Opengate Institute – Accredited Specialist Training in Sandtray Therapy

Opengate Institute

Building P2, Yarramundi Lane

UWS, Richmond, New South Wales


Opengate Institute is the advocate for Sandtray Therapy in Australia

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 was established in 2018 as the Advocate for Sandtray Therapy  in Australia. Sandtray Therapy 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.

Courses Available Now and Coming Soon......

  1. Sandtray Therapy – Practitioner Accreditation 
  2. Sandtray Play Work – Teacher Training K- 6, Educator Early Childhood Intervention
  3. Free online Sandtray Therapy courses -  available on the courses page 
  4. Jungian Sandplay Therapy - Practitioner Training Session 1 & 2



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.

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Library & Student Room

Waiting Room

Training Room

Contact us to register for your preferred training. 

Tel. 0412 534 690