Course Description

LIVE on Saturdays:  July 11 and July 18 from 8:30 am EDT (check-in) to 12:15 pm EDT with a half-hour break in-between the three hour trainings.

This LIVE training provides 6 Total CE CONTACT APT play therapy training hours: 2 hours on the special topic of sandplay; .5 hours of seminal theory and 3.5 hours of play therapy interventions. Dr. Roz Training & Consultation is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy and offers continuing education specific to play therapy (#18-547). This training also applies towards certification through Sandplay Therapists of America (STA), a component section of the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST), for six credit hours of training.  Please contact email [email protected] to request information about a certificate for ISST/STA CE’s. There is no NBCC credit for this course. 

This training is offered on two dates (Part 1 and Part 2) in 3 hour segments with an intermission break . A required check-in time 15 minutes before the start of the session will allow for administrative tasks to be completed before the training begins. Both trainings (Parts 1 and 2), if attended live, will award a certificate reflecting 6 hours of APT contact play therapy training.

Both trainings will be recorded, so if you can not attend either of the live training components, you will receive access to the recorded version for non-contact training hours with both APT and ISST/STA. NO PARTIAL CREDIT for CE Contact training hours will be awarded [for instance, if you attend Part 1 training and can’t attend Part 2 for any reason (or vice versa)]. Attendees must be present for live events for the entire duration of Part 1 and 2 to complete an entire online course (with quiz) to obtain the 6 hour CE credit. The rationale for this is that both Part 1 and 2 components are necessary for how this foundational training is structured.  

Participants must attend BOTH live sessions in order to obtain contact hour credit.  If a participant misses either of the live sessions, then a recorded version of the course, with non-contact APT credit will be available at no additional cost.  There will be no refunds issued for participants that do not attend the live sessions.

Parts 1 and 2 sessions are offered on Saturdays:  July 11 and July 18 from 8:30 am EDT (check-in) to 12:15 pm EDT with a half-hour break in-between the three hour trainings.

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Right now - more than ever - we as therapists are called upon to provide child clients and their parents with a sense of direction for helping motivate these clients to expand their capacity and continue their growth. Building on the foundation of Dr. Roz's book, A Therapist's Guide to Mapping the Girl Heroine's Journey in Sandplay, in this training, we will explore the Sandplay Journey Map, which highlights crucial aspects of journeys in play therapy and assists clinicians to gain perspective on the girl’s journey towards self-confidence, mastery and behavioral competence. Mapping this journey with the mandala form provides beginning and seasoned therapists with a means of strengthening clinical judgment and overall perspective on individual casework. We will explore the depth and complexity of the dynamics and processes intrinsic to girls’ journeys and journey images throughout the therapeutic process. Participants will be guided online through each gateway of the journey through experiential work, clinical case studies and vignettes, and lively discussion, to illustrate and complement the mandala mapping practice therapeutically. 

Experiential Portion of the Training: we will incorporate experiential learning about the sandplay journeys of our clients through hands-on work in trays and with images collected beforehand. A list of common symbols & miniatures found in nature (i.e., in our backyards), and inside our homes will be provided to participants several weeks before the training for ready access during the sessions; as well as materials for the trays themselves.


At the close of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Identify 3 uses of the Sandplay Journey Map for play therapists in the clinical setting.

2. Identify 4 gateways in the Sandplay Journey Map to encourage understanding of the journey process as a whole within a play therapy practice.

3. Define 5 Jungian terms related to sandplay mapping in play therapy and sandwork.

4. Define the sandplay term “co-transference” and its importance in the clinical relationship between play therapist and client in play therapy when working in sandplay.

5. Name and delineate 3 considerations in using the Sandplay Journey Map in play therapy practice with children.

6. Identify 2 different therapeutic powers of play that are realized when the playful introduction of sand therapy techniques are employed. 

7. List at least two 2 theoretical approaches to the utilization of sand in play therapy.

8. Name 5 themes of wounding and 5 themes of healing in understanding sand trays in play therapy practice.

Instructor Rosalind Heiko, PhD. , RPT-S, ISST, CST-T, NCSP

Rosalind Heiko, Ph.D. (aka “Dr. Roz”) is a psychologist and Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy in the US (RPT-S); a Sandplay teacher with the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST) and the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA); and also holds national certification in school psychology. She trains therapists nationally and internationally. Dr. Roz is an Executive Board Member of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals, and has been an Executive Board member of STA. She has worked clinically with children and families for over 35 years. She has published chapters in books edited by Eliana Gil and Eric Green, as well as being an author of several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Her most recent book is A Therapist’s Guide to Mapping the Girl Heroine’s Journey in Sandplay (2018), published by Rowman & Littlefield. Reach her at

Course curriculum

    1. PDF Outline Part 1- Mapping the Journey July 2020

    2. Part 1 Materials to Complete Course

    3. Mapping The Journey Part 1

    4. PDF Part 2 Outline Mapping the Journey July 2020

    5. Part 2 Materials to Complete Course

    6. Mapping The Journey Part 2

    7. References

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $295.00
  • 12 lessons
  • 5 hours of video content

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