Sandplay in Aotearoa/New Zealand

As the discipline of Sandplay is still relatively new to New Zealand, there is still only a small number of therapists who are certified or are Independent Candidates with International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST).

Sandplay Therapy candidates who are not yet ISST certified, practice under their individual psychotherapeutic registrations and Codes of Ethics. In New Zealand practitioners are registered with ANZATA, NZAC, NZAP, NZAPs and similar.

ISST teachers and supervisors acknowledge and support the reality that Sandplay in Aotearoa/New Zealand has a unique cultural and spiritual embodiment. Distance from the origins of Sandplay need not dissuade us from discovering the treasure. There are opportunities to grow our therapeutic knowledge in various ways. With growth in numbers, we have made a start in realising the hopes we have of bringing/inviting ISST teachers to Aotearoa/New Zealand guide us with their experience and wisdom.

Sandplay in Australia

In Australia there is a growing number of Sandplay Therapists who have earned certifications with ISST. A number are actively pursuing the Independent Candidate route. There is an ongoing liaison between New Zealand and Australian practitioners in anticipation of an Australasian professional body linked to ISST in the near future. Several New Zealand practitioners have attended ISST Sandplay trainings which have been offered over the past ten years in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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