A Sandtray Model For Play Therapy Supervisors To Approach Multi-Cultural Issues

Oakland, CA
Friday, May 10, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM 6CEs
Limited to 4 participants
Presenter: Karen E Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

This is a supervisory training for talk and play therapists.

Communicating about culture presents both opportunities and difficulties. As our country becomes more diverse, issues arise when play therapy supervisors need to help their supervisees examine biases. Finding themselves in this awkward situation, supervisors need to be comfortable exploring their own culture and prejudices. Even the most experienced may avoid problems relating to diversity or present them to their supervisees in a way that arouses defensiveness. This workshop explores a way of looking at diversity using sandtray

The advantage of using sandtray is that it is initially a non-verbal experience activating the right hemisphere. When the tray is processed verbally, the left hemisphere is activated. Brain research indicates that integrating both hemispheres leads to the deepest learning.

The workshop has two phases. In the first phase each participant will be asked to create and process a sandtray examining her/his own cultural heritage using the following definition of culture: “a broad multidimensional concept that includes ethnicity, race, gender, social class, sexual orientation and so on.”

In the second phase, one person (referred to as the presenter) will discuss a problematic situation with their supervisee involving diversity. The presenter will create a sandtray, and the others will simultaneously create trays related to the problem. Each person will then process the trays, starting and ending with the presenter summarizing what was learned. Using this method, a deeper conversation ensues.

Karen Pernet, LSCW, RPT-S Karen Pernet has been in practice for over 25 years and specializes in play therapy and sandtray for people of all ages. She uses her training as a Gestalt Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) to enhance the sandtray experience. Her trainings have been described as safe, lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and welcoming. One participant said “I learned a lot through this training. The sandtray exercise helped me to understand my struggles in supervision. It was great to process the supervision struggles w/other colleagues.


  1. Describe the process of creating a cultural sandtray for play therapy supervisors.
  2. Name and discuss at least 1 advantages of this process over lecture or discussion on diversity and culture.
  3. Discuss the importance of examining own culture as a first step in working with diversity
  4. List at least 1 way that play therapy supervisors can broach the subject of culture and bias with their supervisees
  5. Name the steps involved in the Exploring Diversity Sandtray Model
  6. Identify how they will use this training in their work as play therapy supervisors.

Trainer: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S
Time and Date: 10AM-5:30 Friday, May 10, 2019
Location: 3725 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602
Fee: $180 if registered before 4/10/19, $190 if registered after 4/10/19
6 CEs - $25 additional charge
Approved by Association for Play Therapy (APT 09-241) NO FEE for APT credits
Fee includes delicious snacks and handouts.
Register: Credit card charges through Pay Pal. To pay by check, please contact Karen via email so she reserves your spot and then mail a check to: Karen Pernet 3725 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA.
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Cancellation Policy: Full refund if canceled 30 days in advance minus $30 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.
Questions: Contact Karen at 510-923-0520 or kepernet@gmail.com

All trainings provide CEs for mental health professionals. Karen Pernet is on the faculty of Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy. SICGT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists may receive continuing education credit for this workshop. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. Partial credit cannot be given.

Growth through Play Therapy is a provider for Association for Play Therapy-APT approved provider 09-241. There is no extra charge for APT CEs.

This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.


  • Regular Registration Fee: $190 (after 4/10/19)
  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $180 (paid by 4/10/19)
  • 6 CEs @$25 from SICGT