Join us for this two-day training weekend where experiential use of the sand trays and figurines will join theory to inform our work as therapists. Whether you are an art, drama, play or other therapist, sand tray work offers infinite opportunities to experiment, enact, dream and reconfigure experiences.
Using the sand tray as a container, you will have the chance to explore, play, reflect and learn while remaining open to the possibilities inherent in a range of figurines/symbols. The experiential nature of the workshop will allow participants to explore this medium as a mirror of different aspects of themselves in a safe space.
Because the nature of Sandplay is pre-verbal and symbolic, the greatest emphasis lies in the experiential component of this weekend workshop. As part of a small group of six, there will be the opportunity to work in pairs as both creator and silent witness, coming together to reflect upon the sand pictures. The work will be treated sensitively; the world creators will be given space to allow for the growth of their self-awareness. The development of our self-awareness is a continuing journey whatever our level of experience; therefore, therapists of varying approaches and trainees with all levels of experience are welcome.
An introduction to the skills, models and approaches to sand tray work will also be presented. We will explore how varied theories, including those relating to child development and attachment, apply to working with both child and adult clients. We will also give some time to use the sand trays as a dynamic supervision landscape to reflect on our own projections and fantasies around client work.
By the end of the weekend participants will have:
- Experienced the use of figurines and the sand tray as a containing space
- Considered varied theories relating to symbolic play and their application
- Developed an understanding of the use of Sandplay with clients
- Explored how to use sand tray work to complement and as an adjunct to other therapy work
- Learnt about using the sand tray in supervision, as supervisor and supervisee.
Kali Turabi has over 16 years’ experience working in various mental health settings. She has worked with children and young people as an Art Psychotherapist in mainstream and special educational needs schools. Kali has also worked with adults in community settings and at Studio Upstairs. She worked as a Place2Be Postgraduate Diploma Tutor before becoming Interim Programme Leader during the pandemic. Kali provides Sandplay workshops for students on the Postgraduate Diploma at Place2Be.