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 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.


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. 

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



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.