Sandplay Training Worldwide

Experiential, depth training in the art and science of sandplay therapy

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California Continuing Education credit available.

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Washington CE credit available for Introduction to Sandplay (18) and Week-long trainings (36) only.

Guest instructors provide the student with a variety of views and experiences in Jungian/Kalffian sandplay.

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy (18 hours)

January 11-13, 2019 in San Francisco—almost full!

February 1-3, 2019 in Gig Harbor, Washington

May 17-19, 2019 in San Francisco

September 20-22, 2019 in San Francisco

January 10-12, 2020 San Francisco

10am- 5:30pm

$550 Licensed Clinician; $525 Unlicensed

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This course, or its equivalent, is recommended before taking all others. 

This weekend training teaches the basics in a small group setting near the Marina in San Francisco. Several times each year, this training is offered to therapists and therapists-in-training. It is always a fun weekend, with a large experiential component–you’ll have the experience of both making and witnessing a sandtray.

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Create a psychotherapy office setting for sandplay with the necessary equipment

  • Begin to utilize sandplay in your practice.

  • Demonstrate practical sandplay skills with clients

  • Discuss the importance of symbols

  • Differentiate between the two distinct methods of "sandplay" and "sandtray"

  • Explain the importance of providing safety in sandplay

  • Discuss ethical, competent ways to use sandplay with diverse client populations

There will also be a week-long beginning training in Gig Harbor, WA July 22-26 followed by a week-long Intermediate/Advanced training, July 29-August 2, 2019. Sign up for either week or both! (for more information, scroll down)

Healing Complex Trauma with Sandplay (18 hours)

San Francisco

December 7-9, 2018

10am - 5:30pm

$550 Licensed Clinician; $525 Unlicensed

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Sandplay is a powerful yet gentle depth psychotherapy method that heals nonverbal or preverbal trauma in both children and adults, thereby promoting healing. This course provides a practical, experiential and theoretical introduction, including Jungian theory and trauma theory, to the theoretical basis of relational fields sandplay therapy. Through knowledge and experience of these fields, the sandplay therapist is better able to identify trauma and to deepen the capacity for holding deep wounds to the psyche.

  • Explain how sandplay addresses and heals deep levels of preverbal trauma

  • Describe how to identify trauma in sandtrays

  • Describe the traumatic qualities of the relational field

  • Discuss the self-healing capacity of the psyche

Week-long Sandplay Trainings

July 22-26 and July 29-August 2, 2019

Gig Harbor, WA (near Seattle)

 The town of Gig Harbor, Washington, training site for the 2019 week long summer sandplay trainings.

The town of Gig Harbor, Washington, training site for the 2019 week long summer sandplay trainings.





Week-long Experiential Trainings in Sandplay Therapy August 2019 in Gig Harbor, WA

Linda Cunningham, PhD, MFT, and Guest Instructors

Certified Sandplay Therapist-Teachers


Week One: Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

Week Two:  Healing Complex Trauma with Sandplay

Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm

Lunch is included 

Attend the first week if you're a beginner, attend the second week if you're more advanced OR attend both weeks!

STA/ISST education hours and California (40) and Washington State (30) CE's available

$1275 for each week

Early registration before March 15th: $1175

Save $100 per week when you register BEFORE MARCH 15th

For more information on the Week Long Trainings, click here (see Week Long Trainings). Linda Cunningham, 415-346-6363

These trainings are designed to give a solid foundation to the sandplay therapist. Trainings are open to those who are interested in deepening their skills and understanding, and also to those seeking certification. Trainings take place in a large, beautiful conference room with ample room for expressive arts activities in a nurturing environment. Venture a few blocks to historic downtown Gig Harbor and discover waterfront cafes, restaurants and shopping.

Week One of the Week-long Experiential Trainings in Sandplay Therapy (40 hours) covers the basic educational requirements as determined by Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapists. This training includes: Fundamentals of Sandplay (18 hours), Clinical Sandplay I (12 hours) and Symbolism (10 hours). 

Week Two is an extension of the first week’s training, and may also be attended by those who do not attend Week One. In the second week, we will explore using sandplay to heal complex trauma, and the concept of the four archetypal relational fields from Sandplay and the Clinical Relationship (Cunningham, 2013). We will integrate our understandings of neuroscience, trauma and body-based theories, Jungian theory and psychoanalysis with sandplay theory and practice.  This training includes: Clinical Sandplay (24 hours), Symbolism in Sandplay (10 hours), Jungian Theory in Sandplay (6 Hours).

Gig Harbor, Washington was once a small fishing village on Puget Sound near Seattle. Today it is a beautiful little town full of restaurants and shops on the edge of a harbor full of sailboats. Stop and take a breath of the fresh air of the Pacific Northwest as we learn the fundamentals and complexities of sandplay. This training takes place in a large, beautiful home near forests and walking trails, with ample room for experiential activities in a nurturing environment. Venture about a mile to historic downtown Gig Harbor and discover waterfront cafes, restaurants and shopping. Lunch will be provided, so you can stay onsite, and then take a walk on the Cushman Trail.

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 Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, with easy transportation from SeaTac Airport near Seattle, WA.

For more information, call Dr. Cunningham at 415-346-6363, or email 


Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., MFT, CST-T is the author of Sandplay and The Clinical Relationship (2013) as well as Relational Sandplay Therapy (2005) and many articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She has taught sandplay as well as contemporary relational theories for many years in both graduate and postgraduate settings. She is adjunct faculty in the Sonoma State University M.A. Depth Psychology Program and at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a teaching member of STA/ ISST. She has private practices in San Francisco and Kentfield, California.

Continuing Education in California: Linda Cunningham, PhD, MFT, CST-T (Provider Number 017288) is  approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. Linda Cunningham maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course completion certificates will be handed out immediately after the training. If you have any questions, please call Linda Cunningham, or 415-346-6363. 40 CE per week

Continuing Education in Washington State: This training has been approved for 30 CE's for Washington State licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers.  WMHCA Provider #1806. (30 CE's for Week I and 30 CE's for Week II)

Every effort will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you have special needs regarding accessibility, materials or content please contact Linda Cunningham in advance to allow arrangements to be made. 415-346-6363 or

Attend the first week if you're a beginner

Attend the second week if you're more advanced. You must have clinical experience to attend this course.

OR attend both weeks!

Save $100 per week when you register BEFORE MARCH 15th

 For more information on the Week Long Trainings, click here!

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Trainings offered throughout the year in San Francisco and Gig Harbor:

Jungian Theory in Sandplay (18 hours)

Gig Harbor, Washington

October 4-6, 2019

10am-  5:30pm

$550 Licensed Clinician; $525 Unlicensed

Lunch included

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This course may be taken at any time. Integrate theory and clinical practice from the inside out through your own experience of Jungian concepts such as archetype, persona, shadow, complexes, the Self, the ego-Self axis and the transcendent function. We also explore symbols, the flow of psychic energies, and alchemical symbolism. Experiential activities will help us to deeply understand the Jungian view of the psyche. Participants in this training access their creativity in surprising ways. Expect transformation!

  • Describe your own experience of working with symbols

  • List three Jungian terms regarding the structure and processes of the psyche, such as persona, shadow, complex, archetype, ego-Self axis, individuation, transcendent function

  • Describe the one Jungian personality concept you've identified in yourself

  • Apply two Jungian concepts to sandplay work

  • Demonstrate your understanding of one Jungian theoretical concept through sandplay or expressive arts

  • Explain the Jungian view of consciousness and the unconscious

Clinical Sandplay I: Deepening Sandplay Theory and Practice and Sandplay with Children (18 hours)  


10am - 5:30pm

$550 Licensed Clinician; $525 Unlicensed

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This course is best taken after Introduction to Sandplay.  In this course, we focus on sandplay with children. Guest presenters add case material and expertise. 

  • Discuss the concept of co-transference in sandplay

  • Describe some individual sandtrays in your own words

  • Compare the overall process of healing in sandplay with the healing process in methods that are not depth-oriented

  • Describe the differences inherent in sandplay work with children vs. adults

  • Demonstrate your knowledge of sandplay theory and practice

  • Discuss the importance of both relationship and symbol

Symbolism in Sandplay: Experiencing the Power of the Symbol  (18 hours)


10am - 5:30pm

$550 Licensed Clinician; $525 Unlicensed

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The infinite holding and profoundly integrative power of the symbol are key in sandplay. In this training, we experience several symbols in depth, and discuss Jung's ideas about the symbol, the archetype, and the flow of psychic energies. These concepts will be applied to case material.

This course may be taken at any time, and by non-sandplay therapists, too.

  • Explain the importance of the symbol in healing

  • Demonstrate the ability to “play” with symbolic meaning

  • Describe the visceral and emotional power of the symbol

  • Investigate a particular symbol from personal, cultural and archetypal sources

  • Discuss how to write a symbol paper

Ethics in Sandplay (6 hours)

Online Courses Coming Soon!

Meet your Ethics licensing renewal requirement with a focus on Sandplay

CAMFT BBS Approved Continuing Education Provider #28347

Buddhism is one of the three pillars of sandplay. Using the Buddhist framework of the Ten Paramits, ancient practices honed over millennia, we will consider the STA and ISST ethical guidelines for sandplay therapists. We will examine them in relation to our current professional and ethical standards, emphasizing compassion and the imperative to "do no harm." Small group work will give participants an experience of thoughtful, compassionate, ethical decision-making that honors both Masculine and Feminine.

  • Define "ethics"

  • Name three of the Ten Paramitas

  • Name three ethical principles found in the STA or ISST Code of Ethics

  • Explain the training, education and experience needed to ethically practice sandplay therapy

  • Discuss three common ethical dilemmas in sandplay therapy

Every effort will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you have special needs regarding accessibility, materials or content please contact Linda Cunningham in advance to allow arrangements to be made., Please be aware that the training sites are accessible only by stairs. However, with enough advance notice, a change of venue may be possible.  415-346-6363 or

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