“Sandplay a Waking Dream:
Activating the Authentic Self”
Presenters: Dr. Linda Elaine Bath, Ph.D;, ISST, CST-T, MFT and Patrick Faggianelli, PhD
Time: 9AM – 4PM
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Location: Denver Tech Area, 10 Inverness Drive East, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Englewood, CO
In describing his view of “understanding” in working with an analysand, Jung warned that: Understanding is a fearful binding power, at times a veritable murder of the soul as soon as it flattens out vitally important differences. The core of the individual is a mystery of life, which is snuffed out when is “grasped.” Jung, 1973:31
As Sandplay is a multidimensional phenomena much is lost if the therapist binds rather than mirrors the authentic Self activated in Sandplay therapy. Working from a co transference (Bradway), or deep transference (Kawai) connection the client’s own healing potential can be revealed and activated. In Sandplay a Waking Dream, we explore dreaming with the hands, including the body, the psyche, the shadow as collaborative elements in the creation of the sand picture.
Just as a night dream, the adaptive instincts of the shadow element is released in this unique process of transformation which Dora Kalff called centering in Sandplay. This workshop will take as a starting point Kalff’s emphasis upon conscious awareness and compassion in her approach to therapy.
Mindful practices will be explored as ways to help the client and therapist stay present with disturbing and damaging content in therapy. Our multi-dimensional approach will explore: staying in the metaphor; seeking the symbolic perspective of figure use; managing stress utilizing breath, rhythmicity and sensory motor integration; shadow expression as avenues of strength and creativity.
We will use Aikido movement and Expressive Arts practices to enhance the case material and bring expression to non-verbal responses of workshop participants.
In the process of presenting case material the significance between strong and deep or co-transference and its effect will be emphasized and explored using Jungian depth psychology, psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory and Eastern mindful practices.
1) Learning how mindful practice contributes to the practice of Sandplay as a “free and at the same time, protected space”. Kalff, 1980.p 39
2) Develop comfort in the Sandplay therapy session with play, metaphor and symbolic expression.
3) Increase participant’s ability to recognize true Self- expression in metaphoric play and understand its role in Sandplay. This will include promoting emotional regulation, managing fear, over-stimulation, or trauma in the process of healthy development and healing or metaphorically how to digest the shadow rather than living with a stomach ache.