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The Magic of Sand Trays

Presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017  |  Edmonton, ab

!  Important Notice:

Online registration is now CLOSED for this event. You can arrive up to one hour early to register for this event at the door.

Date & Location

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Wednesday, May 3, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.executivehotels.net/westedmontonhotels/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Because children are still developing, they lack the vocabulary and cognitive abilities to not only understand their world but discuss and process their experiences. Individuals who have experienced trauma often experience impairment to Broca’s area which is, in part, responsible for verbal communication. Sand Tray Therapy is an incredible tool that practitioners can use to promote the processing of experiences and healing. It is an amazing tool to facilitate non-verbal communication.

This workshop will teach attendees the basics of how to use sand trays as an incredible method of communication and healing. It will teach you how to set up your sand tray and implement into your practice. Attendees will also learn how to interpret the ways in which children use the sand tray, the importance of what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional. This will include how to utilize a sand tray in various professions including speech and language, occupational therapy etc. You will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with, causes for presenting behaviours and emotions through their sand tray work. Attendees who register for both workshops will also learn ways to combine sand tray work with techniques from the Play therapy workshop. Because of what a wonderful technique this is, we will address the use of sand trays with individuals who have experienced trauma, have anxiety, self-esteem issues and other presenting problems but we will also address the implementation of sand trays with families, couples, groups and adults.

This workshop will also include a experiential portion that includes making and interpreting trays.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

What is Sand Tray Therapy

  • Development – how did this technique come to exist and be used for therapeutic purposes
  • Sand Tray Therapy versus Sandplay
  • Why and how Sand Trays work

How to Set Up Your Sand Tray

The Sand Tray with Cleints

  • Implementing it for the first time
  • Repeated use of the sand tray

Using Sand Tray as a Directive Versus Non-Directive Technique

Particular Presenting Issues that are Very Responsible to Sand Tray Work

  • Trauma
  • Sensory issues
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem/bullying

Other Uses of Sand Trays

  • Groups
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Adults

Experiential Portion (if possible) – use a sand tray yourself

Video Illustration

Case Studies & Examples of Sand Trays

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have an understanding of the theoretical framework of sand tray work and reasons it was created
  • Discuss research that supports the usage of sand trays and the populations for which it is extremely effective
  • Understand how to set up and implement the usage of a sand tray in your setting
  • Be able to understand the usage of sand trays and what children are communicating through the use of sand trays
  • Be familiar with the use of sand trays with not just children but also adults, families and couples
  • Explore the presenting issues sand trays are effective to treat including self- esteem, trauma, anxiety etc

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Christine Dargon, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She has been working with children and families for years in such areas as abuse, divorce and custody disputes, children of alcoholic/drug addicted parents and adopted children. She currently has a private practice in Northern AZ where she offers a wide range of psychological services including play therapy, counseling for individuals of all ages, couples and family therapies. Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years specializing in Child Development and Counseling. She is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counseling Psychology Program and undergraduate programs. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Family Therapy. Dr. Dargon is the Founder and Director of a Children’s’ Theater Company.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.executivehotels.net/westedmontonhotels/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For April 30-May 2, 2017 and May 30-31, 2017

Single/Double Queen Bedroom – $129 + Tax

Single/Double King Bedroom – $149 + Tax

Cut-off Date: March 30, 2017 for April reservations, and April 28, 2017 for May reservations.

* Please use group booking code 1730 for April 30-May 2 reservations, and 1731 for May 30-31 reservations.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $399 $419
Group 3-7 $379 $399
Group 8-14 $359 $379
Group 15+ $324 $344
Full-Time Student $324 $344
Individual Enrollment $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $234
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199
3 DAY OPTION: Attend Both Dr. Dargon Workshops and SAVE!
Individual Enrollment $599 $619
Group 3-7 $569 $589
Group 8-14 $549 $549
Group 15+ $499 $499
Full-Time Student $499 $499

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All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 27, 2017
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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