Jungian Sandplay: About BISS and ISST
The British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS) & the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST)
This site for Jungian Sandplay, reflects the work of the Irish members and student members of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) and the British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS).
ISST was set up by the founder of Jungian Sandplay, Dora Kalff (pictured above), to promote and protect the professional practice of the method. ISST is the umbrella Society that now co-ordinates many national Sandplay Societies worldwide, along with a number of independent members. Jungian Sandplay as the name implies draws heavily from the psychology of Carl Jung (pictured above).
BISS is the ISST registered national Society for practitioners in Ireland and Britain. BISS was established in the late 1980's by the Jungian psychotherapist Joel Ryce-Menuhin. Joel had studied in Switzerland with Dora M. Kalff. He later wrote and edited several books on psychology including Jung and the Monotheism, Self in Early Childhood and Jungian Sandplay: The Wonderful Therapy. He was also an editor of the Jungian journal, Harvest and he wrote a number of other books and articles on Jungian psychology.
Both BISS and ISST aim to provide a meeting ground for an exchange of knowledge and experience through training programmes and by encouraging research on Jungian Sandplay therapy. The International Society for Sandplay Therapy offers access to a worldwide network of experienced therapists, all of whom are engaged in non-verbal and symbolic therapeutic practice. ISST also promotes an arena for presentations, research, exchange and discussion in a bi-annual Congress hosted through its different national Societies.