October 23, 2020 9a.m. – 12p.m.
Have you ever wondered how to utilize a sand tray from a Gestalt Play Therapy framework aid processing and reprocessing within a play therapy context? Have you ever asked yourself if there might be transformative attachment repatterning taking place with sand? If so, this highly experiential workshop: The Empty Sandbox: A Gestalt Approach to Attachment-Focused Play Therapy with a Sand Tray is for you!. This workshop will identify ways to use a sand tray in play therapy in multiple ways to promote processing ruptured attachments and repatterning healthy attachments guided by theoretical underpinnings in the Gestalt framework. Directive and non-directive approaches to using the sand tray within a play therapy context will be described, challenges and benefits to this approach will be
addressed, and practical applications for practice will be assessed through the lens of current neuroscientific research.
This workshop will promote that utilizing the work of the sand promotes self-expression along with access to the unconscious. Understanding the sand tray in play therapy through a Gestalt lens with attachment prompts will aid in a child’s ability to self-regulate, counter condition fears, and promotes resilience.