Jungian Sandplay 2016-2017

INDIVIDUATION AS SEEN IN SANDPLAY PROCESSES

Sandplay activates the imaginal realm and allows the unconscious to be expressed in a symbolic form. It is this symbolic world of Sandplay that invites the possibility of an expanded dimension of consciousness. Sandplay encourages another way of knowing, the nonverbal and experiential way that facilitates the expression of the archetypal, symbolic and interpersonal world as well as our everyday outer reality.

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The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles provides a 10-month Sandplay course, beginning in September 2016 and ending in June 2017. The seminars will be taught once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each focused on different aspects of Sandplay.

The course is intended for registered mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and registered interns. A basic training in Sandplay is also requested to apply.

Case Consultation (optional): Group case consultation may be arranged on demand during the weekends of the seminars, either on Sunday morning from 9:30-11:10am, or on Friday morning 9:30-11:10. Location will be indicated at registration. Case consultation will provide an opportunity for discussion and integration of theoretical and clinical material.
Case consultation is not directly managed by the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Additional fee of $500 applies (for 10 sessions). CE credits are not be available for this option, but credits towards STA certification will be provided. Please indicate in the application form whether you would like to attend.

Application: Application form can be downloaded here: Application Form (pdf file)
Application fee: $50.
Please mail the completed application form (and join the application fee) to:

C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
10349 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Submission deadline: September 2, 2016.
Tuition: $1,500 for the program (does not include case consultation).
Participants must register for the entire series. No discount or refund will be given for missed classes.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

A maximum of 60 CE credits can be earned, based on class attendance (does not include case consultation).

Psychologists: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.

MFCCs/MFTs, LCSWs: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.

Nurses: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.

Attendance, including case consultation, will also be counted toward certification as a Sandplay therapist with the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA).


SCHEDULE OF SEMINAR COURSES

Certification keys:
CST: Certified Sandplay Therapist
CST-T: Certified Sandplay Therapist teacher
STA: Sandplay Therapists of America
ISST: International Society of Sandplay therapy

Saturday, September 10, 2016; 10:00am-12:30pm
Living in the Shadows: The Transformation of a Woman Who Had Lived in Hiding
Presented by Harriet Friedman, M.F.T.

In the process of psychotherapeutic treatment, Sandplay provides a symbolic opportunity to explore one’s own unique way of finding oneself. This presentation will explore the Sandplay journey of a woman in midlife who remained hidden from her family, her community, and her self. Through Sandplay and dream exploration, a woman with few words was first only able to stay hidden and then later, be seen. By molding her own figures from clay in the privacy of her home and then bringing them to treatment, Sandplay became an opening for her to discover artistic talents that she never knew that she possessed. This presentation follows her journey of individuation.

  • Describe the evolution of the therapeutic process in Sandplay therapy;
  • Identify themes of healing and wounding in Sandplay trays;
  • Describe how to differentiate between personal and collective trauma in the developmental process;
  • Identify the developmental stages of the Sandplay process.

Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., MFT, CST-T/STA/ISST, is a Jungian Analyst, in private practice in West Los Angeles. A founding member of Sandplay Therapists of America, she is a certified member of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Former Director of the Hilde Kirsch Children's Center at the Jung Institute of LA, she is a member of its teaching faculty. She is also co-author with Rie Rogers Mitchell of Sandplay: Past, Present and Future (Routhledge, 1994) and Supervision of Sandplay Therapy (Routledge, 2007). For the last 25 years she has also lectured nationally and internationally on integrating Sandplay and Jungian psychology.

Saturday, September 10, 2016; 1:30pm-4:00pm
Wandering through Shadow Land, Finding a Divine Child
Presented by Sachiko Taki-Reece, Ed.D., M.F.T.

This presentation focuses on the analysis of a 35 year-old bi-racial, bi-cultural woman whose initial presenting problem was a writer's block, but whose underlying more serious suffering was about her relationship to her mother. Over the course of a four year analytic process, she gradually was able to face her early developmental trauma, and became increasingly able to relate to herself, to her spouse, and to her creativity. Through Sandplay and working with her dreams, she developed a relationship to the transcendent function, which allowed her to begin to bridge the great divide within herself, and nurture her own individuation process

  • Describe what is meant by the formation of shadow identification in early developmental trauma in dreams;
  • Describe what is meant by the individuation process;
  • Describe how to identify symbols of individuation process and its progress in dreams and Sandplay images;
  • Give an example of a therapeutic progress of the self in sequential presentation, from the non-verbal archetypal level to more humanized, fuller autobiographical level.

Sachiko Taki-Reece, Ed.D., MFT, CST-T/STA/ISST, is a Jungian Analyst, in private practice in Silver Lake where she also offers supervision. A member of the teaching faculty at the C. G Jung Institute of LA, she has published several research articles on Sandplay, as well as book chapters in both English and Japanese.

Saturday, October 8, 2016; 10:00am-12:30pm
Trauma in the Sand: A Six-year-old Experiences the loss of his twin and grieves his Death
Presented by Antoinette Eimers, Psy.D, M.F.T.

In this case study of a six-year-old boy, Sandplay was utilized to help him say a final "good-bye" to his twin brother, dying of leukemia. During his heroic process, a powerful internal dimension was activated, as he explored ancient archetypes that activated healing energies at the deepest level of the psyche, which allowed him to begin to resolve his psycho-social difficulties about his brother's impending death. By the completion of his process, he was able to bridge the gap between his inner and outer worlds, give honor, and psychologically hold the space where at one time the brothers were one. We will also review the dying brother's three trays, which marked the synchronicity of his experience, and his need to let his mother know that he was dying.

  • Give an example of how the unconscious manifested itself in this child’s work;
  • Identify the use of archetypal symbols from this child’s Sandplay process;
  • Describe the therapeutic changes demonstrated in this child’s Sandplay process;
  • Describe the role of symbolic language in a Sandplay process.

Antoinette Eimers, Psy.D., MFT, in private practice in Tustin, California where she specializes in Sandplay with children, adolescents and adults. She has presented her work at numerous Sandplay conferences both nationally and internationally, including STA Assemblies in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Maryland, Sandplay National Conferences in Berkeley, and Seattle, as well as at the CAST Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy (May, 2014). .

Saturday, October 8, 2016; 1:30pm-4:00pm
The Sandplay Process of a Man on the Autism Spectrum
Presented by Debbie Mego, Ph.D, L.C.S.W.

This presentation will focus on the long-term process of an adult male on the autism spectrum. The ways in which the co-transference and movement towards individuation manifested in the sand will be explored. There will be discussion about autism, how it might influence an individual’s approach to the psychotherapeutic relationship and more specifically to Sandplay, including the choice, placement and relationship to miniatures.

  • Illustrate the effectiveness of using Sandplay working with an adult who is on the autism spectrum;
  • Describe what is meant by the individuation process;
  • Give an example of what is meant by movement towards individuation using a long-term case of Sandplay;
  • Describe how an autistic person might use the sand differently from a person who is not on the spectrum.

Debbie Mego, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CST-T/ STA/ISST, is in private practice in West Los Angeles where she offers Sandplay supervision and works with adults, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, life transitions, cross-cultural and adoption issues. She currently serves as Co-Coordinator of the Sandplay Community of Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Debbie has a background as a classical pianist, and also works with people in the arts, using Sandplay as a tool in helping overcome creative blocks.

Saturday, November 12, 2016; 10:00am-4:00pm
Relational Interplay and Individuation in Sandplay Therapy
Presented by Laura Soble, M.F.T.

This presentation will focus on the Sandplay process of a child who was struggling with differentiation and developmental regression. Children often have a closer access to the unconscious and archetypal world, which can be seen in their Sandplay. Emotions, body sensations and images which emerge in the Sandplay process can also infuse and impact the therapist. The mainly non-verbal interplay between therapist and client in this case created a challenging field, one which pushed both through difficult passages. An intuitive, non-verbal, arts-based approach was utilized by the therapist to better understand the case from a more archetypal realm, in the spirit of Jung’s active imagination, which participants will be invited to engage in during the day.

  • Describe what is meant by the term individuation, and how this applies to Sandplay therapy with children;
  • Compare Jung's vs Fordham's ideas about the process of individuation in children;
  • Describe what is meant by the term active imagination, and how it is applied in Sandplay therapy;
  • Describe how the individuation process in the therapist can affect the Sandplay therapy process with a patient;
  • Give an example of how the transference can manifest in Sandplay therapy.
  • Give an example of how the therapist's countertransference can help or hinder the Sandplay therapy.

Laura Soble, MFT, REAT, CST-T /STA/ISST, is in private practice in Oakland and an Advanced Analytic Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, CA. She has published in the Arts in Psychotherapy Journal and the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She is a founding member and former Board officer of the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society (NCRSS). She has presented her work on Sandplay and the integration of the arts in therapy nationally and internationally.

Saturday, December 3, 2016; 10:00am-12:30pm
Splitting and Uniting: Tammy’s Journey to Wholeness
Presented by Harriet Friedman, M.F.T.

This presentation will introduce the conceptualization of Sandplay scenes both symbolically and thematically. These two approaches will be used together to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the psyche’s expression in the sand. This presentation will explore trauma and its consequences, as both were expressed and processed in the context of the Sandplay therapy. The case will follow the individuation process of a woman who experienced a childhood with two very different mothers, the biological mother, and the child’s nanny.

  • Describe how to distinguish between a thematic approach and a symbolic archetypal approach to understanding Sandplay themes;
  • Illustrate how both the thematic approach and symbolic approach can be used together to enhance the understanding of Sandplay creations;
  • Identify themes of splitting and unification in trays;
  • Recognize ways that trauma can be observed in the sand scenes.

Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., MFT, CST-T/STA/ISST, is a Jungian Analyst, in private practice in West Los Angeles. A founding member of Sandplay Therapists of America, she is a certified member of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Former Director of the Hilde Kirsch Children's Center at the Jung Institute of LA, she is a member of its teaching faculty. She is also co-author with Rie Rogers Mitchell of Sandplay: Past, Present and Future (Routhledge, 1994) and Supervision of Sandplay Therapy (Routledge, 2007). For the last 25 years she has also lectured nationally and internationally on integrating Sandplay and Jungian psychology.

Saturday, December 3, 2016; 1:30pm-4:00pm
The Mirror and its Reflection in Sandplay
Presented by Joan C. Concannon, M.F.T.

In this presentation, we will explore the symbol of the mirror in the Sandplay and individuation process of a woman at mid-life. Von Franz suggested that the mirror signifies the psychological process of reflection—the capacity to turn inward and gain self-knowledge. Dreams and sandtrays can mirror back disowned inner-aspects, allowing us to develop a relationship to the shadow, as well as to the Self. In Sandplay, the mirror may also symbolize the empathic mirroring experienced in the therapeutic relationship. Although not mirrored by her own mother, this woman ultimately felt seen and mirrored by the archetypal Great Mother.

  • Describe the process of mirroring, as it applies to the mother-child relationship and to the transference relationship;
  • Describe the psychological role of “reflection” in the process of retrieval of disowned inner-aspects and the individuation process;
  • Describe the symbolism of the mirror as expressed in myths and fairytales.

Joan C. Concannon, MFT, CST/STA/ISST , is Jungian analyst in private practice in Calabasas. She is a teaching member of the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. She has lectured nationally, interweaving Sandplay with Jungian dream interpretation. Her article, "Symbolism of the Crow and Raven" in Mythology, Alchemy and Sandplay" was published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 2015.

Saturday, January 14, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
The Individuation Process and the Sandplay Collection
Presented by Marion Anderson, Ph.D.

The miniature collection is a central component in the Sandplay process. Each Sandplay collection is unique and exhibits the individual characteristics of the therapist who has selected the pieces, which are a reflection of the therapist's personality, tastes and theoretical framework. We will examine how therapists can explore, understand and learn about themselves through the items chosen for their collection. We will also address the psychological insights and subtleties of the transference and countertransference relationship unique to Sandplay, and examine how this new understanding may influence the individuation process of both the client and therapist.

  • Describe how to assemble a Sandplay collection;
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having individual collections;
  • Describe the archetypal origin of small figures and their use in the past;
  • Predict the influence of figurines chosen by the therapist on the client;
  • Compare the Sandplay collection with individual play therapy material;
  • Discuss the transference relationship and the individuation process of therapist and client.

Marion Anderson, Ph.D., CST-T/STA/ISST, is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Santa Monica. She is a founding member of the Ibtsandplay (Brazilian Society for Sandplay), and serves as Co-Coordinator of the Sandplay Community of Los Angeles. She teaches Jung and Sandplay at the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy. She gives workshops on painting inner images at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles. A teacher both nationally and internationally, she has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Saturday, February 11, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Splits, Oppositions and the Journey to Wholeness:
Sandplay Therapy and the Individuation Process
Presented by Gita Morena, Ph.D., M.F.T.

This presentation will explore how the psyche naturally evolves to connect and contain the internal conflicts, oppositions and dualities that appear as part of the individuation process. The unique and interactive complexities of mind, body and spirit will be identified and unraveled as a means of understanding some of the ways in which the psyche expands and integrates into a sense of wholeness and connection. Drawing from clinical examples of Sandplay, we will examine some of the ways in which the personal and collective unconscious manifest through imagery which reflects these archetypal energies. The safe and contained space of Sandplay provides a nurturing environment which allows for individuation and integration to occur.

  • Describe how symbolic imagery can express conflict, opposition, and wholeness in Sandplay therapy;
  • Describe what is meant by a collective vs. a personal polarity and how each would manifest in a patient's Sandplay material;
  • Give an example of how the capacity to tolerate a polarity affects one's capacity for psychological development;
  • Describe the difference between a disorganized vs. an integrated Sandplay tray, and implications for treatment;
  • Describe how the individuation process can be observed over time in Sandplay therapy, using a case example;
  • Give an example of how to assess a Sandplay tray from a clinical perspective;
  • Describe how Sandplay therapy can be beneficial in fostering the individuation process.

Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD., CST-T/ STA/ISST, is an international seminar leader, in private practice for over 40 years in San Diego. She is particularly inter­ested in the mind-body-spirit connection, and incorporates a Jungian orientation and Buddhist perspective to address core issues of psycho­logical and emotional healing. In her book, The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, she sheds light on The Wizard of Oz as a tale of individuation and spiritual awak­ening. She is a research editor for The Journal of Sandplay Therapy, co-editor and contributing author of Living the Tides of Uncertainty and Supervision of Sandplay Therapy, and has numerous publications in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Saturday, March 11, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Integrating Psyche and Soma Sandplay Therapy & Embodied Consciousness
Presented by Judy Zappacosta, M.F.T.

In this workshop, we will experience how a new embodied consciousness can be experienced through the integration of Sandplay as well as working directly through sensory exploration. Although there are similarities between Sandplay as developed by Dora Kalff, which mirror the body/soul work of Marion Woodman, each offers a unique approach towards furthering the individuation process, and each invites a natural possibility for the integration of body and psyche. A Sandplay scene created with sand alone can reflect a deep organic and visceral experience. Fingers and hands moving the sand without symbols offers the possibility of deep regressive and pre-verbal experiences that are remembered and held within the body. Experiential exercises will be integrated so that participants will have the opportunity to integrate these two different but complimentary modalities.

  • Discuss the relevance of ideas from Jung, Woodman, and Kalff regarding the path of individuation, and somatic awareness;
  • Explain clinically how body and psyche can be observed in Sandplay casework, activating a transformative process;
  • Describe what is meant by the term somatic felt-sense awareness and its importance in psychotherapy;
  • Give an example of how to identify somatic felt-sense awareness in Sandplay vignettes;
  • Describe Jung's contribution to recognizing the importance of the body in psychotherapeutic work;
  • Describe key contributions of Marion Woodman that have impacted the understanding of relationship between psyche and soma.

Judy Zappacosta, MFT, CST-T/ STA/ISST, is in private practice in Santa Cruz, where she also consults and supervises therapists using Sandplay. A past President of STA, and past member of the ISST board of trustees, she currently serves as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Her publications include: Developing Therapeutic Language, Supervision of Sandplay Therapy, (2008) Sandplay Therapy: A Way of Rediscovering Inner Wisdom in Body and Psyche, Expressive Therapies for Sexual Issues (2013), Pearls: Defining Moments in Our Lives (2014), as well as various articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Having completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program with the Marion Woodman Foundation, Judy is a co-founder of Caring for the Soul, and teaches its summer programs abroad, offering two week intensives for Sandplay training in Switzerland which integrate Sandplay, dreams, and body awareness.

Saturday, April 8, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Crossing Thresholds
Presented by Janet Tatum, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

In this workshop, several theoretical orientations will be explored to better understand Jung’s concept of individuation. We will review the work of Joseph Henderson who calls this the “individuating factor” in his book, Thresholds of Initiation. This individuating factor can sometimes be glimpsed in the therapeutic Sandplay work of children. The Sandtrays of several children will be shown to illustrate how symbolic imagery can instigate new stages in their development. Archetypal images will then be presented to show how bringing ego consciousness and the collective unconscious into relationship can activate experiences of the numinous. This deepening connection between the ego and the deeper Self can then become an important part of the on-going process of individuation.

  • Describe Jung's concept of individuation, and how other analysts have developed this idea in clinical practice;
  • Contrast developmental stages of childhood with the Jungian view of the individuating factor and the phases of individuation;
  • Using examples of children's Sandplay case material, describe how a connection to the symbolic can instigate developments within the child’s psyche;
  • Describe what is meant by Jung's concept of the collective unconscious;
  • Apply Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious to personal or clinical understanding, using a case example;
  • Using Sandplay case material, give an example of how archetypal imagery can represent an aspect of the collective unconscious;
  • Describe the role of symbolic imagery in developing a relationship between the ego and the collective unconscious.

Janet Tatum, MSW, LCSW, CST-T/ STA/ISST, is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Redmond, WA, where she works with adults, children, and adolescents. A member of the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, she is a Board member of the STA as well as its Past President, and has presented her work nationally and internationally. Having been an assistant to Dora Kalff in the 1980s through UCSC Extension programs, she was a founder and currently serves as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Saturday, May 13, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Relational Energies in Sandplay: Healing Complex Trauma
Presented by Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., M.F.T.

Complex trauma shatters the psyche and impedes individuation. In this workshop, participants will learn to identify various relational energies experienced in the co-transference and how they may arise from complex trauma. This practice enables sandplay therapists to work more compassionately and effectively within the free and protected space, and to facilitate clients’ integration of trauma. After a brief overview of how sandplay heals complex trauma, we will explore the four archetypal relational fields, as described in Sandplay and the Clinical Relationship (Cunningham, 2013). Participation will be encouraged throughout the presentation, as we discover meaning through the relational offerings of the group, in resonance with images of each field.

  • Describe why Sandplay is useful in treating complex trauma;
  • Name the four archetypal relational fields;
  • Describe some qualities of each of the four fields;
  • Describe the qualities of Sandplay images found in each relational field;
  • Give an example of how relational fields theory can be applied to working with patients with early relational trauma;
  • Describe the role of mindfulness in Sandplay therapy.

Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., MFT, CST-T/ STA/ISST, is in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County, where she works with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, blocked creativity, and relationship issues, including early relational trauma. Author of Sandplay and The Clinical Relationship (2013). Linda has written many articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy on the topic of the therapeutic relationship in Sandplay, and has presented at both national and international Sandplay conferences. Linda has taught Sandplay as well as contemporary relational theories for many years in both graduate and postgraduate settings, and currently gives trainings in Depth Psychotherapy and Sandplay in San Francisco. She was core faculty in the Sonoma State University Depth Psychology Graduate Program, and adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Saturday, June 10, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Neumann’s Map: Guide to Sandplay as Natural Evolutionary Process
Presented by LaVon Bobo, M.F.T.

As a psychologist in a public school setting, many of the children I treated had experienced significant trauma, and consequently remained as if fixated at Neumann's pre-ego stages of development. The dissolution of the nascent ego necessitated the psyche's return to the beginning of the evolutionary journey, regardless of chronological age. Following the case of a seven year-old child, the stages of his journey through Sandplay will be presented and discussed.

  • List the stages of Neumann’s evolutionary stages of development;
  • List the stages of psychic development as depicted by Dora Kalff;
  • Describe what is meant by the term "nascent ego";
  • Describe factors which contribute to the dissolution of the nascent ego, and the clinical implications;
  • List the three pre-ego stages of the evolutionary journey;
  • Describe the function of fighting scenes in Sandplay.

La Von Bobo, MFT, CST-T/ STA/ISST, is in private practice in Mountain View where she also offers a monthly Sandplay consultation group. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and has been published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and in In the Hands of Creation: Sandplay Images of Birth and Rebirth. LaVon currently teaches for the Sandplay Therapy Institute, and also serves on its Board. After training with Dora Kalff in the early 1980's, she introduced Sandplay into the public schools, where she served as a school psychologist, and has continued to volunteer.