Professional Education

Advanced Narrative Sand Therapy Certificate Program

Countering the Stigma of Play:

The Neurophysiology of Projection & Active Imagination*

With Tim Mewmaw

Wed, Feb 22nd 10am-1pm (EST)
*We are unable to offer CEs for this course

Creativity and imagination come up against injunctions very early in life; you can’t – sing, draw, play music, create, invent. Family, social, and cultural expectations require a shift away from being inventive to a so-called “practical” reality. For many clients, the shelf of symbols, the tray of sand, the invitation to draw or activate an image evoke strong anxiety and activate a lifetime of social judgments and constraints.

This highly experiential course demonstrates how a basic understanding of neurophysiology combined with simple but powerful projective exercises can help clients overcome internal barriers and experience the profound power and depth of collaborative active imagination. Externalizing narratives and experiences of shame and trauma through therapeutic metaphor and symbol activation provides an opportunity to process, heal and reclaim lost, missing or damaged parts of the self.

Emphasizing the four basic principles of Narrative Sand Therapy (Presence, Permission, Protection and Empowerment), this 3-hour live virtual training provides a practical approach for normalizing uncertainty and reservation while utilizing clinician spontaneity and deep Rogerian presence to help clients immerse in their own projective process.

Self-Paced Trainings

Demonstrations of Narrative Sand Therapy©

Part I: The Raven’s Freedom
This 2.5-hour video is an introduction to Narrative Sand Therapy©, Dr. Dee Preston-Dillon’s personal integrative approach to sand therapy. This course includes: a complete demonstration of an individual narrative sand therapy process, a dialogue about process, theory and approach; a brief PowerPoint presentation on core concepts; and an example of poetic amplification

Demonstrations of Narrative Sand Therapy©

Part II: Fairy Tales
This two-part training includes an introduction to the etymology of fairy tales and the theoretical foundations for conducting deep therapeutic work through this modality. The training also includes a complete practical example of the therapeutic process demonstrating three different approaches with detailed explanations to help bridge theory with intervention.

A Telehealth Exploration With Symbols In Sand

“Sisyphus’ Garden”
This 1-hour video course includes: a brief lecture on narrative, existential and archetypal theories; a demonstration of virtual sand therapy; and a closing summary of core concepts

Competencies in Sand Therapy:

Foundations for Safe and Ethical Clinical Practice

“The core principles for all competencies include a clear vision of expertise, well-defined skills and aptitudes, awareness of problems and ways to correct them, and established steps for learning.”


This course presents specific aptitudes for proficiency with Sand Therapy. Each of the three levels builds on the former to address essential principles such as:

  • How to conceptualize a sand scene
  • Theory as a lens to understand dynamics potentially present in sand scenes
  • Mental representations vital to resonate with the process
  • How to respond to clients
  • Potential problems and risks
  • And, the importance of clinician immersion in their own work

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