2023 August 19: Sandtray Therapy: An Introduction to using Sandtray Interventions in Play Therapy


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2023 August 19: Sandtray Therapy: An Introduction to using Sandtray Interventions in Play Therapy

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Cost: Free

 Workshop Description

This is an introductory workshop on Sandtray therapy and its use in play therapy sessions. Participants will learn a brief history, review the difference between Sandtray and Sandplay, why use this play therapy technique, how the brain is affected by this specific play therapy technique, what materials are needed, the role of the play therapist, ideas and directives to provideanalysis and evaluation of creations, and how to end session with the tray. Participants can create their own Sandtray and discuss it with a partner.


Jennifer Harber, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, has 28 years of experience working in the mental health field with children and teens and has specialties in crisis management, play therapy, EMDR, and Sandtray. She obtained her MSW from the University of Michigan and currently is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Certified Autism Specialist, and trained in EMDR. 

Jennifer worked at an inpatient psychiatrist hospital with adolescents for 9 years and is presently working in an outpatient setting with Kaiser Permanente, where she has been for 16 yrs. She has held all positions for the California Branch of the Association of Play Therapy (CALAPT) Orange County chapter and is now the Southern California Conference Co-Coordinator on the CALAPT Board.  She has presented training on play therapy and sandtray to local APT chapters, Kaiser Permanente, and Brandman University/UMass Global MSW students.  

Speaker Disclosures:

  • Financial: Jennifer Harber is a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser Permanente. She is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Jennifer has no other commercial interests to disclose and no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations
  • Non-Financial:  Jennifer Harber is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy and currently serves on the board of the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy as the Southern California Conference Coordinator. Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Learning Objectives

After session, participants will be able to:

  1. Name 3 Sandtray directives to use with clients in a play therapy session.
  2. State the difference between Sandtray and Sandplay as it pertains to play therapy.
  3. Identify 3 questions for play therapists to ask clients to process the Sandtray.


9:00am-9:30am ​CalAPT Announcements

​9:30am-9:40am ​​Sandtray History 

9:40am-9:50am ​Sandtray vs Sandplay

9:50am-10:00am ​Why use it in play therapy?

10:00am-10:10am ​Sandtray and the brain

10:10am-10:15am ​​Role of play therapist

10:15am-10:45am ​​Prompts

10:45am-11:00am ​Analysis/areas of concern

11:00am-11:15am ​​Interactive exploration and discussion

11:15am-11:30am ​​Q&A

Continuing Education Details

Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE. APA Credit is not offered for this workshop.

Who Should Attend: Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, School Counselors, Interns, and Students.

Instructional Level: Introductory - no pre-requisites

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, case examples, large and small group discussion

Play Therapy Areas: History (10 minutes), Skills and Methods (1 hour), Special Topics (50 minutes)

CalAPT Policies and Disclaimers

Cancellations & Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing by e-mail to president@calplaytherapy.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training to receive a refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline, however, registration may be transferred to another individual. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by presenters at the CALAPT events do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or its membership. CALAPT reserves the right to make changes to the conference schedule, speakers and presentation, if this becomes necessary.

Accessibility Information: CALAPT is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact president@calplaytherapy.org to request disability accommodations per ADA/504. Advance notice is necessary to arrange some accessibility needs. Please provide notification two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Health and Safety Information: CALAPT follows all guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and other state, local, and federal healthy and safety governance.

Questions and Concerns: Contact us at president@calplaytherapy.org with any event or registration related questions or concerns.


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Date & Time
Saturday, August 19, 2023
9:00 AM 11:30 AM (America/Los_Angeles)

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Kaiser Permanente Laguna Hills Offices

​23041 Avenida De La Carlota, 4th Floor
Laguna Hills CA 92653
United States
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California Association for Play Therapy

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