301 – Lecture 2

Sandplay Case Vignette Lessons
Course 302
The Persona, Shadow and Archetypes in Sandplay

DirectionsAs in Course 301, we will use the Guidelines for the Initial Study of a Sandplay to structure the vignette studies.  Print the Guidelines and follow the suggested procedures for entering into relationship with each sandplay. You will analyze the first five -5- trays in the Case of Norman.

Remember, there is far more to each tray than we cover in the lessons. Our purpose in these lessons is to illustrate particular aspects of Jungian theory in the sandplay process.

Print the Vignette Test form and use as you reflect on the trays. When you are finished, you can enter your answers in the online quiz form. Note that there is little room to write answers. Your responses must be brief. They need not be complete sentences.

Please study the case vignettes in the order they are listed, and remember to use your quizzes as study tools.

Guidelines for Initial Study of a Sandplay

Guidelines for Initial Study of a Sandplay

The case vignettes we will study in this course expand upon the material in The Handbook of Sandplay Therapy. These vignettes were selected to illustrate how the four functions might appear in Sandplay. Naturally, there is far more transpiring in each tray than we will explore in this lesson. In fact, there is always more to Sandplay than we will ever understand! Our focus here is to develop a working understanding of the four functions and how different clients experience the work in the tray.

 Working with the Trays in this Lesson

Remember to use the following guidelines for approaching a Sandplay:

 When considering a sand tray, soften your thinking mind, initially, and listen to your impressions. Later you will have time to do more thinking and analysis with those impressions. We cannot rush into understanding Sandplay. We need to respectfully make quiet space within ourselves to allow it to speak to us.

 After you have initially addressed theSandplay in this non-rational way, read my comments about the role of consciousness and the unconscious in this tray, then return to the sandplay as instructed, below.


Sit with the Sandplay in silence a few minutes to allow it to address you in non-verbal ways. Some of the Sandplays have pictures of more than one angle. (For example – Tray 12a, 12b, 12c, and so on) Be certain to examine the Sandplay from all of its views.

Make note of how this sand tray feels to you.


We might use some questions to facilitate our relationship with the symbolic content of this Sandplay, such as:

What jumps out at you, when you look at this tray?
What appear to be areas of strength or particularly charged areas?
Which areas or elements feel weak or disempowered?
What are the qualities of the relationships between the elements iN  the trays? Are they fluid and organized, rigid, chaotic, etc.?

 Make note of your initial responses to these questions, without attempting to make any sense of them yet.


Sit with the tray, again, with my reflections regarding operations of Jung’s personality theory in the tray. Reflect on the following questions, making notes of your responses. Remember to simply allow whatever comes to you, making no attempt to judge or understand it.

Do you have a sense of what the Facilitator perceives?
Do you see similar psychic movements?
Do you see the psyche operating in different ways than I do?
What do you see and understand now that you did not perceive before?

 Following this. . .
After acquainting yourself with the sand tray, move on to the next tray, and repeat the procedure for each sandplay in the lesson. You may find it helpful to take a break between client vignettes, to clear your psyche for the subsequent vignette.

Norman – Sandplay Vignette Study


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