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This is a 3 part training. You need to attend each session in order to get certificate at the end.

APT content area: Special Topics, History, Skills & Methods, and Seminal Theories


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Using Sandtray Processes in Play Therapy: A Virtual Training Moving from Basic to Advanced Sandtray Skills


Available to all pre-licensed and licensed mental health professionals, this webinar series will blend lecture, discussion, and experience as the basic skills and protocols of sandtray-based play therapy for use with all ages are introduced in a manner that honors the power of attuned connection. Over the series, participants will be exposed to historical development of the use of sandtray within play therapy, sandtray use from the vantage point of different play therapy clinical theories, and advanced trauma-sensitive sandtray-based play therapy techniques. This highly interactive training will ask the participants to actively experience the concepts being taught throughout the series.


Following the workshop, participants should be able to:

Discuss how the history of sandtray therapy and play therapy evolved into current day practices

Describe how the awareness of and connection to play therapy materials are applicable to executing sandtray sessions

Discuss standard practices and protocols of sandtray and how to integrate into play therapy with all ages

Apply knowledge of play therapy reflective skills and theme analysis to sandtray case studies

Practice sandtray sessions in practice play therapy simulations

Participate in coaching on sandtray and play therapy skills.

Describe the trauma-sensitive components of sandtray-based play therapy

Identify considerations for creating a trauma-sensitive sandtray space in your play therapy room

List at least three ways to establish safety in the therapeutic relationship using sandtray-based play therapy

Create trauma-informed treatment plans for sandtray-based play therapy

Discuss play therapy methods for processing sand world narratives that feature trauma elements

Discuss person of the play therapist themes relevant to maintaining deep trauma work with clients

Instructor Bio:

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. He has extensive speaking and training experience and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Most of Marshall’s clinical practice has focused on attachment trauma and its effect on family relationships. Marshall conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals and leads training in both parenting and professional settings; much of his consultation and training focuses on the use of sandtray therapy within a trauma-informed context. Additionally, Marshall studies and works with poetic medicine and clay handbuilding. He is EMDR-certified and TBRI-trained and uses these with foster and adoptive families. To hear more about how Marshall's trauma therapy career has been shaped into its present state, click here. As Marshall is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, more writing opportunities are emerging and this has become a passionate point of interest for him. If you are interested in engaging in clinical services with Marshall, go to Nurture Family Counseling's site for more information.

Marshall Lyles, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S