Sand Play Basics Course

Introduction to Sand Play Therapy

Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW

In Dr. Gluck’s words:
If I've ever had the chance to welcome you to my offices, you’ve probably seen my shelves of ‘stuff’ and heard about the sand play therapy modality, and been a bit intrigued. I was initially trained in sand play therapy from 2005-2007, during which I completed 7 levels of sand play training, and received individual supervision by Stephanie Hagadorn in Red Bank, NJ. I then went on to use sand play therapy with clients of all ages, and was asked to train my colleagues (who were very curious about all the paraphernalia I kept lugging into our shared office spaces) at Shalom Torah Academy (Manalapan, NJ) and at the Jewish Family Service Center (Clifton, NJ), and at training centers on Long Island. I’ve found the modality to be invaluable in daily sessions, especially with children, trauma survivors, and families. 

At this point, I will be facilitating a 2-day training (5 hrs. per day) in Sand Play Basics. Day 1 will cover the history and theoretical basis for sand play therapy, how to talk to clients about sand play, and how to perform basic sand play techniques. Day 2 will focus on continued practice of sand play technique and application of the modality to disorders such as PTSD, ADHD, selective mutism, autism spectrum disorders, social skills difficulties, anxiety, depression, and family problems such as divorce.  

Given that sand play therapy is an experiential treatment modality, it is best taught through the actual sensory experience of sand play. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn on several levels throughout the day. In order to maximize the learning experience, the training capacity is 8 participants.