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Event Details - Master Practitioner In Sandplay- Part Two

Title: Master Practitioner In Sandplay- Part Two
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This is the second workshop in a series of two workshops.

This Masters course will elevate your skills so you can successfully facilitate your Sandplay Therapy sessions. The Master Practitioner Sandplay Training will give you the confidence as well as the ability to deal with any situation your client presents. The Master Practitioner Sandplay Training is an experiential course that will not only enhance your work with clients but will also bring out your passion and creativity. On completion of the course you will graduate with a Certificate as a Master Practitioner In Sandplay.

Pre-requisite is completetion of the first six workshops in the Sandplay Australia series.

Course / Workshop Outline:

This Master Practitioner In Sandplay course is unique and cutting edge. Further in-depth training is provided which will build on the skills learnt in Sandplay training 1-6. The course will cover the energy systems within the psyche, including soul and archetypes. The value of this course is enormous for the professional. The experiential nature of the course means that every aspect is learnt and understood in a new way.

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Over two workshops:

Specific strategies & facilitation techniques will be taught:

  • Birthing issues, including vanishing twins.
  • Ways to deepen the gestalt process.
  • Recognising when rituals are needed and when to use them.
  • Learning when to work with the emotions and when to bypass them and move straight into deeper levels.
  • How to work with these levels, such as self-value, soul purpose, inherited grief and repetitive issues.
  • Discovering the major protections and deflections we use to hide the vulnerabilities that drive the personality.
  • What methods to use when working with anger. Looking beyond the personality to work with the soul.
  • How to recognise soul issues in the tray. Holding the space and being comfortable with silence.
  • Using the Triggering Process to releasing the emotional pain related to bodily pains and illness.
Start/End Date: 14/06/2019 to 16/06/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Marg Garvan
Contact Name: Michael Garvan
Contact Phone: 0429329169
Contact Email:
Qualifications: B Soc Sc (Welfare) & Post Grad Dip in Trans Psych

Marg Garvan is a qualified and practicing counsellor since 1996, possessing a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)and a Post Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. She is the director of Ghandarva Wholistic Counselling and Sandplay Therapy Training Australia.  Additionally, Marg has dedicatedly expanded her knowledge and skills, as follows:

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  2. Is a Reiki Master
  3. Qualified Virtual Reality Therapist
  4. Conflict Resolution (Via NSW Community Justice)
  5. Voice Dialogue (Via NSW Community Justice)
  6. Sandplay Therapist and Facilitator (University recognised)
  7. Clinical member of ACA (Australian Counselling Association)


Marg’s Working History

In 1996 Marg Garvan established her own counselling practice at Thora (on the NSW Mid north Coast) and in 2004 moved it to Richmond NSW where it still operates today (Ghandarva Wholistic Counseling Centre).

In 1999 Marg was joined by John and Hilary James and together they established a successful training facility (The Crucible Centre) for Personal Development, Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Sandplay Therapy.  Within this team Marg, as a Director at the Crucible Centre, set both successful and innovative techniques in counselling using Sandplay Therapy and other techniques that professionally advanced counselling to the next level.

In 2000 they received accreditation from the Australian Government (via VETAB) for 2 courses they designed and facilitated:

  1. Transpersonal Psychotherapy – Post Graduate level
  2. Sandplay Therapy / Facilitation – Certificate level

(VETAB accreditation ceased in 2005 due to excessive govt fees and thus proving not viable). In 2005 they gained course approval from ACA for a professional Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology.

In 2011 Marg established Sandplay Therapy Training Australia which is dedicated to training professional counsellors in Sandplay Therapy.

Marg has followed her instinct and passion into professional counselling which covers both soul work and energetic healing to such expertise, that she can quickly identify her client’s issue/s and support them in making a positive transformation in their lives. 

From Marg’s own experience, she sees the value in teaching skills to professional counsellors thus improving their ability to work with clients more effectively and not suffer “burnout” with new innovative techniques.

Address: 138, Ridgeway Cres
Address 2:
Suburb: Sun Valley
State: NSW
Postcode: 0
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $840
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Early bird registration price is $795.

Recommend that you book early for thie Master training is not offered every year.

Call Michael for assistance with transport and accommodation needs.

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