Sand tray Foundations

We are currently building our sandtray training program in collaboration with Theresa Kestly, founder of the Sand tray Training Institute of New Mexico. At this time we have a reciprocal training agreement for levels 1-4, 6, 8 & 9 of her 10 level program. Levels completed at either location will be honored by each for prerequisite requirements.

Our approach to sandtray is rooted in interpersonal neurobiology, which Heather experiences as the intersection of science and spirituality, and  while not a strict sandplay practitioner, Heather has been trained and supervised extensively in this aspect of sand therapy. 

Please note: Our new website is under construction, this one is being phased out. Thus our levels 5-10 are not accounted for on this site. If you are interested in information on upper levels, or any other details about training, please contact Heather directly at hlmaritano@gmail.com. We apologize for this extra step. 

Registration form with all 2021 offerings, click here.

See descriptions below for Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4.

L1 Basic Tools and Methods   

Dates: June 26 & 27, 2021
*July 23 & 24, 2021
NOTE: The July training is being hosted by Jennifer M-Turner in Kendallville, IN

Cost: $315
Schedule:
8:45-9:15 Continental Breakfast
9:15 -5:00, with 1.25 hour lunch break at approximately 12:30.  

Due to web re-development, online registration is not currently available,
Click here for registration form.
Please email  with questions: hlmaritano@gmail.com

Description

This 2-day workshop introduces the basic tools and methods of sand tray play therapy for both children and adults. Participants will explore various elements of the sand tray process in the context of clinical practice. This training interweaves didactic discussions with hands-on exercises using miniature figurines and sand trays.

The purpose of the exercises is to demonstrate how relational play may be used as a neural exercise to address the stress that arises in the nervous system during traumatic or other problematic experiences. From these exercises, workshop participants will explore and discuss how sand tray play helps to develop flexibility in the nervous system supporting a more joyful and fulfilling life. Therapists will have opportunities to practice and refine basic skills and to ask questions in a small-group setting

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge or experience with the sand tray process is helpful but not necessary. (12 contact hours/2 days)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history and theoretical background for sand tray therapies
  • Identify the difference between sandplay and sand tray play therapy
  • Learn how to create and maintain a sand tray play therapy clinical space
  • Utilize sand and symbols to explore depth and meaning in sand tray play therapy
  • Develop beginning skills for facilitating sand tray play therapy in clinical practice
  • Identify sand tray play therapy process from a science informed perspective
  • Identify ethical practices, competencies, & risks in sand tray play therapy

Symbolic Integration and Theory

Dates: June 31-August 1, 2021
*August 27 & 228, 2021
NOTE: The August training is being hosted by Jennifer M-Turner in Kendallville, IN

Cost: $315
Schedule:
8:45-9:15 Continental Breakfast
9:15 -5:00, with 1.25 hour lunch break at approximately 12:30.   

Due to web re-development, online registration is not currently available,
Click here for registration form.
Please email  with questions: hlmaritano@gmail.com

Description

Level 2 – Symbolic Integration and Theory
In this 2-day workshop, participants discuss and work with symbolic meaning and basic theoretical ideas related to healing in sand tray play therapy. The purpose of the didactic information, in conjunction with hands-on experiences, is to demonstrate why it is important to help clients experience the sand tray materials in a way that allows them to collaborate with their embodied brains, not just their cognitive processes. A focus for this training is on trauma as it is embedded throughout the body rather than only in the cognitive layers of the brain.

In Level 2, participants continue to build on the concepts of “play as a neural exercise” for developing a nervous system that is flexible and resilient. There will be opportunities to explore core issues in play therapy. Participants will have opportunities to practice skills using symbolic language with a workshop partner.

Prerequisites: Level 1. (12 contact hours/2 days)

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize sand and symbols to explore depth and meaning in sand tray play therapy
  • Demonstrate understanding of the individual and evolving meaning of symbols
  • Develop skills for facilitating sand tray play therapy in clinical practice
  • Describe the relationship of mindfulness and the witnessing role.
  • Identify the risks associated with interpretation in sand tray play therapy
  • Articulate how play helps build a resilient nervous system
  • Identify ethical practices, competencies, & risks in sand tray play therapy

Basic Clinical Skills and Theory

When: September 30-October 1 (Note: L4 is being offered 10/2-10/3)
Schedule: 8:45-9:15 am Continental Breakfast
9:15 am -5:00 pm, Working time
Morning & afternoon breaks
1.15 hour lunch on your own, roughly 12:30-1:45 pm
Where: 304 W. Howe Street, Suite B,  Bloomington, IN 47403
Cost: $315 (L4 is being offered at a discount if registering for the 4 day intensive)

Due to web re-development, online registration is not currently available,
Click here for registration form.
Please email  with questions: hlmaritano@gmail.com

Description

In this workshop, participants have numerous opportunities to develop their skills in working with the sand tray play therapy through building, witnessing, and coaching with training peers. Therapists use hands-on exercises to develop their ability to understand, translate, and articulate the sand tray play therapy process. Participants explore the multidimensionality of sand tray play therapy as an expressive art. In addition, they will learn how to use the polyvagal theory of play to articulate how play helps create a resilient nervous system. Each participant will have an individual sand tray for practice exercises and for creating individual sand tray worlds.

Prerequisites: Levels 1 & 2. (12 contact hours/2 days)

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop skills for facilitating sand tray play therapy in clinical practice
  • Recognize images and behaviors that portray feelings of shame in the nervous system during sand tray play therapy
  • Use symbols to enhance understanding of polyvagal theory
  • Describe the multidimensional nature of the sand tray play therapy process
  • Identify 2 statements that help articulate the sand tray play therapy process from a science-informed perspective
  • Describe the relationship of mindfulness and the witnessing role during sand tray play therapy
  • Articulate how play helps build a resilient nervous system during sand tray play therapy.
  • Identify ethical practices, competencies, & risks in sand tray play therapy

Advanced Clinical Skills

When: October 2-3, 2021
Schedule: 8:45-9:15 am Continental Breakfast
9:15 am -5:00 pm, working time
Morning & afternoon breaks
1.15 hour lunch on your own, roughly 12:30-1:45 pm
Where: 304 W. Howe Street, Suite B, Bloomington, IN 47403
Cost: $315.00/ $265.00 if taking as a package with L3 9/30-10/1

Due to web re-development, online registration is not currently available,
Click here for registration form.
Please email  with questions: hlmaritano@gmail.com

Description

This workshop continues to develop and enhance understanding from the previous 3 foundational levels for facilitating sand tray play therapy and includes discussion of professional and ethical issues related to documentation, themes, treatment planning, and the clinical relationship. Countertransference is given particular focus in this level.  Participants refine and integrate therapeutic skills through hands-on practice with workshop partners. Each participant has an individual sand tray for practice exercises and for creating individual sand tray worlds.

Prerequisites: Levels 1, 2, & 3. (12 contact hours/2 days)

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop skills for facilitating sand tray play therapy in clinical practice
  • Identify ways to understand and document the process of sand tray play therapy
  • Assess treatment variables in sand tray play therapy
  • Describe the significance of the relationship to healing in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate how to recognize and make use of countertransference in sand tray play therapy
  • Describe the relationship of mindfulness and the witnessing role during sand tray play therapy
  • Identify ethical practices, competencies, & risks in sand tray play therapy