Sandtray : Playing to Heal, Recover, and Grow

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Sandtray refers to psychotherapies that use sand, water, and miniatures in a tray of sand where clients create a three-dimensional "world." This story-driven book is based in clinical practice and illustrated by 40 photographs and charts. Students, experienced play therapists, and psychotherapists alike will discover how to negotiate both verbal and nonverbal therapeutic interactions. A detailed framework for approaching Sandtray and play therapy is provided based on interpersonal neurobiology and Margaret Lowenfeld's play research.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2 Tables, unspecified; 35 Halftones, black and white; 5 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765709805
  • 9780765709806
  • 1,827,409

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Rae (Family Solutions, Ashland, Oregon) is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience in studying and teaching sandtray therapy. Sandtray therapy is conducted using sand, water, miniatures, figurines, and various objects to create a world. The client is the "creator," while the therapist is the "witness." Drawing largely from Margaret Lowenfeld's work, the author covers the theoretical basis of sandtray and provides advice on technique. Segments from actual clinical case studies abound, with clients ranging from children to the elderly. Rae's well-written book emphasizes the nonjudgmental, harmonious, and accepting nature of sandtray therapy. The techniques can be used in diverse theoretical frameworks and will be of interest to therapists who want to integrate expressive exercises into their work. The book would be an excellent addition to a collection on expressive therapies (e.g., play, art, and music therapies). Includes extensive appendix materials, references, and index. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections. CHOICE Sandtray: Playing to Heal, Recover, and Grow is clearly a work of love and caring. The careful use of case examples integrated with every aspect of the book helps the reader to more thoroughly understand and use the concepts. The examples range from the trays of young children to those of seniors; from the tray of a 3 year old to that of an 83 year old. Rae spends considerable time on the development of skills of a Sandtray therapist, emphasizing the role of witness. This book is clearly written and explains the author's approach to Sandtray therapy... I think this is a useful book for therapists of all levels of experience with Sandtray. California Society for Clinical Social Work This text wonderfully describes the healing process of children and adults who, through sandtray therapy, make meaning of challenging personal experiences and assimilate these experiences into conscious everyday reality. I recommend this book to both novice and experienced therapists. It is full of wonderful case examples which illustrate the principles of this dynamic, relational based practice for use with both children and adults. A very accessible and interesting book! -- Gretchen Thiel, LMSW, Portland State University Informed by Lowenfeld's methodology and current research in attachment, Rae presents a lyrical, yet practical, tapestry of the Sandtray process. She weaves in vivid clinical examples from her work in this area over several years to provide the reader with a sumptuous overview of the healing power of sand and symbol in all its multi-sensory glory. I highly recommend this book, especially for practitioners wanting to integrate Sandtray into their work with children. -- Eric J. Green, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
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About Roxanne Rae

Roxanne Rae, MSW, LCSW, BCD, is a licensed clinical social worker with more than forty years of experience, much of it studying and teaching the principles of Sandtray and psychotherapy. Rae offers consultation, supervision, and training in her private practice in Ashland, Oregon. See:
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Table of contents

List of Photographs, Drawings, and Charts
Chapter 1 Sand Play Beginnings
Chapter 2 Language and Image
Chapter 3 Harmonic Resonance: Playing Together
Chapter 4 Making Meanings
Chapter 5 Readiness: Entering Play
Chapter 6 Aspects 1 & 2: Introducing the Sandtray Process and World Creation
Chapter 7 Aspects 3 & 4: Silent Reverie and Reflecting/Directing
Chapter 8 Aspects 5 & 6: Entering into and Exploring from Inside the Sand World
Chapter 9 Aspects 7-10: Concluding a Sandtray Session
Chapter 10 Children's Active Sandtrays
Chapter 11 Traumatized Children
Appendix A: Materials, Sandtray Set-ups, and Miniature Basics
Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix C: More Sandtray Therapist Exercises
About the Author
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