Sandtray Certification Program
Registered Integrated Sandtray Therapist (RIST)

The RIST program is thoughtful, hands-on, collaborative and taught in a small group setting.

Through the RIST program, you won’t have any guesswork, you’ll get the complete system where we walk you through your deep-dive in sandtray therapy work.

But how does this work you ask?

The RIST program is a HYBRID program, where you train both in-person and online.

The in-person training will consist of 4 levels.

Each level takes 2 days of training and are approved by APT 13-342 and qualify for NBCC hours (ACEP #6650)

Level 1 and 2 are taken in the spring, which center around the Introduction to Sandtray Therapy and learning all about the neuroscience behind the power of sandtray therapy.

Next, we’ll complete the online portion of the program, where we meet weekly for the 15 hours of case consultation with your group.

Levels 3 take place in the Fall. Within the last two levels, we concentrate on working on your own stuff in the sandtray and honing your therapy skills as well as learning about what sandtray looks like with special populations

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This workshop is an introductory class to sandtray work within the play therapy setting. It will cover how to work with both children and adults in sandtray as well as specific methods and techniques.

Day 1

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

  1. Gain knowledge of the history of sandtray work in play therapy.
  2. Understand the difference between sandtray and sand-play work.
  3. Have a basic understanding of materials needed for this work, such as miniatures.
  4. Understand and develop skills needed to process sandtray with adults.
  5. List several directives for sandtray work in play therapy provided by the instructor and create others when given case examples from the instructor.
  6. Work through several case studies of adults and gain an understanding of the process that occurred within the treatment.

Day 2

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

  1. Have an overview of developmental issues that occur within sand tray work with children and other special populations.
  2. Gain a basic understanding of non-directive play therapy as how it relates to working with children in the sandtray.
  3. Understand and experience role play of sandtray work as it often occurs with a child.
  4. Work through several case studies of children and gain an understanding of the process that occurred within the play therapy treatment.
  5. Learn the latest brain-informed research behind the power of sand tray in play therapy.
Therapy Banner 2

This workshop is an advanced sandtray therapy class within the play therapy setting. It will cover the brain science behind sandtray therapy and how this relates to working with clients in the sand.

Day 1

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

  1. Gain knowledge of the basics of brain structure, especially in how this relates to play therapy.
  2. Learn the tenets of interpersonal neurobiology in a play therapy setting.
  3. Review several case studies in terms of neuroscience integrating with play therapy.
  4. Understand how different ages work in the sand and play from a brain science perspective.
  5. Understand the effect of trauma on the brain and how this affects sandtray therapy.
  6. Learn 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. Learn the Poly-vagal theory and how this relates to play and sandtray therapy.
  2. Learn to interpret sandtrays based within brain science.
  3. Understand the importance of implicit vs explicit memories within therapy and play.
  4. Practice skills to enhance your work as a facilitator of sandtray therapy.
  5. Implement the tenets of brain science research into your work in the sandtray.
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This class is a two-day advanced class for those seeking further training in sandtray methods used in play therapy. Personal work will be used to practice sandtray techniques. This workshop will be focusing on understanding one’s own journey as a way to further appreciate the client’s world. Participants are encouraged to bring favorite miniatures as well as a journal. Sand trays will be provided.

Day 1

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

  1. Review and understand how the brain works through the sandtray and play therapy process.
  2. Discuss and review 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. Provide demonstration of personal work in the sandtray with the trainer and participants.
  5. Learn about the use of particular methods of sandtray work in the sand.
  6. Practice techniques in the sandtray and play therapy from both the client and therapist’s perspective.

Day 2

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

  1. Allow for 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. Allow participants to work within the sandtray and play therapy as both the therapist and client with the focus of personal growth.
  4. Provide feedback to participants about strengths/areas of improvement with processing of sandtray.
  5. Learn and understand the importance of personal work within the sandtray as a tool to becoming an effective therapist.
  6. Discuss how to incorporate sandtray and play therapy into other models of therapy.

After completing the first three levels, you and your cohort will choose one of the three classes offered below to fulfill your level 4 requirement.

Doing this allows you to “choose your own adventure” and get what YOU need most out of your RIST experience.

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This class is a two-day advanced class for those seeking further training in sandtray methods used in play therapy. Solution focused and directive work will be the focus of the training. Participants are encouraged to bring favorite miniatures as well as a journal. Sand trays will be provided.

Day 1

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

  1. Learn the basic tenants of solution focused therapy used in play therapy room as well as general therapy.
  2. Discuss and review several personal case studies as well as those provided by the instructor within the play room.
  3. Discuss several play based solution focused techniques of discussing sandtray therapy.
  4. Provide demonstration of solution focused therapy in the sandtray and play therapy.
  5. Understand how solution focused theory play therapy can be used within the sandtray.
  6. Practice techniques in the sandtray from both the client and therapist’s perspective.

Day 2

  1. Review and further practice techniques in solution focused in the play room, such as the miracle question.
  2. Provide a detailed outline of what the solution focused module looks like in the play room and in therapy.
  3. Demonstrate how the 8 session module works with clients both in play room and in general therapy.
  4. Allow participants to work within the model as both the therapist and client.
  5. Provide feedback to participants about strengths/areas of improvement within processing of sandtray.
  6. Discuss how to incorporate solution focused play therapy into other models of working in the sandtray.
Therapy Banner 5

This workshop is an advanced sand tray therapy class within the play therapy setting. It will cover the how the brain changes in the adolescent years and how this relates to working with clients in the sand. By the end of the training, participants will gain the specific skills and knowledge listed below.

Day 1

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

  1. Gain knowledge of the basics of the teenage brain structure, especially in how this relates to play therapy
  2. Learn the developmental tasks appropriate for a teenage brain
  3. Review several case studies with adolescents in the sandtray and play therapy
  4. Understand how to best work with adolescents in the sand and play therapy from a brain science perspective
  5. Identify the effect of trauma on the teenage brain and how this affects sandtray therapy
  6. Learn 5 new techniques to facilitate sandtray and play therapy with adolescents

Day 2

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

  1. Learn the basis of how the adolescent works from an evolutionary perspective
  2. Learn to interpret adolescent sandtrays based within brain science
  3. Understand the how best to create collaborations when working with adolescents in sandtray and play therapy
  4. Practice skills to enhance your work as a facilitator of sandtray therapy, using what you have learned about how the adolescent brain works
  5. Create a better understanding of your own adolescent experiences using sandtray and play therapy practices
Therapy Banner 6

This class is a two-day advanced class for those seeking further training in sandtray methods used in play therapy. Nondirective play therapy methods will be discussed as well as how the sandtray is used with small children or non-verbal children. Participants are encouraged to bring favorite miniatures as well as a journal. Sand trays will be provided.

Day 1

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

  1. Learn the history of play therapy with a focus on non-directive play therapy.
  2. Understand the research and evidenced based practices of non-directive play therapy.
  3. Review several videos of non-directive play therapy techniques.
  4. Provide demonstration of non-directive work in the sandtray and play therapy by instructor.
  5. Practice play-based techniques in the sandtray from both the client and therapist’s perspective.
  6. Review and further learn how these play-based techniques can be used in the sandtray.

Day 2

  1. Further review the brain informed methods of why play and sandtray therapy is not “just playing in the sand”.
  2. Case studies from instructor and participants regarding the use of play therapy techniques in the sand.
  3. Provide practice time with using play based techniques for participants, such as understanding without questions.
  4. Allow participants to work within the model as both the therapist and client.
  5. Provide feedback to participants about strengths/areas of improvement within processing of sandtray.
  6. Learn how and when to interpret work of the child in the play room and sandtray.
  7. Discuss how to incorporate the research of play therapy and brain research into working with small children.

This program is WAY more than just 4 classes- it’s a well-designed, life-changing experience.

Take a look below at what is included in this life-changing experience

So what can I expect?

Each level is provided in a small workshop format at my beautiful facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas. You’ll get time rest and get what you need with instruction while allowing you time to connect with the other therapists and work on yourself as well.

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All of my grads say the same thing…

“Amy’s RIST program is amazing and even a little bit addicting.”

So many of my students can’t wait for their next training. I’ve had few describe my course as the carrot that keeps them going.

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Enrollment only happens once per year.

The next enrollment is January 7, 2019

 

Cohort 1: April 24-28, 2019 and October 23-27

 

Cohort 2: May 15-19 and November 13-17

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Are you the ideal RIST student?

Only those who are committed to being the best, who are willing to try new things, and are able to look at themselves honestly in an effort to grow and improve need apply.

 

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Guess what? Many of my grads were sitting where you are right now, a little bit skeptical and wondering if this program is worth the investment and also wondering if it’s really as good as it sounds.

The answer is a resounding YES

Price is $380 for 10 installments

One time payment of $3500.

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