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NCRSS Annual Gathering: Story Tales in Sandplay

  • Unitarian Congregation of Marin 240 Channing Way San Rafael, CA, 94903 United States (map)

The Northern California Regional Sandplay Society invites you to enjoy personal and professional time with colleagues and friends in our sandplay community. All are welcome to our annual event: NCRSS and STA members, students, interns and mental health professionals interested in learning and practicing sandplay therapy. We begin with a greeting ritual and meeting, followed by Story Tales in Sandplay, a presentation by David Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T and Laura Soble, LMFT, CST-T, exploring masculine and feminine archetypes in myth and story. Receive 2.5 hrs. of Continuing Education credits for attending. A delicious lunch is provided and our fabulous fundraiser will offer figures and other items for sale. The day culminates in a figure making workshop and closing ritual.

See below for full presentation and CE information. 

We meet at the Unitarian Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, a beautiful location with views of Mt. Tamalpais and the Bay, easily reached from Hwy. 101 with ample, free parking. Refreshments, lunch, art materials and 2.5 hours of CE credits are included. Cost is $40.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for licensed Psychologists (Provider # NOR021). The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recognizes CPA continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs.  NCRSS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 2.5 hours of instruction are eligible for CE credits. One credit equals 60 minutes of instruction.

STA/ISST: The presentation also qualifies for 2.5 hours toward certification as a sandplay therapist.           

Story Tales in Sandplay

Masculine and feminine energies and characters are present in folktales, myths and fairytales.  Jung also explored the archetypes of Anima and Animus.  “Anima and Animus are the archetypes of what for either sex is the totally other.  Each represents a world that is at first quite incomprehensive to its opposite, a world that can never be directly known.”  Anima, “the archetype of the man’s Yin, the feminine within him” and Animus, “the woman’s maleness, her Yang.”  (Whitmont, p. 185) Beginning with re-exploring the role of Hades in the Demeter/Persephone myth, this program will revisit several story tales, considering both masculine and feminine perspectives, to deepen the symbolic narrative, to stimulate discussion, and to explore new possibilities and viewpoints. Participants will create their own sandplay figures to amplify personal, cultural, and archetypal associations to the material presented.


  1. Discuss the use of archetypal stories and images in sandplay as a means to assist clinician in contextualizing the deeper elements of the client’s issues and process.
  2. Increase awareness of the role of masculine and feminine characters in myth, folktales, and fairytales.
  3. Discover deeper, underlying client issues and dynamics through the understanding of archetypal stories.
  4. Observe and discuss examples in sandplay and imagery that amplify masculine and feminine archetypes.
  5. Elucidate, explore and apply the Jungian concepts of Anima and Animus to clinical work through sandplay examples and discussion.                                              

David Capitolo, MFT, CST-T, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified with Sandplay Therapists of America.  His clients include adults, children, adolescents and GLBT.  He co-founded the Child Therapy Institute of Marin and a founding member of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society.  David is interested in fathering and Initiation into manhood rituals and has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Laura Soble, LMFT, REAT, CST-T is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America,  the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and is an Advanced Analytic Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Her articles have been published in the Arts in Psychotherapy Journal and the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Laura is a founding member and former board officer of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society. She presents nationally and internationally on sandplay and the integration of the arts in therapy and has a depth therapy practice in Oakland, CA.

Thanks to NCRSS member Liana Kornfield for permission to use her art work, “Hades and Persephone.”