Training

Using the Sand Tray as a Therapeutic Tool within an Integrative Approach
30th March 2019
at The Wilbury Clinic, Hove

To book, please contact Catherine

Workshop description:

This introductory workshop is aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists interested in using the sand tray within their therapeutic practice.

Sand tray work :

Clients choose from a range of miniature figures and objects, and arrange them in the sand. The ‘theatre of the sandbox’ provides a controlled space to express and explore emotions and life issues. Once feelings are organised and externalised in sandplay, they can be contemplated from a distance, and then assimilated.– integrating inner and outer worlds. Talking or playing with the therapist, the client can explore relationships, make connections and explore new possibilities.

 

Sandplay is hands on psychological work. It is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. In a “free and protected” space provided by the therapist, a client creates a concrete manifestation of his / her imaginal world using sand, water, and miniature objects’. (C.G.Jung).

Like other forms of image-making, sand tray work provides a means of accessing the client’s inner world, through the imagination; by-passing the rational-logical mind. Different to painting or drawing – it involves using concrete objects which can be moved. It is an expressive and dynamic approach. Symbols are not interpreted by the therapist, the meaning belongs to the client. The therapist’s role is to facilitate the client’s deeper understanding and expression.

The workshop will combine theory, practical demonstration of techniques and experiential work. Participants will have the opportunity to practise in pairs, share, reflect and ask questions, in order to integrate their learning.

Course content includes:

  •  An introduction to working with the sand tray and theoretical underpinning
  • Opportunities to experience working with the sand tray in practice – as ‘client’ and ‘therapist’
  •  Strategies for working with and exploring the sand tray image
  • A guide to questioning techniques to support the work
  •  Opportunity to reflect on, share and discuss learning and insights

Max group size: 10

Cost: 80

Time: 10am – 4.30pm

The course is open to qualified counsellors / psychotherapists. Trainees will be considered, dependent on experience and if they are in personal therapy.

Trainer biography:

Catherine Bishop works in private practice as an integrative and transpersonal psychotherapeutic counsellor with individuals, couples and children. She offers the use of a variety of arts to explore emotions, dilemmas and creative solutions to problems. Catherine is an experienced teacher, trainer and group facilitator, having worked for many years in the world of education. Her approach to training is interactive and flexible. She aims to combine delivering a core objective with space to be responsive to participants needs.

She completed her core training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, and further training in using the arts with Children and Couples at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Time2relate. She also provides emotional literacy training in schools and runs therapeutic arts groups for children.

 

Previous Training Workshops:

Using the Sand Tray as a Therapeutic Tool within an Integrative Approach
10th June 2017 at The Wilbury Clinic, Hove

Trauma and the Body: a Somatic Approach to Healing Trauma

12thNovember 2016

Workshop description:

 This introductory workshop is aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists interested in using bodyawareness to help safely manage and release the affects of trauma in their clients and in their own counter-transference.

Based on the work of Peter Levine and Babette Rothschild, it will focus on bringing compassionate attention to the felt experience in the body as a means of helping to regulate and integrate the experience of trauma.

Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the event itself. They arise when residual energy from the experience is not discharged from the body. This energy remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds’. Peter Levine

The workshop will combine theory, practical demonstration of techniques and experiential work. Participants will have the opportunity to practise in pairs, share, reflect and ask questions, in order to integrate their learning.

Course content will include:

  • Learning about symptoms of trauma and how these are stored in the body memory.
  • How traumatic symptoms may manifest in the therapy room
  • A sequenced range of techniques to work with trauma.
  • Exploring how to release trapped energy and renegotiate the fight/flight response in order to free body, feelings and mind from fixed responses.
  • How to build safety through pacing, sequencing, grounding and resourcing in order to avoid re-traumatisation in client and therapist

The aim is to go beyond catharsis by building awareness, so that freedom and choice are restored. The techniques can be used to work with any charge or discomfort in the body. This approach involves bringing mindful awareness to body sensations and embodying supportive images, rather than the use of touch.

Minimum group size 6, maximum 12

The course is open to qualified counsellors / psychotherapists. Second or third year trainees will be considered, dependent on experience and if they are in personal therapy.

Trainer biography:

Catherine Bishop works in private practice as an  integrative and transpersonal psychotherapeutic counsellor with individuals, couples and children. She completed her training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, where she attended additional training in using somatic awareness to heal symptoms of trauma.

Her experience of dance and movement led to an interest in working with the body in therapy: bringing mindful awareness to the body as a means of creating safety and helping clients ground their experience, where words alone could re-traumatise or lead to disassociation. She uses the techniques when working with symptoms related to a variety of traumas, for example: addictions, developmental or relational trauma, abuse, accidents and loss. She has completed training in using the arts with Children and Couples at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Time2relate and is an experienced teacher, trainer and group facilitator.

Catherine will be assisted by Tom Lockyer. Tom works in private practice as a  reg. MBACP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. His core training is in Transactional Analysis. He studied Tai Chi and worked for many years as a professional actor before starting his therapeutic training. He has a long standing interest in the relationship between mind and body, what happens when that relationship is disrupted and how we can soften the impact of historical trauma on our every day lives.

Their approach to training is interactive and flexible. It aims to combine delivering a core objective with space to be responsive to participants needs.