The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is a National progressive professional peak association of counsellors and psychotherapists with over 5,000 individual members

Professional Development

Event Details - Sand Play Therapy & Art Therapy working with Adults, Families, Kids., Corporations

Title: Sand Play Therapy & Art Therapy working with Adults, Families, Kids., Corporations
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Sand Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses symbolic play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This helps them to move towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution.

Sand Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. A sand play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behaviour. Because trauma is often debilitating, directed sand play therapy works to create change in the present, without the lengthy healing process often required in traditional sand play therapy.  According to the psychodynamic view, people (especially children) will engage in play behaviour to work through their interior issues and anxieties. According to this viewpoint, play therapy can be used as a self-help mechanism for adults as well.

During the workshop the participnats will have the oportunity to create Sand play figurines. This practice of creating Art, can be used to engaging clients during therapy sessions.

Course / Workshop Outline:

Day/s: November 9th, 2019

Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Lunch time around 1:00 pm

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:
  • Learn how to understand the meaning of symbols as therapy tools
  • Use creative methods to enhance your therapy practice with Sand Play tools.
  • Learn how to facilitate and promote positive results with symbolic imagery
  • Uncover the reasons why your clients may resist verbal counselling.
  • Improve your skills working with traumas and early child painful history.
  • Discover ways to clear negative memories and blocks to your own growth
  • Find the way of facilitating sand play figures and understand their unconscious meanings.
  • Enable clients (Adults, Children, Couples, Families) to discover their self-supports and deal with their life crises.
Start/End Date: 09/11/2019 to 09/11/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia- Roman
Contact Name: Gemma Garcia- Roman & Yaro Starak
Contact Phone: 0421514907
Contact Email:
Qualifications: B.A., M.S.W, Adv.Dip.SW, Dip.GT.

Yaro Starak

B.A., M.S.W, Adv.Dip.SW, Dip.GT.

Gestalt Psychotherapist.

Gestalt Art Therapist CAT®

Men leadership training

Author of books on Gestalt Psychotherapy & Group facilitation

Co-Director Gestalt Art Therapy Centre-Australia


Gemma Garcia 

Dip GT. Dip Ericksonian Hypnosis. Aura Soma Therapist L2. Dip.Visual Arts

Gestalt Therapist

Gestalt Art Therapist CAT®

Co-Director Gestalt Art Therapy Centre - Australia

Visual Artist. Art Instructor. Freelance Book Editor

Freelance Curator, Coordinator Art Group Exhibitions.

Director of APE Brisbane (Art Performances and Exhibitions) 

Address: 2 Findlay St
Address 2:
Suburb: Ashgrove
State: QLD
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
Registration URL:
Cost ($): Members of the ACA & Gestalt Art Therapy Club: $178.50 / Non- Members: $210.00
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Online registration at the Event in the Web page.

Payments by Credit card or Bank details, askus for the info, please

Credit card payments have 4% of commission is applied,

See Cancellation Policy in the registration form, please.


Be a member today just for $30/Year and access to discounts!

Full membership 2020: $30

Member Associations

pca cvi