Oakland, CA
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM 6CEs
Limited to 4 participants
Presenter: Karen E Pernet LCSW, RPT-S


Sandtray is a natural with children. When children see a sandtray in their play therapist’s office, their usual response is to put their hands in and begin to create. On the other hand, therapists often wonder how to make meaning out of the productions of their young clients. Teens may be initially reluctant to enter this activity but once they realize how non-threatening and liberating sandtray is as a means of expressing themselves, they often make good use of it.

This training focuses on sandtray with children, teens and families. We will review categories of miniatures as well as collecting and displaying them. Behaviors specific to children’s use of sandtray will be covered. Theoretical approaches, both directive and non-directive, will be included with examples of both. Slides and videos will be used to as a way to practice questions and observations and to help understand themes.

Family play therapy activities using sandtrays will be described and practiced. Case examples will be used and participants are encouraged to bring material from their own clients.

Come play and learn in my sandtray room.

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. She relishes sharing her love of sandtray.


  1. List 4 categories of miniatures a play therapist should include in a sandtray collection geared to children, teens and families.
  2. Explain one reason that play therapists should not interpret the metaphors which often appear in the children’s sandtray stories.
  3. List 4 questions or observations that play therapists can use in witnessing and/or processing sandtrays with children
  4. Learn 2 directive activities to use with children during a play therapy session.
  5. Name 1 way that the play therapy sandtray of a pre-schooler would differ from the tray of an older school age child.
  6. Learn at least 1 directive sandtray-play therapy activity to use with families.

Trainer: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S
Time and Date: 10AM-5:30 Saturday, April 27, 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.
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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 3/27/19)
  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $180 (paid by 3/27/19)
  • 6 CEs @$25 from SICGT