsandplay@gmail.com

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Sandplay Therapy and Trauma - Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D, LMFT, CST-T
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Sandplay Therapy and Trauma - Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D, LMFT, CST-T

This intermediate level course presents past and current research related to the healing of trauma through sandplay and play therapy with children. Studying the impact of trauma on the brain through the research of Donald Kalsched, Bonnie Badenoch and others, reveals the importance of body-oriented, physical modalities in treating trauma. The healing power of sandplay with trauma will be demonstrated in the case of a five to nine-year old boy.  His birth two months premature and multiple surgeries in the first year of life led to trauma and early disruption.The case shows how sandplay and play therapy helped the boy recover a sense of autonomy and embodiment.  An experiential activity using clay will help students appreciate the value of a physical modality in treating trauma in a play therapy session.

Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D, MFT, CST-T, is a teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. She is an analytically-oriented psychotherapist with a particular interest in how early life trauma affects psychological development. Olivia lectures and teaches sandplay nationally and internationally. She serves on the STA board and is the current chair of STA’s Education Committee.  Dr. Heathcote is a contributing author of Pearls: Defining Moments in Our Lives (2014) and of Living the Tides of Uncertainty, 2006 and was published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 2009.  She maintains a private practice in Los Gatos, California where she works with children, adolescents and adults.

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Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy I - Linda Elaine Bath, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T and Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D, CST-T
Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy I - Linda Elaine Bath, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T and Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D, CST-T

  • 1003 Court Street Woodland, CA 95695 United States (map)
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THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Please contact us at norcalsandplay@gmail.com if you are interested in information about future class opportunities.

Join us for an immersive introduction to sandplay therapy, developed by Dora Kalff.  Learn the history and origins of sandplay that are based in Jungian theory, Lowenfeld’s World Technique of play therapy and Buddhist spirituality. The differences between sandplay and other forms of play therapy will be described, as will practical considerations in the creation and maintenance of a sandplay collection and the therapist’s role in sandplay therapy.  Using case material, we will discuss twenty ways to “read” a tray and examine a sandplay therapy case in depth, paying particular attention to Michael Fordham’s concept of Integration, De-integration and Re-Integration, and Donald Kalsched’s Protective Self-Care System and its healing through sandplay.   

Linda Elaine Bath, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T, is a psychologist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Her practice is located in Woodland California. Dr. Bath is a founding member of STA and former board member and now teaches Sandplay in the USA, Canada and internationally.   Dr. Bath has published research on Sandplay and mindful practices.  

Lynne L. Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice with adults in Albany and San Francisco, California.  She is a Teaching Member) of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. Dr. Ehlers has worked with sandplay since 1977, teaches sandplay and dream symbolism, presents at sandplay conferences nationally and internationally, and has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and other publications.

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The Relational Field of Sandplay Therapy - Linda Cunningham, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

The Relational Field of Sandplay Therapy - Linda Cunningham, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T

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Transference, Countertransference and Co-Transference

Understanding the concepts of transference further deepens the therapist’s self-awareness of somatic, emotional, relational, symbolic and spiritual connections with the client. Theoretical material will help sandplay practitioners to better understand transference, countertransference and how they relate to co-transference and the relational field. Special attention will be given to how the experience of co-transference may manifest in our bodies or feeling states, and we will apply this knowledge to our work with clients.  In-depth analysis of sand trays and processes will demonstrate how sandplay enables clients to symbolize and express their deepest emotions related to preverbal trauma. We will discuss the impact of the co-transference upon the therapist and client as it affects healing and transformation.

Linda Cunningham, Ph.D, LMFT, CST-T, is a teaching member of STA/ ISST and the author of Sandplay and The Clinical Relationship (2013). She has written many articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy on the topic of the therapeutic relationship in sandplay, and has presented at both national and international conferences. Linda has taught sandplay as well as contemporary relational theory in graduate and postgraduate settings and currently gives trainings in Depth Psychotherapy and Sandplay in San Francisco. She was core faculty in Sonoma State University’s Depth Psychology Graduate Program and adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is in private practice in San Francisco and Marin.

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Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy II - Jill Kaplan, LMFT, CST-T
Jan
14
9:00 AM09:00

Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy II - Jill Kaplan, LMFT, CST-T

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Sandplay and Play Therapy with Children: Creating the Free and Protected Space

This introductory course will focus on the “free and protected space, conceived by Dora Kalff, as it applies to sandplay and play therapy with children.  Developmental stages and themes in sandplay process of children will be identified and discussed as well as child development theories and neurobiology findings which are relevant to sandplay in play therapy. Participants will learn and discuss how to present sandplay and play therapy to parents and to form an alliance with parents around treatment issues such as beginning therapy, parenting styles, and termination. We will also focus on containment issues and challenges presented in child therapy through the analysis of an in-depth case example.

Jill Kaplan, LMFT, CST-T, specializes in child therapy and also works with adults.  She has authored articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and has taught nationally and internationally. She is especially interested in trauma and in the complementary teachings of Buddhism and Sandplay.  She is current President of Sandplay Therapists of America.  Jill has practiced Zen meditation for over 20 years and is a teacher in the lineage of Suzuki-roshi.

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Jungian Theory: The Living Symbol and Sandplay Therapy - Maria Ellen Chiaia, Jungian Adult & Child Analyst, PhD, LMFT, CST-T
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Jungian Theory: The Living Symbol and Sandplay Therapy - Maria Ellen Chiaia, Jungian Adult & Child Analyst, PhD, LMFT, CST-T

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In this intermediate course, we begin by discussing the aims of depth psychotherapy from a Jungian perspective, because Sandplay, as practiced by Dora Kalff, is grounded in Jungian theory. We will learn that for Jungians, the aim and the path towards healing is always individual, and arises from the inner world of symbols and images of the client. The therapist’s focus must be on the client and what the unconscious presents in sandplay, dreams, and in the body of the client, but also to what is arising in the therapist. The therapist must learn to engage and contain the image so that it becomes a living symbol, speaking to the therapist and the client of the numinosity and reality of the psyche which ultimately holds the potential for healing and transformation. This is the essence of the work. In this class, we will look at images and symbols and how they move and transform in dreams, sandplay, the body and within the therapeutic relationship.

Maria Ellen Chiaia, Ph.D, JA, LMFT, CST-T, is a certified adult and child Jungian Analyst in private practice in Berkeley and Marin. She works with adults, children and adolescents and their families. She is a teaching member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and has lectured and taught internationally and at many universities and institutes. She is co-author of Sandplay in Three Voices: Images, Relationship, the Numinous and has authored many articles and book chapters.

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Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy I - Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T and Caroline Isaacs, LMFT, RPT-S, SP
Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy I - Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T and Caroline Isaacs, LMFT, RPT-S, SP

Join us for an immersive introduction to sandplay therapy, developed by Dora Kalff.  Learn the history and origins of sandplay that are based in Jungian theory, Lowenfeld’s World Technique of play therapy and Buddhist spirituality. The differences between sandplay and other forms of play therapy will be described, as will practical considerations in the creation and maintenance of a sandplay collection and the therapist’s role in sandplay therapy.  The efficacy of treating trauma with sandplay is related to research and the concepts of Kalsched, Fordham and Porges. Using case material and interactive discussion, we will discuss twenty ways to “read” a tray and examine two sandplay therapy cases, one of a child in play therapy and a second with an adult, that reveal the integrative, symbolic healing process.

Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Her practice is located in Arcata, California. She isPresident of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society and teaches nationally and internationally. Ellen is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and has published articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and the Journal of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. www.temenostherapy.com.

Caroline Isaacs, LMFT, RPT-S, SP is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist and Sandplay Practitioner. Through her practice in Eureka, California, Caroline offers developmentally and spiritually based psychotherapy, as well as spiritual direction, for individual adults, children and families. She has taught Sandplay, play therapy, parenting and clinical supervision for 25 years. Currently, she offers clinical consultation for professionals in these areas.

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NCRSS Annual Gathering: Story Tales in Sandplay
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

NCRSS Annual Gathering: Story Tales in Sandplay

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The Northern California Regional Sandplay Society invites you to enjoy personal and professional time with colleagues and friends in our sandplay community. All are welcome to our annual event: NCRSS and STA members, students, interns and mental health professionals interested in learning and practicing sandplay therapy. We begin with a greeting ritual and meeting, followed by Story Tales in Sandplay, a presentation by David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T and Laura Soble, LMFT, CST-T, exploring masculine and feminine archetypes in myth and story. Receive 2.5 hrs. of Continuing Education credits for attending. A delicious lunch is provided and our fabulous fundraiser will offer figures and other items for sale. The day culminates in a figure making workshop and closing ritual.

See below for full presentation and CE information. 

We meet at the Unitarian Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, a beautiful location with views of Mt. Tamalpais and the Bay, easily reached from Hwy. 101 with ample, free parking. Refreshments, lunch, art materials and 2.5 hours of CE credits are included. Cost is $40.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for licensed Psychologists (Provider # NOR021). The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recognizes CPA continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs.  NCRSS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 2.5 hours of instruction are eligible for CE credits. One credit equals 60 minutes of instruction.

STA/ISST: The presentation also qualifies for 2.5 hours toward certification as a sandplay therapist.           

Story Tales in Sandplay

Masculine and feminine energies and characters are present in folktales, myths and fairytales.  Jung also explored the archetypes of Anima and Animus.  “Anima and Animus are the archetypes of what for either sex is the totally other.  Each represents a world that is at first quite incomprehensive to its opposite, a world that can never be directly known.”  Anima, “the archetype of the man’s Yin, the feminine within him” and Animus, “the woman’s maleness, her Yang.”  (Whitmont, p. 185) Beginning with re-exploring the role of Hades in the Demeter/Persephone myth, this program will revisit several story tales, considering both masculine and feminine perspectives, to deepen the symbolic narrative, to stimulate discussion, and to explore new possibilities and viewpoints. Participants will create their own sandplay figures to amplify personal, cultural, and archetypal associations to the material presented.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the use of archetypal stories and images in sandplay as a means to assist clinician in contextualizing the deeper elements of the client’s issues and process.
  2. Increase awareness of the role of masculine and feminine characters in myth, folktales, and fairytales.
  3. Discover deeper, underlying client issues and dynamics through the understanding of archetypal stories.
  4. Observe and discuss examples in sandplay and imagery that amplify masculine and feminine archetypes.
  5. Elucidate, explore and apply the Jungian concepts of Anima and Animus to clinical work through sandplay examples and discussion.                                              

David Capitolo, MFT, CST-T, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified with Sandplay Therapists of America.  His clients include adults, children, adolescents and GLBT.  He co-founded the Child Therapy Institute of Marin and a founding member of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society.  David is interested in fathering and Initiation into manhood rituals and has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Laura Soble, LMFT, REAT, CST-T is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America,  the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and is an Advanced Analytic Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Her articles have been published in the Arts in Psychotherapy Journal and the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Laura is a founding member and former board officer of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society. She presents nationally and internationally on sandplay and the integration of the arts in therapy and has a depth therapy practice in Oakland, CA. www.laurasoble.net

Thanks to NCRSS member Liana Kornfield for permission to use her art work, “Hades and Persephone.”

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Therapeutic Process in Sandplay Therapy - Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T and LaVon Bobo, LMFT, CST-T
May
13
9:00 AM09:00

Therapeutic Process in Sandplay Therapy - Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T and LaVon Bobo, LMFT, CST-T

This workshop is designed for anyone who has taken the minimum of a Fundamentals of Sandplay therapy course. These two interactive presentations focus on learning sandplay in the Kalffian tradition through mindfulness and observing the sandplay process in clinical cases. Register for the full day or either morning or afternoon classes separately.

WITNESSING IN THE SILENCE: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Jill Kaplan will describe the therapeutic use of silence as it relates to Kalff’s “free and protected space” and demonstrate how mindfulness practices develop the ability to be a “therapeutic witness” in sandplay therapy. This 3 hour class is approved for STA education hours toward certification.

Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T, specializes in child therapy, but also works with adults.  She has authored articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and has taught nationally and internationally. She is especially interested in trauma and in the complementary teachings of Buddhism and Sandplay.  She is current President of Sandplay Therapists of America.  She has practiced Zen meditation for over 20 years, and is a teacher in the lineage of Suzuki-roshi.

RECONNECTING WITH MOTHER IN SANDPLAY:

CASE PRESENTATION AND CONSULTATION GROUP

1:30 pm-4:30 pm

LaVon Bobo will present “Sandplay: Reconnecting with Mother” about a 4 year-old girl who suffered trauma through medical procedures during the pre-eo stage that Dora Kalff called “relationship of child to mother.” She will also provide group consultation using cases presented by participants. This 3 hour class includes STA approved hours for education and group consultation.

LaVon Bobo, LMFT, CST-T, is a retired school psychologist who introduced sandplay in local schools in 1982 after training with Dora Kalff.  She also supervised MFT interns for twenty years. Her private practice is located in Mountain View and she conducts a monthly consultation group there. She teaches sandplay nationally and internationally and has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

There is a limit of 10 attendees to the afternoon course.

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Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy I - David Capitolo, MFT, CST-T and Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy I - David Capitolo, MFT, CST-T and Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin (map)
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This introductory sandplay course will cover the history and origins of sandplay therapy, Jungian theory and Buddhist spirituality, Kalffian theory and its differentiation from other uses of sandplay therapy; practical considerations in the creation and maintenance of a sandplay collection and the therapist’s role in sandplay therapy.  Using case material of both children and adults, we will discuss twenty ways to “read” a tray and examine a sandplay therapy case in depth.

 Earn 6 hours of continuing education credits, APT hours, and/or STA certification hours.

DAVID CAPITOLO, MFT, CST-T, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified with Sandplay Therapists of America.  His clients include adults, children, adolescents and GLBT.  He co-founded the Child Therapy Institute of Marin and is a founding member of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society.  David is interested in fathering and Initiation into manhood rituals and has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

LYNNE L. EHLERS, Ph.D., CST-T, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice with adults in Albany and San Francisco, California.  She is a Teaching Member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She has worked with sandplay since 1977, teaches sandplay and dream symbolism, presents at sandplay conferences nationally and internationally, and has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and other publications.

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Embodied Transformation in Sandplay Therapy - Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Embodied Transformation in Sandplay Therapy - Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T

Sandplay is a multisensory and symbolic activity that engages body and imagination in play. This course focuses on the non-verbal, somatic aspects of a sandplay process and the therapeutic relationship. The concept of somatic transference will be related to neurobiological research and the archetypal affects. Jung’s concept of the transcendent function and the practice of active imagination will be presented in relation to Kalff’s developmental theory of psychic totality. This course instructs participants to observe body movement as well as the embodied symbols of a client while they create a sand world. With case examples, participants will observe how formations in the sand may reveal physical conditions, represent traumatic experiences and tell the story of transformation. Participants will practice selfwitnessing embodied responses to understand the co-transference. The presentation concludes experientially to illustrate how sandplay can be integrated with movement, play therapy, art and dream work.

Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Her practice is located in Arcata, California. She is currently the President of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society and on the Ethics Review Committee of STA. Ellen teaches nationally and internationally, is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and has published articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, the journal of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, and the Psychotherapy Institute Journal. 

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Sampling Sandplay - David Capitolo, MFT, CST-T
Mar
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sampling Sandplay - David Capitolo, MFT, CST-T

  • 2391 Saint Marks Way Sacramento, CA, 95864 United States (map)
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Sacramento-Davis District Presents:  Sampling Sandplay

Click here to register: http://clinicalsocialworksociety.org/event-2477028

This introduction to Sandplay therapy will include: Sandplay figures, viewing a film of Dora Kalff (founder of Sandplay), and a Sandplay case presentation. Experience the basic elements of Sandplay including the “powerful work” that emerges through this therapy that “touches the psyche and soul of each participant.” The experience will include the many dimensions of implicit knowing and how the image that is created is a reflection of the transference between therapist and client. Our presenter, David Capitolo, MFT is a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America, has published articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and is a founder of The Child Therapy Institute, a nonprofit agency extensively using Sandplay therapy. See his bio below.

Objectives:

1.     Introduce participants to SandPlay and the possibility of more intensive training. 

2.     Clarify the strengths and challenges of SandPlay therapy in order to make appropriate referrals to this modality. 

3.     Understand the complexity and nuances of SandPlay assessment and treatment through the presentation of a case study.

DAVID CAPITOLO, MA, MFT is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).  He is a founding member and treasurer of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society (NCRSS- www.californiasandplay.org) .  He has written On Both Sides Being Strong – Masculine and Feminine Principles in Sandplay Therapy and Sandplay as Waking Dream Images Hidden in the Emotions for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. He practices in San Francisco and San Rafael where he sees children and adults.  E-mail:dcapitolo@sbcglobal.net. 1480 Lincoln Ave. #10, San Rafael, CA, 94901 |

2.0 CECs provided - free to members and to attendees not earning CECs, $20 for nonmembers

Questions? info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org

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1. We will be meeting in Wesley Hall. Click here for map

2. CSCSW Invites participants to show their thanks to St. Mark's for their hospitality and generosity for supporting CSCSW events and the Sacramento community by considering a donation: You may donate non-perishable food items and clothing for their homeless program at our registration table; or you may make an online donation at http://www.stmarksumc.com/donate-now.

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SANDPLAY SALON: Becoming Certified in Sandplay
Mar
12
2:00 PM14:00

SANDPLAY SALON: Becoming Certified in Sandplay

SANDPLAY SALON: A SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR NCRSS MEMBERS

The second NCRSS Salon, Becoming Certified in Sandplay, will be hosted by NCRSS members Marianne Von Michalofski and Svetlana Tikhonova in their Los Altos office on Sunday, March 12th from 2-4:30. Jill Kaplan, Teaching Member and President of STA will lead an informal discussion and overview of the process. She will answer questions, give information, and hear your experience with accumulating and documenting hours, writing a symbol paper, preparing a case, as well as the requirements and benefits of the Practitioner level of certification.  if there is sufficient interest, we hope to schedule a later class at a moderate fee to allow more in depth discussion and attention. 

The Salons are a special benefit of membership in NCRSS and are free.   We will take the first 10 members to sign up, keeping a wait list if necessary.  

To sign up, please write to norcalsandplay@gmail.com for instructions on how to RSVP.

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Psyche, Spirit and Shadow in Sandplay Therapy - Laura Soble, LMFT, REAT, CST-T
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

Psyche, Spirit and Shadow in Sandplay Therapy - Laura Soble, LMFT, REAT, CST-T

This workshop explores the interplay of the psyche, spirit and shadow in sandplay with case examples and experiential exercises. Participants will learn definitions of Jung’s concepts of the shadow and archetypes in relation to the co-transference and the psychological development of both client and therapist. Case material will focus on how the personal and/or collective shadow appears in sandplay and ways to work creatively with the non-verbal communication in sandplay and play therapy. Jung’s concepts of active imagination and the transcendent function will be integrated experientially as participants work with co-transference using aesthetic response with art and/or movement followed by discussion.

Laura Soble, LMFT, REAT, CST-T is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America, the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and is an Advanced Analytic Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Her articles have been published in the Arts in Psychotherapy Journal and the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Laura is a founding member and former board officer of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society. She presents nationally and internationally on sandplay and the integration of the arts in therapy and has a depth therapy practice in Oakland, CA.

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Sandplay Therapists of America Members' Meeting 2017
Feb
11
9:00 AM09:00

Sandplay Therapists of America Members' Meeting 2017

LAST DAY TO REGISTER - FEBRUARY 3RD

VALLOMBROSA RETREAT CENTER
250 OAK GROVE AVENUE
MENLO PARK, CA 94025
STA BUSINESS MEETING AND SANDPLAY PRESENTATIONS
EVERYONE WELCOME – ASSOCIATES, PRACTITIONERS, CERTIFIED FOLKS!


$90 FOR THE DAY.
LUNCH PROVIDED, STA hours provided for all


Schedule for the day:
9am – Welcome and Opening Circle
9:15- 10:45am – STA Business meeting (reports & elections)
10:45-11am – Break
11am-12:30pm – PRESENTATION: Sony Lucana – Pachamama Great Mother
12:30-1:15pm – Lunch (provided)
1:15-1:30pm Miniature exchange
1:30-3pm – PRESENTATION: Ruth Castellano – Matters of the Heart
3-3:15pm – Break
3:15-4:45 – PRESENTATION: Gail Gerbie –
From Dissociation to Connecting with the Self
4:45-5pm – Closing the circle, evaluations & certificates


TO REGISTER : http://www.sandplay.org/events/sta-members-meeting-2017/
Questions? Contact Ellen Saul - esaul.assoc@gmail.com

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Healing Attachment Wounds in Sandplay Therapy - Tessamarie Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Healing Attachment Wounds in Sandplay Therapy - Tessamarie Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T

Participants will develop their understanding of sandplay therapy as a powerful nonverbal tool that accesses the unconscious. Theoretical material, including a review of early attachment styles, will focus on Kalff's concept of the Free and Protected Space and how this is facilitated by the therapist's presence and a deep intuitive feeling connection with clients. Analysis of in-depth case material of sandplay pictures and process will demonstrate how profoundly sandplay enables clients to access preverbal material and repair attachment within the temenos of the therapeutic relationship. Case material will show the intermingling energies of the co-transference and the repair of attachment wounds.

Tessamarie Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T, is an analytic psychotherapist and a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America, and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is in private practice in San Rafael. She and her husband, David Capitolo founded the Child Therapy Institute, which serves a diverse population in the bay area. Tessamarie has taught sandplay nationally and internationally and has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy including: The Dark Goddesses: An Encounter with the Dark Feminine; Chaos Theory and Its Application to the Sandplay Process; Black and White: Retrieving our Shadow; and The Inter/Intrapersonal Racial Unconscious.  

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The Language of Symbols in Sandplay Therapy - David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T
Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

The Language of Symbols in Sandplay Therapy - David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T

This course focuses on the use of figures as symbols when a client creates a sandplay scene and reveals unconscious material. A language will be introduced to describe the energies in the process. Beginning with a discussion of creating and holding “the free and protected space” as described by Kalff, participants will learn the language of symbols and archetypes through interactive hands-on experience, explanations and case presentation. The case presentation includes elements of play therapy with sandplay. Symbolic communication in the co-transference will be demonstrated using figures and case examples. The closing discussion offers guidance about how to select figures reflecting diversity of gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, history, fantasy and mythology to create an integrated collection.

David Capitolo, MA, LMFT, CST-T, is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. He is a Certified Sandplay Therapist and teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and International Society for Sandplay Therapy. He is a founding member and Treasurer of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society. He and his wife founded the Child Therapy Institute of Marin, a non-profit providing Sandplay based therapy. David has clinical practices in San Rafael and San Francisco, California where he works with children, adolescents, and adults. 

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NCRSS Annual Gathering and Figure Sale - As the Wheel Turns: Sandplay in Communities
Sep
24
9:30 AM09:30

NCRSS Annual Gathering and Figure Sale - As the Wheel Turns: Sandplay in Communities

  • Engaging presentations about sandplay therapy with people in different communities.
  • Fantastic sale of objects and figures to support NCRSS and enhance your collection. 
  • Participate in the annual meeting and closing ritual. 
  • Enjoy lunch, contemplate or socialize in the garden, stroll paths, admire the views.

The Northern California Regional Sandplay Society invites you to enjoy personal and professional time with colleagues and friends in our sandplay community. Be inspired and support your work within circles of communities and cultures. All are welcome: NCRSS and STA members, students, teachers and professionals interested in learning and practicing sandplay therapy. Meet at the Unitarian Congregation of Marin in a beautiful location with views of Mt. Tamalpais and the Bay, easily reached from Hwy. 101 with ample, free parking. Lunch is included. Cost is $30.

Click here to register on Eventbrite!

      PROGRAM AND PRESENTERS

  • Tessamarie Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T
  • Lynne Ehlers, PhD, CST-T
  • Sandi Peters, MA, CPG
  • Mary Watson, MA, SP

The morning program begins with a welcoming ritual symbolizing our theme of the wheel. Presentations begin with Lynne Ehlers' visual reverie of wheel images from around the world. Mary Watson will share insights from her dedicated efforts over decades of integrating sandplay with children in multicultural schools locally and internationally. Sandi Peters will describe her innovative use of sandplay and research with elders with memory loss and dementia.

The theme of communities and current events in our society inspires us to look deeply at the psychological roots of cultural, racial and other bias, personal identity and impacts within a therapeutic relationship. Tessamarie Capitolo will discuss the psychology of racism and introduce her Racial Awareness Inventory as a tool for individuals and groups to share.  We will conclude with discussion about how to practice consciously as sandplay therapists, embrace other perspectives, and evaluate the diversity of figures in our figure collections.

FIGURE SALE

NCRSS will be selling an abundant array of figures from two donated collections including many one of a kind treasures as well as basics for starting a collection. This is a fundraiser for our organization.  Payment accepted will be cash or check only.

ANNUAL MEETING AND CLOSING RITUAL

The NCRSS annual meeting is open to all attenders and is a chance to mingle, hear about the progress of the past year in our organization, and meet the newly elected board members.

Cost is $30 person plus small registration fee. Please share this announcement with colleagues and click here to register now on Eventbrite.

 Contact  norcalsandplay@gmail.com  for further information.

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