“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”
Mo Willems, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sand Tray Clinician Toy Exchange

This Saturday, October 5th, The Center for Culture and Sandplay in College Park, Maryland is hosting its annual Clinician Toy Exchange. The purpose of the event is to help fill out your symbol shelves while mingling with colleagues.

This is a free event. Bring any extra toys you have and make like-kind exchanges directly with other participants. Some tables will be provided, but if you have a lot of toys, bring a sheet or blanket to lay on the grass.

A drawing will be held for two custom, hand-made sand trays.

In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled.

Please email sandplayvoices@msn.com for information and directions and see www.cultureplaycom for information on our center.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Review of Sand Therapy Article: discussion


In response to a sand tray article in the June 2008 edition of APT Magazine, Dr. Preston-Dillon wrote a critical review highlighting the kinds of problems that contribute to the misunderstanding and distortions of the clinical use of sand. The review is available on our Wiki: http://sandplayvoices.pbwiki.com/Resources  or access it directly with the following link that opens in Word format: REVIEW_OF_APT_ARTICLE_2008.doc

(The review is copyrighted and available for personal use only.)

Please feel free to add comments, concerns, and questions here. You do not need to have an account to post. We do prefer a name or initials instead of anonymous posts, however. Pass this link along to any colleagues you feel may be interested.

Best Wishes,

Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD
Loraine Hunsaker, Network Coordinator


Monday, September 08, 2008

Fall 2008 Schedule

Our fall schedule is now available. The full version with descriptions is available on our Wiki.

Jungian Sandplay: An Introduction

Sept 28 Sunday – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (6 CEUs)
Fee: $165.00, dinner included

Supervision, Ethics, and Clinical Practice: Three Dimensions of Sand 

Oct. 25 Saturday – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (7 CEUs)
Fee: $175.00, dinner included

Narrative Therapy in the Sand: Theory & Practice

Nov. 15 Saturday - 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (7 CEUs)   
Fee: $175.00, dinner included

Healing the Healer: Clinician Renewal in the Sand (2 day)

Nov. 22 Saturday - 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nov. 23 Sunday - noon to 5 p.m. (10 CEUs)
Fee: $250.00, dinner included on Saturday

Grief & Loss : Healing and Reclamation in Sand Therapy  (2 day)

Dec. 13 Saturday - 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.    
Dec. 14 Sunday - noon to 5 p.m. (10 CEUs)
Fee: $250.00, dinner included on Saturday

Group Series: Advanced Group for Clinicians using Sand

Wednesday nights 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (meets twice a month)

Email sandplayvoices@msn.com to request a registration form.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Book Review: Asking for Murder by Roberta Isleib


Asking For Murder
Roberta Isleib
Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 978-0-425-22331-4

“People who aren’t in our profession don’t like to hear that their shrinks might have these thoughts – especially about them.”

In “Asking For Murder,” Roberta Isleib crosses a line or two: she makes therapists sound human, and she reveals that “shrinks” don’t always have all the answers. I’m all for crossing lines, especially when doing so open doors into formerly private worlds and aids in understanding.

Dr. Rebecca Butterman, a clinical psychologist, finds her best friend who happens to be a social worker specializing in sand therapy beaten and close to death in her own home. Rebecca, as a sideline to her therapy, has already come to the local police agency’s attention as an amateur private detective without credentials. To their consternation, and while raising eyebrows from the rest of the local therapy world, she refuses to let the police handle the case alone. Oh, it should be mentioned that Rebecca is also secretly an advice columnist.

In a story full of twists, including the therapist dealing with her own family-related issues and failing relationships, Rebecca is not what “people who aren’t in our profession” would expect from a clinical psychologist. She is human – fallibly and laughingly human while jumping to conclusions, searching everywhere she looks for possible suspects, admitting she doesn’t have a clue about what a sand scene could mean or even what sand therapy is all about, and ignoring advice she would give clients when it comes to her own affairs of the heart. She is a delightful character, full of energy and ambition with a charming mix of arrogance and insecurity, and leads the search for a killer through routes we can’t guess, up until the time of revelation.

In the midst of the story, we get to peak into the world of a therapist, inclusive of professional conundrums and defined disorders. We also get a look at a therapy technique the public has often never heard of: sand tray. While I would have liked to see the definitions of sandplay versus sand tray more differentiated, I enjoyed Isleib’s inclusion of sand tray and her way of handling this branch of the art therapies.

An admission: I don’t read mysteries. However, if more were like this one, I would be searching them out. “Asking For Murder” does open a door – to a large audience, including those in the psychology field, those not in the field who may want a closer look, to romance readers interested in something different, to readers looking for a light weekend or beach read, and to anyone who enjoys spunky fallible female lead characters. If you don’t read mystery, try it anyway. I finished the novel thinking I would have to go back and catch up on more of Dr. Butterman’s adventures in Isleib’s Advice Column Mysteries.

LK Hunsaker
Network Coordinator, Sandplay Voices
Mainstream Romance Novelist: www.lkhunsaker.com