Building Resources, Combining Sand Tray and Action Methods

General Information

Participants will experience the use of sand tray figures and doubling as a resource building method with clients. Sand Tray therapy is a form of expressive arts therapy that allows clients to access unconscious material and bring it into consciousness within a safe container. (2 CEUs)

Educational Goals

The Building Resources workshop will teach participants:

  • to understand the use of sand tray figures as projective devices for the unconscious.

  • to utilize sand tray figures to help clients identify and access internal resources.

  • to help clients embody and internalize the resource through the action method of “doubling”.

  • to encourage clients to recognize and access internal resources in their most challenging times.

Measurable Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to understand and utilize sand tray figures with clients to access a variety of unconscious beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and desires.

  • Participants will be able to apply the use of sand tray figures in one specific technique to access an internal resource.

  • Participants will learn how to apply the action method of doubling with clients to express and embody resources.

Workshop Outline

1) Introduction

(a) Explanation and overview of sand tray theory and application of figures as a therapeutic tool

(b) Experiential exercise utilizing figures

(c) Discussion

2) Explanation of doubling method and application

(a) enactment of doubling using sand tray figure

3) Group process of experience

4) Discussion/Questions and Answers