Warr-Williams, Jacquelyn E
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PublicationCONVERSATIONS IN THE SAND: ADVANCED SANDPLAY THERAPY TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR MASTERS LEVEL CLINICIANS(2012-05-14) Warr-Williams, Jacquelyn EABSTRACT CONVERSATIONS IN THE SAND: ADVANCED SANDPLAY THERAPY TRAINING CURRICULUUM FOR MASTERS LEVEL CLINICIANS Jacquelyn E. Warr-Williams, MSW, LCSW Ram A. Cnaan, MSW, PhD Through their advanced degree and certificate programs, graduate programs in social work produce trained clinicians who are being called upon to work with an increasingly diverse population of clients. To most effectively meet the needs of these populations, clinicians are seeking post graduate trainings that enhance their clinical skills and competency by attaining quality and rigorous training in effective therapeutic methodologies. Sandplay therapy is a psychodynamic method rooted in Jungian theory that is used with clients with a wide range presenting issues. Initially, Sandplay was exclusively used with children, but currently it has been expanded to treat adults, families, couples, and groups. Although the tools for this method are simple, including sand, a tray, and miniature figures; Sandplay includes intricate techniques that must be learned both didactically and experientially in order to be implemented appropriately with clients. Through exhaustive review of the literature on Sandplay as well as an evaluation of existing Sandplay training programs, a 19-month training curriculum was developed to provide an understanding of Sandplay and the necessary skills for its effective implementation. Participants are offered an academically-focused program comprised of lectures, readings, written assignments, experiential learning, and supervision of clinical Sandplay practice. The goal of this curriculum is to provide master’s level clinicians with advanced training by exposing them to Sandplay as a viable therapeutic method. This dissertation provides the rationale for offering such trainings in graduate social work programs, a detailed description of Sandplay, how it’s applied, and a detailed curriculum for post Master’s level training.