PCSI will offer two cohorts in 2020 that meet the standards for the

ICST credential offered by IAST (International Association of Sandtray Therapy).


How does it work and what does this hands on and in depth experience include?

The ICST training cohort will include many bonuses including your own wooden sandtray with sand,

carefully chosen books from the important names in neuroscience, sand and play, many goodies . . . and miniatures!!

Only 14 spots will be available for each PCSI cohort training for the sandtray credential.

The cohorts include four levels of training. The first two levels are offered in the spring and the last two levels are offered in the fall. Each level lasts two days long for a total of 50 CEs. ICST provider (#004) Bianca Kisselburg.





Day 1 - Based on the content of this workshop, I am able to:

1. Discuss the history of sandtray work in play therapy.

2. Compare the difference between sandtray and sandplay therapy.

3. Describe the materials needed for sandtray work such as miniatures,        sand, and sandtrays.

4. Demonstrate skills needed to process sandtray with adults.

5. List 20 directives for sandtray work in play therapy provided by the instructor and create others when given case examples from the instructor.

6. Discuss several case studies of adults and explain the process that occurred within the treatment.

7. Describe 10 themes in the sandtray, including those which indicate mental health concerns and healing. 

Day 2 - Based on the content of this workshop, I am able to:

1. Explain developmental issues that occur within sand tray work with children and other special populations.

2. Explain the basics of non-directive play therapy as to how it relates to working with children in the sandtray.

3. Apply knowledge from experiencing role-play of sandtray work and role play of how this occurs with children and sandtray. 

4. Discuss several case studies of children and describe the process that occurred within the play therapy treatment.

5. Explain the latest brain-informed research behind the power of sand tray in play therapy.

6. Identify 3 ways that sandtray can be used in a group and family therapy setting through the application of personal group sandtray work.

Day 1 - Based on the content of this workshop, I am able to:

  1. Discuss knowledge of the basics of brain structure, especially in how this relates to play therapy.

  2. Identify the tenets of interpersonal neuro-biology in a play therapy setting.

  3. Revise several case studies in terms of neuroscience integrating with play therapy.

  4. Explain how different ages work in the sand and play from a brain science perspective.

  5. Recite the effect of trauma on the brain and how this affects sandtray therapy.

  6. Apply 2 new techniques to help explain the brain structure to how working in the play and sandtray setting.

Day 2 - Based on the content of this workshop, I am able to:

  1. Analyze the Polyvagal theory and how this relates to play and sandtray therapy.

  2. Assess sandtrays based within brain science.

  3. Demonstrate the importance of implicit vs explicit memories within therapy and play.

  4. Use skills to enhance work as a facilitator of sandtray therapy.

  5. Utilize the tenets of brain science research into your work in the sandtray.

  6. Recite the explanation of how sandtray therapy can be a form of play therapy from a brain-informed method, including the nine pathways of integration.



Day 1 - Based on the content of this workshop, I am able to:

  1. Recite how the brain works through the sandtray and play therapy process.

  2. Discuss and analyze several personal case studies as well as those provided by the
    instructor within the play room.

  3. Discuss several case consolations provided by participants in the sandtray and play therapy room.

  4. Demonstrate personal work in the sandtray with the trainer and participants.

  5. Analyze 2-3 differing theories regarding the use of particular methods of sandtray work in the sand and play therapy

  6. Apply techniques in the sandtray and play therapy from both the client and the therapist’s perspective.

  7. Identify 5-6 processing prompts appropriate for both children and adults in sandtray play therapy


Day 2 - Based on the content of this workshop, I am able to:

  1. Analyze a live demonstration of the sandtray process and play therapy with a non-participant.

  2. Discuss demonstration using clinical tools learned in the sandtray process the previous day.

  3. Design 1-2 techniques to use in the sandtray therapy process from a particular theoretical orientation.

  4. Assess and critique personal processing skills in the sandtray while in pair of exercises.

  5. Explain the importance of personal work within the sandtray as a tool for becoming an effective therapist through experiential exercises.

  6. Discuss how to incorporate sandtray and play therapy into other models of therapy




Cohort 1:
Week 1: Feb 26, 2020 – Mar 1, 2020
Week 2: Aug 26, 2020-Aug 30, 2020
~Registration will open December 2, 2019

Cohort 2:
Week 1: July 22-26th 2020
Week 2: Jan. 20th -24th 2021
~Registration will open February 3, 2020

Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm each day


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PO Box 1605

Texarkana, AR 71854

Tel: (870) 292-7784

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