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Interpersonal Neurobiology of Sandtray Play Therapy

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This 1 hour workshop will examine interpersonal neurobiology and its relevance to sandtray play therapy. Participants will be presented with information that will allow them to identify evidence-based foundations for sandtray play therapy.



This workshop will examine interpersonal neurobiology and its relevance to sandtray play therapy. Participants will be presented with information that will allow them to identify evidence-based foundations for sandtray play therapy. The presenter will explore content related to interpersonal neurobiology, mindsight, hemisphere integration, and memory development in relation to sandtray play therapy.


Learning Objectives:


Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Assess the purpose of interpersonal neurobiology in sandtray play therapy practice.
  • Identify 3 elements of interpersonal neurobiology that can be utilized in sandtray play therapy.
  • Discuss ways to incorporate mindsight with clients in sandtray play therapy.
  • Describe ways to integrate the right and left hemispheres using sandtray play therapy.




Samantha Willis, M.Ed., CCC, LPC (AL), NCC, Registered Play Therapist


CE Hours:


1 non-contact hour

APT approved provide number 18-527




Badenoch, B. (2008). Being a brain-wise therapist: A practical guide to interpersonal neurobiology. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.


Cozolino, L. (2017). The neuroscience of psychotherapy: Healing the social brain (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.


Dooley, M. (2016). Sandplay and the second-half of psychotherapy. Inside out, 79.


Kesley, T.A. (2014). The interpersonal neurobiology of play: Brain-building interventions for emotional well being. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.


Siegel, D. (2012). Pocket guide to interpersonal neurobiology: An integrative handbook of the mind. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

Wylie, M.S. & Turner, L. (2014). For clients with adult attachment disorder, use the left hemisphere to guide you to the right. Retrieved from


Refund and Grievance Policy

Avail Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists, the National Board of Certified Counselors Code of Ethics, and the Association for Play Therapy Best Practice Guidelines. Avail Institute will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and in the treatment of program participants.


While Avail Institute goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, it recognizes that complaints do and will arise. Avail Institute will do its best to anticipate problems and, when they do present themselves, will attempt to alleviate complaints as quickly as possible.


Refund Policy

  • Participants can submit a written email request up to 15 days after purchasing a pre-recorded course in which the continuing education certificate has not been presented to them. Participants can submit a written email request at least 7 days prior to a live training course in order to receive a refund.
  • Course pricing cannot be changed after purchase to reflect sales or promo codes.
  • Participants must complete an exam with a passing score of 80% in order to earn their continuing education certificate.
  • No course refund will be provided due to failure to complete the course.
  • Participants will be given a 30 day notification by email if a purchased course is scheduled to be removed or access to the course will be changed.
  • If a live training course is cancelled due to insufficient registration, weather-related emergencies, technical difficulties, or other emergencies, all participants will be given the option to attend a rescheduled event at no additional charge or receive a full refund.
  • No partial continuing education credit is available. The participant must complete the entire course in order to receive continuing education credit.


Grievance Policy

When a complaint, either verbally or written, is filed with Avail Institute, the following guidelines are followed with respect to achieving resolution:


  1. Complaints relative to a course instructor, contents of instructional materials being presented, or an individual educational style being utilized, the individual voicing disapproval is requested to first address concerns to the instructor. If the instructor is not available, place feedback in writing. Avail Institute will convey these comments to the instructor while maintaining confidentiality of the complainant.
  2.  If the complaint concerns a continuing education activity, its content, level of presentation, or facilities in which the event is being held, Avail Institute will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. If the offered resolution (resolutions may include, but not be limited to partial/full refund of fees paid; credit towards a future course) not satisfactory to the individual filing the complaint, then further action may be taken. In the latter instance, the individual is requested to place his/her complaint in writing to the attention of Avail Institute. The complaint is then reviewed by Avail Institute. A written response will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint. Within 30 days of the resolution rendered by Avail Institute, the complainant may file a written appeal to Avail Institute. The decision of Avail Institute is final.



A participant with questions regarding Avail Institute’s refund policy or grievance policy needs to contact Brett Willis at

Here is the course outline:

1. Video

1 hr

Join Samantha as she discusses the science behind sandtray play therapy.

2. Handouts

Material related to the course.

3. Evaluation

Please complete the evaluation for the course.

4. Quiz

Pass the quiz to receive your certificate.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion 1 hr
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