2018-2019 Sandplay Training Series


Welcome to learning with us and joining our community of sandplay therapists. Information about our upcoming 2018-2019 Sandplay Training Series is available now. We are expanding to other regions of Northern California with Fundamentals classes and are continuing to offer Advanced classes here in the Bay Area. Our classes offer CEs and many include APT credits. All meet the standards set by STA for Certification as a Sandplay Therapist. We welcome  play therapists, family therapists, social workers, expressive arts therapists, psychologists, school psychologists, graduate students and medical professionals. 

Contact our Program Administrator at norcalsandplay@gmail.com with questions or for more information. If you wish to register by mail, you may do so by downloading this form.


Fees:        Professional:  NCRSS member $165   Non- member: $190

                   Unlicensed Interns/students: NCRSS members $140   Non-member $160

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.

A maximum of 6 CE credits may be earned per class. One credit equals 60 minutes of instruction. 

 APT Provider #13-343  The Fundamentals II and III classes are pending approval by the American Play Therapy Assoc.  for six hours  CE credits through Sandplay Therapists of America.

Cancellations:  Refund requests must be received seven days prior to the first class to be eligible. A $50 processing fee is deducted from the refund. No credits for missed class.

Attendance: CE credits are awarded to those who attend each class in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form. Credit is granted to those who attend the entire class. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.

Certification:  Each class offers hours toward STA certification as a Sandplay Practitioner or Certified Sandplay Therapist. For additional information about how to become a certified sandplay practitioner or certified sandplay therapist, go to www.sandplay.org

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Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy III

Redwood Room, 1001 Anderson Blvd., Davis, California  

Saturday, September 8, 2018   9:00 am- 4:30 pm

David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T                               

6 hrs CE credits

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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Saturday, December 1, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T and Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA

6 hours CE credits

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



Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy II                                                 

Redwood Room, 1001 Anderson Blvd., Davis, California             

Saturday, January 26, 2019    9:00am- 4:30 pm    

Olivia Heathcote, Ed.D., LMFT, CST-T                 

6 hrs CE credits

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.