How to Use a Sand Tray as a Regulation Tool in Play Therapy

The sand tray is a common fixture in play therapy. But thinking outside the “sandbox” allows therapists to use sand in a nontraditional way, fostering regulation. Join us as we explore the link between sand and the nervous system and discover how the proper tools can deepen both the child’s experience and their healing.

How to Use a Sand Tray as a Regulation Tool in Play Therapy Objectives:

  • Learn the five toys needed to turn your sand tray into a regulation tool
  • Understand the link between how a child uses the sand and the activation in their nervous system
  • Learn various ways to bring regulation into the sand tray to help deepen the child’s experience

Please see course details below. For a list of all available products, please go here.



What: A 1-hour course designed to help play therapists discover new and powerful ways of using sand.

Where: Watch from the mountains or the beach! A sandbox or sandbank!

Credits: 1 Non-Contact Credit*

Cost: $47.97 (USD)

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Lisa Dion, MA, LPC, RPT-S is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Level II EMDR Practitioner, Parent Educator and Certified Demartini Method™ Facilitator. She is an international teacher, creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy”, clinical supervisor for various play therapy internship sites across Colorado, and is the founder and director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado.

*This program is sold by Kid Matters Counseling, P.C., APT Approved Provider #18-533


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