Foundation in integrative sandplay therapy
This is a two-day course designed to introduce you to the power of sandplay therapy, introduce you to the theory and help set you up in practice. The course is highly experiential. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn about sandplay and think about how they might apply it to the environment in which they work.
If you have had a brief introduction to sandplay on your basic counselling course, these two days will enhance your learning and knowledge. It is particularly aimed at students, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and well-being or mental health practitioners working in education, social services and other settings. The programme includes:
- A series of experiential sand trays.
- The basic principles of Jungian sandplay as developed by Dora Kalff.
- How to apply sandplay therapy in the setting where you work.
- Discussions which link theory and practice.
- An introduction to the world of symbols.
- Safe and ethical practice.
- Creative visualisations and mindfulness practices to support the development of the creative imagination.
- Accreditation by the Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists.
The courses are located in Totnes, a beautiful part of Devon. It's a wonderful town to visit with the River Dart running through it, quirky shops which provide a delight to the devoted sandplay symbol collector. Close to beach and moor if you are looking to combine a course with a break.
About Ruth Baker
Ruth has over 25 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, teacher and consultant with a private practice in the UK and internationally. She teaches sandplay, counselling and mindfulness with an emphasis on practical applications. Ruth is an experienced senior manager and has extensive knowledge of working with people of all ages in a wide range of settings including mental health services, drug and alcohol services and the probation service she brings this expertise to her training.
She has taught at Iron Mill College, the University of Plymouth, across mental health and allied services in Devon, bespoke courses for charities and other organisations across the UK. Ruth uses sandplay and art therapeutically in her practice with individuals, couples, groups and in supervision. Ruth enjoys feedback about her facilitation which includes an appreciation of her extensive knowledge of working in this sector in a variety of settings, her knowledge base and ability to create and hold a safe space to work. She is creative in her approach and brings this to her teaching and work. In her free time, she loves to walk, to play, to dance, to garden and wild swim.
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Feedback from previous participants:
‘I really enjoyed the Introduction weekend in Totnes and have found it so useful with my client work. It has encouraged me to use it more and more with both adults and adolescents!’
‘Fantastic learning experience with a wonderful group facilitator’
‘There was a good balance of sandtray opportunity to theoretical content’.
‘Fantastic … Ruth is an excellent facilitator with a huge bank of knowledge’.
‘The course was well balanced, equal time for theory, group reflection, traywork and check in /out’. ‘I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful course last weekend ... I feel passionately about sand tray work and am very keen to do the diploma starting in the new year ....’
Hosted by Ruth Baker
The Nautilus Rooms hosts one of the largest sandplay collections in the UK. You will be trained by experts in the field who have many years of practice in counselling, psychotherapy, creative therapies and in wider mental health and associated settings. These courses attract participants from across the UK and abroad.