Session #2


Alternative Sand Tray Approaches

May 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Harrisonburg, VA
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

There are many books that have been written on the theoretical foundation and process of utilizing sand trays in the healing process. However, many of these books are deep in their metaphorical understanding of the objects chosen as well as overall design of the tray. The novice therapist may seem reluctant to utilize this technique due to the complexity of the information. However, the sand tray can be helpful to many children when used as a tool to help them explore and express feelings, develop insight into personal and family issues, and get safety needs met in a safe and non-threatening manner. This presentation will cover several techniques for using the sand tray as a tool to help children process events in their lives and develop effective coping mechanisms. We will review important figurines to have in your collection as well as basic instructions to provide the child. Alternative techniques will be presented that a clinician of any skill level can implement IMMEDIATELY.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify basic toy supplies for sand work
2. Explore the limitations of Interpretation
3. Identify the value of using Sand Tray with Adolescents
4. Identify 3 benefits of using Sand Tray with Families
5. Learn 2 Sand Tray approaches to help with Feeling Identification and Expression
6. Learn several Sand Tray approaches to help with Communication and Conflict Resolution


Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

Therapist, Author, Speaker, & Life Coach. The owner of K.I.D.Z., Inc. a private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana. During more than 20 years of experience, he has worked in various clinical settings, obtained extensive play therapy training, and crated several therapeutic products. Mr. Riviere offers innovative therapeutic strategies, and is known for his sense of humor and practical techniques.