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Virtual Sandtray: Remaining Connected Through a Powerful Projective Intervention

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Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S™
1 Hour 32 Minutes
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May 12, 2022
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Digital natives have been flooding your caseload with interests and ideas that might leave you wondering about how to engage clients.  Speaking the client’s language has always been a top priority for therapists and shifting with our client’s needs and culture is of utmost importance. Add in the complexities of COVID, and we have fertile ground to explore interventions which meet client needs in a multitude of ways. Respecting the client’s culture and language, while nurturing a relationship which provides the neuroception of safety, allows the client to create and express emotions and experiences within.

View Dr. Jessica Stone, a psychologist and 30-year play therapy veteran, for a fun-filled presentation!  This timely course is for professionals who would like to explore the therapeutic use of the virtual sandtray. Along with identifying the therapeutic components, you will learn basic use information as well as a live virtual sandtray demonstration. Benefits of virtual sandtray therapy includes easy clean up, portable, in-person and so much more!

With the virtual sandtray, the possibilities are virtually endless!


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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Jessica Stone, PhD, RPT-S™, is a licensed psychologist working in a private practice setting in Colorado. She has been a practitioner, professor, presenter, mentor, and author for more than 25 years. Dr. Stone’s interest in therapeutic digital tools, specifically using virtual reality, tablets, and consoles, has culminated in clinical mental health use and research for mental health, medical and crisis settings. She is the co-creator of the Virtual Sandtray App for iPad (VSA) and the Virtual Sandtray for Virtual Reality (VSA-VR). Dr. Stone has numerous publications to date including Integrating Technology into Modern Therapies, Game Play, Play Therapy Theory and Perspectives, Play Therapy and Telemental Health, and Digital Play Therapy in addition to numerous chapters in a variety of books. She has served as the president of the California Association for Play Therapy Nominations committee, is a member of the AutPlay and Digital Play Therapy Advisory Boards and serves as an affiliate of the East Carolina University College of Education Neurocognition Science Laboratory.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jessica Stone maintains a private practice and is the CEO of Virtual Sandtray®©. She is the co-creator of the Virtual Sandtray App for iPad (VSA) and the Virtual Sandtray for Virtual Reality (VSA-VR) and receives royalties as a published author. Jessica Stone receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jessica Stone serves as the chair of Mental Health Virtual Reality International Coalition and Digital Play Therapy™. She serves on the board for World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals, Frontiers: Virtual Reality in Pediatric Medicine, and is an advisory board member of AutPlay.


  1. Determine at least two environments in which the virtual sand tray can be used in play therapy.
  2. Apply simple yet effective ways virtual sand tray therapy can be used in a clinical play therapy setting to inform treatment outcomes.
  3. Articulate methods by which the virtual sand tray can be used to review past client tray work to improve client level of functioning.


  • Intro to sand therapies
  • History of virtual sandtray
  • Speaking the client’s language
  • Discussion of virtual sand tray therapy use
    • Benefits of virtual sandtray
  • Live demonstration
  • Techniques and environments
    • Underworld Technique
    • EMDR integration
    • Education, medical, crisis
  • Future
  • Case Discussion

Target Audience

  • Play Therapists


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