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Professional training workshop :
Introduction to Sand-tray Therapy

Presenter :

Jean Parkinson, MAAT
Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member (ISST); Registered Art Psychotherapist (ANZACATA) in private practice


Wednesday & Thursday 17 & 18 February 2021
9:00am – 4:30pm


Seminar Room, School of Psychology, Massey University,
Level 3, North Shore Library Building, Albany Village, Auckland

Overview of the training

In this introductory training Jean will introduce the origins of sand-tray as a therapeutic modality and applications for across a wide range of populations.

Training will include:

  • The history of sand-tray and its theoretical underpinnings
  • Differentiation of sand-tray from Sandplay Therapy
  • Common applications of sand-tray as a therapy modality
  • Understanding various ways that symbol work and sand-tray can be used in assessment, therapy and supervision
  • Using symbols without sand as well as sand-tray with children and young people
  • Adaptations of sand-tray across therapeutic modalities (psychodynamic, CBT, narrative therapy, trauma processing models)
  • Use of sand-tray for reflective practice and in supervision

This two-day workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in creating their own directed sand-trays. There is a maximum number of attendees (20) in order to allow small experiential groups, and for all participants to create their own tray and the observers to practice reflective responses. Participants will be invited to write a reflection of their experiences. Note: This workshop will be followed later in the year by a more advanced sandtray workshop.

About the presenter

Jean Parkinson is a Registered Art Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with ANZACATA. Her undergraduate degree was B.Social Sciences (Human Services) from Auckland College of Education. She gained her Master of Art Therapy from University of Western Sydney and is a Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member (CST-T) with the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).  Her early work in Sandplay was based on Choice Theory/Reality Therapy (Glasser) and Narrative Therapy (Epston & Bird). She has worked as a therapist in child protection, and in private practice with children affected by cancer; children, teens, adults and families affected by grief, loss and change, by trauma and disrupted attachment. A registered teacher, she continues to work collaboratively with children referred through the RTLB service. Her recent major study for ISST Sandplay Therapy registration was summarised in the article, Landscapes and Maori mythology in Aotearoa and in Sandplay Therapy.  Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Vol.27/2/ 2018.   


$500 for professionals
$450 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term)
$250 for students (Full-time students only)

Morning and afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee. Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop.

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.

How to Register

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland 0745.

Phone : 09 213-6095
Fax : 09 414-7328
Email :

Cancellation Policy

If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given.
Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge.
No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.