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3rd Edition

Sandtray Therapy
A Practical Manual

ISBN 9781138950047
Published August 1, 2016 by Routledge
162 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Sandtray Therapy is an essential book for professionals and students interested in incorporating this unique modality into work with clients of all ages. The third edition includes information on integrating neurological aspects of trauma and sandtray, updates per the DSM-5, and a new chapter on normative studies of the use of sandtray across the lifespan. As in previous editions, readers will find that the book is replete with handouts, images, examples, and resources for use in and out of the classroom. The authors’ six-step protocol guides beginners through a typical session, including room setup, creation and processing of the sandtray, cleanup, post-session documentation, and much more.

Table of Contents

About the Authors  1. Introduction  2. Some History and Rationale for Sandtray Therapy  3. Sand and Sand Tray  4. Miniatures Figures: Selection and Arrangement  5. Protocol for a Sandtray Therapy Session  6. Processing the Sandtray Therapy Session  7. Integrating Sandtray Therapy with a Variety of Theories & Approaches  8. Group Sandtray Therapy  9. Samdtray Therapy with Couples and Families  10. Sandtray Therapy and Trauma  11. Assessment Across the Ages: Developmental Norms and Diagnostic Signs & Indicators  12. Research  References  Appendix A: Session Notes and Forms  Appendix B: Resources  Appendix C: Sand Tray Assessment Worksheet  Appendix D: Selected Bibliography  References  Index

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Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is a professor of professional counseling at Texas State University and director of the Door of Hope Counseling Center in New Braunfels, Texas.

Daniel S. Sweeney, PhD, LMFT, LPC, RPT-S, is a professor of counseling, director of the clinical mental health counseling program, and director of the NW Center for Play Therapy Studies at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.


"This text is an invaluable guide that anticipates what aspiring sandtray therapists need to know and explains what they didn't know to ask. Homeyer and Sweeney are diligent in providing step-by-step descriptions of what to do when using sandtray therapy with individuals of all ages, including groups, couples, and families. This book will be kept for quick referencing."

Garry L. Landreth, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas

"This is the definitive guidebook for practicing sandtray therapy with clients of all ages. It is an easy, quick, and informative read. Highly recommended!"

Charles Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy and professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University

"Sandtray Therapy is the essential, go-to book for every helping professional who uses creative approaches in their work with children, teenagers, and adults. This volume not only provides basic recommendations and guidelines for introducing sandtray into sessions, but it also serves as a comprehensive overview of what every therapist needs to know about this unique modality. If you can only purchase one book on sandtray, this indispensable text is the ‘must have’ for your professional library!"

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT, executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

"Rarely do I read a book containing the clinical wisdom of Sandtray Therapy. The extensive experience and expertise of the authors shines through on every page. I love the broad coverage of theories, developmental levels, clinical populations, and all the highly useful forms that can be duplicated by practitioners. This book is packed with valuable and practical information for practitioners that will appeal to beginners, but seasoned therapists will benefit too. I certainly did!"

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, clinical director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie and adjunct faculty at Columbia University

"I love this book. I believe it is the very best book on sandtray therapy ever published. I use it with all my classes, and my students love it too. The new chapters make a timeless and practical book even better, which I would not have thought possible."

Terry Kottman, PhD, director of the Encouragement Zone

"As the title suggests, this book is about using sandtray with clients. This third edition is essential for mental health professionals who want to learn how to provide this safe yet powerful intervention to children and adults. Whenever I train sandtray therapists I always recommend this book."

Stephen A. Armstrong, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, associate professor of counseling in the department of psychology, counseling, and special education at Texas A&M University–Commerce