Trainer: Catherine Bishop

Date: Saturday 24th September 2024
Time: 10am to 4.30pm
Location: The Wilbury Clinic, Upper Floors, 109 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AF
Cost: £120.00 (earlybird offer of £100 if booked before 30th July 2024)

This introductory workshop is aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists interested in using the sand tray within
their therapeutic practice.

The course is open to qualified counsellors / psychotherapists. Trainees will be considered, dependent on
experience and if they are in personal therapy.

Course content includes:

  • An introduction to working with the sand tray and theoretical underpinning
  • Opportunities to experience working with the sand tray in practice – as ‘client’ and ‘therapist’
  • Strategies for working with and exploring the sand tray image
  • A guide to questioning techniques to support the work
  • Opportunity to reflect on, share and discuss learning and insights


About Sandtray Work:

Clients choose from a range of miniature figures and objects, and arrange them in the sand. The sand tray
provides a controlled space to express and explore emotions and life issues. Once feelings are organised and
externalised in this way, they can be viewed and reflected on from a distance, enabling the integration of inner
and outer worlds. Talking or playing with the therapist, the client can explore relationships, make connections and
explore new possibilities.
“Sandplay is hands on psychological work. It is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche’s
natural capacity for healing. In a “free and protected” space provided by the therapist, a client creates a concrete
manifestation of his / her imaginal world using sand, water, and miniature objects”. (C.G.Jung).
Like other forms of image-making, sand tray work provides a means of accessing the client’s inner world, through the imagination; by-passing the rational-logical mind. Different to painting or drawing – it involves using concrete objects which can be moved. It is an expressive and dynamic approach. Symbols are not interpreted by the therapist, the meaning belongs to the client. The therapist’s role is to facilitate the client’s deeper understanding and expression.