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Therapeutic Process in Sandplay Therapy - Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T and LaVon Bobo, LMFT, CST-T

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 415 El Camino Real Burlingame, CA, 94010 (map)

This workshop is designed for anyone who has taken the minimum of a Fundamentals of Sandplay therapy course. These two interactive presentations focus on learning sandplay in the Kalffian tradition through mindfulness and observing the sandplay process in clinical cases. Register for the full day or either morning or afternoon classes separately.


Jill Kaplan will describe the therapeutic use of silence as it relates to Kalff’s “free and protected space” and demonstrate how mindfulness practices develop the ability to be a “therapeutic witness” in sandplay therapy. This 3 hour class is approved for STA education hours toward certification.

Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T, specializes in child therapy, but also works with adults.  She has authored articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and has taught nationally and internationally. She is especially interested in trauma and in the complementary teachings of Buddhism and Sandplay.  She is current President of Sandplay Therapists of America.  She has practiced Zen meditation for over 20 years, and is a teacher in the lineage of Suzuki-roshi.



1:30 pm-4:30 pm

LaVon Bobo will present “Sandplay: Reconnecting with Mother” about a 4 year-old girl who suffered trauma through medical procedures during the pre-eo stage that Dora Kalff called “relationship of child to mother.” She will also provide group consultation using cases presented by participants. This 3 hour class includes STA approved hours for education and group consultation.

LaVon Bobo, LMFT, CST-T, is a retired school psychologist who introduced sandplay in local schools in 1982 after training with Dora Kalff.  She also supervised MFT interns for twenty years. Her private practice is located in Mountain View and she conducts a monthly consultation group there. She teaches sandplay nationally and internationally and has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

There is a limit of 10 attendees to the afternoon course.