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NEFESH & NEXT CHAPTER Professional Development

Series: Play Therapy Techniques

Sand Tray Supervision in Play Therapy (For Supervisors)

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Ann Thomas, LCSW

60 minutes

Learning Objectives:
  1. Conceptualize supervision
  2. Understand the process of supervision vis a vis sand tray play
  3. Appreciate how sand tray supervision works in supervision
Resources for further study:

This webinar offers 1 APT CE/NYS ED Self Study Credits

During play therapy supervision, it is sometimes difficult to identify and find the words to describe the dynamics of the clients/therapist relationship.  Utilizing the techniques of sand tray therapy, the clinician can create a picture in the sand about the case and through supervision uncover the factors that may be impeding the process.  This technique offers a unique approach for both individuals to see the case with clarity and enhance the supervisee’s self-awareness.  Observe a supervision session where the supervisee conceptualizes the case using miniatures in sand and the supervisor guides the process.  Throughout the webinar, learn techniques that facilitate this process and observe the impact it has on the developing play therapist.

Ann is a licensed clinical social worker and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has 20 years of experience working with children who have experienced traumatic events.  Ann received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas’s School of Social Welfare. As an Adjunct professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, she has taught play therapy courses for over twelve years . Ann has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to working with children who have experienced trauma. Currently, she is the President/CEO of The Childrens’ Place, an agency in Kansas City Missouri, that works solely with children 8 years and younger who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Conceptualize supervision
  2. Understand the process of supervision vis a vis sand tray play
  3. Appreciate how sand tray supervision works in supervision
Resources for further study:

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  • Kids Inc. (APT Approved Provider 10-275) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer Continuing education specific to play therapy
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