NCRSS offers sandplay training in our region and lists other sandplay trainings and conferences elsewhere in California and with Sandplay Therapists of America. 

Upcoming trainings are listed here and and/or on our EVENTS page. Check regularly for updates.


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Jungian Sandplay:
The Orphan and Finding Nemo

March 16th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

C.G.Jung Institute of Los Angeles

10329 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064

Prepaid Cost: $85 – $100 

Cost at the Door: $95

Presented by Audrey Punnett, Ph.D. 

The Orphan:  The Psychic Drive for Wholeness in Sandplay

In this case presentation of Sandplay therapy with an 11 year-old boy, we will focus on how the constellation of the orphan archetype, with its accompanying feelings of isolation, anguish, and despair can act as a catalyst for psychic growth and integration.  In working with children, there is always the potential that the parents will begin to see progress and want to terminate the therapy prematurely.  We will explore some of the reasons behind premature termination, and how to address these issues in the context of the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Objectives: 

·       Describe what is meant by the orphan archetype and how it manifests in psychotherapy with children.

·       Describe Sandplay therapy and why it is a useful modality in working with children.

·       Identify therapeutic interventions for parents who want to terminate therapy prematurely.

Finding Nemo

Using a workshop format, we will expand on the idea of the orphan archetype in childhood, using excerpts from the film Finding Nemo.  We will focus on basic concepts of Jungian theory specifically as they pertain to the process of individuation, initiated by the death of Nemo’s mother Coral.

Learning Objectives: 

·       Describe what is meant by the individuation process and its relevance to psychotherapy.

·       Give an example of developmental tasks that are interrupted when a child’s parent dies.

·       Describe psychotherapeutic interventions that would be helpful for a child who has lost a parent.

Audrey Punnett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, certified child, adolescent and adult analyst graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich and a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where she is past chair of the Infant, Child & Adolescent Training Committee (iCAT).  She is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and served as secretary & vice-president on the board of trustees of the Association of Graduates in Analytical Psychology (AGAP).  Dr. Punnett is a registered play therapist, supervisor (RPT-S) and teaching member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). She is past president of the board of trustees of STA and currently the ISST representative for STA. Dr. Punnett has published in peer-reviewed Journals and she teaches & consults nationally and internationally.  Her book, The Orphan: A Journey Towards Wholeness was published in 2014 by Fisher King Press.  She is editor of Jungian Child Analysis, a book published in 2018.  Dr. Punnett is an Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF-Fresno, Department of Psychiatry, and maintains a private practice in Fresno, California.

Continuing Education Credits:

Psychologists: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines.

MFCCs/MFTs, LCSWs: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.

Nurses: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.

A Letter of Attendance can also be provided upon request.

Processing Fee: There is an additional $10 processing fee for each continuing education course taken for credits. Your license number will be requested when checking out.


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EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES SUMMIT                           

March 28th-31st

HILTON LOS ANGELES AIRPORT

5711 West Century Boulevard • Los Angeles, California

At the end of March, we will have the Expressive Therapies Summit here in LA with the following presentations by STA Teaching members:

● Symbolic Use of Sandplay and Miniatures for Healing and Transformation (Sally Sugatt and Jill Kaplan)

● Trauma, Illness and the Unconscious (Gita Morena)

● La Llorana Weeps: Traumatic Grief, Sandplay and Neural Integration (Lorraine Freedle)

● Healing Potentials in Sand, Paint and Clay (Marion Anderson)

● Sandplay Therapy for Integrating Psyche and Soma (Judy Zappacosta)

● Diversity and Ethics (Sana Loue)

● Reparing Broken Attachment with Clients of All Ages (Ellen Saul)

All sessions will provide STA education credits towards certification - a great opportunity for a weekend of Sandplay Training!

The full program and registration can be found here: https://expressivetherapiessummit.la/


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Introduction to Sandplay

Linda Cunningham, LMFT, CST-T

May 17-19  10:00 am-5:30 pm  

San Francisco

www.sandplaytrainingworldwide.com


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Jungian Sandplay: The Importance of Being and Silence in Child Analysis

June 1st, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

C.G.Jung Institute of Los Angeles

10329 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064

Cost at the Door: $95

Presented by Maria Ellen Chiaia, Ph.D.     

Drawing from clinical and theoretical material, we will focus on the importance of being and the role of silence in analytic work with children.  As the child tells his or her story through play and interaction with the therapist, we in turn imagine and empathize with the child in their world and in the wordless spaces between us. This capacity to be with the child’s emotional experience without verbal interpretation, allows children the freedom to express their thoughts and feelings without impingement, so that a liminal space may be created for healing and transformation.

Course Objectives:

1.    Describe what is meant by the term liminal space and its importance in child analytic practice

2.    Describe the role of silence in analytic work with children from a theoretical perspective

3.    Describe the role of silence in analytic work with children from a clinical perspective

4.    Give an example of how premature interpretation can interfere with a child’s symbolic play

5.    Give an example of how the analyst’s countertransference can affect his/her capacity to hold the silence in analytic child psychotherapy

Maria Chiaia, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley and Marin and works with adults, children and adolescents. 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.

Continuing Education Credits:

Psychologists: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines.

MFCCs/MFTs, LCSWs: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.

Nurses: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.

A Letter of Attendance can also be provided upon request.

Processing Fee: There is an additional $10 processing fee for each continuing education course taken for credits. Your license number will be requested when checking out.


Welcome to learning with us and joining our community of sandplay therapists. Information about our upcoming 2019-2020 Sandplay Training Series will be available in the summer. 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 are all approved to offer continuing education through the California Psychological Association. 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.

FOR ALL NCRSS CLASSES

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. 

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