Finding Peace in the Sand: Using Sand Tray
Play Therapy to Treat Anxiety & Trauma
Individuals of All Ages Can Benefit from Sand
Tray Play Therapy!
Anxiety disorders affect, on average, 10–20% of people over the course of their
lifetime (the statistics vary depending upon the study). The rates are higher
for victims of trauma and abuse, such as veterans experiencing PTSD returning
from deployment. Anxiety is also now the most common mental health diagnosis in
children. Many people suffer for years often not getting help or getting the
There is no need for this suffering. Anxiety disorders are very treatable. Sand
tray play therapy is an incredible tool that practitioners can use to promote
the processing of experiences and healing. This seminar teaches attendees the
basics of how to use sand tray work as an effective method of communication and
healing. Dr. Dargon explains how to set up the sand tray and implement it into a
clinical practice. Attendees also learn how to interpret the ways in which
children of all ages use the sand tray, the importance of what they create, and
how to interpret their interactions with us as the professionals. This seminar
sharpens the attendee's skills at listening to both verbal and non–verbal cues
when determining what individuals are struggling with and the causes for their
presenting behaviors. Dr. Dargon gives significant attention to the uses of sand
tray play therapy when working with anxiety and trauma, and she demonstrates the
efficacy of this approach with not only children but also families, groups,
couples, and adults.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
•Describe the research findings that support the
efficacy of using sand tray play therapy with anxiety and trauma
•Determine what items should be available for use during the sand tray play
therapy session, based on setting and presenting behaviors
•Discuss what individuals of all ages are communicating through their
interactions with the sand trays
•Incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy and other proven modalities into the
sand tray play therapy session
•Explain the benefits of sand tray play therapy for other disorders, using case
CHRISTINE DARGON, PH.D., is a practicing
psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children and families
in such areas as anxiety, eating disorders, abuse, divorce and custody disputes,
alcohol and drug abuse, and adoption. She is an international speaker providing
seminars on play therapy, treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents, and
other topics. Dr. Dargon has been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate
levels for over 18 years, specializing in child development and counseling. She
is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University and Ashford University.
Dr. Dargon received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in
Family Therapy from Seton Hall University, her M.S. in Education in Counseling
and Personnel Services with a focus in School Counseling from Fordham
University, and her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The University of
Connecticut. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and is the
founder and director of a children's' theater company.Dr. Dargon served for
years as the director of the drama program at a large metropolitan high school
on the east coast.
"Dr. Dargon is the most energetic and engaging
"he is the best speaker. I would attend any other seminars she is giving. She is
"Dr. Dargon works hard to engage and maintain the attention of her audience. She
is a dynamic speaker!"
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
•Marriage and Family Therapists
•Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
•Foster Care and Adoption Workers
•Child Advocacy/Protective Service Staff
CREDITS - CE Approvals
American Psychological Association - Cross
Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
Association of Social Work Boards - Cross Country Education provider #1005,
is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing
Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved through
1-27-18). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for
participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their
individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education
requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for
more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for
Commission for Case Manager Certification - This program has been
submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 6 clock hours of
Educators Statement - This educational offering may qualify toward your
professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6
clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to
calculate professional development/continuing education credit.
General Statement - This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing
education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards
and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of
completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing
Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Application
currently under review for MFT CEU approval by the Louisiana Association For
Marriage and Family Therapy.
NASW-LA - This program has been approved for 6 clinical continuing
education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana
Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Worker Examiners,
and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors - This
course has been approved by Cross Country Education, as a NAADAC Approved
Education Provider, for 6 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600,
Cross Country Education is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full
attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance
may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - Cross Country Education
has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.
5904. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cross
Country Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Six (6)
contact hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
Oklahoma State Department of Health, Protective Health Services, State Board
of Behavioral Health Licensure - This continuing education program has been
approved by the Oklahoma Board of Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist for 6.0 contact hours.
Association for Play Therapy - Cross Country Education is an APT Approved
Provider 07-194 to offer continuing education for Play Therapists. This seminar
is offered for 6 Contact hours.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists - Cross
Country Education is an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed
marriage and family therapists through the Texas State Board of Examiners of
Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider number 195). This course is offered for
6 clock hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -