Welcome to Certified Sandplay Training

Barbara Turner, PhD
Barbara Turner, PhD
Sandplay Training with Barbara Turner, PhD

Welcome to our Training  Site – This is the educational branch of Barbara Turner’s work, dedicated to the dissemination of training in Jungian Sandplay Therapy to mental health clinicians. We offer online courses and in-person trainings.

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Core Training in Sandplay Therapy – What it is
The Association for Sandplay Therapy has adopted Dr. Turner’s Sandplay training curriculum for its core requirements to Register as a Sandplay Therapist – STR.  Unlike many Sandplay trainings or workshops, this training is a transformative learning program, designed so participants transform as human beings as they learn.  … read more
About Dr. Turner

Barbara Turner began her study of Jungian Sandplay therapy with the founder of the method, Dora M. Kalff, in Switzerland in 1988. She has done extensive research into the theory and healing process of Sandplay. She focused her doctoral studies on the Sandplay method, writing her dissertation on methods of understanding Sandplay process.  Dr. Turner was instrumental in returning the classic books in Sandplay to print, and is the author of what is considered by some to be the authoritative text on Jungian Sandplay, The Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, now translated into Korean, Chinese, Russian and Italian.  The Handbook is the most read book on Sandplay around the world.  She teaches Sandplay therapy to mental health clinicians internationally, and serves as consultant to practicing Sandplay & play therapists.

Dr. Turner has co-authored with Dr. Kristín Unnsteinsdóttir, Sandplay and Storytelling: The Impact of Imaginative Thinking on Children’s Learning and Development, as well as Sandtray Play in Education. She has also published The Teachings of Dora Kalff, both of which you can read about on our “Books” page.

Dr. Turner is the founder the the Association for Sandplay Therapy – AST, the international professional organization dedicated to maintaining the core principles of Sandplay in our work and teaching – clarity, loving kindness & humility.

Continuing Education & Training Hours

Barbara A. Turner, PhD is approved to offer continuing education hours and/or training hours by the Association for Play Therapy – APT Approved Provider No. 00-079 and maintains responsibility for the program; by the Association for Sandplay Therapy as a Registered Sandplay Therapist – Supervisor.

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