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West Regional Workshop

  • 11/09/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wedgwood Christian Services, 3300 36th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512


  • Member of MIAPT or APT
  • The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $20 and may be included in the registration fee or paid on site.
  • The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $20 and may be included in the registration fee or paid on site.
  • A participant registering as “student” must be a full-time student at a college or university and provide a written letter from their University verifying the status. Limit: 4 student registrations

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Topic: Sandtray-Worldplay: Deepening our Work with Children and Families

Presenters: Lindsay P. South, LPC, LLP, RPT-S; Kelly L. Thomas, LMSW, CAADC; and Shana Bombrys, LMSW, CADC, ADS

Workshop Description: In her recent article on the “Use of Toys in Child-Centered Play Therapy,” Dee Ray (2013) found that the sand box and sand tools were the most frequently selected items by children in a play therapy room. How can you effectively facilitate a child’s experience in the sand? Come learn what is unique about working in the sand tray with  children and their families. Refine your play therapy skills using Sandtray Worldplay, a technique developed by Gisela Schubach DeDomenico, Ph.D., RPT-S. Participants will practice experiential interventions, with an emphasis on deepening techniques as a sandtray facilitator/witness. All will complete a family sandtray building activity for RPT CEUs. Completion of an introductory level workshop in sand tray therapy is a prerequisite for this class.

Workshop Schedule

  Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m. (Breakfast pastries provided)

 Workshop Session: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

 Break: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

 Workshop Session: 10:45-12:15 p.m.

 Lunch: 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Lunch provided)

 Workshop Session: 1:15-2:45 p.m.

 Break: 2:45-3:00 p.m.

 Workshop Session: 3:00-4:30 p.m.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to...

  1. identify and describe the seven phases of a Sandtray-Worldplay Therapy session;
  2. identify at least three (3) frequently occurring play therapy themes in latency-aged children;
  3. describe techniques for deepening the sandtray work in play therapy with children and families;
  4. define and relate an understanding of the use of both directed and non-directed sandtray in play therapy;
  5. demonstrate experience as both builder (client) and witness (therapist) in one non-directed and one directed sandtray; and
  6. describe a directed sandtray method for working with families in play therapy.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shana Bombrys is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor in private practice in Lansing. She integrates a range of therapeutic approaches to support individual needs. Shana received her degree from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Interpersonal Practice. She has worked in a variety of settings utilizing play therapy with children in the foster care system, and with families in the refugee program through St. Vincent Catholic Charities. She utilizes Santray-Worldplay therapy when working with people in recovery through National Association for Alcoholism and Victory Clinical Services.

Lindsay South is an LPC and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor who has practiced in Portage, MI for 25 years. She completed her graduate degree in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. She and her colleagues at Lindsay P. South, MA PLLC & Associates focus on incorporating play, art and sand tray therapy for children, teens and their families. Lindsay also provides psychotherapy with college students and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. She is a founding member and past president of the Southwest Michigan Eating Disorders Association. Lindsay especially enjoys supervising and mentoring those wishing to enter the field of play therapy.

Kelly Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Lansing. She helps children and adults with a variety of concerns, and integrates a range of therapeutic approaches to support individual needs. These include play therapy, internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Kelly became certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2008 and later studied Attachment-Focused EMDR. She is nearing completion of a 3-year certification program in Somatic Experiencing. She is also credentialed as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Kelly received her degree from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Interpersonal Practice with Children and Families. 

Lindsay, Shana, and Kelly have each completed the six-year training program with Gisela Schubach De Dominco, Ph.D. in the Sandtray-Worldplay method of sand play therapy.


Skill Level:   Intermediate

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CANCELLATION POLICY:  All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than October 1, 2018. Cancellations are subject to $25 processing fee. Substitutions may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.   

HANDOUTS: In an effort to reduce paper waste and be more “green,” our policy is to email all handouts. Please include a valid email address with your registration to receive the handouts.

PHOTO RELEASE:  By registering for this conference, you are giving permission for MIAPT to use any photographs that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as MIAPT deems appropriate and desirable. Photographs may be used on the MIAPT website, social media pages, and/or newsletter for any purpose. By completing the registration, you are also consenting to waive any rights to the photographs indefinitely.

If you do not wish to have your photo used, it is your responsibility to notify Jesilee Bonofiglio at registration of your request to be omitted.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: This workshop for mental health professionals is co-sponsored by the MI Assn. Play Therapy and the Institute for Continuing Education. CE credit is offered for the disciplines listed below. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $20 and may be included in the registration fee or paid on site. Application forms for CE credit will be available on site. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the program. To receive CE credit, participants must complete all CE paperwork, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit a completed evaluation of the program. If you have questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at:   

NOTE:  It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Psychology: The Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. Counseling: The Institute is recognized by the Ohio Board Social Work and Counseling, provider RCS 030001. NBCC credit is not offered. Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB ),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE ) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2018 - 04-13-2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this program will receive 6.00 clinical continuing education contact hours. Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute is recognized by the Ohio Board MFT, Provider RTX 100501. Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Approved Provider 98-040. Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved continuing education provider by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. It is the responsibility of nurses to check with their state board to determine if CE credit issues by an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing, meet regulations of their board.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact Jesilee Bonofiglio at or 616-258-8454.

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