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Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy Certificate Program
beginning February 1, 2017
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Greetings Friends and Colleagues,
The next Level 1 session for the Advanced Sand Certificate will begin early February. Register through phiggins@collegeparkmd.gov. Information follows.
You can also find info about this and other happenings on our Blog (sandplayvoices.blogspot.com), now being used as our main website.

Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy Certificate Program

provided by Sand Therapy expert and practitioner
Dee Preston-Dillon, Ph.D.
through City of College Park, MD Advanced Clinical Training Institute
CLINICAL SAND THERAPY

Competency in sand therapy offers clients a safe, non-verbal method to share their experiences. Sand therapy is a strengths-based approach wherein the client uses figurines and metaphors to tell their story.  This non-verbal expression is especially important for clients impacted by grief and trauma. Clients deserve a safe space and an empowering witness to listen to their stories, especially those experiences which are too painful or too conflicted to explain directly in words.

During the clinical use of sand, through metaphor and images in the sand, clients, no matter their age, share their understanding of their experience. Process in sand allows client stories to unfold, at their own pace and at the level of depth with which they can cope. It is a process for healing and transformation.


ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Competency with sand therapy, Sandtray and Sandplay, is based in clinician insights into the process and meaning of symbols and the skills to respond to client sand scenes. This certificate program develops competency for using sand in three core areas: 1) understanding theories for an integrated, holistic practice, 2) development of ethics, mindfulness, and integrity in the use of sand, and 3) advancement of skills training through a small group for individualized feedback during case consultations.

Therapists have an opportunity to extend their work into more depth, add skills to increase safe boundaries for clients and protect client integrity, while witnessing existential trauma manifest in client sand scenes. It prepares the clinician to more fully understand, witness, and respond to clients and their sand scenes.  It is specifically designed to provide participants a solid grounding in theory and the ethical use of sand and guide to effective implementation of the process.

The training is anchored in individualized guidance, direct experience and clinician-consultant interactions to support therapists and expressive arts clinicians in the ethical use of sand and symbols.

Competency with symbols in sand requires an experiential approach with time for participant immersion in their own process, and guidance to deepen personal experience and expertise.  Through immersion, the therapist’s capacity to attend to developmental and mind-body connections in sand scenes, and effectively use metaphors and narrative techniques to enhance responses to clients is increased. 

To maintain the integrity of the training, an emphasis is on a safe, enriching experience for the clinician’s immersion in the use of metaphors and sand scenes with individualized guidance and feedback in support of the participant clinician’s competency using sand therapy.  The program honors the therapist’s experience, adding reflective moments for therapist self-care, while validating the unique qualities therapists and expressive arts clinicians bring to this deep work.

To support this experience, workshops are limited to 8 – 10 participants and small group case consultations are limited to 4 – 5 participants.


DESCRIPTION/OVERVIEW OF ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2

LEVEL 1: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY CERTIFICATE

The Foundation of Sand: Theory, Ethics, and Skill Development 

Workshops and Case Consultations:  34 contact hours
* Workshops (four 6-hour workshops) 
* Advanced Small Group Case Consultations (five 2-hour consultations)
* 50 face-to-face client sand therapy hours (includes previous face-to-face client sand therapy hours)

Workshops
1. Developing Competency: Theory, Ethics, and the Role of the Play Therapist in Sand Therapy
2. Respectful Understanding of Symbols in Sand: Amplification and Active Imagination 
3. Resonating with Compassion in Sand: Trauma, Grief, and Loss 
4. Mindfully Responding: Integrating Rogerian Client-Centered and Jungian Approaches to play therapy and expressive arts with clients


Advanced Small Group Case Consultations

Participants explore their implementation of sand therapy through case consultations within a small group cohort. An essential feature of the consults is individualized feedback to enhance participant understanding of and responses to client sand scenes. Strategies, support, validation, and suggestions to increase insights into the process anchor these small group consults.

Experiential training is most effective when work of the group members is anchored in trust and cohesion among participants. Workshops are limited to 8 – 10 participants and small group case consultations are limited to 4 – 5 in order to build cohesion and to support cohort training. Thus it is important for participants to view the sessions as contiguous and attend each session as scheduled. 


LEVEL 2: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY: EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION

Effective Implementation:  Engaging, Understanding and Responding to Clients
Workshops and Case Consultations: 34 contact hours

* Workshops (four 6-hour workshops) 
* Advanced Small Group Case Consultations (five 2-hour consultations)
* 100 face-to-face client sand therapy hours (includes previous face-to-face client hours)

Workshops
5. Enriching Meaning in Sand Scenes: Erickson’s Therapeutic Metaphors and Narrative Sand Therapy 
6. Recovering a Cohesive Sense of Self Across the Lifespan: Play Therapy with Sand & Symbols through the Lens of a Developmental View
7. Reclaiming Identity: Culture, Ethnicity, and Gender in Sand Scenes
8. Honoring the Many Parts: Family Systems in the Sand

Experiential training is most effective when work of the group members is anchored in trust and cohesion among participants. Workshops are limited to 8 – 10 participants and small group case consultations are limited to 4 – 5 in order to build cohesion and to support cohort training.  Thus it is important for participants to view the sessions as contiguous and attend each session as scheduled.


COST FOR TRAINING

Comprehensive cost for each level is $1,450.  Registration for Winter/Spring 2017 session beginning February 1, 2017 in process now. 

Workshops for Level I & Level II: Four (6-hour) workshops for each level. (24 hrs each level) 
  
Small Group Case Consultations – Five (2-hour) consultations for each level (10 hrs each level)


LOCATION/MEETING DAYS AND TIME

Level 1: Advanced Sand Clinical Therapy Certificate

Workshops (4)/Participants (8) February 1, 2017, March 1, 2017, April 5, 2017, May 3, 2017.  
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  1st workshop is at College Park Youth and Family Services 4912 Nantucket Road College Park, MD 20740; subsequent workshops are at Dr. Preston Dillon’s Brandywine, MD office.

Advanced Small Group Case Consultations (5)/Participants (4) are third Wednesday of the month and are held at College Park Youth and Family Services.


REQUIREMENT FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO LEVEL 1 ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Master’s or Doctorate in mental health profession is required. 

Participants must attend all four workshops, five small group consultations and complete 50 client sand therapy face-to-face hours in order to receive their certificate which will be provided upon completion of certificate requirements.  If circumstances preclude attendance at a class, a certificate will not be granted until all classes and consultations have been completed.  There is no extra fee if you have to make the class at a future time to complete the program.  


REQUIREMENT FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO LEVEL 2 ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY: EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Master’s or Doctorate in mental health profession is required. 

Completion of Level 1 Advanced Clinical Sand Therapy Certificate Program

Participants must attend all four classes, five small group consultations and 100 face-to-face clinical sand therapy hours (inclusive of previous face-to-face client sand therapy hours) in order to receive their Level 2 certificate which will be provided upon completion of certificate requirements.  If circumstances preclude attendance at a class, a certificate will not be granted until all classes and consultations have been completed.  There is no extra fee if you have to make the class at a future time to complete the program. 


CEUs AND REGISTRATION

The Level 1 Certificate Program 34 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are approved by the Association for Play Therapy toward the registered play therapy (RPT) and registered play therapy supervisor (RPT-S).  A CEU certificate will be provided at the end of each training.  

CEUs are approved with the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists in Maryland and the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.  Approved Level 1 CEUs include 3 credit hours in Ethics which can be used to meet license mandatory ethics training requirements.


CANCELLATION POLICY

College Park Youth and Family Services has the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient registration, inclement weather, presenter’s illness or problems at the training site. Whenever possible, registrants who have already signed up will be given a week’s notice via e-mail. They will have the option of either receiving a full refund or applying whatever fees they have already paid to any future training of their choice. No refund will be issued if no payment has been made. In addition, all registrants will be given a $25.00 discount off any future workshop to compensate for any inconvenience the cancellation creates.

When a registrant has signed up and paid for a training and either needs to cancel in advance or is unable to attend due to personal conflicts, no refund will be issued. However the registrant can apply all of their payment to any future training of their choice.

Reminder: Experiential training is most effective when work of the group members is anchored in trust and cohesion among participants. The number of participants has been limited in order to build cohesion and to support cohort training.   Thus it is important for participants to view the sessions as contiguous and attend each session as scheduled. 


WORKSHOP Level I: ADVANCED CLINICAL SAND THERAPY:

The FOUNDATION of Sand Therapy: Theory, Ethics, and Skill Development.

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of level I, participants will learn:
1. Three (3) guiding principles:  Describe the value of sand therapy and three (3) guiding principles of theory, ethics, and clinician preparation.    
2. Four (4) clinical skills:  Demonstrate capably four (4) skills in response to clients and their sand scenes.    
3. Three (3) theory approaches:  Explain three (3) approaches to conceptualize client sand scenes. 
4. Three (3) clinician competencies:  Identify therapist growth areas including both one’s limitations and capabilities for using sand therapy. 


WORKSHOP Level II: ADVANCED SAND THERAPY:

EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION: Engaging, Understanding, and Responding to Clients

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of level II, participants will learn:
1. Four (4) Theories for Practice:  Describe two specific key concepts for four (4) approaches to enhance clinical use of sand.    
2. Three (3) Developmental Constructs:  Describe three (3) developmental constructs to understand the client and his/her sand scenes.    
3. Two (2) Uses of Therapeutic Metaphor:  Explain Milton Erickson’s approach and give an example of two (2) metaphors for use with sand scenes. 
4. Three (3) Narrative Skills:  Explain White and Epston’s Narrative Therapy approach and identify three (3) narrative skills that anchor a narrative approach with sand therapy.  
5. Three (3) Narrative Techniques:  Demonstrate three (3) narrative techniques to enhance witnessing, resonance, and validation of client sand scenes.  
6. Two (2) Family Systems Constructs:  Explain two (2) constructs from family systems to facilitate the connection between a client and his/her sand scenes. 


CONTACT for REGISTRATIONphiggins@collegeparkmd.gov
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