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

  • Humboldt Area Foundation 361 Indianola Road Bayside, CA, 95524 United States (map)

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.

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.