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Symbols and Sandplay Workshop

Format Workshop
Presenters Jacki Short
Description Symbols and Sandplay

"Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain."
C. G. Jung

Course overview:

This two day experiential workshop introduces you to approaches and applications of sandplay with a range of clients and therapeutic contexts.

Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method that has been around for nearly 100 years. It is a form of therapy that gives both child and adult clients the opportunity to portray, rather than verbalise, feelings and experiences often inaccessible and/or difficult to express. Its origins were in the work of Jung and Kalff who were analytically orientated. Current research has demonstrated successful use in shorter term strengths-based approaches with traumatised refugees, reducing measures of anxiety and depression, and with autistic children increasing verbal expression, social interaction, and spontaneous novel play.

In the "free and protected" space provided by the counsellor, a client creates a concrete manifestation of his or her inner world using sand, water, and miniature objects.

This two day workshop introduces you to the fundamental theoretical and methodological concepts in the practice of symbols and sandplay work. It will include an overview of the major theoretical influences in this field, the existing evidence base supporting it and a review of contemporary applications. The focus of the workshop will be an experiential and practical introduction to a range of directive and non-directive methods to engage and work with this media in counselling.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Identify the theoretical basis of working with symbols (including Jungian, Narrative, Humanist, Gestalt perspectives)
Consider the evidence base for these ways of working
Practise person-centred empathic counselling skills
Integrate the use of creative therapies into the practice of counselling,
Consider the appropriate developmental, practical and therapeutic benefits and limits of this method of working,
Practically experience the therapeutic uses of symbol and sand tray work
Consider practical ways to start to build an appropriate symbol collection

What ideas are explored?

How do I introduce symbol and sandplay work to clients?
How can using symbols be therapeutic?
Why do we use sandtrays?
What are the stages in sandplay therapy?
What do I do after clients have "made" something?
How do I make sense of what the client's symbol selection means?
How do we know if this is working?
Does it work for all ages and issues?
When might this form of therapy not be useful?
How can I start a symbol collection?
What are the basic sorts of symbols I need?

Are these methods evidence-based?

The current evidence for the use of symbols and sandplay will be presented and reviewed in this workshop. References and journal articles will also be provided.

Do I need to be creative?

No artistic experience or skill is required for this workshop.

How many people can attend?

To maximise the opportunities for active, experiential, skills-based learning, this workshop is limited to 16 participants. Minimum participants are 6 per workshop.

Workshop Feedback

Great workshop! Learning new skills has never been so active, fun and inspiring. Definitely a workshop that I would recommend to others.

This is by far the most useful workshop I have ever attended. Very good balance of ideas/ practical suggestions and theoretical underpinnings.

This course is excellent. Everything has been prepared so professionally and I have learnt a lot of different tools I can use.

The most valuable thing about this course was being reminded that talking therapy and taking the lead isn't always beneficial for the client and knowing that there's more to counselling than CBT!

I have been to quite a few workshops in recent times and yours was a class above the rest. Unfortunately I have been to plenty of places where an uninspiring presenter puts people to sleep by reading all day from overcrowded power point slides. In contrast your presentation was a brilliant mix of passive and active learning, with lots of interaction.
About the presenter(s) About the Facilitator: Jacki Short is the Principal Psychologist at the Sydney Centre for Creative Change. With over twenty years experience working around Australia and internationally, Jacki offers counselling, supervision, workshops and training. In addition to her extensive experience in counselling children, young people and adults, she is an experienced and Masters qualified adult educator. She is also an APS Member of the College of Counselling Psychologists. Jacki remains committed to the safe and expressive growth of all those with whom she works.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue The Intuitive Well
70 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 25 Nov 2013 to 26 Nov 2013
Time 9am - 4pm
Cost Full $595. Students $495. Early Birds Save $30 by booking 2 months before workshop. Save $50 booking for 2 (people or workshops).
Notes Cost includes:  Comprehensive handbook of written materials  Relevant research articles  Certificate of completion  Lunch, morning and afternoon tea  G.S.T.
Organiser Sydney Centre for Creative Change
Contact Name Jacki Short
Telephone 0411 209 802