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Instructor: Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S™

Credits: APT Approved 12 contact hours Fee: $395

Location: Philadelphia location TBA  Thursday 4/4/24 and Friday 4/5/24

9:30am-4:45pm EST

In this sandtray course, I have created a 100 -page course book of everything you need to know to get started. Also included is a special journal to take you on this journey and beyond. This course will provide both an introduction to the theory and practice of sandtray play therapy for clients of all ages as a powerful approach to integrate into your practice. You will deepen your understanding of sand therapy, play therapy, and the transformative power of these approaches. This course is designed for beginner sand therapists and seasoned sand therapists. Experiential activities, and personal sandtray creations grounded in the Therapeutic Powers of Play, affirm the healing potential of sandtray and play therapy work. This foundation course introduces participants to the principles of play therapy and sandtray therapy through the use of images in the sand including theory, practice, ethics, and self-exploration.


The Getting Started document is also for those attending online. For the in-person participants, I will have miniatures and sand. Feel free to bring 5-10 of your own miniatures.



  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, theory, philosophical basis of & rationale for sandtray therapy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding the selection of sandtray therapy materials including sand tray containers, miniature figurines, and sand [or other sand-like material.
  • Identify the 4 differences between directive and/or non-directive approach
  • Identify 4 key aspects of the neurobiological effects of trauma in relation to sandtray work
  • Describe 3 ways to process trauma in the sandtray therapy process.
  • Describe 3 interventions to process of sandtray therapy with preschool and school-aged children.
  • Identify 3 ways sandtray therapy can be used with adolescent clients.
  • Identify 3 ways to process sandtray therapy with adult clients.
  • Describe 2 interventions to utilize sandtray therapy with couples and families.
  • Explain the differences between sandplay and sandtray therapy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of working with various client populations and client issues in the sandtray therapy process.


Continuing Education: Main Line Play Therapy is approved by APT Approved Provider #22-659 for 12 CE hours. APT continuing education credit may only be awarded to mental health professionals. This workshop meets APT’s definition of APT Live Contact hours.  A post-test is required for virtual attendance. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered. The presenter has 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. and participants will get a full refund. 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 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.




 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 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 judgment 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! 

April IN-PERSON Sandtray Training

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