Integrating the use of Sandtray work, symbols and art in your therapy practice

This innovative and experiential 2-day workshop will explore how sand, symbols, and art can be used in the therapy room with children, adolescents and parents. The use of directive and non-directive approaches to therapeutic art and sandtray work will be experienced and explored. Edel will demonstrate how the use of sandtrays and symbols can enable therapists to better meet the therapeutic needs of their clients and work with implicit memory.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the phenomenal impact of sandtray work themselves. They will develop knowledge, skills, and competencies in using this powerful therapeutic medium to facilitate healing in their clients regardless of age, developmental level, or verbal skills. Edel will also introduce and explore the therapeutic use of art including a diverse range of approaches suitable for use with child, adolescent and adult clients.

This is an experiential workshop so you will experience the power of these projective approaches for yourself. You will explore these techniques and develop your own creative and playful mind. A commitment to attend for both days is required. Participants will leave with a wide variety of new techniques and approaches in their therapy toolbox.


Edel Lawlor
Qualifications:MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy

Edel is the founder and Director of Expressive play, a child and adolescent therapy centre. Edel has over 20 years experience working in a variety of therapeutic support roles with both children and adults. Edel has an a MA in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and has also trained in Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy, Puppetry and Social Care. She has a unique blend of experience in a variety of roles including; play therapy, integrative psychotherapy, family therapy, parent support and teaching. Edel is a highly skilled, and natural, therapist and trainer, she truly is a joy to learn from.

Edel teaches on our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Kerry and also designs and facilitates a range of our CPD training events. Edel specialises in facilitating workshops in our series of training events which support the diversification of practice by play therapists and other suitably qualified professionals, including teachers, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, early years teachers, family support workers and project workers.

Date, Venue & Price:

  • 8th & 9th of February 2020
  • 10am to 5pm each day
  • CARI Foundation, Ennis Road, Limerick
  • Early Bird rate of €220 if paid in full by December 28th, otherwise standard fee of €250 applies

Book your place:

To enquire about the course or book your place please fill in the form below and we will be in touch regarding payment. Alternatively you can download the course booking form, print it out and post it to us.

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