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 Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, with a practice in Stellenbosch.  I am also involved with a support group of psychiatric patients named Spring Forward and have been involved with a project for short term sandplay in a group setting with students of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria in the past, as well as with Good Hope Psychological services, a non-profit offering free psychological services in Paarl and Stellenbosch.

All information on Sandplay training can be found on the website of the ISST developing group in South Africa:

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. Theoretical training 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, meaning 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
  • Understanding 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 Adult Individuation

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

Sandplay applications and Trauma

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

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