Sandplay South Africa

I have been a teaching member of the German and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) since 2007. Since 2009 I have taught not only in Germany, but also in South Africa. I am currently teaching a full curriculum together with German and South African colleagues in Paarl and Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, with a practice in Stellenbosch. The next course will begin in late 2019.

All information, intake application form and a flyer on the next course about training in South Africa can be found on the website of the South African Sandplay Society Developing Group:

Sandplay training according to the guidelines of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) include a personal process with a certified member of ISST as well as 100 hours of theory and 80 hours of individual and group supervision with teaching members of ISST. (Details including requirements for application are available online at under Statutes / Rules of Procedure.)

The theoretical training of the current Western Cape course held in Paarl involves 6 three day workshops offering 18 hours of credit each. CPD credits have been applied for.

The curriculum of the current course includes:


  • Roots, History and Way of Working of Sandplay
  • Materials
  • Documentation and Photography
  • Dry and wet sand
  • Attitude of the therapist
  • Healing factors
  • Reading scenes: association, amplification, space symbolism
  • Silence and speech

Jung´s Map of the Psyche

  • The conscious and the unconscious
  • The self and the ego
  • Ego functions and attitudes
  • Persona and shadow
  • Complexes and archetypes
  • Anima/Animus concept
  • Symptoms, neurosis and libido

Symbols and Symbolism

  • What is a symbol and how does it work
  • Symbols in fairy tale, myth, nature, culture and everyday life
  • Personal and archetypal symbols
  • Symbol paper presentations

Methods of Sandplay Therapy

  • Invitation to Sandplay
  • Initial Trays
  • Recognizing disorders and resources
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Progression and Regression
  • Models of Interpretation of Sandplay Process

Child Development and Individuation

  • Basics of developmental psychology (Fordham)
  • Stages of ego development (Neumann/Kalff)
  • Age-appropriate Scenes
  • Life-long Development (Jung)
  • Process of Individuation

Sandplay and Trauma

  • The neuropsychology of trauma
  • Kalsched´s theory of trauma
  • Sandplay therapy with trauma in children and adults



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