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Thursday, November 5 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Symbols in the Sand: An Interactive Exploration for Play Therapists and Others

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Hoerle Lecture Hall -  Room UL105

Sand therapy is a projective tool that allows clients to map their inner world using three-dimensional objects in a sand tray. As a process that is primarily nonverbal and non-directive, it is a powerful approach for clients who are unable to articulate their experience through language. This evening consultation session is designed to help clinicians increase their understanding of sand scenes through a communal examination of case material. Topics of discussion will include: the relationship between the symbolic nature of sand scenes and clinical case material; the ethical implications of explication and amplification when addressing trauma themes; developmental issues and cultural dynamics; and the limits and benefits of different approaches to case conceptualization that include play therapy, group therapy, and individual work. Three different models of case conceptualizations will be addressed: Jungian (shadow, self, complexes), Roger’s Client-Centered Therapy (empathy scales), and the Social Constructionist’s Narrative Therapy (cultural constructs). All are welcome!

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Tickets $49 • $69 at door, pending availability

Eligible for 2.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS

This session also eligible for APT credits


Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD

Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD, founder of the Center for Culture and Sandplay, she brings over 35 years of practice, teaching, and theory exploration to clinician education. Trained in the 1980s in Jungian sandplay, her doctoral fieldwork compared three indigenous cultural explanations of sand scenes with a Jungian perspective. Dee teaches group counseling, narrative therapy, play therapy, and sand therapy on the graduate faculty at The George... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 7:00pm - 9:30pm
University Center: The New School 63 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street)