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Sand Therapy: A Powerful Tool to Create Safety and Healing for Trauma, Anxiety & More

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Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S™
1 Hour 31 Minutes
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May 12, 2022
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Sand therapy is a powerful neurobiological approach to treating children, teens and families with trauma, anxiety, and attachment issues.
In this 90-minute recording, you will learn why sand therapies are so effective and the neuroscience behind them. Get a tour of the sandtray playroom, view a video sandtray demonstration, learn creative techniques and gain the basics that will keep you wanting more.

  • Integration of neurobiological trauma and sandtray
  • Expressive tool to deepen healing providing a safe psychological distance from the clients' problems
  • Directive and nondirective methods and case studies will be addressed to demonstrate the power of sand therapies in a therapeutic setting
  • Integrated within different theoretical models


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist-supervisor™. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy: An Expressive Therapy Center in Bryn Mawr, PA. Tammi is an international speaker, play advocate and founding board member of The World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals. She is an Advanced Certified Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a certified FirstPlay® practitioner, trained in level one Theraplay® and EMDR. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy and Sandtray therapy have been published and internationally recognized. She specializes in attachment, Sandtray play therapy & sensory integration working with children, families, and adults of all ages. Tammi is the author of an attachment-based multisensory story titled Casey’s Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness, Connection and Courage to Children and creator of Greatness Sticks and Greatness Cards. For more information on Tammi’s publications work, visit her website at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is the owner of Main Line Therapy, LLC. and has employment relationships with the Expressive Arts Therapies and the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute. She receives royalties as a published author. Tammi Van Hollander receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tammi Van Hollander is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association for Social Workers. She is a board member of the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals and a program committee chair for the Specialists of Schools.


  1. Demonstrate the therapeutic value of sandtray play therapy to improve client engagement.
  2. Demonstrate safe and effective outlets to help clients heal trauma, reduce anxiety, improve relationships, and gain resilience.
  3. Demonstrate how to integrate sand therapy into your practice with children, and adolescents to offer safe psychological distance to deepen healing.


  • Intro and History to Sand Therapy
    • Difference between sandtray and sandplay
    • Different theoretical approaches to sand therapy
  • Benefits of Incorporating into your Practice, Agency, or School Setting
    • Deep healing and transformation
    • Offers whole-brain integration
    • Quiets mind and body
    • Full sensory experience
  • Neurobiology of Sand Therapy
    • Expressive tools to deepen healing and provide safe psychological distance from client challenges
    • Therapeutic powers of play in the sand
    • Client-centered /nondirective sand therapy
    • Directive sand therapy
  • Video of sand therapy with teen
  • Case study for family and individual sand therapy

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers


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