Sand Tray Training Spring 2010
Institute of New Mexico Corrales, New Mexico
Finding Our Way in Sand, Art, and Clay
A therapeutic environment that is rich with unformed mate- rials, such as sand and miniatures, clay, paint, paper and pens, is often an invitation to clients to create something. The urge within to create form from the formless, giving expression to the wordless depths of our minds, is powerful. We see it in chil- dren when they come into therapy. Often, their hands are already in the sand before we can even say anything. Or at least, they are looking longingly at anything that seems like it could be formed into something other than what it already is. What part of our mind craves this kind of expression? And why are these materials such perfect media?
I once worked with a twelve-year-old boy, Jeffrey, who played intensely and creatively in the sand tray. He could eas- ily form a scene from the miniatures and sand and then tell an imaginative story. Knowing his family history, and getting a
sense of his struggle to deal with his mother's life-threatening illness, I could see that his story themes were consistent with his actual situation. After working productively for several months in the sand tray, he noticed the clay area in my office, and asked if he could use it. The inexpensive natural gray clay that I had purchased at a pottery supply store was new to Jeffrey. His ini- tial attempts were somewhat awkward, but he soon began working vigorously with the clay, punching it, slapping it on the table, stabbing and slicing, rolling it out, only to smash it together again into a big heap. At the beginning of each ses- sion, he worked the clay like this for about ten minutes, pour- ing all his energy into it, and then slowly he would begin to form objects. The first object he made was a giant ant (about 8 inch- es long) and then a pudgy little dog. After several more ses-
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Brain-Wise Therapy Conference: Healing Experiences with Sandplay, Art, and Clay
Bonnie Badenoch Returns to New Mexico for More Brain-Wise Training and Case Consultation
Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT and Theresa Kestly, PhD
Daytona Beach, Florida May 6-7, 2010 Laguna Beach, California November 18-19, 2010
Join us on either east or west coast for this conference on using sand- play, art, and clay for therapeutic healing purposes. Bonnie Badenoch, author of Being a Brain-wise Therapist: Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Theresa Kestly, director of the Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico, combine their expertise to present core principles of interpersonal neurobiology in therapeutic prac- tice. Using clay and art materials, participants will explore how the implic- it and explicit memory systems impact decisions in sandplay therapy with both children and adults. Case studies, hands-on experiences, dialogue, and self-reflection will help to make this learning personal, more concrete, and applicable to the every day challenges of clinical practice.
Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D. is returning to New Mexico in April to offer a case consultation day for clinicians, a work- shop on attunement and attachment, and a co-presentation with Theresa Kestly, Ph.D. on healing experiences with sandplay, art, and clay. As many of you know, Bonnie presented com- pelling material on "Being a Brain- Wise Therapist" last October at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The conference was well attended, and the response from par- ticipants highly positive. We are delighted that Dr. Badenoch could come back for some smaller in-depth workshops in Corrales. The two small workshops are almost full, and we will soon be creating a waiting list. There is still space in the group consultation day on April 5, 2010 in Corrales, New Mexico. The group will be limited to 12 people, and you can get more details on our website: www.sandtraytrain- ing.com. Log on to the website, and then click on the "Bonnie Badenoch Training" page for description and fees.
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