Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Relevance of Symbols in Sand Therapy: Heroines and Cultural Tenor


The Relevance of Symbols in Sand Therapy: Heroines and Cultural Tenor
                     

Dee Preston-Dillon, Ph.D. 



·         What is the relevance of figurines in a sand scene beyond the story the client shares?

·         Why should a therapist research symbols?

·         How can we study symbols and avoid concretizing meanings or unethically project our own assumptions onto the client?


Nomenclature: I use the overarching term sand therapy to refer to a general use of sand no matter one’s theory lens. A bibliography is available at the end.


Imagination, and all forms of creativity -- art, icons, poetry, music, myths, storytelling, dance, and rituals -- are an integral part of our humanity, our shared cultural connections steeped in the symbolic.

We create symbols that serve our neurological, cultural, idiosyncratic, and aesthetic needs.

We bring this capacity to sand therapy, and, when the process is kept safe for unbounded imagination, spontaneous play, and witnessed with full, respectful presence

We have healing.


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Saturday, October 08, 2016

A Certificate in Sand Therapy (updated Oct 2016)

The City of College Park’s College Park Advanced Clinical Training Institute is Pleased to Announce its


ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 


Training provided by Sand Therapy expert and practitioner
Dee Preston-Dillon, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of Center for Culture and Sandplay

Contact for registration: phiggins@collegeparkmd.gov

LEVEL 1: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (FALL 2016 SEMESTER)

LEVEL 2: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY: EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (SPRING 2016 SEMESTER)

SAND THERAPY

Competency in sand therapy offers clients a safe, non-verbal method to share their experiences. This non-verbal expression is especially important for clients who are impacted by grief and trauma. Clients deserve a safe space and an empowering witness to listen to their stories, especially those experiences which are too painful or too conflicted to explain directly in words. Sand therapy is a strengths-based approach wherein the client uses figurines and metaphors to tell their story.

During the process, clients, no matter their age, through metaphor and images in the sand, share their understanding of how they grasp their experience. This process allows client stories to unfold, at their pace and at the level of depth with which they can cope. It is a process for healing and transformation.

This certificate program prepares the clinician to more fully understand, witness, and respond to clients and their sand scenes.  It is specifically designed to provide participants a solid grounding in theory and the ethical use of sand and guide to effective implementation of the process. To maintain integrity of the training an emphasis is on a safe enriching experience for the clinician immersed in the use of metaphors and sand scenes with individualized guidance and feedback and support the participant clinician’s competency using sand therapy. 

DESCRIPTION/OVERVIEW OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Competency with sand therapy, Sandtray and Sandplay, is based in clinician insights into the process and meaning of symbols and the skills to respond to client sand scenes. This certificate program develops competency for using sand in three core areas: 1) understanding theories for an integrated, holistic practice, 2) development of ethics, mindfulness, and integrity in the use of sand, and 3) advancement of skills training through a small group for individualized feedback during case consultations. Competency with symbols in sand requires an experiential approach with time for participant immersion in their own process, and guidance to deepen personal experience and expertise.  This certificate program increases the therapist’s capacity to attend to developmental and mind-body connections in sand scenes, and effectively uses metaphors and narrative techniques to enhance responses to clients. 

To support this experience, workshop attendees are limited to 10 and small group case consultation participants limited to 5.

PRESENTER:
Dr. Preston-Dillon is Founder and Director of the Center of Culture and Sandplay. Her life’s work has been a full commitment to clinical work with sand therapy as a projective process – beginning in the early 1980s with research on cross-cultural aspects of Sandplay. Her training under Jungian-based Sandplay Founder Dora Kalff ground her sand therapy perspective.

Both a scholar and seasoned practitioner, Dr. Preston-Dillon has presented at over 40 national and international conferences on topics related to sandplay/sandtray including theory, ethical practice, and clinical best practices. Serving local agencies her work supports clinician immersion to deepen the clinician insights and extend their capacity to resonate with client representations. On the graduate counseling faculty at the George Washington and Johns Hopkins Universities, and the Art Therapy program at GWU, a new approach to work with sand emerged from her cross-cultural field work - Narrative Sand Therapy. She provides training, retreats, and private consults to clinicians, educators, and those in the creative arts.


LEVEL 1: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY
Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy Certificate: The Foundation of Sand: Theory, Ethics, and Skill Development

Workshops and Case Consultations:  32 contact hours
Workshops (four 6-hour workshops)
Advanced Small Group Case Consultations (five 2-hour consultations)

Workshops
1.      Developing Competency: Theory, Ethics, and the Role of the Therapist in Sand Therapy
2.      Respectful Understanding of Symbols in Sand: Amplification and Active Imagination
3.      Resonating with Compassion in Sand: Trauma, Grief, and Loss
4.      Mindfully Responding: Integrating Rogerian Client-Centered and Jungian Approaches

Advanced Small Group Case Consultations
Participants explore their implementation of sand therapy through case consultations within a small group cohort. An essential feature of the consults is individualized feedback to enhance participant understanding of and responses to client sand scenes. Strategies, support, validation, and suggestions to increase insights into the process anchor these small group consults.

Experiential training is most effective when work of the group members is anchored in trust and cohesion among participants. The number of participants has been limited in order to build cohesion and to support cohort training.   Thus it is important for participants to view the sessions as contiguous and attend each session as scheduled. 

LEVEL 2: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY: EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION

Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy: Effective Implementation Certificate: Engaging, Understanding and Responding to Clients

Workshops and Case Consultations: 32 contact hours
Workshops (four 6-hour workshops)
Advanced Small Group Case Consultations (five 2-hour consultations)

Workshops
5.      Enriching Meaning in Sand Scenes: Erickson’s Therapeutic Metaphors and Narrative Sand Therapy
6.      Recovering a Cohesive Sense of Self Across the Lifespan: A Developmental View
7.      Reclaiming Identity: Culture, Ethnicity, and Gender in Sand Scenes
8.      Honoring the Many Parts: Family Systems in the Sand

Experiential training is most effective when work of the group members is anchored in trust and cohesion among participants. The number of participants has been limited in order to build cohesion and to support cohort training.   Thus it is important for participants to view the sessions as contiguous and attend each session as scheduled. 

Cost for Training

Workshops for Level I & Level II: Four (6-hour) workshops for each level. (24 hrs each level)  
Small Group Case Consultations – Five (2-hour) consultations for each level (10 hrs each level)

Certificate of Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy
Cost: $1,150 --- $600 four 6-hour Level 1 CEU approved workshops ($150 each)
                          $500 five 2-hour clinical case consultations ($100 each)
                          $ 50 processing fee
 
Certificate of Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy: Effective Implementation
Cost: $1,150 --- $600 four 6-hour Level II CEU approved workshops ($150 each)
  $500 five 2 hour consultations ($100 each)
  $  50 processing fee

Location/Meeting Days and Time

Level 1: Advanced Sand Clinical Therapy Certificate
Workshops (4) October 5, 2016, November 2, 2016, December 7, 2016, January 4, 2017. 
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  College Park Youth and Family Services 4912 Nantucket Road College Park, MD 20740

Advanced Small Group Case Consultations (5) are third Wednesday of the month
November 16, 2016, December 14, 2016 (tentatively scheduled – will be based on group discussion), January 18, 2017, February 15, 2017, March 15, 2017; 2 hours mid-day to be determined. 
College Park Youth and Family Services 4912 Nantucket Road College Park, MD 20740


Requirement for Acceptance into LEVEL 1 Advanced Clincial Sand Therapy Certificate Program

Master’s or Doctorate in mental health profession is required.

Participants must attend all four classes and five small group consultations in order to receive their certificate which will be provided upon completion of certificate requirements.  If circumstances preclude attendance at a class, a certificate will not be granted until all classes and consultations have been completed.  There is no extra fee if you have to make the class at a future time to complete the program. 

Requirement for Acceptance into LEVEL 2 Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy: Effective Interventions Certificate Program
Master’s or Doctorate in mental health profession is required.

Completion of Level 1 Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy Certificate

Participants must attend all four classes and five small group consultations in order to receive their certificate which will be provided upon completion of certificate requirements.  If circumstances preclude attendance at a class, a certificate will not be granted until all classes and consultations have been completed.  There is no extra fee if you have to make the class at a future time to complete the program. 

CEUs AND REGISTRATION
The Level 1 Certificate Program 32 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are approved by the Association for Play Therapy toward the registered play therapy (RPT) and registered play therapy supervisor (RPT-S).  A CEU certificate will be provided at the end of each training. 
CEUs are approved with the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists in Maryland and the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.  Approved Level 1 CEUs include 3 credit hours in Ethics which can be used to meet license mandatory ethics training requirements.

Cost for each level is $1,150. 

At the time of registration, a non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold your space. The remaining costs are payable in two installments.

No later than September 30, 2016 ---- $525
No later than October 30, 2016      ---- $525

Payment can be made by credit card, check or money order.  Checks and money order should be made out to College Park Youth and Family Services, 240-487-3550.

CANCELLATION POLICY

College Park Youth and Family Services has the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient registration, inclement weather, presenter’s illness or problems at the training site. Whenever possible, registrants who have already signed up will be given a week’s notice via e-mail. They will have the option of either receiving a full refund or applying whatever fees they have already paid to any future training of their choice. No refund will be issued if no payment has been made. In addition, all registrants will be given a $25.00 discount off any future workshop to compensate for any inconvenience the cancellation creates.

When a registrant has signed up and paid for a training and either needs to cancel in advance or is unable to attend due to personal conflicts, no refund will be issued. However the registrant can apply all of their payment to any future training of their choice.

Reminder: Experiential training is most effective when work of the group members is anchored in trust and cohesion among participants. The number of participants has been limited in order to build cohesion and to support cohort training.   Thus it is important for participants to view the sessions as contiguous and attend each session as scheduled. 

WORKSHOP Level I: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY: The FOUNDATION of Sand Therapy: Theory, Ethics, and Skill Development.

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of level I, participants will learn:
1.      Three (3) guiding principles:  Describe the value of sand therapy and three (3) guiding principles of theory, ethics, and clinician preparation.   
2.      Four (4) clinical skills:  Demonstrate capably four (4) skills in response to clients and their sand scenes.   
3.      Three (3) theory approaches:  Explain three (3) approaches to conceptualize client sand scenes.
4.      Three (3) clinician competencies:  Identify therapist growth areas including both one’s limitations and capabilities for using sand therapy.  
WORKSHOP Level II: ADVANCED SAND THERAPY: EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION:
Engaging, Understanding, and Responding to Clients

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of level II, participants will learn:
1.      Four (4) Theories for Practice:  Describe two specific key concepts for four (4) approaches to enhance clinical use of sand.   
2.      Three (3) Developmental Constructs:  Describe three (3) developmental constructs to understand the client and his/her sand scenes.   
3.      Two (2) Uses of Therapeutic Metaphor:  Explain Milton Erickson’s approach and give an example of two (2) metaphors for use with sand scenes.
4.      Three (3) Narrative Skills:  Explain White and Epston’s Narrative Therapy approach and identify three (3) narrative skills that anchor a narrative approach with sand therapy. 
5.      Three (3) Narrative Techniques:  Demonstrate three (3) narrative techniques to enhance witnessing, resonance, and validation of client sand scenes. 
6.      Two (2) Family Systems Constructs:  Explain two (2) constructs from family systems to facilitate the connection between a client and his/her sand scenes.  


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Clinician's Journey: A Series on Sand Therapy

A Series on Sand Therapy  . . .  The Clinician’s Journey

What should we consider regarding ethical use of sand, principles and best practice guidance?
What is the role of the clinician using sand and symbols with clients?
What clinician preparation; professional-theoretical preferences, attitudes, and perceptual ability are essential for clinician use of sand?
What are the key distinctions in theory and practice among sand therapies?

These are a few of the questions I will address in a series of mini briefs on clinical use of sand and symbols in the Maryland/ DC Play Therapy Newsletter. These are critical questions, especially given the easy access to sand trays and objects. To understand an ethical context we have to unpack presuppositions that come with licensure across the mental health disciplines, the presumed authority and power that comes with various career positions, assumptions embedded in certifications, and careful discernment regarding training-marketing-CE features. We should consider purpose, power, and potential for both healing and devastation.

Problems with this remarkable projective process, sand therapy and its various approaches include where sand is situated within institutions and the authority related to its use, how we match theory with practice (this is a source of considerable client damage), clinician competency and preparation, and dilution of content in training/CEs. Too often we assume too much, rushing to use a projective technique, using sand as a promotional feature, dismissing potential problems, and remain unaware of the inappropriate, damaging use of sand. These are a few of the serious distortions in knowledge, skills, and practice that become problematic for clients, clinicians, sand specialists, and the profession.

There is a tremendous need for non-verbal clinical approaches such as sand that are healing for trauma, vital for non-verbal clients, and nourishing for clients with complex developmental issues. There is a need for the powerful healing, repairing capacity of sand therapy. However, if we do not slow down and examine this precious resource, what clinicians should be doing and should not be doing, we will continue to foster damaging unethical uses.

Reflecting on over thirty five years studying sand therapies and decades consulting with clinicians who use sand I see the exceptional compassion and healing qualities therapists bring to clients – the remarkable healing power of sand and symbol when the therapist is prepared – skilled in the use of interventions that follow the lead of the client, clinicians who invest time to hone their perceptual ability with a keen self-awareness. Unfortunately, I also hear the stories of children and adults who had the painful, re-wounding experience of sand – the therapist had his or her own agenda, the therapist tried to make the scene into something it was not, the therapist was more interested in the tray than the client, the therapist’s curiosity took precedence, the therapist did not know what to do with the scene and forced an issue. These stories reflect damage resulting from inappropriate use of sand and symbols. Hope rests on the integrity of all of us, graduate student to seasoned clinicians, to respect the power and preparation for using sand.

It is our responsibility to examine and set straight the misinformation and distortions resulting from diluted training and preparation, uninformed directives from management or supervision, implied readiness from internship/course instructors, and our own lack of self-awareness – presumed competencies. And there is also the waste of time with exasperating professional competition. Unfortunately we could inadvertently perpetuate these problems, generate misunderstanding, disregard the importance of clinician insights, blindly follow power or status, opt for convenience, and dismiss the vulnerabilities entailed in engagement with such depth when we choose to not question, when we avoid a reasoned unpacking. Better that we examine our rational, our reasons and practices – in training, clinical work, graduate education, and licensure.

I hope to strike a balance in this mini-series between offering tips for competent use of sand and still unpack the presuppositions, distortions, and alienating aspects of the use of sand. My goal is discernment. I hope to distinguish marketing objectives (toys, training) and implied permissions embedded in license, from essential attitudes-skills-insight – to offer light for attunement to the healing process.


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Symbols in the Sand - June 10-12, 2016

Dr. Preston-Dillon will be presenting Symbols in the Sand: An Interactive Exploration for Play Therapists and Others at the 4th annual Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, June 10-12 in Arlington VA. For details and registration, see www.playtherapytraining.org or https://www.smore.com/usttq

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Friday, March 01, 2013

Upcoming Presentations, Retreats, and Training

March 6 – 10
West Virginia Clinician Retreat - Clinician Self-Care: Competency Grounded in Permission, Protection and Empowerment

April 12 – 14  
Alexandria, VA  First Annual Play Therapy Training Institute -- Nurturing the Clinician: Re-Energizing through Sand, Symbols, and Narrative

May 2 - 3  
Baltimore, MD  Advanced Psychotherapy Institute – Trauma and Countertransference: Through the Lens of Sand Therapy

 
Email sandplayvoices[at]gmail.com for more info.

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Site and the rest of the Winter Schedule

Sandplay Voices is now a branch of Dr. Preston-Dillon's Creative Clinician site.

http://www.TheCreativeClinician.com

There you'll find information about Dr. Dee's work and training philosophy, as well as educational resources. This blog will stay open and in use so please sign up to receive email updates when we post.

Go HERE to see the January 2013 newsletter.

There is also a link to the right where you can subscribe to our free newsletter which comes out once a month. It will include the newest happenings, special events, and training opportunities.

Please note that our February 24th training listed in the schedule earlier has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Following are our available workshops to be held in Brandywine, Maryland, with 6 or fewer attendees. Sign up while there is still space by emailing us at [dee at thecreativeclinician.com]


Narratives in the Sand: The Power of Metaphors
6 hrs.
$ 180. FEB. 9   Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Advanced Narrative Sand Therapy
6 hrs.
$ 180.
MARCH 2 Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Advanced Sand Therapy
12 hrs. $ 340.
MARCH 17 & 18 Sunday & Monday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winter Schedule 2012-13

Individual consultations and private groups are arranged separately from the Scheduled Training below.

    All training is kept to 6 or fewer participants
Ethics in Sand Therapy: Supervision and Clinical Practice  3 hrs.  $90.
NOV. 17 Saturday  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 


Grief and Loss
: The Clinician’s Journey  6 hrs.  $ 180.
NOV. 26  Monday  9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Transformation: Spiritual Journeys in the Sand  6 hrs.  $ 180.
JAN. 5  Saturday  10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ethics in Sand Therapy: Supervision and Clinical Practice  3 hrs.  $90.
JAN. 13 Sunday  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Narratives in the Sand: The Power of Metaphors  6 hrs.  $ 180.
FEB. 9  Saturday  10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jungian Sandplay Therapy  6 hrs.  $ 180.
FEB. 24  Sunday  10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Advanced Narrative Sand Therapy   6 hrs.  $ 180.
MARCH 2  Saturday  10:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Advanced Sand Therapy  12 hrs.  $ 340.
MARCH 17 & 18  Sunday & Monday  10:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Email sandplayvoices at gmail.com for registration and information.