Course Description

This is an online non-contact recorded event. 

To listen to each other, to really listen, is to redeem the best in ourselves so we can learn to write a new story for how to fully and beautifully show up for ourselves internally and in the world.

Children (and their parents) are faced with enormous challenges right now in terms of managing their emotions and finding a sheltered, calm internal space in the midst of family and school changes and demands. Teaching and developing mindful engagement through the lens of building a special island in their imagination, anchored by drawings and reflection, will enhance their internal resources and mastery of self-calming and regulatory skills. This workshop will teach participants to engage their clients and parents in developing a passage to a special island adventure that is under the child’s direct control, strengthening and protecting their ability to cope with these challenges and disruptions to their in daily life.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. List at least 5 essential features of helping parents and children create the child’s Special Island.

2. Describe at least 3 challenges when assisting the child the create their island world.

3. Discuss how this technique can enhance the therapeutic relationship in play therapy.


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

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