For the past sixteen 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.



Jean has been invited this year to be one of Massey University’s guest lecturers. The venue and dates for all levels of training have been changed from Jean’s Auckland practice rooms to the School of Psychology (see below).


POSTPONED – Due to the COVID-19 situation these two workshops to be held at Massey University have been postponed. It is possible these workshop dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. This page will be updated regularly as to the current situation.

Professional training workshop 1 – Introduction to Sandtray Therapy (2 days)
 Jean Parkinson, MAAT
Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member (ISST); Registered Art Psychotherapist (ANZACATA)
When: To be confirmed.
Venue: Seminar Room, School of Psychology, Massey University, Level 3, North Shore Library Building, Albany Village, Auckland
Book here 

Professional training workshop 2 – Introduction to Sandplay Therapy (2 days)
Presenter: Jean Parkinson, MAAT
Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member (ISST); Registered Art Psychotherapist (ANZACATA)
When: To be confirmed.
Book here

Due to the COVID-19 situation it is possible that these workshop dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. Registration of interest is welcomed.

The Hero’s Journey – Symbol Work and Sandplay Therapy
Continuing Education Opportunity!

18 April 2020: The Departure of the Hero – exploring the call to adventure and the hero’s response to this call as expressed in the creative therapies, with a specific focus on sandplay therapy and symbol work; Focus on the masculine hero as it presents itself in Greek mythology.
18 July 2020: The Initiation Phase of the Hero where the journey has now begun with trials and tribulations; Focus on the feminine hero using a well-known story.
26 September 2020: The Return of the Hero – What does this imply in the therapeutic process; Focus on Maori mythology.

Facilitators: Jean Parkinson and Carina Conradie
Venue: Hospice Waikato, Hamilton
Cost: $200.00 per day (morning tea included, BYO lunch); $500.00 for three days
Expressions of interest: Please email Carina Conradie
Registration and payment for Day 1: Please ensure this before 14 April 2020


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: $50 per person
Email: for Registration form


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. Other events have been a Jungian workshop on the Dark Feminine (Auckland, 2012) with Joy Norton and Sarah Gibson (ANZJA).


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.