Sandplay Training Worldwide

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

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

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November 8-10, 2019 in Gig Harbor, Washington

January 10-12, 2020 San Francisco

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

10am – 5:30pm

$550(Prelicensed: $525)

18 CE (CA BBS LMFTs and LCSWs) and STA/ ISST

Would you like to learn how to use sandplay in your practice? Join us for a weekend training, Introduction to Sandplay, in San Francisco. Limited to 10 participants.

Several times each year, Dr. Cunningham offers this training to therapists and therapists-in-training who are interested in learning about sandplay. It is always a fun weekend, with a large experiential component--you’ll get the experience of both making and witnessing a sandtray. No previous experience is necessary.

There will also be two week-long trainings in Gig Harbor, Washington July 2020 (Week I: Beginning Sandplay) and July (Week II: Advanced—Sandplay and Trauma), You may take either one or both trainings.

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You must pre-register to attend. 

San Francisco Weekend trainings are held at 2964 Fillmore Street (corner of Union)

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

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

  • Demonstrate practical sandplay skills with clients

  • Summarize the history of sandplay therapy

  • Explain the importance of providing safety within the clinical process of sandplay

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



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Course Outline

Note: CE credit will not be given for breaks or lunch break


10am-11:30            Introduction and Overview of the Course

  Working with Sand and Symbols

Break: 11:30-11:45

11:45- 1pm              The Basics of Sandplay: Practical Issues

Lunch: 1-2pm          

2-3:00pm                Video of Sandplay Processes of Children and Adults

Break: 3:00-3:15

3:15-5:00                Individual Sandtrays:  Experience making and witnessing sandplay

5-5:30                     Discussion and questions 


10am-11:30          The Basics of Sandplay Theory 

Break: 11:30-11:45

11:45- 1pm              Sandplay Case: Practice understanding a sandplay process

Lunch: 1-2pm         

2-3:00pm                The Clinical Process in Sandplay: Kalffian Theory

Break: 3:00-3:15

3:15-5:00                   Individual Sandtrays: Experience making and witnessing sandplay

5-5:30                        Discussion and questions     Discussion and questions


10am-11:30          Jungian Theory in Sandplay

Break: 11:30-11:45

11:45- 1pm              Sandplay Case: Clinical Process in Sandplay

Lunch: 1-2pm

2-3:00                Ethics in Sandplay;   Diversity Issues in Sandplay

Break: 3:00-3:15

3:15-5:00               Individual Sandtrays: Experience both making and witnessing sandtrays

5-5:30pm              Discussion and questions; conclusion and integration. Evaluations.


Sandplay Training Hours

STA and ISST require a minimum of 120 hours of education as one of the requirements to become certified in sandplay therapy. The minimum hours of coursework in each content area are as follows: Introduction to Sandplay (18 hours); Clinical Sandplay Practice (48 hours); Jungian Theory (18 hours); and Symbolism (18 hours).

This training covers 18 hours of Introduction Sandplay. Continuing Education Credit: 18 CE California BBS and Sandplay Therapists of America/ International Society for Sandplay Therapists (STA/ISST).

Continuing Education in California: Linda Cunningham, PhD, MFT, CST-T is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Linda Cunningham, PhD, MFT, CST-T maintains responsibility for the program/course and its content. CAMFT CE Provider Number 017288.

Continuing Education in Washington: These trainings have been approved for Continuing Education for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1806.

What is SandplayTherapy?

Sandplay is a gentle, deeply meaningful experience for clients who are drawn to it. Using small figures representing every aspect of the world, and a small sandtray painted blue on the bottom and filled with sand, clients are often surprised and delighted at the picture of their own internal world that spontaneously forms. Making sandtrays over time is like having “waking dreams” that offer insight and integration of energies and information that were previously inaccessible. Symptoms recede, clarity settles in, and serenity and inner stillness suffuse one's experience. Sandplay is used very successfully with children. However, I have found that in depth work with adults who are interested in this method, the level of healing is quite profound and lasting. Read more...

Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., MFT is a Certified Teaching Member of STA/ ISST. She is the author of Sandplay and the Clinical Relationship (2013) as well as Relational Sandplay Therapy (2005). She has presented at both national and international conferences, and has taught sandplay as well as contemporary relational theories for over twenty years in both graduate and postgraduate settings. For many years, she was adjunct faculty in the Sonoma State University M.A. Depth Psychology Program and at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Linda offers trainings and workshops in sandplay, Jungian and relational theory throughout the year.

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 San Francisco training site is accessible only by stairs. However, with enough advance notice, a change of venue may be possible.  415-346-6363 or

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

Linda Cunningham, PhD, MFT

2964 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, CA 94123


Copyright 2013 Linda Cunningham.