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Sandplay Therapy : A Step-by-Step Manual for Psychotherapists of Diverse Orientations - Barbara Labovitz Boik

Sandplay Therapy

A Step-by-Step Manual for Psychotherapists of Diverse Orientations


Published: 17th January 2000
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Sandplay utilizes a small tray of wet or dry sand, in which clients create scenes using miniature objects--a nonverbal communication of their internal and external worlds. For therapists interested in exploring the ways that sandplay facilitates growth and healing and in expanding their reservoir of therapeutic tools by incorporating sandplay into their practices, this practical handbook will be an invaluable resource.

After presenting the history and benefits of sandplay, the authors describe how to create a sandplay therapy room, including choosing sand containers, finding evocative objects, and displaying objects appropriately. They provide detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to conduct spontaneous and directed sandplay therapy sessions with individuals, couples, children, and families.

Various ways of recording the creation of a sand world are described, so that both the process and the product will be saved even after the sand tray is dismantled.Not only does the book establish the foundation for incorporating sandplay into the reader's current psychotherapeutic practice, but it will also stimulate the creative process of the professional. Like the client who sees internal and interpersonal dynamics and dilemmas pictured in the sand, the therapist will find that this powerful experiential tool reveals insights, information, and avenues to explore.

The authors illustrate the process with numerous sandplay experiences with clients. They also discuss clients for whom sandplay is contraindicated and some problems that might arise. To encourage the growth of the therapist, they include instructions on personal sandplay work.

Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Overview of Sandplayp. 1
Setting up a Sandplay Spacep. 19
Spontaneous Sand Trays with Individual Adultsp. 52
Spontaneous Sand Trays with Couplesp. 90
Spontaneous Sand Trays with Children and Familiesp. 122
Directed Sand Trays with Individual Adults and Couplesp. 159
Directed Sand Trays with Children and Familiesp. 194
Recording the Creation of a Sand Worldp. 212
Contraindications for Sandplayp. 230
Personal Sand Trays for the Therapistp. 237
Conclusionp. 251
Troubleshootingp. 253
Glossaryp. 259
Selected Readings and Resourcesp. 263
Workshops and Videosp. 269
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780393703191
ISBN-10: 0393703193
Series: Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th January 2000
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1