Opengate Institute – Accredited Specialist Training in Sandtray Therapy

Opengate Institute is the advocate for Sandtray Therapy in Australia

Opengate Institute was established in 2018 as the Advocate for Sandtray Therapy  in Australia. We welcome and support the training of current and emerging students and offer supervision, ongoing CPD/OPD and peer support. Opengate Institute has developed training courses, personal development and workshops working closely with our industry advisory committee. We are the only training organisation in Australia to offer training in all the different sand techniques including Sandtray, Sandplay Therapy and Sandtray Play Work. These members represent Counselling, Psychotherapy, Education, Social Work, Psychology, Indigenous, Youth Work and Disabilities. Members currently work in their areas of expertise, including research, professional practice, teaching, training and advocacy.


Opengate Institute seeks to unite the Sandtray Therapy industry and therapists current and emerging who serve in this area following the research and training developed by Dr Margaret Lowenfeld (1928). 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 Therapy 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.

Our cottage is located on the grounds of the beautiful University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury campus. There is parking (paid), cafes, library, gym and access to transport.

Opengate Institute

Building P2, Yarramundi Lane

UWS, Richmond, New South Wales


Training Courses 

Sandtray Therapy – Specialist Practitioner Accreditation  
For mental health practitioners wanting to add an extra skill set to their practice using expressive therapies working with children, adolescents adults, couples or groups. All these areas will be covered in this Specialist Training.

Sandtray Play Work – Training for Teachers, Educators and School Counsellors
For Proficient Teachers Completing this course will contribute 6 hours per course total 18 hours 3 X courses of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 6/2/2 standard descriptors from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Jungian Sandplay Therapy - Practitioner Training Session 1 & 2

For mental health practitioners who want to follow a more Jungian based approach to their practice. This course is taught by International trainers. The training will be in two sessions, with first training 7 days duration and second training over 8 days in 2020. 

Are you ready to take the next step in your education?

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