Information on the next training cycle

The next Training cycle start is scheduled to begin in September 2019

Application: To begin training you will need to make a successful application to BISS in advance of the start date. For more details on the requirements for application please click here. If you have additional queries please contact us.

Personal process: There is a requirement for new entrants to have completed a personal sandplay process of no less than twenty trays. This process must be with a full BISS/ISST member. For a listing of the current Irish members please click here

Jungian Sandplay Training 2019/21

 E-mail:- [email protected]

Venue:- Central London

Times:- From 9am – 5pm

Training dates are scheduled as follows:-

September 2019

November 2019

January 2020

March 2020

May  2020

July 2020

November 2020

January 2021

Below are some details regarding The BISS Training Programme, application criteria, location, outline and content, and structure of the modules:

Application:-  is by CV with an accompanying letter explaining how you first became interested in sandplay therapy and how you think sandplay will help you in your work.

The Theoretical Course:- Once accepted as a BISS trainee the first part of the training, which is the structured theoretical course, is by registration and attendance at the 100 hours theoretical course. New trainees are expected to register for the entire theoretical course of 100 hours. Invoices are issued upon registration and fees are payable in advance upon registration, or by bi-monthly advance instalments by bank transfer. Fees are payable for the whole course whether or not all seminars are attended. Any of the 100 theoretical training hours missed will need to be made up at the next theoretical course.

Course Structure:- The course takes place on a weekend modular basis working all day Saturday and all day Sunday, with a weekend module every 2 months. The Seminars are provided by number of different teachers and each training weekend covers a particular theme. Following tea & coffee, seminars begin promptly at 9.00.  Lunch is from 1.00 to 2pm and the training day ends at 5pm. All refreshments, including a hot lunch on both days are provided on site and are inclusive in the training fee. Accommodation, if needed, is not covered by the training fee and it is the responsibility of the trainee to arrange accommodation direct with St Katharine’s or elsewhere.

Fees:- The current fee is £3000. In addition to the theoretical course fee you will need to plan for supervision costs (which you will organise directly with an ISST TM supervisor) a £55 (approx.) readers fee for each of your 2 symbol papers, and 3 readers fees for your final paper (approximately £100 per reader), a BISS Advisor mentor fee (this may be included as part of your  Supervision), as well as the cost of a further 50 training hours, gained from attending other BISS/ISST events, workshops and conferences, and additional events deemed acceptable for this purpose.

The BISS/ISST training programme concludes with the completion of two symbol papers and a case study. This leads to full membership of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy, ISST, as well as the British and Irish Society for Sandplay, BISS.

The Curriculum:

  1. Beginnings – Dora Kalff & the Basics - Symbol, Sand & the Free & Protected Space
  2. Foundations– Jung & Neumann - The Structure of the Psyche & Developmental Stages
  3. Individuation – Key Concepts of Jung, Symbols, Archetypes & The Transcendent Function
  4. Sandplay with Children – Developmental issues & Trauma
  5. Sandplay with Adults – The language of the Psyche & the Clinical Relationship
  6. Psyche & Soma - Symptoms of the Body & Symptoms of the Mind
  7. Image & Healing, myths, fairy tales, dreams & active imagination
  8. Looking to the future as Jungian Sandplay Therapists & Members of BISS & ISST

The above curriculum will aim to cover the following topics:-

Sandplay practicalities and practice: Pertinent issues of the experience and practice of Sandplay therapy (outside of the actual contents of the tray itself) are explored.

Symbols: An exploration of the concept, characteristics and experience of symbols. Differentiating signs, symbols and archetypes. The image and power of symbols as they present in the sand. The transcendent function. Methods for studying symbols and writing symbols papers.

Sandplay cases and case material: Exposure to case material provides a rich and essential platform for familiarisation with and apprehension of, paths and patterns of psychic energy as it emerges in the tray, and of the effect this can then have on the client. Whole cases, part cases, or single sessions will be used to study and explore their intrinsic dynamic significance, as well as to highlight particular issues and concepts.

Image and Healing: An essential component of Sandplay is working with images. This topic explores what makes the activity of image making valuable in practice, and includes an exploration of its context in human culture beyond the sand tray.

Jungian theoretical perspectives:  The key concepts of Jungian psychology and theory which underpin the framework of Sandplay work are explored.

Cultural perspectives: Introduction to the symbolic language of myths and fairy tales, working with specific tales and their use in understanding psychological process. Examples of myth expressed in Sandplay, film, artwork and literature and how they inform our understanding, practice and experience.

Child development in relation to Sandplay:  Core aspects of the development of the personality and a sense of self. The impact of trauma and the potential use of Sandplay and pre-Sandplay.  The interplay of inner- and outer- worlds in the child psychological development.

Psychopathology: The purpose of this is to develop skills in thinking about, and being aware of the possibility of pathological illnesses, their varied presentation and meaning, and how to set up and use an appropriate support network in this regard.


The Initial Sandplay Process

As it is a requirement that prior to applying to BISS to join the theoretical part of the training programme a minimum of 20 sandtrays must be completed from within the context of a personal sandplay process you will find a list of members below who are qualified to take prospective applicants through the prerequisite personal sandplay process:-

Margaret Baron ISST TM, London NW3 2SJ. Tel. 020 7431 1262(W)

e-mail: [email protected]

Sue Chapman ISST TM, 3b Redenhall Road, Harleston, South Norfolk IP20 9EN

Tel. (h) 01397 855099 (w mob) 07528 638064.  e-mail: [email protected]

David Clemens ISST, Castle Street, Saffron Walden. Essex. CB10 1BP.

Tel. 01799 522 655.  e-mail: [email protected]

Maeve Dooley ISST, Focus Counselling & Psychotherapy, 61 Trinity Street,

Drogheda, Co. Louth. Ireland. Tel. 041 9844322. e-mail: [email protected]

Alex Esterhuyzen ISST TM (President ISST) 5th flr, Season. Com Bld, 3 Humphreys Ave, Tsim Sh Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel. 852 23112512.  e-mail: [email protected]

Mike Falcus ISST TM, Cyffylliog, Denbighshire LL15 2BL

Tel/Fax 01824 710302 Mob: 07941 650788, e-mail:[email protected]

Robby Ginsborg ISST TM, Thornlaw Road, London SE27 0SA Tel. 020 8670 4184 (H) 020 8761 3607 (W) e-mail: [email protected]

Helen Gogarty, ISST TM, Laghey, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Tel: 00 353 7497 21700  (H) 00 353 860 851094 (W)   e-mail: [email protected]

Valeria Grishko ISST TM, BISS Chair, St. Andrew’s Church Centre, Mount Park Road, Ealing. London W5 2RS. Tel. 07530 467230  e-mail: [email protected]

Brendan Harding ISST TM, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, Ireland. Tel. 00353 09096 44548 (H) 00353 09096 48200 (W) 0879431166 (M). e-mail: [email protected]

Diana Jansen ISST TM, Dalton, Newcastle u Tyne, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland

NE18 0AA Tel. 01661 886806 (H) 01661 886200 (W) e-mail: diana.[email protected]

Birgitte Kiorboe ISST, Birkerod. Denmark. Tel: 0045 4582 1981.

e-mail [email protected]

Kate Loiseau ISST, Killerby, Darlington DL2 3UQ.   Tel: 01325 374606

e-mail: [email protected]

Rebecca Miles ISST, (Findhorn, Scotland)

e-mail: [email protected]

Additional requirements to complete  membership of BISS/ISST


In addition to the structured training programme and in order to attain full BISS/ISST membership there are three pieces of written work to be completed - two symbol papers and a case study together with a required number of supervision hours. Such supervision may also assist with the completion of written work. Currently ISST membership requires a number of training hours in excess of the core training. This encourages participation at conferences and in broader learning experiences. We also envisage that it may be possible to facilitate a number of the additional training hours through the BISS/ISST Jungian sandplay grouping here in Ireland.