When Sandplay is Not Enough – Multi-Sensory Pre-Sandplay Interventions for Attachment Issues – Part 2


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When: Thursdays 12:00 to 1:30 pm US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) – April 29, 2021 through June 3, 2021.

Description: This workshop continues “Pre-Sandplay” as developed by Agnes Bayley, a teaching member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) who specialized in working with attachment issues. Concerned that some children’s ego functioning was too fragile to tolerate depth psychological work, Ms. Bayley developed a series of interventions aimed at strengthening and repairing ego functioning so that meaningful engagement in Sandplay might become possible.
This workshop is a continuation of Part 1 workshop held earlier this year. It is particularly helpful for occupational and play therapists to bridge their understanding into the symbolic orientation of children. It is also very supportive of sandplay therapists who have had the experience of introducing a new client to Sandplay, only to watch them respond with anxiety or fear. The wise clinician, true to practicing Sandplay as a client-centered non-directive modality, knows not to over-ride these defenses, but what then? The feedback on Part 1 was wonderful, do not hesitate, join us as Betty weaves her magic once again with her stories.

This course qualifies for 9 hours of training credit towards certification through Sandplay Therapists of America and/or the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. While STA and ISST usually limit the number of online training hours that may be counted, due to the Covid-19 pandemic all online training hours by ISST Teaching Members will be accepted during the time period beginning February 1st, 2020 through September 30th, 2021.

Outline / Agenda: 

April 29, 2021 (Session 7) Working with Tactile Inhibition – Rice, Bean, and Seed Trays
Many people, although they may be interested in the miniature figures, exhibit an adverse reaction to touching the sand and consequently avoid Sandplay, place objects on the surface, or use an implement to move or manipulate the sand. This session introduces interventions using varying sizes and textures of rice, beans, and seeds designed to gradually de-sensitize the sense of touch so that direct touch of small particles or sand becomes more comfortable. The further calming, meditative benefit of creating patterns and designs with these materials will be explored, as well as their relationship to early stage cooking play.

May 6, 2021 (Session 8) Floorgames
Floorgames is the title of a book written by H.G. Wells to describe imaginative play with miniature figures he engaged in with his young sons. Agnes Bayley borrowed the term to refer to imaginative play with miniatures on a hard surface such as a floor, table, or desk. More stable and predictable surfaces than sand, without the possibility of digging deeper or going under, play on hard surfaces feels safer and more comfortable to some children or adults. Floorgames may involve individuals or groups and may include spontaneous free play or directed exercises. This session will introduce a number of creative Floorgames exercises designed for children and adults and will address how these games can sometimes be integrated with other types of play therapy or become a bridge towards engagement in Sandplay.

May 13, 2021 (Session 9) Bridging Pre-Sandplay & Sandplay – Case Examples
As early attachment wounds are repaired and basic relational trust is restored, we typically see these clients gradually taking more risks and expanding their play or expressive range. As this inner security and readiness increases, it can lead to important bridging experiences integrating Pre-Sandplay and Sandplay or even to a courageous spontaneous leap into Sandplay. This session introduces numerous Pre-Sandplay bridging interventions including the surprise Digging for Treasure intervention, Water Play, Nature Play, and ma- king Miniature Gardens. Case examples of the use of these interventions with individuals and groups will be included.

May 20, 2021 (Session 10) The Suffering Skin Symbolic Exercise
The skin is not only a physical boundary between self and other, but a psychological one as well. One of the most powerful insight oriented exercises developed by Agnes Bailey she called the Suffering Skin exercise designed to symbolically, but graphically illustrate how traumatized or chronically neglected individuals develop a tough, impenetrable “skin” as a defense against further pain and harm, but effectively cutting themselves off from nurturing relationships, as well. This session will introduce and demonstrate the successive steps of the Suffering Skin exercise, also addressing when it may be appropriate to introduce a client to this awareness building exercise.

May 27 and June 3, 2021 (Session 11 & 12) – Putting it All Together – Case Presentations Illustrating the Integration of Pre-Sandplay and Sandplay Interventions
Six year old Andy walked up to the threshold of my Sandplay office, froze, and backed away, asking, “Can we play outside?” Week after week he engaged in active outdoor play and sensory play. He made a Feelings Box and loved sorting through and playing with its contents. Sometimes he painted, but never did he go near Sandplay. After almost 6 months of therapy, one day, seemingly out of the blue he asked, “Remember that room you showed me? Can we go in there now?” These sessions uses a case presentation to illustrate the integration of numerous Pre-Sandplay interventions designed to repair attachment issues that ultimately led to spontaneous engagement in Sandplay.

Learning Objectives:

Session 7:

1. Describe how to recognize tactile defensiveness in Sandplay therapy.
2. Explain the rationale for using varying size gradations of rice, beans, and grains in a gradual touch desensitization process.

Session 8:

1. Explain why play on hard surfaces may feel safer to certain individuals.
2. Describe at least 3 ways in which protective frames or boundaries can be created during Floorgames.

Session 9:

1. Explain the clinical rationale why individuals may be more likely to spontaneously engage in Sandplay as attachment wounds are repaired.
2. Implement at least three specific interventions bridging Pre-Sandplay interventions with Sandplay therapy.

Session 10:

1. Describe the step-by-step process of the Suffering Skin exercise
2. Identify at least three clinical indicators a client may be ready to experience this awareness building exercise

Session 11and 12:

1. Discuss from an attachment perspective why this client likely was fearful of and rejected Sandplay therapy.
2. Analyze the progression of at least three therapeutic Pre-Sandplay interventions used
3. Analyze symbolic attachment repair imagery in a series of Pre-Sandplay interventions
4. Discuss attachment repair experiences that led to the client’s readiness to engage in Sandplay.

Assessment: Completion of Feedback Form

Certificate of attendance will be provided

Provider Name: Maude Le Roux Academy

Presenter: Betty Jackson, LSW, CST-T

Bio: Betty Jackson, LSW, CST-T is a licensed clinical social worker and certified sandplay therapist with over 40 years of experience in school, mental health agency, and private practice settings. She began her Sandplay training with Dora Kalff in 1975 and became a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy in 1991. She has authored several articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, and teaches Sandplay nationally and internationally. She has the honor of being a Guest Professor for the Oriental Academy for Analytical Psychology and Sandplay in Guangzhou, China. Ms. Jackson maintains a part-time private practice at her home office in southeastern Pennsylvania where she has established The Center for Jungian Sandplay in order to offer Sandplay process, consultation, and training in the tradition of Dora Kalff.

Special Needs Accommodation: We invite anyone who may need a specific accommodation to contact maude@maudeleroux.com and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We do provide online PowerPoint for download should you require larger print and we do wear specialized headphones to best accommodate for a clear audio message.

Cancellation policy: Payment is due in full with registration through Square on this website and there is a non-refundable fee of $35 at any time. If the workshop participant cancels within 30 days prior to the starting date, the reimbursement would be 75% and within 2 weeks of the workshop; reimbursement would be calculated at 50%. Please contact maude@maudeleroux.com If the workshop should be cancelled by the Maude Le Roux Academy, each participant will be contacted via e-mail notification to announce rescheduled dates or when reimbursement would be issued if not able to reschedule.

Maude and Charl Le Roux own the Maude Le Roux Academy and thus the proceeds of this course will cover operational expenses as well as provide income for Maude and Charl Le Roux

Additional information

Course Type:




Target Audience:

Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Educators

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Number of Participants:


Instructional Methods:

PowerPoint, Discussion

Contact Hours:

9 hours



4 reviews for When Sandplay is Not Enough – Multi-Sensory Pre-Sandplay Interventions for Attachment Issues – Part 2

  1. Charller

    I enjoyed Betty’s gentle approach. So important to remember that you never stop learning. I am currently a Sandplay therapist and found the training interesting and informative and will definitely be integrating the boxes into my work with children and young people.
    Moira Hood, USA

  2. Charller

    Betty is real and she totally extends the sandtray safe containment atmosphere through her presence and use of herself in the presentations. I love how Betty used the visual imagery of the sand tray photos and her slides to reach our inner world and to create a contingent feeling with her as the presenter. Her choice of visuals with her slides, always speaks so much more than what words could say. Just really excellent. Thank you for organizing this. I can’t wait to learn more. It is like swimming through a clear stream and feeling things wash off and clarity comes to integration.
    Sanette Louwrens – USA

  3. Charller

    Betty is an absolutely amazing instructor and I enjoyed every minute of a course with her, feeling privileged to be part of it. She has a vast knowledge of the subject, practical as well as theoretical and is able to deliver this in a very calm, but yet exciting manner. I hope I can join her on many more courses in future. Thank you, Betty, for taking the time to share.
    Christelle Bryan, UK

  4. Charller

    In this training you will learn how to recognize when a child isn’t ready for sand work, and how to proceed, prepare her/him, using creative and low cost strategies. Betty masterfully explains and demonstrates these strategies step by step! Jeanne DeMos, USA

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