How to Use a Sand Tray as a Regulation Tool

This was the most significant sand tray training which help me better understand the ways sand can assist in helping regulate/co-regulate our nervous systems. I highly recommend this training to anyone who works with children and adults.” -Helen Wilson

Although I consider myself a seasoned play and sand tray therapist I learned so much in just one hour of this course. Highly recommended!” – Marina Keukens Terrell

Have you ever wondered how to help children facilitate their processing in your playroom through the use of sand in a nontraditional way?  If so, this workshop is for you!

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. In this engaging workshop the play therapist will learn the 5 toys needed to turn a sand tray into a regulation tool, gain an understanding of how a child can use the sand and the activation in their nervous system as well as be exposed to various ways to bring regulation into the sand tray to help deepen the child’s experience.

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.

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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!

What you’ll learn …. 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

The videos show you exactly how things can be done and how it feels to do it. The information is clear and concise and you will be able to use the skills immediately.” -Mike Smith

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. For all questions related to this course and/or Play Therapy Toolbox support, please contact Kid Matters Counseling directly by emailing


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