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Sandplay Therapy in Vulnerable Communities A Jungian Approach

By Eva Pattis Zoja Copyright 2011
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Sandplay Therapy in Vulnerable Communities offers a new method of therapeutic care for people in acute crisis situations such as natural disasters and war, as well as the long-term care of children and adults in areas of social adversity including slums, refugee camps and high-density urban areas.

    This book provides detailed case studies of work carried out in South Africa, China and Colombia and combines practical discussions of expressive sandwork projects with brief overviews of their sociohistoric background. Further topics covered include:

    • the social aspect of psychoanalysis
    • the importance of play
    • pictographic writing and the psyche.

    Providing the reader with clear, practical instructions for carrying out their own sandwork project, this book will be essential reading not only for psychotherapists involved with sandplay therapy but also for those with an interest in cross cultural psychotherapy, as well as all professionals working with those in situations of social adversity.

    Introduction. The Social Aspect of Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Polyclinic. The Cross-cultural Aspect of Analytical Psychology: Carl Gustav Jung. Margaret Lowenfeld’s World Technique and Dora Kalff’s Sandplay. Psychotherapy in Precarious Situations. Trauma and ‘Newly Contained Time’. Expressive Sandwork. Expressive Sandwork in South Africa. Expressive Sandwork in China. Latin America / Colombia. Practical Instructions for an Expressive Sandwork Project.


    Eva Pattis Zoja is a Clinical Psychologist, Jungian Analyst and Sandplay Therapist based in Italy. She is currently working in South Africa, China, Colombia and Argentina for The International Association of Expressive Sandwork.