Sandplay utilizes a small tray of wet or dry sand, in which clients create scenes using miniature objects–a nonverbal communication of their internal and external worlds. For therapists interested in exploring the ways that sandplay facilitates growth and healing and in expanding their reservoir of therapeutic tools by incorporating sandplay into their practices, this practical handbook will be an invaluable resource.
After presenting the history and benefits of sandplay, the authors describe how to create a sandplay therapy room, including choosing sand containers, finding evocative objects, and displaying objects appropriately.
They provide detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to conduct spontaneous and directed sandplay therapy sessions with individuals, couples, children, and families.
Various ways of recording the creation of a sand world are described, so that both the process and the product will be saved even after the sand tray is dismantled.
Not only does the book establish the foundation for incorporating sandplay into the reader’s current psychotherapeutic practice, but it will also stimulate the creative process of the professional. Like the client who sees internal and interpersonal dynamics and dilemmas pictured in the sand, the therapist will find that this powerful experiential tool reveals insights, information, and avenues to explore.
The authors illustrate the process with numerous sandplay experiences with clients. They also discuss clients for whom sandplay is contraindicated and some problems that might arise. To encourage the growth of the therapist, they include instructions on personal sandplay work.
Barbara Labovitz Boik is a psychotherapist who conducts workshops for therapists on play therapy techniques, sandplay, and story-telling. Ms. Boik lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she has a private practice.
E. Anna Goodwin is a psychotherapist who conducts workshops for therapists on play therapy techniques, sandplay, and story-telling. Ms. Goodwin lives in Spirit Lake, Idaho.