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1st Edition

Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the Psyche

ISBN 9780415150750
Published January 23, 1997 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Sandplay is a growing field of interest for Jungian and other psychotherapists. Sandplay - Silent Workshop of the Psyche by Kay Bradway and Barbara McCoard, provides an introduction to sandplay as well as extensive new material for those already using this form of therapy.

Based on the authors' wide-ranging clinical work, it includes:

  • in-depth sandplay case histories
  • material from a wide range of adults and children
  • over 90 illustrations in black and white and colour
  • detailed notes on interpretation of sand trays
  • an examination of symbols and concepts used in sandplay.

Clearly written and soundly based in theory, this book provides historical background for understanding sandplay as well as helpful discussion of how it works in a clinical context.

Kay Bradway and Barbara McCoard bring their indispensable personal experience to the subject to stress the healing potential of sandplay. They also reflect on the nature of a therapy where the psyche works largely in silence.

Table of Contents

List of Plates. List of Figures. Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Background and Reflections. Introduction to Background and Reflections. What Makes Sandplay Work? Beginnings. Comparison of Three Authors. Jungian Analysis and Sandplay. Co-transference. Rorschach and Rogers. Expression vs. Experience. Judging. Sandplay Appreciation. The Fourfold Base: Freedom, Protection, Empathy, and Trust. Sandplay Language. On Interpretation. Sandplay is Meant for Healing. How I Do It. Some Essentials. Sandplay with Children and Adults. Understanding and Interpretation. Levels, Stages, Sequences and Themes. Part II: Introduction to Symbol Studies. Turtles and Transitional Objects. Bridges and the Transcendent Function. Toriis and Transformation. Sun and Moon. Hestia and Athena. Part III: Individual Cases. Introduction to Individual Cases. Kathy: Self Healing in the Sandtray. Jim: The Development of the Masculine. Ida: A Woman's Individuation Through Sandplay. Ilsa: a Journey in Five Trays. Irene: From Sandplay to Life. Rhoda: Seeking the Spiritual. Ursula: Ten Trays in Fifteen Years. Amy: Feeling Trapped, Feeling Angry, Feeling Strong. Feeling Free. Emmy: The Co-transference. Debbie: Preparing to Die. Appendix: What I Look for in Final Case Reports. Lines From Kay. Bibliography. Index.

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Kay Bradway is a founding member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and of Sandplay Therapists of America. Barbara McCoard is a psychiatrist in private practice and consulting editor of The Journal of Sandplay Therapy.


'I have found the book to be an excellent sandplay primer text for students of sandplay and would highly recommend it for teaching and training purposes. It is a stimulating and well integrated blend of Kay Bradway's many years of clinical practice as an analyst as well as her salient observations and insights on Kalfian sandplay therapy.' - Mary Jane Markell, International Society for Sandplay Therapy

'In my opinion, Sandplay - Silent Workshop of the Psyche with its multiple levels of meaning, is an invaluable resource for both the beginner and for the seasoned psychotherapist.' - Newsletter of the Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco

'Kay Bradway and Barbara McCoard's collaboration in writing Sandplay - Silent Workshop of the Psyche has created a multi-leveled book that presents the elemental underpinnings of sandplay therapy as well as reflections about the healing and individuation that occurs in the sandplay process.' - Journal of Sandplay Therapy '

'This important book by Bradway and McCoard moves Sandplay even further along its evolutionary path. It illustrates how Sandplay, with its deep historical roots, continues to evolve into a highly effective technique for mainstream therapists.' - Psychological Perspectives