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Neurobiology of Sand Tray Therapy in Play Therapy – February 16th & 17th, 2019

February 16 @ 8:30 am - February 17 @ 5:00 pm

Neurobiology of Sand Tray
Therapy in Play Therapy

Join us in sunny Southern Utah for two full days of learning to use sand tray effectively and understand the neurobiology of play and sand tray therapy! The two-day experiential training will provide an opportunity for participants to fully understand the therapeutic power of sand tray therapy by creating your own sand trays while
learning the neurobiology of play and sand tray therapy. Over the past several decades, neuroscientists and mental health professionals have discovered how our experiences are processed and stored in the brain and how those experiences influence our daily lives and relationships.  Participants will learn about basic brain structures
involved in the sand tray therapy process and how clients process experiences and information in the brain that manifest within the sand tray therapy process. Through didactic and experiential learning, participants will learn how to effectively process and therapeutically “hold” their clients’ sand trays to aid them in the healing process. The class size will be limited to 8-10 participants in order to enhance the learning experience as well as leave this training feeling refreshes and confident.

Your Instructor:

Cathi Spooner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Certified Trauma Specialist-Clinical and is certified in Basic Sand Therapy. She is foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has worked with children, teens and families in special education and the mental health field since 1981. Her experience working with children, teens and families has provided her with a wealth of information that she enjoys sharing with fellow mental health professionals. She was originally introduced to play therapy in 1985 while teaching emotionally disturbed children while living in Northern Virginia. Because she is a teacher at heart, Cathi loves helping mental health professionals learn how to effectively and confidently use play and expressive arts in their clinical work with children, teens, adults and families. Since 1989, she has worked in a variety of mental health settings such as residential treatment, intensive in-home services, therapeutic day treatment services, substance abuse services,
emergency homeless shelter for families, and outpatient psychotherapy.

Program Objectives

Participants will:
1. Describe the basics of brain structure, especially in how this relates to play therapy
2. Describe interpersonal neurobiology and the concept of mentalizing in a play therapy setting as it
relates to themes in the sand tray
3. Explain the importance of implicit vs. explicit memories within play therapy in the healing process
4. Identify the benefit of sand tray therapy in the play therapy process to aid in emotion regulation
5. Describe how to process client sand trays in play therapy sessions using brain science
6. Recognize themes within client sand trays based within brain science in play therapy
7. Describe the ethical implications of using sand tray therapy effectively in play therapy

When: February 16-17, 2019
Where: 321 N Mall Dr., Bldg B Suite 201
St. George UT 84790
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (both days)

Registration begins at 8:00am on Saturday, February 16, 2018. Program begins promptly at 8:30am on
Saturday and Sunday. Cancellation require written notification to Cathi Spooner at cathispooner@gmail.com prior to February 8, 2019 to receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellations on or after February 9, 2019. 12 Continuing Education Contact Hours pending through:
● Association for Play Therapy APT Approved Provider
● Utah Association of Social Workers

Cost for Two Day Training: $300

Contact Cathi Spooner at cathispooner@gmail.com or call/text 702-377-9733 for a registration form.
Class size will be limited to 8-10 participants in order to maximize the learning experience.
CEUs are awarded for Master’s level or higher mental health professionals


February 16 @ 8:30 am
February 17 @ 5:00 pm