Finding Safety in sandPlay

Finding Safety and Healing with Sand Scenes: Introduction and Clinical Applications for All Ages

Learn from Barbara Sheehan-Zeidler, owner and founder of Creative and Caring Counseling, as she takes us through the theory and practice of utilizing sand in your therapeutic work. Walk away with clinical applications of Sandplay that you can start using with clients right away.
Saturday, Steptember 9th, 2023.
8:30am - 12:30pm.
Location: Restoration Hope | 1221 W Mineral Ave, Ste 100, Littleton, CO 80120.
Breakfast will be provided. 
Cost: $129.00
Total CE Credit Hours Available: 3.5
Finding Safety and Healing with Sand Scenes: Introduction and Clinical Applications for All Ages has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Restoration Hope is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4309.
This training will incorporate psychoeducation and experiential learning. The psychoeducation portion of the training will review trauma and the brain, including a review of Polyvagal Theory, nervous system regulation, and the window of tolerance. The role of the therapist creating safety within sessions will also be discussed. These topics are foundational to why and how Sandplay can be effective for processing trauma. This training will also take particpants through the history of Sandplay, when it’s appropriate to use with clients, why it’s effective, what clinicians need to get started, and how to document sessions. Finally, participants will be able to practice sandplay during the experiential portion of the training and will able to get immediate feedback and support from Barbara.
Barbara Sheehan-Zeidler (she/her) is the owner and founder of Creative and Caring Counseling. Barbara graduated with her Master's in Counseling from Regis University in 2001 where she was first exposed to the power of sandplay. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. Barbara is a certified EMDR provider, an EMDR Credit Provider, and an EMDRIA-approved consultant. She is Level 1 trained in Internal Family Systems, Certified in Somatic IFS, trained in AEDP, Level 5 trained in Natural Processing, and Level 1 trained in Brainspotting. For 10 years, Barbara was a Board Member of the Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association, and has presented at state and national conferences. Barbara enjoys providing direct care to her clients, supporting colleagues through consultation, and developing trainings for professionals. When not working, Barbara delights in spending time with her family, exploring Colorado's natural beauty, and upcycling old furniture. Learn more about Barbara and her practice at
- Overview of the autonomic nervous system
- Overview of Polyvagal Theory
- Define adaptive information processing
- Describe the window of tolerance
- List four qualities of therapeutic presence
- Describe the history of therapeutic sand scenes
- Define three types of sand and sand maintenance
- Describe figurines: various types and set up
- Discern when to use and when not to use sand with clients
- List three reasons why sand scenes are an effective therapeutic approach
- List the six steps for a sand scene session
- Review sand scene prompt for children, adolescents, and adults
- Review six clinical themes supported by sand scenes
- Name four ways to process the work of sandplgy
- Identify what to take note of and how to document sand trays
- Create and process your own sand scene
Mental Health Clinicians
Social Workers
Marriage and Family Therapists
Play Therapists
Mental Health Professional Students
- Refunds available upon request. We ask participants provide 48 hours' notice of cancellations. **Please note, Restoration Hope is unable to issue refunds for processing fees charged by EventBrite.
- If you are dissatisfied with this training for any reason, please reach out to Restoration Hope at or call 303-775-3684.
- All trainings are ADA compliant. If you need any additional assistance, please reach out to
- CE Certificates will be sent after the training. Only those present at the start and finish, and complete the Program Evaluation Form, will receive a certificate.

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