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The Sand Therapy Training Institute

Into the Depths with Symbols in Sand


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Sand Therapy is a uniquely powerful therapeutic modality appropriate for clients of all ages and across cultures. Therapists from all mental health disciplines can combine the use of sand with other expressive arts as well as traditional talk therapy in their work with individuals, couples and groups.

Based on my more than four decades of research, teaching and training clinicians, the focus for this web site is on promoting and facilitating clinical expertise and the skills, aptitudes and competencies for responding to clients and their sand scenes. Too often, clinician curiosity or lack of training and grounding in theory leads to boundary violations or a failure to facilitate vital client safety.

My courses, trainings and consults are designed to demonstrate both the immense depth and healing of this unique modality as well as provide a step-by-step process for developing clinical competence.

Online Courses,  Case Consults  &  Staff Training

Sand Therapy: Integrating Narrative and Metaphor with Children & Teens

Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Conference

9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST

June 5, 2021

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Maryland Counseling Association

Collaborative Active Imagination Through Telehealth: Use of Images, Metaphor & Symbols with Dr. Dee Preston Dillon

2:30 - 5:30 pm. 

June 5, 2021

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Competencies in Sand Therapy

Level 1: Principles, Practice, Presence

A Comprehensive Guide Toward the Safe, Effective and Ethical Use of Sand Therapy

Self-Paced Online Course with Dr. Dee Preston-Dillon

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Atlantic City, NJ

November 2021

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