Introduction to Play therapy using Sandtray

February 29, 2020


200 East St Pittsboro, NC

Earlybird Pricing: $150 Price after January 31: $180


Presented by Kristin Krippa, M.A., LPA, HSP-PA, RIST, ICST

Kristin Krippa, M.A., is the Owner and Clinical Director of Krippa Family Psychological & Wellness Services. She has been a Psychologist for 28 years working with children, teens, and adults. She became interested in sandplay therapy more than 25 years ago and was intrigued by the healing benefits of using sand therapy with clients. She recently became an Internationally Credentialed Sandtray Therapist. She is excited to expand the use of Sandtray by providing sandtray trainings to clinicians.

Approved for 6 "live" APT CE's
By Sherri Cauthen LCSW, RPT-S (APT Approved Provider 19-586)

Minimum of 10 participants Maximum of 16

What You Will Learn


After taking this training, participants will be able to achieve the following learning objectives:

1. Describe the difference between sandtray and sandplay therapy

2.Discuss how sandtray can be used therapeutically for different mental health concerns

3. Be able to understand the set-up of a sandtray room or space in a playroom. Describe the different materials needed including trays, figures, figure categories, and sand.

4.Describe the difference between directive and non-directive techniques and when to use one over the other when working with children in the sandtray

5. Be able to identify and use 10 directives used in play therapy using sandtray

6. Identify why and when  to be more active and participate in a child’s sandtray in play therapy

7. Describe the differences of how young children may use sandtray versus how tweens, teens, and adults may use sandtray in play therapy.

8. Understand the skills used in processing a sandtray with children and teens. Experience processing sandtrays with group participants

9. Describe how sandtray can be used effectively in play therapy with groups, families, couples, tweens, teens, and adults. Experience a group sandtray with other participants

Event schedule

9:30-10:00 AM

Sign in

Sign in

Coffee and tea

10:00 AM

Workshop Introduction

Brief introduction of play therapy and the use of sand in play therapy 

Sandtray versus sandplay

Benefits of using sandtray therapy

Set-up of a sandtray room or space in a playroom


The safe and protected space of the sandtray

Experiential opportunity

1:00 PM


02:00 PM

Introducing Sandtray to clients

Introducing sandtray to clients

Engaging clients in sandtray to build their world

Using sandtray with children:

How young children may use sandtray versus older children/tweens/adults

Case presentation

Directive versus non-directive techniques

Non-directive - the art of being passive and providing a safe space to allow clients to explore sandtray

Directive- providing directives, examples of directives

Tracking versus being more active and participating in a child’s sandtray work when and why

Processing a tray: what does that look like?

Experiential opportunity to complete a tray and process with a peer

Types of presenting problems that might benefit from sandtray

Case presentation

More than just children use sandtray.

Groups – using guidance and instructions. Can be used to develop social skills build relationships

Families - significance of interactions between family members

Couples - individual sandtrays and cooperative trays

Tweens/teens building relationships and communication skills

Adults – gaining insight and understanding

04:00 PM

Putting it all together

Experiential opportunity: complete a group tray. 

What do you notice?


Case Studies and examples

This training is designed for Psychologists and other mental health clinicians.

Refund Policy:

Refunds are available until 30 days prior to the date of the training. A $25.00 processing fee will be retained for all refunds.

If refunds are requested after this 30-day window, payment will be credited towards future trainings.

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We are committed to complying with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and in the treatment of attendees.
We go to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all and attempt to anticipate problems. If complaints arise we will attempt to alleviate them as quickly as possible.
Complaints relative to a speaker, content of instructional materials being presented, an individual educational style being utilized, or facilities where a training is held should be addressed with Kristin Krippa, who will attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

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