Professional Development

Professional Development

What Makes a Sandplay Therapist?

Sandplay therapists are psychotherapists or psychologists who have completed their own sandplay process with a certified sandplay therapist and studied sandplay theory and practice. (If you are interviewing someone who claims to be a sandplay therapist, be sure to ask them if they have completed their own process. This training is critical to the success of the therapeutic process.)

Sandplay Therapists may or may not have completed requirements for certification by the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA). They may also be marriage and family therapists, play therapists, art therapists, movement/dance therapists, Jungian or contemplative therapists or those with other special training. Sandplay therapists belong to state or regional groups such as Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association (CSTA) as either associate or certified members.

Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association 

Colorado Sandpay Therapy Association (CSTA) is Colorado’s professional organization for sandplay therapists and offers training events in the fall and spring with certified national and international teaching members. Case consultation is also available.

CSTA announces events through this website, and in our email newsletter.  

To join our mailing list, please contact us at:     

++ Free member training

++ Discount on events

++ Website Listing

++ Community support and networking

++ Client referrals


Additional Sandplay Resources:

Sandplay Therapists of America
Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) is the national professional organization for sandplay therapists and maintains standards for training and certification in the United States. Therapists who receive certification become members of the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST, see below). Therapists who have not been certified may join as associate members. STA sponsors numerous training events and a biannual national conference, and publishes the Journal of Sandplay Therapy  and a newsletter for associate members.
STA website

International Society of Sandplay Therapists
International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST) is the international professional organization for sandplay therapists representing members from Europe, the British Isles, North and South America, Japan and other regions. ISST sponsors a biannual conference and coordinates standards of training and practice among national organizations of sandplay therapists.
ISST website

Additional Resources: 
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

The Association for Play Therapy
American Art Therapy Association
American Dance Therapy Association
The Jung Center


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