For the past fifteen years Jean Parkinson has offered four-level basic sandplay training in Auckland. These experiential workshops, differentiating Sandtray from Sandplay Therapy, are intended to promote awareness of the modality as a serious psychotherapy with strong psychological and developmental frameworks. They are not intended to take the place of training offered by ISST accredited teachers. Their value is in raising awareness, promoting professional reflection and interest in the responsible practice of Sandtray and Sandplay in Aotearoa.

Sandtray / Sandplay supervision is also offered for individuals and groups. There is also a STA Peer Reviewed Sandplay Journal discussion group.

Participants in these experiential courses need to be qualified Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Creative or Play Therapists.


Level 1: Sandtray and Symbol Work
1–3 October (Mon, Tues, Wed)
6 places available
Cost: $500
Email: for Registration form

Level 2: Sandplay Therapy
10–12 July (Tues, Wed, Thurs)
3 places available
Cost: $500
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Level 3: Advanced Sandplay Therapywith specific clients
4–5 October (Thurs, Fri)
6 places available
Cost: $300
Includes credit for independent reading and reflection back in Supervision.
Email: for Registration form



Closed Supervision Group for sandtray/sandplay practitioners
An exceptional opportunity to explore and reflect on Sandplay your clinical work. Open to all creative therapists, sandtray/sandplay practitioners
Future dates and venue to be advised
Cost: $120
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Jean Parkinson, Facilitator

Jean graduated as an Art Psychotherapist at the University of Western Sydney in 2004, prior to an MAAT being offered in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has full registration with the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). Jean has been part of the working group for STANZA. She lives in Auckland where she has been a Sandtray & Sandplay Practitioner in part time positions and private practice for twelve years. She has attained Certification with the International Society of Sandplay Therapy as an independent route candidate..

Additional Training in New Zealand/Aotearoa

Since 2010 presentations and supervision groups have been facilitated in Auckland by visiting International Sandplay Therapists/Teachers (CST-T): Rie Rogers-Mitchell, Gita Morena and Judy Zappacosta… A further opportunity is in the early planning stages.

Other events have been a Jungian workshop on the Dark Feminine (Auckland, 2012) with Joy Norton and Sarah Gibson (ANZJA). A further Auckland opportunity with an ISST / STA accredited teacher is being floated for 2015/16.

Additional Training in Australia

There are regular opportunities to integrate prior learning and therapeutic work with ISST accredited teachers in Australia. Currently there is a comprehensive course facilitated by Heather Lesley-Swan, CST-T in Sydney. Currently the President of ISST is Alexander Esterhyzen, who is based in Hong Kong.

The first Australian Sandplay Conference, Transference and Countertransference in Sandplay Therapy Sand and Psyche, was held in Sydney in 2006. A Sand and Symbol Symposium was held in Melbourne in 2011. A four day Sandplay Intensive with Canadian ISST accredited teachers, Maria Iosue and Barbara Dalziel, was held in Melbourne, 2012.

Other training opportunities are based principally in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom, Japan and America. The Resources page on this website lists a number of the international Sandplay professional associations.