Opengate Institute – Accredited Specialist Training in Sandtray Therapy

Opengate Institute
  Advocates for Sandtray Therapy in Australia

We welcome and support current and emerging students of Sandtray and offer training, supervision, ongoing CPD/PD 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.

Training Courses, Training Packages for Organisations, Workshops & Sandtray Supervision

Sandtray Therapy – Specialist Sandtray Practitioner Training  

For 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 over x 5 modules and 1 weekend workshop 18 weeks duration. There will be a mandatory 20 hours of work placement and a weekend workshop.

Learning Objectives include practical application (so you get to experience the sand) role plays, techniques working with the different age groups, awareness of metaphors as a sand language, role of therapist, supervision, group work, strategies, cultural sensitivity and cross theoretical application.

  • Module 1 - Sandtray Therapy Applications and Theories
  • Module 2 - Conducting Sandtray Therapy
  • Module 3 - Plan and provide Sandtray therapy in a Group Setting
  • Module 4 - Conclude and Monitor Sessions
  • Module 5 -  Work within a clinical supervision framework
  • Weekend Workshop
Module 1 discounted  50%

Contact Fiona Werle for further information as this course has Entry Requirements
Request a Student Handbook -  Go to Course page to register and make your payment

If you have enquires about this course accreditation or delivery of this training for your workplace then contact us, we are happy to work with you on any requests.

Specialist Sandtray Practitioner Training Package for Organisations

Face to face classroom training with online assessments, 20 hours of client contact hours and a bonus of train the trainer. This also includes hands outs, resources and free consultation to set up practice rooms.

This training can be delivered over 18 weeks of 5 modules (2 days each module) or as an intense training program of 2 x 5 day intensives. This would be at our purpose designed training facility here in Richmond, NSW on the campus of UWS. Accommodation is available at very affordable prices.

We can work with your organisation to develop a training routine to suit your staff needs. See Course page for more details or please 

Contact Fiona Werle for a chat 0412 534 690


Introduction to Sandtray Therapy Theories and Application

In this introductory workshop running over two days you get to experience Sandtray Therapy by applying it to yourself, your own practice and the client group you work with. There will be hands on applications and role plays so that you can get your hands in the sand, but also understand the theories underpinning what you are doing!

This workshop is ideal for emerging or current practitioners who are looking to consolidate their learning or for new learners to Sandplay who would like to add a skill to their current practice but want to first experience the power of the 'sand'.

This event counts as 15 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements and 15 hours CPD for ACA members. 
Hurry this workshop is discounted  50% 

Booking and payment go to Courses  -*Please note when registering this is Module 1 Specialist Sandtray Practitioner Training (without the assessments)

You click on Module 1 to register and pay on courses page

Contact Fiona Werle if you have any questions or would like us to run a workshop specifically for your workplace 0412 534 690

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.

Course 1 – What is Sandtray Play Work and How can I use it for learning and development?

Course 2 – Implementing Sandtray Play Work for Learning and Development using STEM

Course 3 – Sandtray Play Work as an assessment tool for learning and development

Teacher Outcomes

Teachers will experience the role of student and undertake their own experience of STPW to understand the principles that underpin this method including theories of personality and development and assessment strategies. Teachers will be given strategies to help improve student learning and outcomes and have access to peer support to develop creative thinking using STPW.

We are able to run this course in your area, school or early learning setting and we can develop specific learning material to suit your needs such as working with disabilities, working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, working with non English speaking refugee children,
Contact Fiona Werle for further information or to discuss your specific needs 0412 534 690

International 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. Completion of the this training will give you International Accreditation.

Contact Fiona Werle for more information and registration


Fiona Werle is a qualified Supervisor and available for Sandtray supervision

$90 per supervision - 1 hour face to face or via Zoom - Groups welcome

Contact 0412 534 690

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