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Workshop Title: Seminal Play Theories & Approaches in Sand Therapy

Facilitator: April Duncan, DSW, LCSW, RPT-S™

Training Date: August 8th, 2024

Training Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm EST

Location: 5950 Fairview Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28210

APT Continuing Education Hours: 6.0 APT Contact CEs

Play Therapy Primary Areas: 3 hrs Skills & Methods, 2 hrs Special Topics


Workshop Description:

Play therapy seminal theories applied in the sand tray can ground a play therapist in their approach in implementing sand tray in the playroom. This workshop will explore the use of play therapy seminal theories in sand tray with clients of all ages. Participants will explore the different ways to process sand trays such as confronting discrepancies in Gestalt Play Therapy, supporting the Crucial C’s in Adlerian Play Therapy and address cognitive distortions in Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy. 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Compare play therapy seminal theories in sand tray sessions.

  2. Discuss sand tray prompts to use for Adlerian Play Therapy sessions.

  3. Explain the use of Child-Centered Play Therapy with sand tray in play therapy sessions.

  4. List sand tray prompts to use for Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy sessions.

  5. Identify the therapeutic powers of play in sand tray therapy in the playroom.

  6. Assess the use of seminal play therapy theories across developmental levels.



  • 9:00 am-9:15 am Introductions
  • 9:15 am-10:30 am Lecture & experiential learning
  • 10:30 am-10:45 am Break
  • 10:45 am-12:00 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch break
  • 1:00 pm-2:15 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 2:15 pm-2:30 pm Break
  • 2:30 pm-4:15 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 4:15 pm-4:30 pm Q & A/wrap-up

Seminal Play Theories & Approaches in Sand Therapy - Charlotte

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