The Greenane Centre, Greenane. Tipperary Town, E34 CX13

Certificate In Integrative Sand Tray Stories

Facilitating Healing Narratives in The Sand

Developed by Liz Quish


Class Based at The Greenane Centre


“The hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.”

C. G. Jung

Integrative Sand Tray Stories

Integrative Sand Tray Stories is a projective, dynamic, symbolic and sensory model of psychotherapy. Using a sand tray, sand, water and symbols, the client is enabled to bypass their thinking, logical and analytical brain, facilitating the safe unfolding of their unconscious conflicts. The sand tray story therapist’s atunement and unconditional acceptance of the clients process, enables the development of the client’s sense of agency and psychological healing.

Quish (2022)

Our IACP CPD approved and recognised Certificate in Integrative Sand Tray Stories is a highly experiential, hands-on, in-person training at The Greenane Centre in Tipperary. It aims to develop and broaden participants theoretical knowledge and technical skills ensuring the safe, ethical and effective utilisation of Integrative Sand Tray Stories with adolescent and adult clients. It prepares therapists to fully understand, witness, and respond to clients as they connect with, express and process their archetypal, symbolic and intrapersonal worlds through the creation of their Sand Tray Stories. In order to ensure the integrity of this programme a strong emphasis is placed on participant engagement and immersion in their own Sand Tray Stories.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who complete this course will:

  • be introduced to the history and development of Sand Tray and Sand Play therapy with a focus on the work of Margaret Lowenfeld’s World Technique and Dora Kalff‘s Sand Play.
  • gain insight into Jungian Psychology through exploring the process of individuation and the role of the Self in individuation, the theory of archetypes and the collective unconscious.
  • develop a deep understanding of symbols and the power of symbolic expression in enabling the safe unfolding and exploration of client’s sub-conscious conflicts.
  • develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the theory and practices underpinning Integrative Sand Tray Stories.
  • experience the powerful and empowering dynamics of Sand Tray Stories © through the creation, exploration and processing of their own Sand Tray Stories.

Programme Structure & Fees


  • History and Development of Sand Tray and Sand Play Therapy
  • Jungian Principals underpinning Sand Tray Stories
  • Key Elements of Integrative Sand Tray Stories
  • Therapeutic Benefits of Integrative Sand Tray Stories
  • Role of The Sand Tray Story Therapist
  • Sand Tray Story Tools and Equipment
  • Sand Tray Story Symbols and Miniatures
  • Organising Sand Tray Story Symbols and Miniatures
  • Sand Tray Story Process
  • Directive and Non-Directive Sand Tray Stories
  • Stages and Phases in Sand Tray Stories
  • Sand Tray Stories Quadrants
  • Understanding Sand Tray Story Themes
  • Processing Sand Tray Stories Scenes
  • Recording and Documenting Sand Tray Story Sessions


Class times: 10am – 4pm

Day 1: Friday 22nd September 2023 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 2: Tuesday 17th October 2023 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 3: Friday 17th November 2023 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 4: Tuesday 5th December 2023 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 5: Friday 12th January 2024 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 6: Saturday 10th February 2024 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 7: Friday 8th March 2024  – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 8: Tuesday 9th April 2024 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 9: Friday 10th May 2024 – Liz Quish @ Greenane

Day 10: Friday 21st June 2024 – Liz Quish @ Greenane


  • 2 Reflective Learning Journals

Entry Requirements

This CPD Diploma is open to practitioners who have successfully completed:

A Degree or Diploma in Counselling/ Psychotherapy,  Play, Drama or Art Therapy

Maximum 14 participants, ensuring an intimate, reflective and engaging hands on learning experience.

Teaching Method

This Programme will be facilitated through a tutor-led, class based format:

  • 10 days in-person training at The Greenane Centre, Tipperary Town, E34 CX13
  • Classes: 10am to 4pm
  • One hour, One to One, Online Integrative Sand Tray Stories MentorVision

Programme Fees Includes:

  • Integrative Sand Tray Stories Training Manual
  • Sand Tray
  • Sand
  • Sand Tray Tools
  • 30 Symbols/ Miniatures

Programme Fee & Payment Schedule

Full Fee: €1,950

  • €550 due on registration
  • 4 monthly payments of €350

Fees must be paid in full before class commencement.

Term & Conditions must be accepted before registration is complete.

September 2023 Class Full