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This workshop meets APT’s definition  12 Non-Contact APT CE hours.

 APT Specialized Live Webinar

Integrating Sandtray Therapy into your Clinical Practice             

Tammi Van Hollander LCSW, RPT-S

This course will provide both an introduction to the theory and practice of sandtray therapy for clients of all ages as a powerful approach to integrate into your practice. This course will go deepen your understanding of sand therapy and demonstrate the transformative power of this approach for the therapist and client.

This course is designed for beginner sand therapists and seasoned sand therapists. Case studies, experiential activities, and personal sandtray creations grounded in the Therapeutic Powers of Play, affirm the healing potential of sandtray therapy work. This foundation course introduces participants to the principles for use of symbols in sand including theory, practice, ethics, and self-exploration.


Instructor: Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S

Credits : APT Approved 12 credits

Fee: $395 

Location: LIVE online through Zoom

Dates:  Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August  25


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  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history, theory, philosophical basis of & rationale for sandtray therapy.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the selection of sandtray therapy materials including sand tray containers, miniature figurines, and sand [or other sand-like material].

  3. Identify the 4 differences between directive and/or non-directive approach

  4. Identify 4 key aspects of the neurobiological effects of trauma in relation to sandtray work, and describe 3 ways to process trauma in the sandtray therapy process.

  5. Describe 3 interventions to process of sandtray therapy with preschool and school-aged children.

  6. Identify 3 ways sandtray therapy can be used with adolescent clients.

  7. Identify 3 ways to process sandtray therapy with adult clients.

  8. Describe 2 interventions to utilize sandtray therapy with couples and families.

  9. Explain the differences between sandplay and sandtray therapy

  10. Demonstrate an understanding of working with various client populations and client issues in the sandtray therapy process.

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Homeyer, L., & Sweeney, D. (2022). Sandtray therapy: A practical manual (4th ed.). Routledge, NY


Highly Recommended:

Homeyer, L & Lyles, M (2021). Advanced Sandtray Therapy: Digging Deeper into Clinical Practice. Routledge, NY


Grayson, R & Fraser, T (2022). The Embodied Brain and Sandtray Therapy: Stories of Healing and Transformation. Routledge, NY

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Continuing Education: Main Line Play Therapy is
 an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy APT 22-659. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered. This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.

Workshop Cancellation:

  • Main Line Play Therapy reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollment.  We will email workshop students at least 5 calendar days in advance of the scheduled workshop date to notify students of the cancellation.  Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future course date or to receive a full refund of paid workshop fees.

  • Main Line Play Therapy reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to inclement weather, instructor illness, or instructor family emergency.  If a workshop is canceled, students will be notified via e-mail prior to the workshop start time.  Main Line Play Therapy will notify the students of to reschedule date for the workshop within 10 calendar days of the canceled workshop.  Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for the future course date or to receive a full refund of the paid workshop fee.

To receive a syllabus or if you have additional questions email

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What people are saying

What an amazing experience! I signed up for this training because I knew I needed more knowledge to ethically use sandtray in the therapy space without causing harm. I knew how powerful and intense sandtray can get and I wanted to make sure I was prepared. I knew Tammi is an incredible person and has extensive knowledge in this field so I chose her course. The training was amazing. The size was kept small and intimate. By the end of the 2 days I felt like we all knew each other. It was interactive and completely kept my attention. I left the training with knowledge, tools, and feeling equipped to do sandtray. The following week at work I immediately began to put what I had learned into place using the sand. However, more impactful for me were the experiential experiences. I had expected to grow in my professional growth, but through experiential experiences, witnessing, and the sacred space that Tammi is so skilled at holding I had incredible personal growth I never imagined I would experience in this training. I have done many sandtrays of my own, and through this training I had a major breakthrough in one of my experiential trays I will never forget. This training was special, Sandtray is special, Tammi Van Hollander is special and if you are able to take this highly recommend it. 

Kelly Pullen,  M.A.,LPC-S
Clinical Supervisor 

 I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your training. You took us on a sandtray journey, and guided us through theory, the mechanics of what is needed, practical examples and thru the experience itself. You taught us without judgement and watched over us like a guardian angel to ensure that we were all safe thru our own experiential practice in the sandtray. Your warmth and passion transcended the Zoom platform! 

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