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Sandplay Training Site in Gig Harbor, Washington

Sandplay Training Site in Gig Harbor, Washington

Week-long Experiential Trainings in Sandplay Therapy

July 20-24 and July 27-31, 2020

Gig Harbor, Washington State, near Seattle

California and Washington State CE's available!

Apply training hours toward STA/ISST sandplay certification!

Week I: July 20-24, 2020: Introduction to Sandplay

Week II: July 27-31, 2020: Advanced Sandplay: Healing Complex Trauma

Attend the first week if you're a beginner

Attend the second week if you're more advanced

OR attend both weeks!

40 CE per week--California BBS (for LMFTs and LCSWs) and also for STA/ISST hours

30 Washington CE's per week

$1325 for each week

Early registration: $1225— Save $100 per week when you register BEFORE MARCH 15th

9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday

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 This training takes place in a spacious training site in a beautiful setting 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. Take a walk on the Cushman Trail.

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). 

Learning goals:

1.       Describe the foundational concepts of sandplay

2.       Create a psychotherapy office setting for sandplay with the necessary equipment

3.       Create a safe therapeutic environment where clients can freely play

4.       Demonstrate practical sandplay skills with clients

5.       Explain the importance of providing safety within the clinical process of sandplay

6.       Discuss sandplay work with children and adults

7.       Describe your own visceral and emotional experience of a symbol

Week Two is an extension of the first week-long training, but 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).

Learning goals:

1.       Define complex trauma

2.       Describe how sandplay can be useful in treating complex trauma

3.       Name the four archetypal relational fields

4.       Discuss one or two qualities of each of the Four Relational Fields

5.       Explain some qualities of sandplay images that appear in trauma work

6.       Describe two concepts in Jungian theory

7.       Discuss or define “archetypal imagery” and “collective unconscious”

8.       Describe the role of mindfulness in sandplay therapy

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.

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.

Easy transportation from SeaTac Airport near Seattle, WA. Hotels and Transportation—click here!

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

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Gig Harbor, Washington

Gig Harbor, Washington


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 Corte Madera, California.

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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. California allows for 40 CE hours per week-long training.

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). Washington state limits the number of CE’s available per training to 30 hours maximum.

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


Copyright 2013 Linda Cunningham.