Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

Friday, 31 March 2023 9:00 AM - Saturday, 1 April 2023 5:00 PM EDT

215 Preston Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R7R1, Canada

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Friday, 31 March 2023 9:00 AM - Saturday, 1 April 2023 5:00 PM EDT

Salas San Marco , 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R7R1, Canada.




Sandplay Therapy is a creative and experiential approach to psychotherapy. Utilizing sand, water, and miniature figurines, the client creates spontaneous images using their imagination. These images bring forth unconscious material to consciousness. The Sandplay Therapy process encourages psychological healing thus reducing inner conflicts.



The purpose of the Introductory workshop in Jungian/Kalffian Sandplay is to have participants become familiar with the framework and theory of this method of therapy. The two day, 12 hour training introduces major concepts that the clinician learns in order to begin to feel comfortable using the modality with clients; and, helps the clinician begin to understand the depth of sandplay therapy and how it is useful for clients. The workshop is also designed to help the clinician to better understand the anatomy of the psyche and how, through a sandplay process, the client’s psyche helps the client to become more psychologically integrated.



  • Recognize how the pre-verbal aspect of Sandplay Therapy activates unconscious material in a safe way bringing it to consciousness. Only through the process of regression into the unconscious can progression into a stronger consciousness occur.
  • Explore and understand the anatomy of the psyche and how it is brought to consciousness during a sandplay therapy process
  •  Understand the basic concepts of sandplay therapy and how the therapist is a vital part of the therapeutic process by holding the “free and protected space” of the client so that transference and counter-transference is experienced in a healthy way.

Sylvia has taught, trained, and supervised professionals from around the world in the field of psychotherapy for more than 20 years. Currently, Sylvia runs a clinical psychotherapy practice with clientele ranging from childhood to adulthood with a variety of issues in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Sylvia became certified with ISST in 1999. She is one of the founding members of the Canadian Associaton for Sandplay Therapy in 1991 and continues to be on the CAST Board. She also served on the ISST Board of Directors as the National Representative for CAST for 8 years, and as the Honorary Secretary for 4 years. Sylvia has presented many workshops with Play Therapy International, ISST (International Association for Sandplay Therapy), CAST (Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy). Prior to her private practice, Sylvia worked at a treatment center for the dually-diagnosed as a Play/Sandplay Therapist and she was their Psychometrist. Sylvia received her training in Psychometrics and Counselling at the University of Toronto, Canada. Sylvia is a member of Play Therapy International, The International Society of Sandplay Therapy, The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy, and The Ontario Association for Mental Health Practitioners, and is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In her spare time she rides her horses at her small farm and she enjoys quilting and being with family.

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