Attention Sandtray Lovers and Nerds Alike!

If you love sandtray therapy or just want to see a significant change in both your life and the lives of your clients, KEEP READING!

This year, the International Association of Sandtray (IAST) will be hosting an online-only Mini-Summit to serve our sandtray therapists worldwide.

Because we are built on inclusivity and belonging, our theme for this year’s mini-summit is:

See what's in store for you!

Watch the video below

Sandtray Mini-Summit

April 28th, 2023

8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST

We had such a good time for 2 Years, hosting an online-only sandtray summit, so we decided we're replicating that experience on a smaller scale!

Early Bird Pricing Available Now!

Save $149 when you register before October 15th!

Here are the details!

  • WHEN: April 28th, 2023 | 8:30 am - 4:30 CST
  • WHERE: Whova App - Online Only
  • WHAT: A one-day online event with some of the most amazing thought-leaders in sandtray therapy today. Show up, learn, have fun, receive prizes, and meet new sandtray buddies!
  • WHY: To refresh you and gain knowledge to implement immediately on your sandtray journey

So you want more info then?

Wondering how this will work for our first-ever Mini-Summit?

Early Bird Pricing Available Now!

Save $149 when you register before October 15th!

With this one day training, we're hosting three speakers, each teaching two hours.

We chose the most dynamic, impactful trainers to encourage you and ensure you have FUN throughout the day.

In addition, we're doing something our online attendees have RAVED about in the past...

...drumroll please...

SANDTRAY SWAG MINI-BOXES!

Each person who registers before March 1, 2023 will receive a mini sandtray swag box. This box will contain minis, goodies, and surprises to help you make the most of your online sandtray summit experience. 

If you know IAST, we love to spoil our attendees, and this year’s mini-Summit will be no different!

Now for your 2023 Mini-Summit Lineup!

Early Bird Pricing Available Now!

Save $149 when you register before October 15th!

Carmen Jimenez-Pride

MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, ERYT, RPTS

Creating Safe Spaces in Sand Tray Play Therapy with Internal Family Systems

When an individual experiences trauma, they turn to safe spaces for acknowledgment and support. Individuals are at risk of developing beliefs about themselves, others, and various spaces that impact how they show up in the world. This workshop will explore how to address traumatized parts by externalization within the sand tray.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will explain concepts of the Internal Family Systems model and the relationship with sandtray therapy.
  2. Participants will demonstrate sandtray techniques utilizing Internal Family Systems.
  3. Participants will discuss trauma and its impact on the internal system.

Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the founder, and Executive Director of Outspoken Counseling and Consulting. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified EMDR Therapist, Internal Family Systems Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Children Yoga Teacher and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. Carmen is also a LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator.

Carmen is the developer of Diversity in Play Therapy Inc.; and creator/organizer of the Diversity in Play Therapy Summit.

Carmen received her Bachelor of Social Work with a certificate in Child Protective Services from Benedict College. She was then accepted into the advanced standing program at the University of South Carolina earning a Master of Social Work with a focus on communities and organizations. Carmen’s passion is youth/ children, and she has dedicated herself not only to enriching the lives of children, but also providing the tools and curriculum for clinicians to ensure her goal to reach others has an even farther span in society.

Carmen is experienced in clinical treatment of children, adolescents and adults with culturally diverse backgrounds addressing a wide range of concerns. Carmen’s career in the mental health field spans more than 15 years.

Her experience as a therapist, consultant, trainer, educator, coach and author encompass Carmen’s approach to practice, which is “Together We Will Grow”

Terry Kottman

Ph.d., rpt-s, lmhc
Founder, the encouragement zone

Early Recollections in Sandtray Play Therapy

In this fun, experiential workshop, you will learn how to facilitate clients’ exploration of their early memories using sand tray play therapy.  You will be able to use this process to help clients gain insight into their strengths and creative abilities, increase their understanding of the strategies they use to find belonging and significance and discover the unconscious social contracts they might have with others.

Objectives:

After this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to use sand tray play therapy with clients’ early recollections to help them explore their strengths and creative abilities.
  2. Explain how to use sand tray play therapy with clients’ early recollections to help them gain insight into the strategies they use to gain significance and a sense of belonging.
  3. Describe the process of using sand tray play therapy with clients’ early recollections to help them discover the unconscious social contracts they have in their relationships with other people.

Terry Kottman developed Adlerian play therapy, an approach to working with children, families, and adults that combines the ideas and techniques of Individual Psychology and play therapy. She recently founded the League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists, a play therapy training center, and created a certification in Adlerian play therapy. Terry is a fun and engaging presenter and author who regularly teaches classes and writes about play therapy. She is co-author (with Kristin Meany-Walen) of Doing Play Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change and Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, and the author of Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond and several other books. In 2014, she was granted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy; in 2017, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Association for Play Therapy; and in 2020, she received a third Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. (She seems to be collecting them.) She has been married to her husband Rick and has a delightful son, Jacob, of whom she is inordinately proud.

Jackie Flynn

Eds, lmhc-s, rpt

Who am I?: Strengthening Sense of Self in Sandtray Play Therapy

Discover how to help your clients get clear on who they are and what matters to them through explorations of their authentic self in Sandtray Therapy.  Clients often come to us with self-critical beliefs that leave them feeling beatdown and stuck, unaware of their inner resources and what really matters to them. Inconsistencies in how one lives life compared to their set of values is often at the root of suffering.  Through applications of the Oaklander Model (Gestalt therapy with children) you'll experientially learn how to strengthen your clients sense of self through use projection, self-compassion, and reflection in Sandtray Therapy to enhance your clients' fulfillment in life through congruence.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to demonstrate how to use projective techniques in sandtray therapy to support clients awareness and expression of self.
  2. Participants will be able to describe how to strengthen clients self-compassion and reflection through Sandtray Therapy directives.

Jackie Flynn, EdS, LMHC-S, RPT is a Registered Play Therapist, Certified EMDR therapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy, EMDRIA Approved Advanced trainer, as well as an Education Consultant supporting school systems with professional development training for teachers and administrators, an author, as well as an internationally known speaker.  Jackie has deep love and respect for Sandtray Therapy, as it is at the foundation of her practice in in-person and telehealth sessions.  Also, Play Therapy applications of the Polyvagal Theory is at the heart of her work with a foundational focus on SAFETY and CONNECTION.  Jackie earned a certification from ILS, Integrated Listening Systems, to provide the Safe and Sound Protocol, or SSP, a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory to individuals of all ages to help them heal through an intervention involving listening to therapeutically modified music in support of regulation of the autonomic nervous system. While Jackie is known best for her work with children, teens and families, she also works with individuals of all ages integrating PLAY Therapy at every opportunity. Driven by her desire to greatly reduce the amount of suffering in the world, she takes pride in her experiential trainings, consultations, and development of clinical resources for child therapists. Her expertise in Telehealth has allowed her to help clinicians from all over the world deliver the healing power of Play and EMDR therapies to people of all ages virtually.

What previous attendee's had to say!

What a wonderful summit. I am so ready for next year.

Lori DeBlaker

These two days were amazing

Helen ercolino

I am so lucky that I found this. I feel so much better and more confident in myself and that I am a good therapist and I can do this!!!

Becky Pein

The summit was amazing. So glad I signed up and came! It was nice meeting people and putting voices to Facebook name 🙂 Thank you Summit crew

TANYA ROSS

Learned so much!! The summit was a shot in the arm that was well needed! Thank you thank you thank you

Wendi Elliott

Thank you Amy and tech and support and speakers!!! See you next year

MELISSA SNYDER

yayyy it was amazing!

Becca Bowers

This was INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much!!!

Susan Kruk

Thank you! so much

Meredith Concepcion

This was an amazing conference - The best conference - loved last year - this was Best except for in person hugs. Looking forward to Fall 2020!! Thank you Thank you Amy and team!!!

Kay Gottrich LCPC

What a wonderful summit. I am so ready for next year.

Lori DeBlaker

These two days were amazing

Helen ercolino

I am so lucky that I found this. I feel so much better and more confident in myself and that I am a good therapist and I can do this!!!

Becky Pein

The summit was amazing. So glad I signed up and came! It was nice meeting people and putting voices to Facebook name 🙂 Thank you Summit crew

TANYA ROSS

Learned so much!! The summit was a shot in the arm that was well needed! Thank you thank you thank you

Wendi Elliott

This was an amazing conference - The best conference - loved last year - this was Best except for in person hugs. Looking forward to Fall 2020!! Thank you Thank you Amy and team!!!

Kay Gottrich LCPC

Thank you Amy and tech and support and speakers!!! See you next year

MELISSA SNYDER

yayyy it was amazing!

Becca Bowers

This was INCREDIBLE! Thank you so much!!!

Susan Kruk

Thank you! so much

Meredith Concepcion

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this be recorded to be watched later?

Yes, but the recordings will only be available through May 31, 2023

How many CE's will I receive with attending?

6 total

Can I attend just part of the training and receive some of the CE's?

You can, but you are required to make payment in full to attend any portion of the Mini-Summit

Do I have to download Whova to watch the Mini-Summit?

YES, everything will happen through the app. Instructions will be sent out after registration

What if I sign up after March 1, 2023?

You don’t receive a Mini Swag Box 🙁 We need time to assemble and mail out the goodies so you can have them in your hot little hands during the training

Will there be vendors for the Mini-Summit?

YES! Just as before, we’ll have several miniature vendors attending so you can shop from the comfort of your home!

Do I need a sandtray to attend?

It’s not required but definitely recommended since all sessions are very experiential

What if I have questions about the Mini-Summit?

Simply email members@sandtraytherapy.org and our support desk will assist you in whatever way is needed.

Play Therapy contact hours provided by Outspoken Counseling and Consulting LLC APT Approved Provider #17-492

Social Work Hours provided by Outspoken Counseling and Consulting LLC ACE Approved Provider 1763

Outspoken Counseling and Consulting Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7090. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Outspoken Counseling and Consulting Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

*This workshop meets APT’s definition of “Live Webinar.” This program has been approved for 6.0 APT Non-Contact CE hours. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed.*

This year, the ultimate sandtray therapy event designed to not just deepen your sandtray therapy skills, but also refresh your spirit is going VIRTUAL for the first time ever!

Spend two days immersed in the world of sandtray. Learn new skills from a diverse group of instructors and have the most sandtray fun you've ever experienced!

Unfortunately, we can't join each other in-person because of COVID-19, but we (IAST) are giving you a first-rate, hands-on, interactive virtual experience!

Everything is designed to help you remember why you love sandtray therapy and being a therapist, all while you earn CE's.

We know you're exhausted....

Just like last year's Sandtray Summit, our virtual summit is designed to be a place of rest and to rejuvenate your passion for therapy.

The Sandtray Virtual Summit is not just going to be you sitting in front of a computer for 2-days....

It's a LIVE, interactive, life changing experience that will have you walking away with increased confidence in your sandtray skills and connections to like-minded sandtray enthusiasts - all without wearing a mask!


Not only will his virtual event renew and refresh you as a therapist, you'll also experience new and exciting ways to combat Zoom Fatigue for yourself and clients in your individual therapy sessions.

So you get amazing sandtray training + the experience of creative ways of interacting with your clients virtually.

We know you're exhausted....

Just like last year's Sandtray Summit, our virtual summit is designed to be a place of rest and to rejuvenate your passion for therapy.

The Sandtray Virtual Summit is not just going to be you sitting in front of a computer for 2-days....

It's a LIVE, interactive, life changing experience that will have you walking away with increased confidence in your sandtray skills and connections to like-minded sandtray enthusiasts - all without wearing a mask!


Not only will his virtual event renew and refresh you as a therapist, you'll also experience new and exciting ways to combat Zoom Fatigue for yourself and clients in your individual therapy sessions.

So you get amazing sandtray training + the experience of creative ways of interacting with your clients virtually.

The Sandtray Summit Virtual Event

is more than your average conference experience

We know that you miss going to events right now ... and we do too!

That's why we decided to go all-in on this year's Sandtray Summit Virtual Event and pack in as much inspiration, connection, and mind-blowing knowledge as possible (and of course, there will be a few surprises along the way)!

The best part?

This years virtual event means no long flights, no travel arrangements, no forgetting things at home, no rental cars, no waiting in line at customs or at the hotel coffee shop.

Roll out of bed and join us ... even in your PJ's if you want!

Just set aside two days to be with us and this will be an online event experience we think will top most of the in-person events you've attended.

Best of all, you'll get all the knowledge, know-how, and inspiration to make massive progress in your sandtray journey!

Shauna Young, LMFT, RIST, CDWF- Candidate 

Sabra Starnes, LICSW, LCSW-C, RPT-S

Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S, Ed.S.

Nidhi Kirpalani, MSc, ICST-P

Shauna Young, LMFT, RIST, CDWF- Candidate 

Sabra Starnes, LICSW, LCSW-C, RPT-S

Nidhi Kirpalani, MSc, ICST-P

Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S, Ed.S.

Get ready for special guests and diverse instructors that only come together during the Sandtray Summit

We have 15+ breakout sessions featuring sandtray therapists from varaious backgrounds. They will teach you all about the most important topics you need to know to reach your clients, across all presenting issues such as using sandtray with

  • telehealth,
  • trauma,
  • abuse,
  • diversity,
  • EMDR,
  • Daring greatly 

PLUS MANY MORE SPECIAL TOPICS!!

Check Out The Schedule Below!

Day 1: November 6th 2021

Day 2: November 7th 2021

Do You Want More? Become a VIP!


We have a couple of VIP spots remaining. Don't miss out, purchase your VIP pass today, we really do only have a couple spots left!

Shauna Young, LMFT, RIST, CDWF- Candidate 

Sabra Starnes, LICSW, LCSW-C, RPT-S

Ashley Garrett, LPC-S, RPT-S, Ed.S.

Nidhi Kirpalani, MSc, ICST-P

Meet our Keynote speakers!

Amy Flaherty


Amy is a Licensed Professional Examiner. She is also a RPT, Registered Play Therapist; ICST-P, Internationally Credentialed Sandtray Therapist-Provider; President of IAST, International Association for Sandtray Therapy and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator.

Lisa Dion


Lisa is an international teacher, author, coach and entrepreneur. She is a LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor; RPT-S, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults.

SPECIAL BONUS FOR THE SANDTRAY SUMMIT VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

All attendees will receive recordings of all of the breakouts.

What this means for you: You don't have to pick and choose between amazing breakouts - you can watch them ALL.

This BONUS has never been offered before but we're providing this to enhance your  Sandtray Summit Virtual experience.

It's Like Four Events in One!

We listened to your feedback from last year and we have implemented many more breakouts and a wide variety of options so you can choose your own adventure to suit where you are on your sandtray journey.

Basics

Adults

Children

Special Populations

No matter where you are on your sandtray journey, you'll be able to hop in and connect with like-minded therapists within each breakout session.

But wait there's more ...

Because we're dedicated to making this virtual event a true experience ...

we're sending out a special swag box to the first 200 people who register!

Although all the Swag Boxes have been reserved, you will still receive everything available digitally and have an AMAZING experience at the Sandtray Summit

Although we can't be together in person, we can still connect and enjoy the power of sandtray therapy together.  The swag box contains a ton of surprises that will enhance your Sandtray Summit Virtual Experience.

We're also going to send you a small sandtray and 30+ miniatures so you have everything you need to do your own sandtrays and process them with your partners during each breakout session.

AND! We've included

4 GOLDEN TICKETS

Across the 200 boxes that will lead to extra experiences and prizes for those lucky enough to get the golden ticket in their box!

The bottom line


If you're a sandtray lover, or even just interested in learning more about sandtray ... you DO NOT want to miss the first ever Sandtray Summit Virtual Experience.

There's nothing than getting together, LIVE, with other sandtray nerds. You'll get more motivation, inspiration, and ideas to expand your sandtray practice. What you learn at this event, will spark something that could change your therapy life forever.

We are better together.

The Sandtray Summit Experience is the ultimate, interactive virtual experience that's been designed to help you go deeper and learn more about sandtray therapy.

Remember the power of sandtray therapy for all ages.

The bottom line


If you're a sandtray lover, or even just interested in learning more about sandtray ... you DO NOT want to miss the first ever Sandtray Summit Virtual Experience.

There's nothing than getting together, LIVE, with other sandtray nerds. You'll get more motivation, inspiration, and ideas to expand your sandtray practice. What you learn at this event, will spark something that could change your therapy life forever.

We are better together.

The Sandtray Summit Experience is the ultimate, interactive virtual experience that's been designed to help you go deeper and learn more about sandtray therapy.

Remember the power of sandtray therapy for all ages.

Here's what you'll get at the Sandtray Summit Virtual Event

  • Speakers, surprises, and an experience that will knock your socks off. This event will beat out many IN-PERSON events you've attended. 
  • Access to various vendors and sponsors who feature what you want and need - ALL THINGS SANDTRAY. You'll have chances at special discounts and never before seen miniatures that are only available through the Sandtray Summit.
  • Interaction and REAL FRIENDSHIPS made virtually. Within each breakout session, you'll get the chance to build your own trays and partner with a fellow sandtray therapist to actually process and witness sandtrays.
  • Earn up to 12 CE's - NASW and IAST approved.  International Association of Sandtray Therapy is seeking approval to offer other continuing education credit. Please check our website for updates 
  • Practical advice and proven strategies from various sandtray specialists, allowing you to learn the basics and go deeper than you've ever gone before with different populations and techniques.
  • A surprise swag box for the first 200 registrations, you know already that there is a tray with 30+ miniatures, but we're staying quiet about all the other surprises in store for you - mailed right to your door.
  • Inspiration and unstoppable motivation from the best sandtray therapists around.

With your chance to find one of
FOUR GOLDEN TICKETS

Confirm you're coming and register for your Sandtray Summit swag box before the deadline, and you could find one of FOUR GOLDEN TICKETS in your box!

Yup ... your know that we LOVE surprises. That's why when you register for your swaf box, you have the opportunity to find a golden ticket and win an amazing experience.

If you're lucky enough to find a golden ticker ... put it somewhere safe and hang onto it.

We'll reveal the awesomeness at the Sandtray Summit Virtual Experience.

IMPORTANT! Only the first 200 therapists to register will receive the swag box. If you are number 201+ you'll still get access to many of the surprises in virtual form, but don't delay - you're going to WANT THIS BOX.

Do you have more questions?
Good news! We have answers!

Will there be a replay for the Sandtray Summit?

Can I receive CE’s?

I’m not tech savvy. Can I still attend?

Can I earn APT CE’s?

When do I have to decide?

Can I get a refund?

Can I attend just for one day?

Who is presenting?

What is the schedule?