IAHIP Workshops – Jungian Sandplay

IAHIP Office, 40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Saturday 14th November 2015 – 10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.

Facilitators: Maeve Dooley and Dr Helen Gogarty

Jungian Sandplay

Jungian Sandplay is a nonverbal therapy that facilitates access and exploration of contents deep within the psyche. Developed by Dora Kalff, a Jungian Analyst from Switzerland, Jungian Sandplay is, as the name suggests, based on the psychology of C. G. Jung. Working with sand, miniature figures and water, this approach to sandplay is “hands on” psychological work, and can be used as an adjunct to talk therapy. A Jungian Sandplay process can lead the client into layers of experience that are pre-verbal and unconscious, thus allowing them to become more fully integrated. It is through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols in the ‘free and protected space’ provided by the therapist and the sandtray itself, that the client experiences the necessary support to move toward a sense of balance and wholeness and what Jung terms ‘individuation’. Jungian Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. The British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS) is a national member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). ISST was founded by Dora Kalff to protect, support and promote the practice of Jungian Sandplay around the world. In this workshop BISS and ISST members Maeve Dooley and Dr. Helen Gogarty will present an introduction to Jungian Sandplay. They will describe the foundational work of Dora Kalff, who, with Margaret Lowenfeld, was a pioneer in the development of non-verbal therapy and the use of sand and objects in the therapeutic process. Using relevant case and research material they will explore the relationship between the personal and collective unconscious as reflected in the material itself and as an aspect of …read more

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