Opengate Institute

Leading Training Centre and Advocates for Integrative Sand Therapy in Australia

About Us

We welcome and support current and emerging students of Integrative Sand Therapies. We offer training, supervision, ongoing CPD/PD and peer support. Opengate Institute has developed training courses, personal development and workshops working closely with our industry advisory committee and our members represent Counselling, Psychotherapy, Education, Social Work, Psychology, Indigenous, Youth Work and Disabilities. Members currently work in their areas of expertise, including research, professional practice, teaching, training and advocacy.

Sandtray as an Expressive Therapy

Sand play is an expressive therapy and is used within the context of psychotherapy, counselling, rehabilitation, or medicine (Malchiodi, 2005). Shaun McNiff, writing about the connection between arts and psychotherapy, asserts that expressive therapies are those that introduce action to psychotherapy. Action within psychotherapy, he adds, is rarely limited to a specific mode of expression (1981). When two or more expressive therapies are utilised within the context of treatment, it is sometimes called an “integrative” approach (Malchiodi, 2005).

SYMBOL WORK and Integrative Sand Therapy

Opengate Institute has developed an Integrative Sand Therapy 18 week cours as a Specialist Sandtray Practitioner Training. Based on the work of Margaret Lowenfeld the developer of The World Technique and Jungian Sandplay therapy originally developed by Dora Kalff, who integrated Jungian psychology and Buddhist philosophy. We have integrated the Sand Therapies tapping into a rich history of over 75 years of clinical application by therapists from around the world. It is considered one of the most potent yet safe methods, and has been found to be effective in working with a wide range of issues, from existential inner conflicts to PTSD and trauma.

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