Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy

Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy

Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy
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Sand Therapy Training

     The following trainers are listed so that you can choose who is the best fit with your theoretical orientation.  The World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals serves as a resource to assist you in finding training but does not endorse trainers at the present time.  If you provide training and would like to be listed on this page, please contact us at sandtherapypros@gmail.com

     Presently, there is no formal credential for sand therapy with the exception of individual theoretical certifications.  For example, Sandplay, Theresa Kestly and Rita Grayson all offer certifications in their respective training modalities.  A long range goal of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals is to develop a credential that would  allow clinicians to receive training from a variety of trainers while working to earn a credential that demonstrates proficiency in the ethical practice of sand therapy.  This is a lengthy process that will include feedback from top trainers and clinicians and eventually lead to a credential that can be international in scope.


Karen R. Burke, LPC-S, RPT-S, CCST-T

Sand Theory: Comprehensive

 DBA: n/a 

Email: Karen.burke.lpc@gmail.com

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person

Location: Austin TX

Website: www.austinsandtray.com


Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP

DBA: Lancaster School of Psychodrama and Experiential Psychotherapies/Companions in Healing

Email: realtruekaren@gmail.com

Sand Theory: Adlerian & Child-Centered

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person

Location: Lancaster PA


Marie Jose Dhaese, Ph.D., RCC, ATR, RPT-S, CPT-S, BCPT-S

DBA: Centre for Expressive Therapy

Email: mariejoseDhaese@gmail.com

Sand Theory: Expressive Play Therapy

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Parksville, BC, Canada

Website: www.centreforexpressivetherapy.com 


Yolanda Fountain, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC

DBA: Play Wellness LLC

Email: training@playwellness.net

Sand theory: Cross-theoretical

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person & Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person & tele-supervision

Location: Roswell GA

Website: www.playwellness.net/training.html


Theresa Fraser, Ph.D. Candidate, Registered Psychotherapist  (Ontario, Canada); Registered Counselling Therapist (Nova Scotia); CPT-S

DBA: n/a

Email: Theresaannfraser@gmail.com

Sand theory: Sandtray Worldplay trained; cross-theoretical

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based (In Australia)

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person/ Distance

Location: Canada

Website: www.maritimeplaytherapycentre.com


Eliana Gil, Ph.D., LMFT, RPT-S, ATR

DBA: Eliana Gil, Ph.D., LLC

Email:  elianagil@me.com

Sand Theory: Humanistic

Training Level: All Levels 

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based 

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, web-based 

Location: Trainings in Fairfax, VA

Website: www.elianagil.me


Carmy Goodwin, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT-S

DBA: Heartland Play Therapy Institute / Creative Connections, LLC

Email:  heartlandpti@gmail.com

Sand Theory: Adlerian

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Video-conferencing

Location: Kansas City

Website: www.heartlandplaytherapy.com


Rita Grayson, LCSW, RPT-S

DBA: SageSource Learning Center

Email: Rita@LearnSandTray.com

Sand Theory: Neurobiologically-informed Psychodynamic

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Cumming GA

Website: www.LearnSandTray.com


Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S

DBA: Pawsitive Family Counseling, LLC

Email: ekk6@txstate.edu

Sand Theory: Solution-focused 

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-person, Web-based

Location: Texas State University Institute for Play Therapy, San Marcos TX

Website: www.pawsitivefamily.com & www.playtherapy.clas.txstate.edu


Rosalind L. Heiko, Ph.D., RPT-S, ISST/CST-T, NCSP 

DBA: Dr. Roz Consulting & Training

Email: info@dheiko.com

Sand Theory: Sandplay

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Cary, NC

Website: www.drheiko.com


Linda E. Homeyer, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, IPT-CST

DBA: Homeyer & Associates

Email: Linda@DoorOfHopeNB.org

Sand Theory: Cross-Theoretical, Adlerian, Child-Centered

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person

Location: New Braunfels TX

Website: www.DoorOfHopeNB.org/trainings


Aimee L. Jennings, LMHC, RPT-S & Sean P. Jennings, Psy.D., RPT-S

DBA:  Institute of Playful Healing

Email: aimeejennings13@gmail.com

Sand theory: Integrative

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person

Location: Orlando FL

Website: www.instituteofplayfulhealing.org


Carmen Jimenez-Pride, LISW-CP (SC), LCSW (NC), LCSW (GA)

DBA: Outspoken Counseling and Consulting LLC

Email: Carmen@outspokenllc.com

Sand Theory: Internal Family System models

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision: In-Person

Location: Augusta GA

Website: www.outspokenllc.com


Lara Kasza, Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist (UK)

DBA: n/a

Email: larakasza@hotmail.com

Sand Theory: Jungian – Cross-theoretical; developed: SandStory Therapy®

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Stanmore, London, England UK

Website: www.larakasza.com


Theresa Kestly, Ph.D., RPT-S

DBA: Sand Tray Institute of New Mexico

Email: sandtray@comcast.net

Sand Theory:  Integrative with Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision: In-Person

Location: Corrales NM

Website: www.sandtraytraining.com


Terry Kottman, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S 

DBA: League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists

Email: tkottman@cfu.net

Sand Theory: Adlerian

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: No

Location: Cedar Falls IA

Website: www.encouragementzone.com and https://leapt.arlo.co/w/


Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Consultant, IPT-CST

DBA: Marshall Lyles Workshop

Email: marshallnlyles@gmail.com

Sand Theory: Adlerian, Integrated EMDR-AIP Model

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Austin TX

Website: www.marshalllyles.com


Heather Maritano, LCSW, RPT-S

DBA: Inner Resources Counseling

Email: hlmaritano@gmail.com

Sand Theory: Cross-theoretical with Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Bloomington IN

Website: www.heathermaritano.com


Karen E. Pernet, LCSW, RPT-S, Gestalt Therapy, SEP

DBA: Growth through Play Therapy Trainers

Email: kepernet@gmail.com

Sand Theory: Gestalt, Humanistic

Training Level: Foundational & Intermediate

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Oakland CA

Website: www.growththroughplaytherapy.com/trainings


Lisa Remey, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, IPT-CST

DBA: Bluebonnet Center for Play Therapy

Email: lisaremey@gmail.com

Sand Theory: CBT/CBTP

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Video

Location: New Braunfels TX

Website: www.lisaremey.com

  

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S

DBA: Main Line Play Therapy

Email: tammi@mainlineplaytherapy.com

Sand theory: Client-centered Sandtray Play Therapy, Solution-focused

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Web-based

Location: Philadelphia PA

Website: www.mainlineplaytherapy.com

  

Fiona Werle, MACA, Registered Counsellor

Sand Theory: Cross-theoretical and Sandplay

DBA: Opengate Institute

Email: fwerle@bigpond.com

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person, Web-based

Supervision/Consultation: In-Person, Zoom

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Website: www.opengateinstitute.com.au


Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC, CCST-T & Melissa Dilworth, LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC, CCST-T, RPT-S

DBA: San Antonio SandTray

Email: sasandtray@gmail.com

Sand theory: Integrated

Training Level: All Levels

Training Format: In-Person

Consultation: In-Person

Location: San Antonio TX

Website: www.sanantoniosandtray.com