3 HOUR  Workshop: Sunday August 23, 2020 10:00AM-1:30PM
Limited to 5 participants
Presenter: Karen E Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Target Audience: This course is designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates and graduate mental health students
Prerequisites: None


As our communities become more diverse, therapists need to be comfortable exploring our own culture and its effect of our work. The goal of this training is to use the modality of sandtray to create a safe space where participants are able to reflect on her or his own culture-defined as a “a broad multidimensional concept that includes ethnicity, race, gender, social class, sexual orientation and so on.”  The training is highly experiential:  each person will create an individual sandtray and discuss both the content and the process.  As a group we will engage in a conversation relating our own culture to our work as play and talk therapists.


  • describe the process of talk and play therapists creating a cultural sandtray
  • list 2 advantages for talk and play therapists examining their culture using the modality of sandtray vs a didactic approach
  • describe 2 ways that the cultural sandtray deepened  self awareness as individuals and as practitioners of talk and play therapy


Karen Pernet has been in practice for over 30 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. Karen has a personal as well as a professional interest in the topic of culture and diversity. She has presented on the Cultural Sandtray nationally and will be presenting on this in Ireland in 9/2020.


Trainer: Karen Pernet  LCSW RPT-S
Time and Date: 
10AM-1:30 PM Sunday, August 23,2020 (one 15 minute breaks will not be counted toward the 3 CEs awarded. 3CEs-$25 additional charge  
Location: 3725 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602
$90 if registered before 7/1/2020;  $100 if registered after 7/1/2020
Fee includes delicious snacks and handouts.
Limited to 5 participants to provide individual attention 
Credit card charges through Pay Pal. To register now online and pay by credit card, click on the "buy now" button beneath your applicable registration. 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. 94602

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $90 (no CEs) before 7/1/20

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $100 (no CEs) after 7/1/20
  • 3 CEs @$25 from SICGT

Continuing Education: 3 CEs-$25 additional charge. Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy (Provider #76949) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. SICGT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Growth through Play Therapy is an  approvd provider for  by the Association for Play Therapy APT 09-241  No extra charge for APT approval.

These workshops and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.
Partial credit cannot be offered.

Cancellation policy:Full refund if canceled 30 days in advance minus a $25 administrative fee. After that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.

Questions: Contact Karen Pernet at kepernet@gmail.com or 510-923-0520