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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Using Sand in Play Therapy


The use of sand in Play Therapy is a modality that utilizes a wide range of miniature figurines with which clients “build a world” in a tray of sand. This approach with its roots in the Lowenfeld World Technique is an effective intervention tool for children, teens, adults, and families in a variety of settings. With the support and witness of the therapist, this story telling through images promotes awareness, expression, and healing experience for the clients.

This workshop provides the participants with a basic understanding of the theory behind the use of sand and the application of it within the Gestalt Play Therapy framework. Through case discussion and experiential learning, participants will gain specific skills and knowledge on how this therapeutic tool can facilitate an individual, family or group to process and explore personal development, trauma and future goals in a safe and non-threatening environment.


At the end of the training, you will learn:

· Overview of the fundamental principles of using sand in Play Therapy

· Key Gestalt Play Therapy principles and how to incorporate the use of sand within Gestalt Play Therapy framework to help facilitate emotional expression amongst young adults


  • Overview of key Gestalt Play Therapy principles and Play Therapy Dimensions Model

  • Understanding symbols and metaphors

  • Introduction to the use of sand in clinical setting

  • Develop understanding of materials such as sand, sand tray and miniatures

  • Selection and organization of miniatures and set up a clinical space, both materials and therapeutically 


Practitioners working with children and adolescents in the field of mental health and helping professions (such as social work, counselling, psychology) and related fields (such childcare/student care setting, physical therapy, art therapy, or other related fields).


This workshop is accredited with West Coast Institute (

The training hours will be counted towards certification as a Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with WCI. For more information, please go to


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)


$700 (Early bird discount for registration and payment received 2 month before class commencement)


Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002502, End date of approval: 27 Jul 2022)

 Up to $240 subsidy



Lee Sock Kuan has been working with children, couples and familites for over 13 years and is a certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with West Coast Institute. As the first to receive her certification in AsiaPacific region, Sock Kuan is excited to further her work with children and their families on coping with stress, attachment, challenging behaviour and loss issues in the Gestalt approach. Besides, Gestalt Therapy, she has received specialised training in Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, art facilitation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and Emotional Focused Therapy. Sock Kuan also supervises and trains therapists, psychologists and social workers. She is a registered Clinical Member and Clinical Supervisor of the Singapore Association for Counselling. Besides being certified with West Coast Institute, she is a also a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills with Play Therapy International.


Alicia Loy

6593 5287

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 hours
Dates TBA (No dates scheduled)
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Ms Lee Sock Kuan
Venue(s) To be advised