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NEW – Narrative Sand Therapy: The Therapist’s Emotional Experience

June 6 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenter: Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Self-care, clinician insight, ability to resonate with clients, mindful presence, and deep empathy, these essential capacities to work with trauma are not required for licensure. They are however, essential capacities for competency with trauma, grief, identity, and social justice issues. They are also essential skills when using expressive arts and sand therapy. Clinician integrity regarding development of these capacities must be anchored in professional development and personal therapy. This experiential session is designed to provide participants with a day of immersion with sand scenes and narrative practices, to deepen one’s capacity to be present to neuro-emotional experience – a mind-body self-conscious practice, personal constructions of meaning, cultivate personal insights, and deepen one’s capacity to resonate and empathize with clients.

Narrative sand therapy activities will include the poetics of representation, therapeutic metaphor with three-dimensional images, symbol amplification and active imagination, and gestalt dialogues to enhance meaning-making. Our core concern is to anchor the clinician’s capacity to balance heightened self-awareness, compassion, and insight with strong boundaries and an authentic existential ground of being.

Learning Objectives

  • To assess one’s level of presence to neuro-emotional experience scaled between level 1 through level 5.
  • To gain clinical and personal insight into three personal projections relevant to work with clients.
  • To discern at least three layers of boundary safety for work with trauma, grief, and identity when using any form of sand therapy,
  • To increase clinician capacity and skills to empathize and resonate using metaphors and symbols.
  • To increase clinician capacity for mindful presence through narrative approaches to self-care and insight.
  • To anchor this experiential session in a safe, ethical, empowering process grounded in the core principles for Narrative Sand Therapy© – permission, protection, presence, empowerment.
“Dee is wonderful, such positive energy. I was very moved by the experiential demonstrations and the healing that took place.”
— Stephanie F.