Arizona Association for Play Therapy

Sand Tray Play Therapy Training


The Center for Sand Tray Play
and the
Arizona Branch of the Association for Play Therapy

Sand Tray Play Therapy

Training workshops in sand tray play therapy for psychologists, professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, and graduate students in the mental health disciplines.

Fall 2011 Workshop Schedule
Level I      
Level II      
Level III      
Level IV      
(All workshops are 9:00 AM-4:30 PM each day, with 90 minutes for lunch)

Workshop Descriptions

All workshops consist of 12 contact hours and include experience with building and witnessing sand trays, group process, and direct instruction. Prerequisite for all workshops is a Master's Degree and/or professional training in counseling or related field OR current enrollment in a graduate training program in counseling or related field. Prior approval is required for comparable training to be accepted as a prerequisite for Levels II - IV. Max. of 10 participants per workshop.

Level IBasic Methods and Skills for Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level I explores the basic tools and methods of sand tray play therapy for children and adults, including experience as both builder and witness of the sand tray process. Prior experience with the sand tray is helpful but not necessary.

Level IISymbols and Stories in Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level II builds on and refines the basic skills learned in Level I, while addressing the theory and practice of sand tray play therapy in more depth through exploration of symbols and stories. Prerequisite: Level I or comparable training.

Level IIIThe Language of Process in Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level III focuses on sharpening clinical skills and expanding theoretical perspectives while also exploring developmental themes in sand tray play and basic models for group sand tray process. Prerequisite: Levels I & II or comparable training.

Level IVDeepening the Process ~ Advanced Clinical Skills for Sand Tray Play Therapy

Level IV includes opportunities for ongoing integration of theory and practice, as well as advanced clinical skills to address issues such as transference and countertransference in the sand tray process. Prerequisites: Levels I-III or comparable training.

Presenter Roban Kubic of The Center for Sand Tray Play is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona and has been involved with Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy since 1996. She has worked with both adults and children in clinical and school settings. She is currently the counselor at a K-8 elementary school, and maintains a private practice. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Workshop Location The Center for Sand Tray Play, 1036 N. Dresden Street, Mesa, AZ 85203.

CEU's are granted according to contact hours. AzAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy (provider #97-035). AzAPT maintains responsibility for the program.

Registration Pre-registration is required. Registration is available online now or you may use the form and instructions found here. Once a workshop has 10 registrations, additional registrants will be notified and placed on a waiting list.

Cost The regular registration fee for each workshop is $240.00. An early registration rate of $200.00 will be given for registrations received at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Scholarships These workshops qualify for the Sandra Hedtke Memorial Scholarship Fund. See the members only section for more information.

Information For more information, or for approval of comparable training, contact Roban Kubic at 480-403-1651 or

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Sand Tray Play, with its roots in the Lowenfeld World Technique and in the Jungian school of practice, is an effective intervention tool for children, teens, adults, and families in a variety of settings. Sand Tray Play utilizes a wide range of miniature figurines with which clients "build a world" in a tray of sand. With the support and witness of the sand tray therapist, this story telling through images promotes awareness, expression, and healing experience on a variety of levels. Specialized training is essential for effectively understanding and using Sand Tray Play as a therapeutic tool. The Center for Sand Tray Play is dedicated to providing "a free and protected space" for mental health professionals and spiritual directors who want to learn, use, and practice this powerful modality.