Opengate Institute – Accredited Specialist Training in Sandtray Therapy

 Opengate Institute is the advocate for Sandtray Therapy in Australia

Opengate Institute is a pty limited company established in 2018 and is the Advocate for Sandtray Therapy industry in Australia. Sandtray Institute Australia sits within the company and supports the training of current and emerging students.

Opengate Institute has Developed training courses, Personal Development and workshops working closely with our industry advisory committee. These members represent Counselling, Psychotherapy, Education, Social Work, Psychology, Indigenous and Disabilities. Members currently work in their areas of expertise, including Research, Professional practice, Teaching, Training and Advocacy.

Training developed by Opengate Includes the 10757NAT Graduate certificate in Sandtray Therapy (ASQA accredited).

Sandtray Therapy – Practitioner Accreditation

Sandtray Play Work – Teacher Training and for NDIS providers

Free Sandtray Therapy courses - online

We welcome new members to our Industry committee as we grow our scope to include all areas that use the sand in an educational or therapeutic manner. Please contact Opengate Institute and speak to our management about collaboration.


Opengate Institute seeks to unite the Sandtray Therapy industry and therapists current and emerging who serve in this area. Training is aimed at registered counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, mental health workers, youth workers, community workers and educators. Those who seek recognition of their skills and abilities using all the methods of sand in an educational or therapeutic manner can gain recognition of their skills and do further training to meet the ethics and standards of their governing associations and the frameworks, guidelines implemented by Sandtray Institute Australia.


Professional practitioners and educators who register with Opengate Institute for training, have undergone rigorous training in their area working with Sand therapy including adhering to their industry body policies and procedures when working with clients using their chosen Sand method.


Opengate Institute and Sandtray Institute of Australia work together to independently maintain ethical standards in their training. They work closely with industry associations adhering to ethical standards and procedures as set out by national registers, which protects the public and community interests. All Sand practitioners will need to meet ongoing Professional Development requirements and practice within the ethical guidelines of the profession in order to retain their professional requirements.

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