This presentation will also speak to how sandplay awakens and regulates the right-brain limbic processes, making it a powerful way to address painful, fearful, dissociated experiences. It will also briefly engage discussion on how sandplay can be part of self-care for therapists working in a minefield of high burnout and potential to suffer vicarious trauma. How this all comes together and supports our work of healing and transforming trauma is the primary focus of this talk.
The use of non-verbal techniques is often required. Sandplay therapy engages children in symbolic play in a free and protected space. Through the use of the sand tray and a selection of figurines, in the presence of a therapist, the child is able to process traumatic material at their own pace, in a way that is congruent with their developmental stage. The case of an 8 year old Iraqi boy will be used to demonstrate Sandplay therapy at STARTTS. Sanja will outline the rationale for this approach, the process of sandplay with this child and the therapeutic outcomes.