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.