For the past 17 years Jean Parkinson has offered 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.

Since 2010 presentations and supervision groups have been facilitated in Auckland by visiting International Sandplay Therapists/Teachers (CST-T): Rie Rogers-Mitchell, Gita Morena, Judy Zappacosta, Alexander Esterhyzen and Jill Kaplan. Other events open to us have been Jungian workshops with Joy Norton and Sarah Gibson (ANZJA).

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.

Mandala – Healing and growth symbols in Sandplay and Art

Saturday 9 July 2022, 9am–4pm
Southwell School, 200 Peachgrove RD, Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand

Open to registered mental health professionals trained in creative therapies who have completed an Introductory level.

Presenters: Jean Parkinson (AThR; CST-T) and Carina Conradie (NZCCP; CST-T)

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Introduction to Symbol Work and Sand Tray – Level One

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August 2022, 9.00am–4.30pm
Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand

Introductory Level open to any registered mental health professional trained in creative therapies.

Presenters: Jean Parkinson (AThR; CST-T) and Carina Conradie (NZCCP; CST-T)

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2022 Peer Supervision Group

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.


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.