Scheduled Workshops

Dynamic Expressions of the Ego-Self Relationship in Sandplay

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Cottage Lake Retreat Home, Woodinville, WA
Registration fee: $110   |  Students/Interns: $90  |  Limited to 12 registrations

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Sandplay is an especially credible medium in which to understand in a visual way inner and outer conflicts, developmental issues, and early trauma and its repercussions. In studying sandtray images and the sandplay process itself, one becomes an active witness to the psyche’s ability to bring together what seems like irreconcilable splits, and through the guidance of the inner Self, to touch ever-deepening levels of the psyche.

In addition to sandplay therapists, this workshop is especially useful for mental health professionals wanting a visual medium in which to understand the theories and concepts of C. G. Jung.

You will learn:

  • Michael Fordham’s theory of the primary role of the Self in ego development and individuation and how this is revealed in a dynamic sandplay process;
  • Mandala expressions and significance of both the light and dark sides of the Self;
  • What tends to occur in creative expressions when the dark side is revealed;
  • The sandplay process of children who have suffered molestation and parental sexual abuse; including those from various ethnic groups;
  • The sandplay process of an adult survivor of childhood abuse and neglect.

This course has been approved for 5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter.  Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.  Provider number is # 1975-172.

This course also qualifies for 5 training hours toward International Society of Sandplay Therapists certification.

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Workshops and Seminars Presently Unscheduled

Meditation Workshop for Therapists and Health Professionals
Two Saturday mornings at lovely Cottage Lake in Woodinville

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • The W’s of meditation:  when, where, whom, and what it does to make life work better for us
  • Meditation techniques to relieve stress, anxiety, and burn-out
  • Ways to develop and deepen a daily meditation practice
  • Using your experience of meditation with your clients and patients
  • Research into the affect of meditation on the brain, and particularly the pre-frontal lobes and those with attention deficit disorder
  • About kundalini, its relationship to meditation and spiritual emergence
  • Physical aspects and energy techniques, including pranayama, affirmations and guided visualization
  • Chanting and devotional practices to open the heart
  • Making meditation a life skill

This course has been approved for 6 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. 
Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists

and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.  Provider number is #1975-161.

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay therapy is a natural form of communication for children as well as adults.  Many child therapy centers include sandtrays as part of the setting yet few therapists comprehend the profound meaning expressed by the creators as they progress from tray to tray.  Playing in the sand engages one, nonverbally and safely, with unconscious conflicts, traumas, and psychological splitting, and allows for the natural healing potential of the archetypal psyche to unfold. 

This one-day workshop includes:

  • purchasing equipment, setting up the sandplay area, and engaging the client
  • significance of the symbol and importance of storytelling in the healing process
  • the sandtray process as a whole - what tends to occur in the sequence of trays made
  • presentation and discussion of a child’s sandplay process
  • Dora Kalff video of the mythical element in a child’s sandplay and sandplay experience of adults
  • hands-on experiential - you will have the opportunity to make a sandtray as well as act as the observer/therapist

This course has been approved for 6.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. 
Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists

and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.  Provider number is #1975-161.

Explorations in Sandplay Analysis

Beautiful Cottage Lake Retreat is the location for all workshops,
consultation, and therapy sessions.

This intermediate to advanced workshop is for those who have had an introduction to sandplay and are seeking a greater knowledge base in analyzing sandtrays made by clients of various populations.

In this one-day workshop, you will learn:

  • The meaning behind specific symbolic representations and clinical expressions.
  • Sandtrays that reveal clinical disturbances as well as healing progressions, guided by the inner Self.
  • What to look for in the sandplay process of abused and neglected children, and how that compares with children from the non-clinical population.
  • Sandplay with adult clients

The day will be spent analyzing a variety of sandtrays as well as a process created by at least one child and an adult. Course includes a copy of Grubbs' manual, The Sandplay Categorical Checklist for Sandplay Analysis.

Lecture: Bereavement Dreaming and the Individuating Soul

The sudden death of a loved one affects all aspects of our lives and often changes its meaning and direction.  We are often unaware of how much the inner Self prepares us for this crises and how it guides us through our nightly dreams.  Dr. Grubbs’ newly released book, “Bereavement Dreaming and the Individuating Soul,” is a description of this death-and-grief process that is expressed in our dreams.  We will focus on the common elements in bereavement dreams as revealed in Dr. Grubbs’ dreams following the death of her son in 1984 and from personal stories presented in her book.  She will address precognition phenomena, visitations of the deceased, transcendent states of consciousness, and the state of liminality that opens us to the spiritual, archetypal, and collective realms of the unconscious.  Through a slide presentation of Dr. Grubbs’ experience of Dia de Muertos in Mexico, we will see how families in other cultures relate to the world of the dead and how they come together in celebration of their departed loved ones.   Workshop           

Images, themes, and phases of bereavement dreaming that direct our psyche toward wholeness, transcendence and transformation will be the major focus of Saturday’s workshop. Those who wish will have an opportunity to share about their experiences with bereavement dreaming, explore what these dreams may be expressing and learn how to resolve the grief and suffering that is so much a part of bereavement.     

Dreams and the Individuating Soul
A Saturday Retreat at Lovely Cottage Lake in Woodinville

Individuation is the ego’s continuous striving to be in relationship with its true potential, that which is inherent in the Self.  Archetypal images and symbols express this potential and are revealed to us in our nightly dreams, fantasies and creative expressions.  The meaning and value of these images, however, are gained only when we are willing to engage with them emotionally by asking ourselves:  “What is this leading to?  Where is its goal?”  Such a process of inquiry enriches our lives, expands our conscious awareness and provides meaning to an existence that may be difficult or seem meaningless to us.
We will spend a good part of the morning discussing what Jung means by the “individuation process,” what tends to occur psychologically during major life transitions, and the archetypal images that are a part of these critical moments in our lives.  During the remainder of the day, you will then be invited to explore your personal images and where you are at this time of your life.  Through guided imagery, inner reflection, journaling, dream sharing and processing, you will be encouraged to ask:  “What does this mean to me now?”  “What is the next step in my life’s journey?”

Working With Dreams in Analytical Psychology

C. G. Jung’s theories of the archetypes and complexes and how they are represented in dreams will be a topic of discussion.  We will explore the function and use of dreams, diagnostic and prognostic indications, the dramatic structure of dreams, and their expression of the therapeutic process.  During the course of the day, you will work in small groups to process dreams given to you, and learn through practice what to look for and how to work with them.