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Gateways to the Imagination in Sandplay Therapy: Body, Play, Relationship, and Spirit

  • Rudramandir Center 830 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA (map)

Judy Zappacosta, LMFT, CST-T

Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST- T

Jill Kaplan, LMFT, CST-T

       Saturday March 7th, 9:30am to 6:30 pm - Sunday March 8th, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm

Rudramandir Center, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

JUDY ZAPPACOSTA, MFT, CST-T is a past president of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and past board member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). She maintains a practice in Monterey, CA consults and supervises therapists using Sandplay and Jungian psychotherapy.  She teaches both nationally and internationally.  She is Editor of the book, Pearls: Defining Moments in our Lives. Judy is Associate Editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Judy trained with sandplay founder, Dora Kalff and Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman.

ELLEN SEARLE LEBEL, MFT, BC-DMT, CST-T works in private practice in Arcata, California. Her therapeutic approach integrates verbal therapy with sandplay, dance/movement therapy and active imagination. Ellen teaches and presents at conferences and workshops nationally and internationally and is President of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society.  She has written articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and other publications and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

JILL KAPLAN MA, MFT, CST-T, has a private psychotherapy practice in San Jose, California where she specializes in child therapy and also works with adults.  She has authored several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and is currently the Book Reviews editor of the Journal. Jill has taught nationally and internationally on many aspects of Sandplay and is especially interested in the complementary teachings of Buddhism and Sandplay. She served on the STA Board of Trustees for over 10 years and is a Past President of STA. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:  14 hrs. NCRSS is responsible for maintaining this program and its contents NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. See detailed information below. This course meets standards for STA/ISST certification as a sandplay therapist.



Prerequisites include a minimum of three courses in fundamentals of sandplay therapy or the equivalent (such as attendance as STA conferences, courses at the Sandplay Therapy Institute or from ISST Certified teaching members) and experience with a personal sandplay process is strongly encouraged.

Fees:   NCRSS Members  - Professionals  $670 - Interns/Students $560

            Non-NCRSS  Members -Professionals  $720 - Interns/Students $620

Registration and Payment:   Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

Cancellations:  Must be received 7 days prior to the course to be eligible for a refund. A $50 processing fee is deducted from the refund.

Continuing education credits: CPA Accredited: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association 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 14 CE credits may be earned, based on class attendance for the entire course. One credit equal 60 minutes of instruction. 14 STA credits can also be counted toward certification with Sandplay Therapists of America.

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:  For additional information about how to become a certified sandplay practitioner or certified sandplay therapist, go to