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Sandtray Play Therapy Experience

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This 6 hour, in person workshop introduces the basic tools and methods of sandtray play therapy for both children and adults. Participants will explore various elements of the sandtray process in the context of clinical applications for treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and other issues. This training uses hands-on exercises using miniature figurines and sandtrays. The purpose of the exercises is to demonstrate how relational play may be used as a neural exercise. From these exercises, workshop participants will explore and discuss how sandtray play therapy helps to develop flexibility in the nervous system supporting a more joyful and fulfilled life. Therapists will have opportunities to ask questions in an interactive group setting.

Waldo Winborn is a professional clinical counselor at Winborn Wellness & Counseling. He has decades worth of behavioral health experience and specializes in working with children and families who have suffered trauma. Waldo is a firm believer in the power of relationship for integration of traumatic events. He is always pushing for community protective factors to help offset the environmental hurts of his community. By combining neuroscience and attachment theory Waldo gives a unique experience in his trainings. Not only does he attempt to share new information, but he does it in a way that is experiential and transformative. For more information about Waldo or his work go to



June 21, 2024


Las Cruces, NM - pending venue


8:15 - Check in
8:30 - Presentation Begins
9:45 - 15 Minute Break
11:30-1:00 1.5 Hour Break For Lunch
2:45 - 15 Minute Break
4:30 - End of Training


$150 Early Bird Pricing

$175 Regular Pricing


$80 Student Pricing

*Pricing includes CE Certificate

Of Note

As this is an experiential training, please come prepared to learn and engage in sandtray play. If you have miniatures of your own that you would like to bring, please do so! Small sandtray and miniatures will be provided. 

This training will provide 6 CE Credits. ​A New Hope Therapy Center is an Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy (APT) - Approved Provider 20-631 and Maria Laquerre-Diego is an Approved Provider for the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board CCE020981

Training Objectives

  • Identify beginning skills for facilitating sandtray play therapy in clinical practice.

  • Describe the importance of the nonverbal aspect of sandtray play therapy for healing trauma.

  • Utilize experiential exercises to anchor the basic theoretical tenets of sandtray play therapy.

  • List the three branches of the nervous system that are observable during the sandtray play therapy process.

  • Describe the beginning history of sandtray play therapy with Margaret Lowenfeld and Dora Kalff.

  • Explain how play activities help to develop a flexible nervous system.

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