HEALING TRAUMA USING SANDTRAY: A Play Therapy-Sandtray Perspective

Oakland, CA
Saturday, April 28, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM 6CEs
Limited to 4 participants
Presenter: Karen E Pernet LCSW, RPT-S


This training will include a review of the impact of trauma on the neuropsychological development of children and youth. We will consider the impact of different types of trauma from single incident traumas to complex traumas. Factors mediating the effects will be looked at, especially the social engagement system.

The training will then focus on the ways sandtray offers healing experiences in the play therapy room. Case examples and experiential components will be included. Both directive and non-directive methods will be explored, including creating safe place sandtrays as well as processing trauma trays.

Issues specific to trauma, such as aggression and dissociation, will be reviewed and techniques offered to work with these issues.

Adult trauma trays will also be considered.

Karen Pernet has been in practice for over 25 years and is a national CCPT and Filial Therapy trainer. She was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Contribution to FT Practice and Training Award. Her trainings have been described as lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and fun. Karen has studied and worked with trauma with many years and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She has certificates in trauma from Babette Rothschild and in Interpersonal Neurobiology from Bonnie Badenoch.


  1. Describe the triune brain and how this information is important to sandtray/play therapists
  2. Explain the differences between 3 types of traumatic experience-single incident trauma, PTSD and developmental trauma and how each might effect play therapy clients.
  3. Learn 3 sandtray/play therapy interventions for treating trauma.
  4. Explain how sandtray stories created during play therapy sessions can aid a child, teen or adult resolve traumatic memories
  5. Define hypo and hyper-arousal and name 1 way that each might show up in a sandtray during a play therapy session
  6. Relate the value of the play therapist as witness to a youth or adult who has experienced trauma.

Trainer: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S
Time and Date: 10AM-5:30 Sunday, April 28, 2019
Location: 3725 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602
Fee: $180 if registered before 3/27/19, $190 if registered after 3/27/19
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.
For CEs, click on $25 buy now button.
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 3/27/19)
  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $180 (paid by 3/27/19)
  • 6 CEs @$25 from SICGT