Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Hope that all of you had a lovely day with loved ones. We have lots of snow in Ontario just in time for Christmas. Theresa

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Exciting News

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families:
Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques
Edited By
Liana Lowenstein

I submitted an article in this book entitled : Memory Quilt

“Liana Lowenstein is well known in the field of children’s mental health and continually offers practical and effective tools and activities for clinicians to use in their work. In this book she has gathered a diverse collection of helpful techniques from a diverse group of professionals. Anyone working with children, youth or families are sure to find many activities which can be quickly and easily utilized in their clinical work. This book is a must have resource.”
-Greg Lubimiv, MSW, CPT-S, Phoenix Centre, Pembroke, ON;author of Wings for Our Children
"A delightful addition to the world of play therapy techniques! This well-organized volume, with over 50 contributors, offers a wide variety of activities in a quick and easy format for busy clinicians. It will surely become a well-used book for practitioners seeking creative and therapeutically-stimulating interventions for their child and teen clients. Highly recommended!"
- Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, MA, RPT-S, Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, NY
“Every so often a true gem is discovered in the field of child therapy that quickly becomes the gold standard. Liana Lowenstein skillfully selected some of today’s best clinicians and combines their favorite techniques into a true treasure. Anyone who wants to help children, teens, and families overcome obstacles will want this book. I can’t wait to implement these activities in my practice!”
- Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, Healing Kidz, Lake Charles, LA
In this comprehensive resource, Liana Lowenstein has compiled an impressive collection of techniques from experienced practitioners. Interventions are outlined for engaging, assessing, and treating children of all ages and their families. Activities address a range of issues including, Feelings Expression, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Termination. A “must have” for mental health professionals seeking to add creative interventions to their repertoire.
2008, 181 pages, Paperback US $27 / CDN $27

If anyone is interested in purchasing this from me you can pay me via pay pal and I will bring the book with me in the Spring.

I also just heard that a children's book that I wrote is to be published. The next step is to find an illustrator.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

emdr training

Hey all,
I am attending this training! wooo hoo. I am so excited.
However, I need somewhere to crash Thursday night - Saturday night and I can drive back to Canada after the training on Sunday..

Any one have a couch I can borrow? P.S. I just found out that I snore.. have to be honest , I wasn't too happy that I do but I don't think that I am loud.

xoxo Theresa

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rachel had baby #3...Third boy!

Luke Leon Kowatch
Friday, 7.25.08
7lbs. 7oz./ 19.5"

Swift delivery, mama Rachel and baby Luke are doing GREAT! Lots of sandtrayin' goin' on in that house!!

Hope you're all having a great summer! Be looking for e-mails from growingedgeadventure this fall! Did you all here about the EMDR training that Shana is organizing? Hope many of you can attend! Happy, lazy last summer days, Tina

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wroxton England

Well all, I am in Wroxton England with the likes of Virginia Ryan and Charles Schaefer and the list goes on. I still am not sure how I got invited to participate in this international study group but it is interesting. There are reps from around the world.
In our small group discussions -a well known Japanese therapist said that he has rarely had clients over nine build anything but static worlds.. I couldn't resist.....
So I showed him Gisela's web site and he asked me how one might respond after a person builds a world instead of just having them talk about how the world connects with their life... He was quite surprised that one could ask the builder to , SHOW ME HOW THE MOTHER WOULD GET TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. ETC.ETC. in order to enliven the characters in the world.. unfortunately the computers here could not open the pdf files, but don't be surprised Gisela if you get a call from Japan. They need you...trying to connect with Liz but she has moved because she is now the ED of a non profit agency here... congrats to her. 2008 has been such a year of opportunity for me.. hope all of you are well.

Thinking about you Rachel - hope that the weather is not too hot where you are.. your baby must be growing.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sandtray with Quaker kids

Hi, folks. I just figured out how to post a blog. You have to be signed in first! Fancy that....

I wanted you to know about the very fun hour I spent with 9elementary aged children in the Quaker meeting, ranging from 5 years to 10 years. I had only an hour, so knew it was going to be just a taste of sandtray for them. I borrowed a tray, took two of my own, had spent weeks asking the adults of the meeting to donate small items (I gave them a list) and took some of my own, along with a great deal of sand and ten small plastic salad bowls in the shape of lotuses. There was one other adult in the room with me.

I demonstrated how to witness building while one of the children played, then had three children to each tray: one builder, one scribe/witness, and one to hold the builder "in the Light" (a Quaker practice). They were astounding! Very focused, very interested, very respectful of each other's play. Even the little ones were able to wait and take turns. Because not every child got to play in the big trays, for lack of time, I saved some of the time at the end for the children to each create a small tray that they could take home, and I talked with them about how they could change the tray from time to time when they had a problem to solve or had something on their minds, or wanted to celebrate a special event.... Again, astounding, beautiful, deep, incredible worlds emerged. Three boys especially stood out as being exceptionally open to the sand play, all brothers. One was very dynamic in the sand, and the other two were very focused and aware of the significance of their work.

After the time, while I was cleaning up, the dad of these three boys came and helped me sweep and carry the heavy stuff out to my car. He was exceptionally considerate, and I was very thankful. Later the woman who assisted me, and who coordinates the "First Day School" program, told me that his three boys had been real hellions in the program and that the teachers had met that morning to discuss what to do about them. Unbeknownst to me, they had all been sneaking out of their own classes to watch the children work in the sand, and were amazed at what could be accomplished with these very "difficult" children! In fact, I had considered them my "star" pupils because they had each gotten so much from the worlds they built.

I have pictures that I will post at a later time, but wanted you to hear this story about the power of sandtray outside of a therapeutic setting. Lots of love, Merry

The Hike of My Life!

Hello to all and a special "thank you" to all of you who supported my efforts with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Hike For Discovery program. On June 7th I completed my hike of Mt. Lady Washington in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. It was, by far, the hardest thing I have ever (willingly) done... well maybe not so willingly... because if a helicopter had come by and offered me a ride off the top of the mountain, I would have taken it! What I expected was a hike. What I got was a climb! So now I can say I have climbed a REAL mountain (not like those imitation 4 to 6 thousand footers in the southern appalachians... this one was 13,281 feet)!

OK all you Sand Tray experts... guess who the wolf on that mountain top represents???

With a triumphant howl of my own,

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

APA Editing

Hi, all
I have started the Master's program and now need to find someone to edit for me.. I am losing unnecessary marks on weekly submitted papers.

If anyone knows any one who is skilled in this area - please let me know.
Thanks all

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Greetings from Atlanta

Just wanted to share some pictures of my new office. I arrived home on Friday evening after Level 4 and started moving bright and early Saturday. I can say I am particularly glad I won't have to move my sand tray collection again for at least 7 years! That was quite a job. I knew I had a lot of images, but after the move I am questioning the need for joining a 12-step program for toy-shopping addiction! (Who am I kidding... the new wall unit has "cubes" that are ripe for expansion with the simple addition of some "tiers"... John and Nicky will be glad to hear that!)

In this new office I have roughly 40% more space and I feel like I finally have some room to breathe and to play! I have 5 sand trays and purchased inexpensive TV carts from Target for each, so I no longer have to lift them as much. This office was new construction, so I have been working on the design, build-out, financing, leasing partnership, etc. for the past 10 months. I'm glad to finally be "home".

I miss all of you and our time together. Thanks to all for your love, support, and for holding the space for such great transformation.

Only 50 more weeks to Level 5!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

May 16 Training at Dikke & Tina's

Dikke Hansen & Tina Johnson
5831 Printemp Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Where: 5831 Printemp Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Cost: $30.00 per session
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm


FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008

*Sand trays & miniatures are provided; however bring some of your own if you’d like.
**Don’t forget your journal & camera
***please contact Growing Edge Adventures by the Wednesday before to sign-up!
****individual supervision is available; contact Tina or Dikke to set up a time

Enlightened Beings

Monday, April 28, 2008

Nonviolent Communication Feelings ands Needs website

Center for Nonviolent CommunicationWebsite:
click tab "What is NVC" and the handout for both feelings and needs will be shown

Friday, April 25, 2008

Round Sand Trays

Hello All,

Well, it's back into the real world. I am already looking forward to next year. Anyone who is interested in a round sandtray like the group tray used in Level 4 can have a look/see at Take care y'all. Diane

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Sorry folks -my last post should have said that we will experience Level five in 2009.

Day Five

This week went way too fast!
Today was our "couple day" with joint play. The gifts that we shared as a group were phenomenal.
It would have been nice to have more time however we will experience Level Six beginning Monday April 27th to May 1, 2009. Prior to this five day training Gisela will do one if not two supervision days.
Play well fellow journeyers until we meet again.

Thanks to John and Nicky for driving from Kentucky to share Images from the Mandala.
Also , please post your image making ideas, items found that have assisted builders and of course questions. This blog can assist us in being of great support to each other. Miles may divide us however, vision does not. Thank to all.
Theresa Fraser

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Day Four

One more day to go.
Amplification was practiced again with Couple work to be focussed on tomorrow.
The training went by very quickly.

Check in circles again so very powerful and rich in teaching.

We will identify training dates for Level Five tomorrow.

Pearls of wisdom shared from participants include some of the following ideas. Don't be shy , post some of your own!

C.Ds as recomended by Gisela

: Shamanic Dream- Anugama
:Soul Dancer- Soul Dreamer

Soul Collage
As stated on the above web site.
"SoulCollage® is a creative and satisfying collage process. You make your own deck of cards - each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. Use the collage cards intuitively to answer life's questions and participate in self-discovery. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit. The SoulCollage® book gives examples of nearly 200 collage cards done by 45 different people and tells how to make and use the SoulCollage cards individually and in groups".
If you have further question please contact Tina Johnson who shared this idea!

Sandtray Network Journal

Gisela has kindly shared the following listing of Sandtray Network Journal Articles and has asked me to post it here. In the future all of these articles will be linked on the Vision Quest web page. I need to apologize in advance as the formatting could not be uploaded in the format that it was submitted.

Vision Quest Into Symbolic Reality
Vision Quest Images

The Sandtray Network Journal Collection THE SANDTRAY
Spring 1997
The Sandtray Network Journal Publications Index
Author Title Page
1997, Vol. 1, No. 1
De Domenico, Gisela S. The Sandtray Network: Journey of its birth. 1
De Domenico, Gisela S. Helping teachers integrate the sandtray into the pre-school curriculum. 2
Pryor, Doug Case study: A teenaged boy contemplating joining a gang. ("That Ole Gang of Mine") 2
1997, Vol. 1, No. 2
Pando-Mars, Karen An exploration of authentic movement and sandtray. ("Pathways of the Psyche") 2
Rae, Roxanne Conference review: Pratiba Eastwood's method of studying the symbolism of the
Scarab. 4
Schear, Bobbi Case study: A family faces life and death in the sandtray. 5-6
Stevens, Lena and Jose The Star Wars saga: Ancient futuristic myth for modern times. 7-8
1997, Vol. 1, No. 3
De Domenico, Gisela S. The path of the witness: Comparing authentic movement and the phases of the Sandtray-Worldplay session. 7-8
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: What to do in a sandplay session when the client does not wish to speak about the play. 3-4
Pando-Mars, Karen Authentic Movement and Sandtray-Worldplay: Witnessing emptiness and fullness. 5-6
Pando-Mars, Karen Poem: "I am the one who closes my eyes." 6
Schear, Bobbi To speak or not to speak: When to witness sandplay in silence and when to give a verbal response. 9
1997, Vol. 1, No. 4
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sandtray-Worldplay and language: Experiencing precedes language. 7-9
De Domenico, Gisela S. Review of a group sandtray ritual at Upaya House Zen Center: Methods and commentary. 12-14
Gordon, Nancy Sandtray and language: Poetry and song. 10
Pando-Mars, Karen The first word: Formation of language, acquiring language, knowing oneself, and relating to others. 3-4
Schear, Bobbi The "I don't know" syndrome: Finding the lost voice. 5-6
Schear, De Domenico, The language of aliens: Contemporary symbols in sandplay. 16-17
Pando-Mars, Karen, & The dangerous journey: Poem evoked by the Women's Journey Sandtray Warren, Rahima Workshop. 11-12
Willard, Kaleene Sandtray pilot program In a Montessori preschool: Exploring use of sandplay in
Education. 15
1998, Vol. 2, No. 1
Abbey, Bijili Elizabeth Sandtray-Worldplay with a child who experienced domestic violence: A case study. 12-14
Guice, Jill S. The wish for reparation: A child's journey out of deprivation and hostility in a residential treatment center. 15-16
Oliver, Mary Poem: The journey. 11
Pando-Mars, Karen Building a self: Evil and innocence in the aftermath of sexual abuse, couple and individual therapy vignettes. 8-11
Schear, Bobbi Chaos and order: Two brothers' expression of aggression in the sandtray. A case study. 4-7
Schear, Bobbi The hero, the villain and the victim: Contemporary symbols with vignettes. 3-4 The Sandtray Network Journal Collection
Author Title Page
1998, Vol. 2, No. 2
Cunningham, Virginia Children's experience their mothers in the sand. Case studies of three boys. 8-11
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: The best way to inform a parent what their nonverbal child is communicating in play. 17
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: Children who want to crawl into the sandtray. 17
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: Parents participating during the child's sandtray session. 17
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: Children who keep going outside the sandtray. 17
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sandtray-Worldplay: The return to consciousness of the feminine soul. Mother-daughter relationship issues. 3-7
De Domenico, Gisela S. Beginning bibliography for mother literature. 7
Pando-Mars, Karen Book review: Mothering: Toward a new psychoanalytic construction by Sylvia Finzi. 13
Rae, Roxanne, & Pryor, Dream defenders: Work with children of HIV infected parents, case studies. 15-16
Schear, Bobbi Where have all the mothers gone: Contemporary symbols that portray mother. 12
Warren, Rahima On the matter of mother: Connecting with sand and the sacred ground of the earth. 1
1998, Vol. 2, No. 3
Danchig, Gail Healing rituals through expressive arts and sandtray. Altar making and sandplay for adult groups with life-threatening illness. 7-9
De Domenico, Gisela S. What is in a name? History of sandplay therapy. 21
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sandtray-Worldplay amplification: Origin in pre-school sandplay patterns and special techniques. 1-6
De Domenico, Gisela S. Classic images for sandtray: Chinese mythology, the Kirin. 25
De Domenico, Gisela S. The sandtray altar created at the end of a couple session. 13
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: How do you deal with sexually explicit objects when children use the playroom. 23
Guice, Jill S. Book review: Altars and icons: Sacred spaces in everyday life by Jean McMann. 12
Oliver, Mary Poem: Wild geese. 9
Pando-Mars, Karen Clearing a path: Using amplification to work with clients' edges. Three case studies. 16-18
Poole, Judith Mason Stories from the sandtray: The first two adult male sandtrays facilitated by a therapist
after her training in Sandtray-Worldplay methods. 22-23
Rae, Roxanne Comparisons of sandtray approaches: Lowenfeld, Kalff, Weinrib, De Domenico. 13-15
Schear, Bobbi To be touched by another: Client influence phenomenon (client seeing another client's sandtray). 19-20
Schwarz, Jacqueline Imagery without sand: Healing of a holocaust survivor using table play, painting, making figures. 10-12
1998, Vol. 2, No. 4
Amatruda, Kate Sandplay: Psyche, symbol and soma; touching the liminal place while working with hospitalized children. 7-8
Davenport, Maila Taylor A birth story: Receiving guidance from dreams. 13-14
Davenport, Maila Taylor Birth transformations in the sandtray: Developing personal symbol guides for labor and delivery. 12-13
De Domenico, Gisela S. Classic images: Katsina dolls and a review of a two-day transformational group Sandtray-Worldplay process. 22-23
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: When a client barely finishes the sandtray and asks, "Can I put it away now?" 21 4 THE SANDTRAY NETWORK JOURNAL COLLECTION
Author Title Page
1998, Vol. 2, No. 4
De Domenico, Gisela S. Expanded visions: Reflections about the multidimensional uses of Sandtray-Worldplay in the community. 1-6
Donnell, Gaby The spiral path: A couple's sandtray journey after the death of their newly born son. 14
Fettig, Doug and Catherine Poem: The sandtray experience. Your sand bedside. 15
Gere, May Grief's journey: Finding release in the Sandtray World. Report about a one-day grieving workshop. 16
Pando-Mars, Karen Poem: Journeys in the coral dunes. 11
Pando-Mars, Karen Footsteps in the sand: Authentic movement amplifies Sandtray-Worldplay. 8-10
Pando-Mars, Karen Poem: Studio journeys of coral sand. 11
Piercy, Marge Poem: The seven of pentacles. 21
Schear, Bobbi Questions and answers: What are your experiences with the children in your life using the sandtray? 23
Schear, Bobbi Chaos, confusion and conflict: Three families working with custody disputes in the sandtray. 18-20
Schear, Bobbi Commemorating life's passages: The healing potential of a woman's group sandtray ritual. 17
Schwarz, Jacqueline Transitioning images into the sandtray: Continuing work with a holocaust survivor. 24
Warren, Rahima The calm center: An interactive altar and closing ritual used at the Sandtray Network Conference. 20
1999, Vol. 3, No. 1
Danchig, Gail Earthspirit images for use in ritual and sandplay. 3
De Domenico, Gisela S. Exercises for the sandtray room. 2
De Domenico, Gisela S. Bibliography corner: Views of sandplay on video. 2
1999, Vol. 3, No. 2
De Domenico, Gisela S. Experiential dimensions of sandplay: Sandtray-Worldplay theory and illustrated methods of developing builder capacity to experience. 9-14
Moran, Mary Sandtray - Worldplay news from Mbarara, Uganda. Case studies. 14-16
Poole, Judith Mason The color of sand: Playing with different colors of sand. 19-20
Rae, Roxanne, & Pryor, Worlds of the abused: Representations of abuse in the sandtray of children and adults. 1-4
Schear, Bobbi Questions and answers: How do you incorporate people's need to make a mess into your sandtray practice? 24
Schear, Bobbi Revitalizing a group: The transformative power of group sandtray. 7-9
Schear, Bobbi Healing encopresis through sensory motor sandplay: An eight-year-old learns about holding in and letting go. 16-19
Simon, Diane Questions and answers: Children in our lives using sandtrays at home. 23
Warren, Rahima Stories from the sandtray: A dream of death and wholeness depicted in
the sandtray. 20-22
Warren, Rahima The four elements and the sandtray process: Creating an elemental
group sandtray. 4-6
1999, Vol. 3, No. 3*
De Domenico, Gisela S. Recommended readings. 3
De Domenico, Gisela S. Shopping guide for multicultural and trauma sandtray images. 2-3
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sources of different colors of sand. 3-4 The Sandtray Network Journal Collection
Author Title Page
1999, Vol. 3, No. 4
De Domenico, Gisela S. The nurturing, loving father: Contemporary images for sandplay. 20-23
De Domenico, Gisela S. Exploring the interface between Sandtray-Worldplay and Dynamic Play Therapy: A latency girl's journey. 10-16
De Domenico, Gisela S. The legacy of Margaret Lowenfeld: The Lowenfeld World Technique and Lowenfeld sandplay. 7-8
Gere, May Stories from the sandtray: It's not fair - I thought I was home free!. 6
Livingstone, Bob Resolving grief through sandtray therapy: First hand account of a Sandtray-Worldplay healing journey. 1-5
Reed, Jennifer, & Schear, Messes galore: Use of sandtray with kindergarten children. 18-19
Schear, Bobbi Questions and answers: Dealing with disability in the sandtray. 23
Schear, Bobbi Ally with me, battle with me, attack me: Three boys work with aggression in the sandtray. 17-18
Schear, Bobbi To see or not to see: Paying attention to what's missing in sandplay. 8-9
2000, Vol. 4, No. 1*
De Domenico, Gisela S. Reflections on sandtray in the classroom. 2
De Domenico, Gisela S. Ancient images that evoke primordial wisdom: Source and stories. 5
De Domenico, Gisela S. The use of sandtray to increase educator's effectiveness with at-risk children in the classroom. 1
Mann, Georgia Inanna-queen of heaven and earth. 5
Moran, Mary Letter from Uganda: Using sandtray images in Uganda. 3-4
2000, Vol. 4, No. 2
Abbey, Bijili, & Miller, Liz Spirit totem: Using expressive arts process as a team building with a diverse agency staff. 20-21
Benson, Rita The sandtray in a New Year's ritual: "Remembering, releasing, rebirth." 23-24
Cunningham, Virginia Leftovers: The word of a 9-year-old boy. 9
Cunningham, Virginia Stories in the sand: Teachings about how stories take shape. 24-25
Danchig, Gail Spirit totems for sandplay and healing: Record of a group play process. 19-20
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: How do you deal with children taking images home. 21
De Domenico, Gisela S. Questions and answers: What is the purpose of altar-building after sandplay. 21-23
Dean, Jayne Stories from the sandtray: Marriage proposal offered in a round sandtray. 25
Moran, Mary Sandplay stories from Uganda: Stalking benign and evil forces in the sandtray. 26-27
Morena, Gita Treasures of the psyche: Exploring the depths of sandplay process. 1-8
Pando-Mars, Karen Authentic Movement and Sandtray: Bringing movement and sandplay together. 9-11
Pando-Mars, Karen Poem: Journey in the temple: I witness an authentic movement collective. 11
Rae, Roxanne, & Pryor, D. Aspects of the Sandtray-Worldplay session. 16-19
Schear, Bobbi Marbles in sandtray therapy used by a boy and a woman. 12-15
Schear, Bobbi Questions and answers: How does your sandtray collection mirror your psyche? 27-28
2000, Vol. 4, No. 3
De Domenico, Gisela S. John Hood-Williams and the sandtray. 4-5
De Domenico, Gisela S. Book review: "Sandplay therapy: A step by step manual for psychotherapists" by Boik and Goodwin. 6
Freeman, Oni Sandtray-Worldplay gives birth to an artist. 5-6
Guice, Jill S. Video review: Playing to learn: Sandplay in pre-school education"
by Alison Van Dyk. 1
Hood-Williams, John. Margaret Lowenfeld's concept of "E" and child - therapist communication. 4-5
Richardson, Julia Bridging work in the sandplay room with life at home. 1-4 6 THE SANDTRAY NETWORK JOURNAL COLLECTION
Author Title Page
2000, Vol. 4, No. 4
Carroll, Susanne Using sandtray in an Indian health center to train staff and teach about the effects
of trauma. 23
De Domenico, Gisela S. Couple sandplay: The multiple relationship World technique. 33-35
De Domenico, Gisela S. Commentary about a boy's Worldplay session with John Hood –Williams. 19-22
De Domenico, Gisela S. Bridging Sandtray-Worldplay and psychometrics: Exploring and re-evaluating the World Test tradition. 7-11
De Domenico, Gisela S. The legacy of sandplay therapist Estelle Weinrib. 32-33
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sandplay: The phenomenology of seeking, finding and being Self. 27-28
Hood-Williams, John A boy's Worldplay session, selections from an unpublished manuscript. 19-22
Meyers, Barbara Unraveling the cross: Stories from a sandtray transformational workshop. 28-30
Rae, Roxanne Childhood trauma in conflicted custody disputes: Four case studies. 15-18
Schear, Bobbi Questions and answers: When to interrupt a client's sandtray process. 35-36
Schear, Bobbi Spirit totem as transitional object: Stories from the sandtray, a case study. 30-33
Schear, Bobbi Images of couples: Contemporary symbols. 24-26
Schear, Bobbi Developing connection and differentiation in couple's sandtray therapy: Case studies. 1-7
2001, Vol. 5, No. 1
De Domenico, Gisela S. Symbol exercise: How to experience symbols. 2
2001, Vol. 5, No. 2
Davenport, Maila Taylor Mythprints in the sand: Comparing the mythographical approaches of sandplay and Sandtray-Worldplay. 6-9
De Domenico, Gisela S. Therapist-builder interaction in sandplay process: Vignettes from Eickhof, Clegg, Schear and De Domenico. 12-16
Gressel, Josh Four sandtray session vignettes: Adult, adolescent and child cases. 10-12
Guice, Jill S. Bones' journey home: A boy's sandtray journey at a residential treatment center. 1-5
Schear, Bobbi Questions and answers: How much chaos do you allow? 17
2001, Vol. 5, No. 3
Miller, Liz The Sandtray Network Council's Visioning Retreat at Asilomar: Using group sandtray and images to build community. 4-5
2002, Vol. 6, No.1
Hagedorn, Stephanie News from the front: The impact of being with the destruction of the World Trade Center and the people within its radius. 3-7
Staie, Stephanie For the record: California children respond to terrorism in their homeland. 7-13
O’Connor, Margaret Entering the crucible alone: A sandtray therapist uses the sandtray to explore war between two cultures. (self-witnessing) 13-18
Rongner, Kristina An adolescent group sandtray: Two adolescents and their therapist process September 11. 18-19
Elliott, Auguste Moving more freely: A comparison of sandtray Worlds before and after September 11. (adult women) 19-26
Ehrlich, Charles Walking the earth and remembering. 26
Paige, Quint An interactive communal sandtray experience to process and heal 9/11. (individuals, families use the same tray over time) 27-34
De Domenico, Gisela S. Group sandplay on September 11-12, 2001: Using Sandtray-Worldplay to work with the trauma of the day. 34-49 The Sandtray Network Journal Collection
Author Title Page
2002, Vol. 6, No.2
Dean, Jayne Playing with fire. 1-6
Davenport, Maila Mythprints in the sand: Mythographical approaches of sandplay and Sandtray-Worldplay. 7-12
Carey, Lois Letters to the editors about mythprints. 13-14
Bradway, Kay et al Letters to the editors about mythprints. 15-17
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sandtray-Worldplay: An innovative transformational method. 18-35.
Elliott, Auguste Who "shows up" in the sandtray process. 35-36
2003, Vol.7, No.1
Frame, Phyllis The moment of awakening: Finding the sacred in sandtray and the mandala. (adult sandplays and drawings) 4-9
Meyers, Barbara Using Sandtray-Worldplay to explore ethical dilemmas. (group Sandtray-Worldplay process) 9-13
De Domenico, Gisela S. Innovative designs: Using the round barrel sandtray. 13-16
Naneix, Robin Circle of dreamtime in the coral pink dunes. 16-22
The STN Council Group Sandtray-Worldplay: Visioning and commitment to community. 22-23
2003, Vol.7, No.2
De Domenico, Gisela S. Playing with space in time: Multiple sandtray Worlds. 2-3
Horota, Eiko Past, present, future: Worlds in sand. (Adult Sandtray-Worldplay session) 4-5
Mills, Joyce Creating a peace garden. 8-10
Stern, Lise Embracing softness: A sandtray journey of emotional healing.
(9 year old girl’s journey) 10-20
De Domenico, Gisela S. Wetting, mixing, molding, dissolving: An image journey. (Adults in level one Sandtray-Worldplay training) 20-21
Benson, Rita Creating sculpture for Sandtray-Worldplay and transformational process. (Adult) 22-27
2004, Vol.8, No.1
Azzaro, Carol Review of Sanddrama: Psychodramatic sandtray with a trauma survivor by
Francesca Toscani. 19-21
Benson, Rita Bringing my World alive: Combining Sandtray-Worldplay and Psychodramatic
Bodywork. 14-19
De Domenico, Gisela S. Sandtray-Worldplay: Using the physical body of consciousness to amplify
Experiencing. 22-27
Elliott, S. Auguste Traveling with time: Learning to move with the temporal body of consciousness. 4-13
Journal Editors The Sandtray Network Journal: Publication Index 1997- Spring 2004. 28-33 8 THE SANDTRAY NETWORK JOURNAL COLLECTION
The Sandtray Network
The Mission
We actively promote learning, healing and creativity through the use of the sandtray.
We share and witness authentic experiences of the human psyche in the sandplay journey:
We offered substantive presentations and experiential explorations at our community meetings until January 2006. Now we promote the various uses of the sandtray through establishing a website designed to disseminate clinical, educational, and transformational uses of sandtray, sandplay, Sandtray-Worldplay and other innovative approaches to the healing of individuals and communities.
We inspired and developed the exchange of ideas and information in our journal, and at our conferences. Since 2006 we seek to develop a diverse source of information on-line.
Our Objectives
• To support the many ways of using the sandtray
• To promote the use of the sandtray for the benefit of the local, national and global communities
• To compile a resources and reference library for the use of the community-at-large
To disseminate information about sandtray methods to the greater community
To implement the use of the sandtray in a wide variety of settings
To explore the use of sandtray as an interpersonal communication tool to bridge ethnic and cross-cultural barriers
The Sandtray Network Journal 1946 Clemens Rd Oakland, CA 94602 shared the

Day Three

Day three was so intense that I could not journal (even briefly )yesterday.
Thanks to Karen we experienced embodiment. Never to be forgotten for sure.

Thanks to Bob for organizing our reconnection to nature with our hike. A fitting experience for Earth Day.

Day Four soon!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Day Two Level Four

Another unbelievable day and evening.
Thanks to Tina and Dikke for a lovely bonfire evening.
Dinner was great and the company greater.

What will Day Three bring?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Day One

Well Day one has come and gone.
I found it invigerating and exhausting..As a group we didn't stop journeying when we hit the hour mark. Everyone was so into their worlds.
Four more days to go!

To Liz, Shirley and Lisa....
Wish each of you were here physically as it doesn't feel the same.
Hope that this post finds each of you well. You are in our thoughts.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

From Liz via email

Bless you Theresa for taking this over - obviously, my year got eaten up/ filled up with other life events...
I'd love to still participate/help though. I have a website that I created for my practice - You might want to take a look at it to see if it could be of any use/help/connection. It also has a Blog on it and if any of you can think of some way of incorporating the two together or linking mine to your's(Theesa and Liz's) to the larger Michigan, or even large STWP community, I'm all in. I've often day dreamed about ways we could reinvigorate Gisela's Sandtray Network using our collective resources. Maybe it will start to unfold during level 4 what role the websites could play in keeping us all connected.
Theresa, when you come for your visit we should carve out part of our time to "play" with this idea....I'm looking forward to seeing you soon! Thanks for taking this under your wing.
Blessed Be,
PS - could you forward this onto the rest of the group - little man is insisting I, "come play with me Mommy." Can't refuse that offer....
xo Liz

Please add your post to our blog

Well thanks to Karen, I was alerted that I can invite other members to write and then it doesn't need to go through me.
So please independently post announcements or queries that you may have.
I would also love to see photos of trays that members would like to share keeping in mind that anyone can read this blog at this point so ALL IDENTIFYING information would need to be left out.

I am hopeful that this will inspire all of us to share and write.
I think that we could limit viewing to specific readers hence we can discuss this option when we meet as a group which may be more useful when and if we are seeking peer supervision.
Anyone have an article they have been burning to write or an idea for an image that can be created?
Here is your chance.. Looking forward to the participation of all.T

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


APT Member Flash:
Top Producer - Gisela Schubach DeDomenico!March 11, 2008

Congrats Gisela DeDomenico!

In 2007, APT had designated 164 individuals, organizations, and companies as Approved Providers of APT-approved play therapy continuing education. Together they provided 6,960.5 contact training hours, an amazing 66.3% increase, to licensed mental health professionals for licensure and play therapy credentialing purposes.

According to the data provided to APT and displayed in our online Find Play Therapy Training Directory, the top producer was Gisela Schubach DeDomenico, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S, owner of Vision Quest in Oakland, CA, who offered 24 trainings on 91 days at which attendees earned 514.5 play therapy credit hours. The top 10 included:
Vision Quest, 514.5 hours
Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, 422.5 hours
Cross Country Education, 390 hours
Kansas City Play Therapy, 363.5 hours
Family Psychological Services, 355 hours
Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars, 258 hours
Theraplay Institute, 248.5 hours
Center for Culture Sandplay, 231.5 hours
Sandtray Trainings Institute of New Mexico, 216 hours
Center for Expressive Therapy, 183 hours
APT sincerely thanks its Approved Providers for making these important trainings available and thereby promoting play therapy to both member and non-member mental health professionals within and outside of the United States!

Congrats Gisela on being recognized for the wisdom that you share with clinicians!

Welcome All Journeyer's

Hello all,

Well our Michigan Level 4 is soon upon us.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you.

If anyone would like me to bring some colored sand- please let me know.. I believe that it is $30 for a 25 lb box.

One of the teenage angels that I see helped me to set up this blog for us now that Liz has moved to England.
If you want to add an article to this please email me at and I will post it to our blog. Pictures are great too.
Hope that I hear from all of you soon. T