About The Opengate Institute

We are the leading provider of training, supervision, ongoing professional development and support in Sandtray Therapy in Australia.

Our Aim

To promote the development and practice standards of education and training in Integrative Sand Therapies. We respect and support the diversity of approaches within the field. We provide a united training standard for current and emerging practitioners, to foster professional identity, support training and research, and ensure public accountability.

Our Values

To unite the Sand Therapy industry and therapists current and emerging, who serve in this area following the evidence-informed research developed by Dr Margaret Lowenfeld & Dora Kalff.

Our Principles

To offer quality and accredited Specialist Integrative Sandtray Therapy training, supervision and support to current practitioners and emerging graduates of integrative sand therapies who have current training or life skills in cognizant areas and work in industry as registered counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, mental health workers, youth workers, play therapists, art therapists, creative therapists, expressive therapists, community workers, school counsellors or other areas.

Code of Ethics

The Sand Therapy Code of Ethics sets out ethical standards, frameworks ad principles for all training organisations to adhere to in order to develop good practice standards, ethical codes of conduct and a unity of purpose that all therapists can feel confident in knowing their industry is united.

RPL

All Integrative Sand Therapy Practitioners will need to meet Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) requirements and practice within the ethical guidelines of the profession. Opengate Institute offers support to current practitioners to gain further learning or supervision or recognition of their skills for further training.