Introduction to Sand Play Therapy

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Date: Saturday 10th August 2024

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Delivery: Onsite in our Tallaght Campus


Sand Play Therapy is a non-verbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sandbox, a collection of miniature’s that represent all aspects of the world and water to create scenes that reflect a person’s inner world. With the help of sand trays, clients, guided by the therapist, begin to understand the connection between the world they created in sand and their own inner world. By making changes in their make-believe world, clients are often empowered to make similar changes in their real world. This form of play therapy is practiced along with talk therapy, using the sandbox and figures as communication tools.

One Day Workshop: – Introduction to Sand Play Therapy

This one-day experiential workshop will introduce you to the concept of sand play therapy. We will begin with a brief Introduction to what is ‘sand play through the eyes of Dora Kalff who combined several techniques and philosophies to come up with her own therapeutic approach called sand play therapy.

Because the nature of Sand play is pre-verbal and symbolic, the greater emphasis lies in the experiential component of this one -day workshop. There will be the opportunity to work in pairs as both creator and silent witness, coming together to reflect upon the sand pictures.

During the workshop you will have time and space to:

  • Experienced the use of miniatures and the Sand tray as a containing space.
  • Explore the symbolic nature of miniatures.
  • Explore the amplification of a chosen object.
  • Finally, we will consider twenty points in sand play therapy.


  • Saturday 10th August 2024, 9.30am – 4.30pm


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place onsite in our Tallaght Campus.

Getting Started

Applications to this course are done online using the link below. If you have any queries, please contact the office on 01 4664205 or call Triona on 086 0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Summer Series’, then select ‘SS 2024 August Introduction to Sand Play Therapy’ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

About the Programme Facilitator

Jean Gascoigne
Jean Gascoigne
Jean Gascoigne is a professional artist who developed and extended her love of art into the field of art and sand play therapy. Jean is a State Registered Art Psychotherapist, registered with the Health Professionals Council. Jean is also a Trauma Practitioner and Trainer, she offers courses in Art as Therapy, Introduction to Sand Play Therapy, Trauma Training for school and community groups.
As an Art Therapist, Jungian Sand Play Therapist, Bereavement Counsellor, Trauma Informed School Practitioner, Trainer, Spiritual Director, and Artist, she has over 30 of experience of working with young children, adolescents, and adults. Jean has had the privilege of being in a school setting as a private practitioner for 20years… where she has developed and integrated the therapeutic qualities of her work into delivering psycho-educational workshops across the school at all levels, thus creating a trauma informed schools’ approach. She also offers trauma training programme to teachers.