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 Available Now and Coming Soon

Training developed by Opengate Institute includes the Qualification 10757NAT Graduate Certificate in Sandtray Therapy (ASQA accredited).

  1. Sandtray Therapy – Practitioner Accreditation as a graduate program
  2. Sandtray Play Work – Teacher Training K- 6, Educator Early Childhood Intervention, NDIS providers
  3. Free online Sandtray Therapy courses -  these resources are available on the courses page for all students

 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.


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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