Sand Therapy Training Centre

Sand Therapy Training for Professionals

Situated within Opengate Institute is a purpose designed Sand Therapy Centre in Western Sydney are our training rooms equipped with the resources needed to undertake training in this specialised method.

Resources include sand trays of all sizes and make, different sands, hundreds of sandtray miniatures (symbols) and access to Library, Free Wi-Fi. Kitchen facilities are also available to all students.

Specialist Sandtray Practitioner Training

Register for our upcoming blended training to become a Specialist Sandtray Therapist

18 weeks blended learning of 6 x modules with 20 hours work placement, including 4 hours supervision.

Learning Objectives include practical application, so you get to experience the sand) role plays, techniques working across the life span, awareness of metaphors as a sand language, importance of the role of therapist, supervision, group work, strategies, cultural sensitivity and cross theoretical application.

Learning Outcomes include;

1. Define Sandtray therapy and applications
2. Conducting Sandtray therapy sessions
3. Apply client support & well-being including code of ethics & practice standards
4. Understand the therapist’s own needs
5. Evaluate Sandtray therapy sessions
6. Plan & Facilitate group sessions
7. Understanding how to use Sandtray Therapy for supervision

​*this course has Entry Requirements

Request a Student Handbook or contact Opengate Institute student enquiries

Accredited OPD 10 points ACA
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Training for Teachers, Educators and School Counsellors

Sandtray Play Work

For Proficient Teachers Completing this course will contribute 6 hours per course total 18 hours 3 X courses of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 6/2/2 standard descriptors from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course 1 – What is Sandtray Play Work and How can I use it for learning and development?
Course 2 – Implementing Sandtray Play Work for Learning and Development using STEM
Course 3 – Sandtray Play Work as an assessment tool for learning and development

Teacher Outcomes

Teachers/Educators or School Counsellors will experience the role of student and undertake their own experience of STPW to understand the principles that underpin this method including theories of personality and development and assessment strategies. Teachers will be given strategies to help improve student learning and outcomes and have access to peer support to develop creative thinking using STPW.

We are able to run this course in your area, school or early learning setting and we can develop specific learning material to suit your needs such as working with disabilities, working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, working with non-English speaking refugee children or special needs.

For further information or to discuss your specific needs:

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Sand Therapy Supervisor Training

Supervisor Training available for Sandtray Therapists wanting to take on the role of supervisor

You must complete Module 5 – Sandtray Therapy Work within a Clinical Supervision, plus have at least 5 years’ experience in clinical work with integrative sand therapy and be a current member of an association.

This module is a part of the Sandtray Therapy Practitioner Training Package and can be completed as a standalone module for those wanting to attain supervision accreditation working in integrative sand therapies. the learning is blended with 3 days of training plus online assessments.

Dates will be published in June 2020. For further information:
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Sand Therapy Workshops & PD

Why Use Sand Techniques?
“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an English language adage. It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single picture, this picture conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a verbal description.

When a child does not have the words to verbalise their anxiety or fears or an adult cannot find the words to express how they feel, when trauma shuts down the ability to express, then we allow the clients to use n often non-verbal language that speaks a thousand words!

A group workshop helps professionals to see their own inner stories and recognise in others their own emotional awareness.

Private practice

The Sand Therapy Centre also provides private practice to clients. We work with NDIS as a provider. We also see children from as young as 3, teenagers, young adults, couples, families and other groups. We work with clients with any issues including trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression.


Face to face or via zoom for emerging or current Sand Therapists.
We also train professionals to gain their Sand Therapy Supervision Accreditation.

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