Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

2017-18 Advanced Sandplay Seminar

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group

2017-18 Advanced Sandplay Seminar

Suicidology and Sandplay: A Seminar on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Suicidal Patients

MSTG TRAINING:
Suicidology and Sandplay: A Seminar on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Suicidal Patients

CATEGORY:
2-Year Advanced Seminar

  • Year One: The study of a child and an adolescent
  • Year Two: The study of a parent and an adult

TRAINING DATES/TIMES, YEAR ONE:

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm (Annual Birthday Party to follow)
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

TRAINING DATES/TIMES, YEAR TWO:

  • TBD

LOCATION:
525 Fairview Avenue South, St. Paul, MN

TRAINER:
The seminar will be led by Barbara Weller, MA, LICSW, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. Barbara has worked as a psychotherapist in mental health settings and private practice for the past 47 years, and as a sandplay therapist since 1980. She was a founding member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group. As a Teaching Member of the International and National societies, she has taught Sandplay Therapy in the United States, Europe, and Taiwan. Recently returning to the Twin Cities from Duluth, where she lived and practiced for the past fifteen years, she has retired from her clinical practice. She currently provides individual and group consultation as well as teaching seminars in Sandplay. Consultation is also provided via Skype to practitioners who live at a distance.

OVERVIEW, YEAR ONE:
In Year One, seminar participants will work on the cases of a suicidal child and adolescent, using the clients’ artwork and sandplay images, as well as other clinical material. The participants will do an in-depth analysis of each case and image. Participants will work in small groups and present their work to the seminar as a whole. This format provides each participant with an opportunity to explore deeply the imagery, symbolism and psychological meaning of a complete sandplay therapy process. The first day of the seminar meets for six hours with a one-hour lunch break; subsequent sessions meet for five hours with a one-hour lunch break. Year Two of the course will explore two adult cases in depth.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES, YEAR ONE:  

  1. Participant will be able to describe key factors in working with suicidal children and adolescents including developmental and family considerations.
  2. Participants will be able to describe multi-modal approaches in working with suicidal children and adolescents.
  3. Participants will be able to interpret a sandplay case from a Jungian/Kalffian framework.
  4. Participants will be able to discuss the Jungian infrastructure of the sandplay process and the symbols used by the clients.
  5. Participants will be able to discuss the importance of the therapist’s awareness of his/her own biases regarding suicide and suicidal patients.
  6. Participants will be able to describe legal and ethical considerations in dealing with suicidal children and adolescents.

TRAINING COST:
$300.00 for 25 seminar hours

PREREQUISITES:
This is a two-year advanced seminar for those who have completed FUNDAMENTALS OF SANDPLAY and who have completed a significant portion of their individual sandplay process.  

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS:
Limited to 18 participants

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The Wizard of Oz: Archetypal Themes of Individuation
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

The Wizard of Oz: Archetypal Themes of Individuation

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A DEEPER LOOK AT THE WIZARD OF OZ THROUGH SAND AND PLAY

The Wizard of Oz: Archetypal Themes of Indivuation
November 4, 2017 (10am-6pm)
Presenter: Dr. Gita Morena

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DESCRIPTION

Dr. Morena explores the power of fairy tale and imagery from Oz as a way to stimulate the imagination and activate emotional healing. She includes the author’s history and original inspiration, and retells the story as it was written with images from a variety of different illustrators. She demonstrates how Dorothy’s experiences in this magical land resemble the struggles inherent in Carl Jung’s individuation process, and shows how her journey can be seen as a metaphor for Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey and the honoring of feminine
values. Examples from sandplay and play therapy case material, techniques, application and an experiential process to engage personally with the story are included to show how Oz imagery expresses issues that emerge during the journey home to wholeness.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Participants will increase their understanding of symbolic language and how it is used therapeutically both through sandplay and play therapy.
  2. Participants will develop skills to use the metaphor of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as it applies to the hero’s journey and the individuation process in play therapy and sandplay.
  3. Participants will be able to identify feminine values in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and show how this influences psychological development and healing through a sandplay and play therapy lens.

OVERVIEW of SATURDAY SEMINAR
Morning Session

  1. The origins of the Wizard of Oz story
  2. The Hero’s Return: Life after Oz
  3. Retelling the tale as it was written
  4. Experiential process to explore personal insights from story

Afternoon Session

  1. The Symbolic imagery of Oz
  2. Oz imagery found in sandplay and play therapy material
  3. Discussion, Questions, Closure

MEET GITA MORENA

Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD, LMFT, CST-T is a Teaching Member of STA/ISST, an international seminar leader, and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for over 40 years. She is the great grand-daughter of L. Frank Baum who created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and brings the legacy of this universally beloved fairy tale into many aspects of her work. Dr. Morena is the author of The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, and numerous articles about the clinical applications of sandplay therapy. As a Buddhist practitioner she focuses on bringing spiritual practice into everyday life through sandplay and meditation.

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The Wizard of Oz: An Archetypal Journey to Wholeness
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Wizard of Oz: An Archetypal Journey to Wholeness

A DEEPER LOOK AT THE WIZARD OF OZ THROUGH SAND AND PLAY

The Wizard of Oz: An Archetypal Journey To Wholeness
November 3, 2017 (7pm-9pm)
Presenter: Dr. Gita Morena

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DESCRIPTION

Drawing insight from L. Frank Baum’s quintessential American fairy tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dr. Morena exploresvDorothy’s journey into this magical land as a metaphor forvJoseph Campbell’s hero’s Journey, Carl Jung’s individuationvprocess and the honoring of feminine values. Using sandplay andvplay therapy theory, techniques and applications, Dorothy, hervcompanions and their experiences in Oz will be explored asvsymbolic aspects of the psyche that need to be identified, healed, and integrated into wholeness.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. To identify archetypal themes and symbolism in The Wizard of Oz through use of sandplay and play therapy theory, techniques and applications.
  2. To develop the ability to use The Wizard of Oz metaphorically, as part of play therapy and sandplay interventions.

MEET GITA MORENA

Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD, LMFT, CST-T is a Teaching Member of STA/ISST, an international seminar leader, and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for over 40 years. She is the great grand-daughter of L. Frank Baum who created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and brings the legacy of this universally beloved fairy tale into many aspects of her work. Dr. Morena is the author of The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, and numerous articles about the clinical applications of sandplay therapy. As a Buddhist practitioner she focuses on bringing spiritual practice into everyday life through sandplay and meditation.

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2017 MSTG Fall Conference
Sep
29
to Oct 1

2017 MSTG Fall Conference

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: Fundamentals of Sandplay

Date: September 29, 2017

Through this introductory overview of the basics of sandplay therapy, participants will gain an understanding of the therapeutic use of symbolic expression as well as personal experience with symbolic imagery. You will learn how to use sandplay from theoretical and practical applications in sandplay practice. The workshop will explore the history of sandplay therapy, the Jungian foundation of Kalffian sandplay therapy, and the basic aspects of a sandplay process. The presentation will view the similarities and differences among sandplay and other play therapy modalities using sand. Presenters will offer perspectives in viewing sandplay creations.

We will offer two tracks. Track A is for those who have not had any MSTG education in sandplay; Track B is for those who have had six hours of
Fundamentals of Sandplay previously.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: Suicidology and Sandplay

Date: September 30, 2017

This 6-hour seminar is an overview of an advanced seminar course which will meet 12 Saturdays over the course of two years: Fall, 2017 – Spring, 2019 in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Following this overview workshop participants who have completed an Introduction to Sandplay course and have completed a significant portion of their personal process may decide whether they wish to continue with the first year’s program, which will meet monthly on six Saturdays, November, 2017 – May, 2018 in Inver Grove Heights from 10 AM - 4 PM. The first year we will study the work of a child and an adolescent. Participants will be asked to examine their personal responses to the issue of suicide and to the clients using journals and group discussion. Small groups will be required to work outside of the seminar to explore sessions further then will present their work to the group as a whole.

The seminar will continue into the 2018-19 academic year, and study the cases of the mother of a young woman who killed herself, followed by the process of an older woman who, at the outset of therapy, was determined to kill herself by her next birthday if Sandplay didn’t work for her.

The number of participants in the advanced seminar will be limited to 18; those interested are encouraged to reserve a space as soon as possible. A final determination of interest and registration can be made on October 1st.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: Alchemy and Sandplay

Date: October 1, 2017

A Primer on Alchemy in Sandplay. Carl Jung recognized that the medieval practice of alchemy, the elusive search for the transformation of base materials into gold, was a compelling metaphor for the psychological process of individuation. Katherine Bradway, the doyenne of Kalffian sandplay in the US, believed that sandplay embodies the alchemical process of coagulation, making the invisible contents of the psyche take physical form in the sandtray. In this course, we will explore the alchemical processes and images of the elements of earth, air, fire and water, the psychological processes they represent, and how they appear in sandplay images.

 

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MSTG Board Meeting
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

MSTG Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) will be held on the 12th day of August 2017, at 10:00am, at the home of L. Ravey.  Such meeting is a regular scheduled meeting. All MSTG members are welcome to attend. For any proposed agenda topics, please email Lynn Overvoorde, MSTG President no later than 5:00pm the day prior to the board meeting so that each topic can be added to an agenda and addressed the day of the meeting.

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MSTG Board Meeting
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

MSTG Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) will be held on the 29th day of July 2017, at 10:00am, at the home of E. Saul.  Such meeting is a regular scheduled meeting. All MSTG members are welcome to attend. For any proposed agenda topics, please email Lynn Overvoorde, MSTG President no later than 5:00pm the day prior to the board meeting so that each topic can be added to an agenda and addressed the day of the meeting.

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MSTG Summer Picnic
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

MSTG Summer Picnic

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10am through the afternoon until you’re ready to leave!

Place: 14781 Bagley Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021 (John Besse and Ellen Saul’s place – Ruf Acres II). Call us at 507-334-9117 if you need some help with directions (or our cell phones Ellen 507-319-8457 or John 507-319-8461).

Directions: (We’ll have a sign at the end of the driveway)

There are several parts to this event and we would love to have you take part in all of it – it’s a great way to get to know Sandplay people!

  1. At 10 am the MSTG Board will meet. We will have some munchies available so you won’t get too hungry! Everyone is welcome – come see how MSTG works.
  2. About 1pm we will picnic! You are invited to bring a dish to pass. We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs/brats and veggie burgers.
  3. After lunch there will be a short presentation by Ellen, Regina and Jacque with pictures from our adventure in Spain with the Black Madonna.

An RSVP to Ellen at esaul.assoc@gmail.com would be great, and if you can get back to me by July 22nd with who all is coming, even better, so we can plan for the numbers for food. Feel free to bring your family. We’d love to welcome you as well your friends who would like to get more acquainted with Sandplay! The Labyrinth will be open to walk, also the trails in the woods and the prairie. Let us know!

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MSTG Board Meeting
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

MSTG Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) will be held on the 10th day of June 2017, at 10:00am, at the home of L. Ravey.  Such meeting is a regular scheduled meeting. All MSTG members are welcome to attend. For any proposed agenda topics, please email Lynn Overvoorde, MSTG President no later than 5:00pm the day prior to the board meeting so that each topic can be added to an agenda and addressed the day of the meeting.

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MSTG Board Meeting
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

MSTG Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) will be held on the 21st day of May 2017, at 5:30pm, at the home of Lynn Overvoorde.  Such meeting is a regular scheduled meeting. All MSTG members are welcome to attend. For any proposed agenda topics, please email Lynn Overvoorde, MSTG President no later than 5:00pm the day prior to the board meeting so that each topic can be added to an agenda and addressed the day of the meeting.

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In Touch Again: A Multisensory Therapeutic Approach
Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

In Touch Again: A Multisensory Therapeutic Approach

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

This workshop introduces "In Touch Again", the principles and process developed by Dr. Agnes “Nessie” Bayley, to help children and adults repair attachment wounds. Participants will experience some of her interventions, grounding their understanding of her work in their own bodies and selves, as they gain an understanding of the process.

This workshop is designed as a whole, presented on two dates a month apart, to give time to ground the first experiences before adding the second ones.  When the training is completed, participants will be invited to ongoing consultation meetings.

TRAINING DATES

Part 1 - March 25, 2017, 9am-5pm
Introducing “In Touch Again” and the process of the work, sensory work as a door into relationships and connection with self and others, experiential exercises, small group processing, and applications. 

Part 2 – April 29, 2017, 9am-5pm
Continuing with the process of In Touch Again; “Loving & Caring Water and the Suffering Skin,” a demonstration of the defensive strategy of emotional detachment which can occur when loss and separation is experienced; developmental stages and how to design therapeutic interventions to create repair experiences; experiential exercises, small group processing, and applications.

LOCATION

Center for Families, 3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55412 (free lot parking)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Experience exercises critical to understanding and working with the process of attachment that will enable them to incorporate strategies towards strengthening the attachment process.
  2. Recognize the importance of sensory integration in the formation of attachment and the developmental delay that occurs when sensory integration is interrupted or through the loss and separation that occurs in a series of moves.
  3. Add to their repertoire specific tools based on sound attachment theory that they can take with them to use immediately in their work.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

12 CE’s will be given for the completion of the two days of training.

COST

$250 non-MSTG member, $230 MSTG member

Includes both training dates (3/25/17 and 4/29/17), lunches, snacks, and experiential materials.  Payment may be made by check or credit card. 

REGISTRATION

Registration online. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  Checks are payable to Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group c/o Leane Ravey, 9255 Amsden Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55347.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group.  Refunds will be given on requests received prior to March 4, 2017, less a $20 administrative fee per registrant.

PRESENTERS

Nancy Hawkins, Psy.D,LP is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with children and families in the area of attachment and bonding and Sandplay.   Enrolled at the Leech Reservation, Nancy adds a cultural dimension to her work and has trained and created programs in the Native American community as well as the larger Minnesota adoption community. Nancy currently works as manager of the Behavioral Health Clinic at the Shakopee Mdewankton Sioux Community in Prior Lake.  Nancy is the president of In Touch Again, Inc., a nonprofit formed to support the work of Agnes Bayley and provide support and guidance to parents, caregivers, and clinicians. Nancy is currently working towards certification as a Certified Sandplay Therapist.

Ellen Saul, MS, LP, CST-T, ISST, STA is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adults, and families.  She has used the ideas of Sandplay and In Touch Again in her practice for the past 30 years, and has received training and consultation from Dr. Agnes Bayley.  Ellen is a board member and past president of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG), a Teaching member of ISST and STA, and a founding member of In Touch Again, Inc. Her practice also includes Sandplay Therapy and work with attachment and trauma, including EMDR and Somatic Experiencing.  She is a member of the Board of Sandplay Therapists of America, and chair of the Regional Outreach and Support Committee.

Jacquelyn K. Wiersma, PhD, LP has studied and practiced Sandplay since 1987.  She is a founding and continuing member of MSTG and she is currently a member of the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) Research Committee.  In addition to her private practice in Minneapolis, she has taught in doctoral psychology training programs at St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN; the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan.  She has also worked as a senior training psychologist at Hennepin County Medical Center and as the Director of the Child Guidance Clinic at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis.

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MSTG Board Meeting
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

MSTG Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) will be held on the 8th day of April 2017, at 10:00am, at the home of L. Ravey.  Such meeting is a regular scheduled meeting. All MSTG members are welcome to attend. For any proposed agenda topics, please email Lynn Overvoorde, MSTG President no later than 5:00pm the day prior to the board meeting so that each topic can be added to an agenda and addressed the day of the meeting.

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MSTG Birthday Party
Jan
14
3:00 PM15:00

MSTG Birthday Party

Greetings Friends and Sandplayers of MSTG,

I'd like to invite you to the MSTG Birthday Celebration. Details below:

  • Date: January 14, 2017
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Home of Lynn Overvoorde ( 1043 Burr St., St. Paul, MN 55130)
  • Activities: Annual Board Meeting and 2017 MSTG Board nominations; Sandplay Presentation/Discussion on writing a symbol paper; Food; Birthday Cake; Trash & Treasure Gift Exchange; and LOTS of Laughs!!
  • Those invited: All members of MSTG and friends of sandplay!!
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MSTG Fall Conference 2016
Sep
30
to Oct 2

MSTG Fall Conference 2016

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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN

The 2016 Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group Fall Conference will be September 30, 2016 through October 2, 2016. This year, two exciting workshops are being offered. Participants can select one or attend both! Through the morning and afternoon of September 30, 2016, Stephen Olmsted, PhD, ISST/CST-T (Duluth, MN) and Ellen Saul, MS, LP, ISST/CST-T (Faribault, MN) will be presenting on the Fundamentals of Sandplay: An Introduction to Kalffian Sandplay Therapy. CE for 6 credits has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Psychology, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. Beginning the evening of September 30, 2016, Paula Achenbach, Nancy Hawkins, Ellen Saul and Jacquelyn Wiersma will present a second workshop, “In Touch Again: A Multisensory Therapeutic Approach for Children and Adults with Attachment and Bonding Issues,” which will continue through October 2, 2016. CE for 12 credits has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Psychology, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Register by August 25, 2016 for an early registration discount off the regular price. Registration fee for the entire conference (9/30/16 – 10/2/16) includes 2 nights dorm style sleep accommodations, 7 meals, presentation, continuing education certificate, and snacks/refreshments.

Click this link for an online brochure: CLICK HERE

Click this link for online registration: CLICK HERE

Presenters

  • Paula Achenbach, MS, LMFT-S, RPT-S, Equine Assisted Therapy, has worked with children and families for over 40 years as an early childhood teacher, parent educator, child/family therapy and presenter. In her private practice she spealizes in attachment and uses “In Touch,” Sandplay, art therapy and animal assisted therapy (horse and dog). She has presented at several conferences using her book, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” is a LMFT supervisor, and faculty at Alder MFT Graduate School.   

  • Nancy Hawkins, Psy.D., L.P., has spent much of her professional career providing consultation and therapy to Native American clients. She has specialized in issues related to the effects of disrupted attachment caused by historical trauma, out of home placement, and adoption. Nancy studied directly with Agnes Bayley, the originator of "In Touch Again" and has delivered many In Touch Again trainings to tribes, adoption agencies, and clinicians. Nancy is also an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

  • Stephen W. Olmsted, PhD, ISST/CST-T, stresses a multi-modal therapeutic orientation in his practice in Duluth, Mn and has extensive training and experience in Jungian-based sandplay therapy. He currently serves on the STA Board of Trustees as Secretary. Dr. Olmsted is also trained in EMDR and is a member of the EMDR International Association. Dr. Olmsted has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults who have been separated or estranged from their birth families. Dr. olmsted recently retired from his general practice but he continues to be available for consultation and for working with therapists desiring to complete their sandplay processes. 

  • Ellen H. Saul, MS, lP, ISST/CST-T, is a psychologist who works with children, families, individuals, and couples in a private practice In Faribault, Mn. She studied with Dr. Agnes Bayley and incorporates “In Touch Again” strategies in her therapeutic work. Her interest in Body, Mind, and Spirit connections led her to complete studies as a Somatic experiencing Practitioner, in addition to her broad scope of multi-modal approaches to healing work. She has recently accepted a position on the STA Board, after ten years of active participation (as secretary and president) on the Board of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG).

  • Jacquelyn K. Wiersma, PhD, STA Associate has studied and practiced sandplay since 1987. She is a founding and continuing member of MSTG, and she is currently a member of the STA Research Committee. In addition to her private practice in Minneapolis, she has taught in doctoral psychology training programs at St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan. She has also worked as a senior training psychologist at Hennepin County Medical Center and as the Director of the Child Guid- ance Clinic at north Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis.

 

Registration/Payment

Participants may register ONLINE or PAPER. If using paper registration, please in the registration form and payment to: c/o Leanne Ravey, 9255 Amsden Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55347.

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MSTG Summer Picnic
Jul
30
10:00 AM10:00

MSTG Summer Picnic

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) invites you to the Summer Picnic! Bring your family and please bring a friend who might be interested – let’s get the word out about Sandplay! There are several parts to this event and we would love to have you take part in all of it – it’s a great way to get to know Sandplay people! We’ll have outdoor games and water play if there are kids or grandkids who would enjoy that. We’d love to welcome as well your friends who would like to get more acquainted with Sandplay!  The Labyrinth will be open to walk, also the trails in the woods and the prairie.  Plus, there will be tomatoes to share! Let us know!

AGENDA

At 10:30am the MSTG Board will meet. Munchies available so you won’t get too hungry! All are welcome – come see how MSTG works.

About 12:30pm we will picnic!  You are invited to bring a dish to pass.  Hamburgers, hotdogs/brats and veggie burgers provided.

After food, Lynn Overvoorde will give us a visual “Taste of Tanzania” after living there for over 5 months in the past year.

Date:  Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 10am through the afternoon until you’re ready to leave!

Place:  14781 Bagley Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021 (John Besse and Ellen Saul’s place – Ruf Acres II).  Call us at 507-334-9117 if you need some help with directions (or our cell phones Ellen 507-319-8457 or John 507-319-8461).

Directions: (We’ll have a sign at the end of the driveway).

From the north: take I-35 south, and exit at mile 69 for Northfield and Co Rd. 19, or take Exit 66.  Turn right at the end of the ramp, and take the first left onto Bagley Ave.  Go south 6.9 miles from Exit 69, or 3.9 miles from Exit 66 and we are on the left.  The mailbox says “Ellen Saul & Assoc.” and “14781”.  We’ll have a sign out to welcome everyone.  If you miss the turn off I-35, continue south to exit 59, turn left on Co. Rd. 21 and take the second right onto Bagley Ave./Co. 46. Go 3 miles, cross Co. Rd. 9, and we are the second mailbox on the right.  See you there!  The big visual landmark is the greenhouse (for growing tomatoes, not a green house), which sits just south of our driveway.  The ends are painted red, like our house.

From the south:  take I-35 north, and exit at the third Faribault exit, mile 59.  Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Co. 21 going west.  Go about a half mile and take the second right onto Co. 46, which is also Bagley Avenue.  Go 3 miles, cross Co. Rd. 9, then turn in at the second mailbox (14781, Ellen Saul & Assoc.) on the right, immediately after the greenhouse full of tomatoes.  We’ll have a sign out to welcome you.  If you miss the turn off from I-35, continue to Exit 66, turn left on Co. Rd. 1, and take the next left past I-35 at the roundabout onto Bagley Ave.  Go 3.9 miles south.  We are on the left, just before Co. Rd. 9.  Welcome! 

An RSVP to esaul.assoc@gmail.com would be great, and if you can get back to me by July 23rd with who all is coming, even better, so we can plan for the numbers for food.

See you in July – warmly, Ellen & John

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Deepening your Sandplay Practice: Working with the Symbol
Apr
23
8:30 AM08:30

Deepening your Sandplay Practice: Working with the Symbol

Seminar Highlights

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) is sponsoring "Deepening your Sandplay Practice: Working with the Symbol." Sandplay Therapy is an expressive therapy based on the work of Carl Jung and developed by Dora Kalff. The client uses a sandtray, water, and hundreds of miniature objects to create scenes, designs, and pictures that reflect the conscious and unconscious contents of the psyche. Through the sandplay process and the relationship with the therapist, the client can address traumatic events and access the healing power of the Self.

 

Presenters

  • ELLEN H. SAUL, MS, LP, CST-T is a psychologist who works with children, families, individuals and couples in a private practice in rural Minnesota. She is a teaching member of ISST and STA and has been using Sandplay since 1993 in her practice. She is using her experience in Sandplay to do process with therapists in Sandplay training and consultation. She enjoys teaching and sharing her enthusiasm for Sandplay. She has studied with Dr. Agnes Bayley and incorporates “In Touch Again” strategies in her therapeutic work. Her interest in Body, Mind, Spirit connections led her to complete studies and add work as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner to her broad scope of multi-modal approaches to healing work. She has recently accepted a position on the STA Board, after ten years of active participation (as secretary and president) on the Board of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG). She chaired the Program Committee for the STA National Conference in 2012.
  • JUANITA MCCABE, MS, LPC, CSAC, SP is a Psychotherapist practicing in Wisconsin.  She works with children and adults in her private practice in New Richmond, Wisconsin.  She has been using sand in therapy since 1993 and has specifically been using Kalffian Sandplay in her practice since 2002.  She uses a variety of techniques to in addition to Sandplay to enhance the effectiveness of therapy, specifically Expressive Therapies, Mindfulness Based Therapy and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.  Juanita is recognized by Sandplay Therapists of America as a Sandplay Practitioner.  She has served as President of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group. 

 

Seminar Objectives

The seminar participant will be able to describe: 

  1. The symbol’s role in Sandplay.
  2. The importance of understanding the symbol.
  3. The role of the symbol in the co-transference. How to research a symbol.
  4. The role of the writing the symbol paper in the  

 

Program

  1. Date: April 23, 2016
  2. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  3. Seminar: Deepening your Sandplay Practice: Working with the Symbol

 

Agenda

  • Registration: 8:30am-9:00am
  • Morning Session: 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Check-in with Mindfulness exercise
    • Choose your symbol
    • Share your symbol and your first connection with it (off the cuff, or what you have written about it). Feedback
    • Experiential – Connecting with your symbol - draw, sculpt, write a poem, collage, dialogue (perhaps dominant to non-dominant hand)  
  • Lunch (on your own): 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-4:00pm 
    • C J Jung - Connecting with his process, integrating into a symbol paper, questions & answers
    • Read through the Preliminary Paper Guidelines and take a look at the right-brained version of those guidelines. 
    • Practical issues in a Sandplay practice; boundaries, problems, history with Sandplay application in practice. Come with your questions, ready for opportunities.
    • Questions and Discussion

       

*There will be one morning and one afternoon break of fifteen minutes

 

Location of Seminar

Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center, 915 S. Front Street, Mankato, MN 56001

 

Location Contact Information

(507) 386-7121

 

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the program.   

 

For More Information

If you have additional questions, contact: Justin D. Kruse, MSTG President: (507) 720-1320

 

Registration/Payment

Participants may register ONLINE or PAPER. If using paper registration, please in the registration form and payment to: Ellen Saul, 14781 Bagley Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021. Make checks payable to "Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group" (MSTG):  

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Circles in Sand: Exploring the Mandala in Sandplay Therapy
Apr
9
8:30 AM08:30

Circles in Sand: Exploring the Mandala in Sandplay Therapy

Seminar Highlights

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) is sponsoring "Circles in Sand: Exploring the Mandala in Sandplay Therapy." Sandplay Therapy is an expressive therapy based on the work of Carl Jung and developed by Dora Kalff. The client uses a sandtray, water, and hundreds of miniature objects to create scenes, designs, and pictures that reflect the conscious and unconscious contents of the psyche. Through the sandplay process and the relationship with the therapist, the client can address traumatic events and access the healing power of the Self.

 

Presenters

  • ELLEN H. SAUL, MS, LP, CST-T is a psychologist who works with children, families, individuals and couples in a private practice in rural Minnesota. She is a teaching member of ISST and STA and has been using Sandplay since 1993 in her practice. She is using her experience in Sandplay to do process with therapists in Sandplay training and consultation. She enjoys teaching and sharing her enthusiasm for Sandplay. She has studied with Dr. Agnes Bayley and incorporates “In Touch Again” strategies in her therapeutic work. Her interest in Body, Mind, Spirit connections led her to complete studies and add work as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner to her broad scope of multi-modal approaches to healing work. She has recently accepted a position on the STA Board, after ten years of active participation (as secretary and president) on the Board of the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG). She chaired the Program Committee for the STA National Conference in 2012.
  • JUANITA MCCABE, MS, LPC, CSAC, SP is a Psychotherapist practicing in Wisconsin.  She works with children and adults in her private practice in New Richmond, Wisconsin.  She has been using sand in therapy since 1993 and has specifically been using Kalffian Sandplay in her practice since 2002.  She uses a variety of techniques to in addition to Sandplay to enhance the effectiveness of therapy, specifically Expressive Therapies, Mindfulness Based Therapy and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.  Juanita is recognized by Sandplay Therapists of America as a Sandplay Practitioner.  She has served as President of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group. 

 

Seminar Objectives

The seminar participant will be able to describe: 

  1. How the mandala appears in various places and times.
  2. Jung's relationship with the mandala
  3. The mandala as a symbol of Self
  4. The forms a mandala may take in Sandplay. 

 

Program

  1. Date: April 9, 2016
  2. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  3. Seminar: Circles in Sand: Exploring the Mandala in Sandplay Therapy

 

Agenda

  • Registration: 8:30am-9:00am
  • Morning Session: 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Overview of Mandala images in history and culture.
    • Define mandala. (compare/contrast) the Sand Mandalas in Navaho and Tibetan culture.
    • Shaman/HolyMan/Monk/Psychotherapist similarities and differences.
    • CG Jung and mandalas. Numbers and mandalas in the individuation process.
    • Mandalas and Sandplay - How mandalas present in sandplay and what they may indicate in a personal process. Look at examples. 
  • Lunch (on your own): 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-4:00pm
    • Review a completed case(child). 32 slides - several mandalas in different stages of the process, also includes some In Touch Again, Play Therapy, and Art Therapy.
    • Introduce “sitting with the case” mode
    • Discuss outcome and ”what is a completed case?”
    • Current outcome of case and read letter written by client.
    • Questions and Discussion

*There will be one morning and one afternoon break of fifteen minutes

 

Location of Seminar

Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center, 915 S. Front Street, Mankato, MN 56001

 

Location Contact Information

(507) 386-7121

 

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the program.   

 

For More Information

If you have additional questions, contact: Justin D. Kruse, MSTG President: (507) 720-1320

 

Registration/Payment

Participants may register ONLINE or PAPER. If using paper registration, please in the registration form and payment to: Ellen Saul, 14781 Bagley Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021. Make checks payable to "Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group" (MSTG):  

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MSTG Birthday Party
Jan
16
3:00 PM15:00

MSTG Birthday Party

Greetings Friends and Sandplayers of MSTG,

I'd like to invite you to the MSTG Birthday Celebration. Details below:

  • Date: January 16, 2016
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Home of Paula Achenbach, 100 East Crystal Lake Road Burnsville 55306
  • Activities: Annual Board Meeting and 2016 MSTG Board nominations; Honoring of personal miniatures (all invited to bring a miniature to honor – the miniature will return home with the owner); MSTG Birthday meal and cake

 

 

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Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Four Seminars with Estelle Weinrib

Seminar Highlights

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) is sponsoring four sessions to view, discuss, and interact with the "second book" which Estelle Weinrib, a founding member of STA, intended to write. She left much of the material she planned to include in the form of videotaped material, now available on DVD's. Participants need not have viewed the DVDs in advance. They will be shown at the seminar and will be available for purchase during the seminar. Estelle's book Images of the Self will be referenced during the seminars and is available online.

Presenters

BARBARA WELLER, MSW, LICSW, CST-T is a clinical social worker in private practice who has worked with children, and now works with individuals, families and couples in Duluth, Minnesota. She has used Sandplay since 1980 and is a teaching member os ISST and a founding member of STA and MSTG. 

JOSEPH MEYER, MASW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice. He is a Teaching member of the International Society of Sandplay  Therapists and the Sandplay Therapists of America (ISST/STA), a founding members of MSTG and has been using Sandplay since 1984. 

Seminar Objectives

The seminar participant will be able to describe:

  1. Estelle Weinrib's decision to use Sandplay Therapy in her analytic practice
  2. Estelle's vision of training the personality of the Sandplay therapist.
  3. Estelle's definition of the term "sandplay process."
  4. The Jungian theoretical base of Sandplay as Estelle taught it.
  5. The Sandplay process of three clients, a young man, a young woman, a mid-life woman.

Program

October 18, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: A Conversation with Estelle Weinrib. 

November 8, 2014, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: First lecture: What is a Sandplay process? 

January 24, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Second lecture: Case of the Dancer

February 28, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Third lecture: Case of the Artist

Location of Seminar

Solomon's Porch, 100 W. 46th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Location Contact Information

(612) 756-9741

Continuing Education

Attendance at all 4 seminar sessions totals 13 hours of continuing education credit. Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the program. This seminar provides 13 hours of seminar attendance toward the hours required for STA/ISST certification in sandplay.  

For More Information

If you have additional questions, contact

  1. Barbara Weller: (218) 525-2059
  2. Joe Meyer: (612) 209-7525

Registration/Payment

Participants may register online by choosing one of the options below, online or paper. If using the paper registration, please mail in the registration form and payment to: Ethel Griggs, 53 Birchwood Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115. Make checks payable to "Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group" (MSTG). 

  • Online Registration: CLICK HERE to registrer via online
  • Paper Registration: CLICK HERE to download a paper registration 
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Jan
24
3:00 PM15:00

MSTG Birthday Party

You’re Invited to a Birthday Party!

MSTG (the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group) is 27 years old!  We invite you to a gathering of Sandplayers to celebrate! Come for what fits for you!

When: January 24, 2015

  • 3pm MSTG Miniature Store is open.
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm the Annual Members Meeting and election of board members.
  • 4pm supper (provided by MSTG Board);
  • After supper – Trash & Treasures (bring Sandplay related gifts, wrapped, for the exchange – lots of fun!) and Birthday cake!

Where: 1012 Hyacinth Avenue East, St. Paul 55106

(651-778-1821) An RSVP to (651-778-1821) would be great!

Who: MSTG members, partners and friends who are interested in Sandplay. 

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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Four Seminars with Estelle Weinrib

Seminar Highlights

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group (MSTG) is sponsoring four sessions to view, discuss, and interact with the "second book" which Estelle Weinrib, a founding member of STA, intended to write. She left much of the material she planned to include in the form of videotaped material, now available on DVD's. Participants need not have viewed the DVDs in advance. They will be shown at the seminar and will be available for purchase during the seminar. Estelle's book Images of the Self will be referenced during the seminars and is available online.

Presenters

BARBARA WELLER, MSW, LICSW, CST-T is a clinical social worker in private practice who has worked with children, and now works with individuals, families and couples in Duluth, Minnesota. She has used Sandplay since 1980 and is a teaching member of ISST and a founding member of STA and MSTG. 

JOSEPH MEYER, MASW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice. He is a Teaching member of the International Society of Sandplay  Therapists and the Sandplay Therapists of America (ISST/STA), a founding members of MSTG and has been using Sandplay since 1984. 

Seminar Objectives

The seminar participant will be able to describe:

  1. Estelle Weinrib's decision to use Sandplay Therapy in her analytic practice
  2. Estelle's vision of training the personality of the Sandplay therapist.
  3. Estelle's definition of the term "sandplay process."
  4. The Jungian theoretical base of Sandplay as Estelle taught it.
  5. The Sandplay process of three clients, a young man, a young woman, a mid-life woman.

Program

October 18, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: A Conversation with Estelle Weinrib. 

November 8, 2014, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: First lecture: What is a Sandplay process? 

January 24, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Second lecture: Case of the Dancer

February 28, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Third lecture: Case of the Artist

Location of Seminar

Solomon's Porch, 100 W. 46th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Location Contact Information

(612) 756-9741

Continuing Education

Attendance at all 4 seminar sessions totals 13 hours of continuing education credit. Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the program. This seminar provides 13 hours of seminar attendance toward the hours required for STA/ISST certification in sandplay.  

For More Information

If you have additional questions, contact

  1. Barbara Weller: (218) 525-2059
  2. Joe Meyer: (612) 209-7525

Registration/Payment

Participants may register online by choosing one of the options below, online or paper. If using the paper registration, please mail in the registration form and payment to: Ethel Griggs, 53 Birchwood Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115. Make checks payable to "Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group" (MSTG). 

  • Online Registration: CLICK HERE to register via online
  • Paper Registration: CLICK HERE to download a paper registration 
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Sep
12
to Sep 14

2014 MSTG Regional Conference

Regional Sandplay Conference

Exploring Relationships in Sandplay on the Mighty Mississippi

September 12 -14, 2014

A residential experience in a retreat center on the Mississippi River

Featuring Linda Cunningham, PhD, MFT, CST-T

Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader

Author of Sandplay and the Clinical Relationship

Keynote Address: Kwan Yin as a Symbol of Holding in Sandplay: 

Seeing, Hearing, Touching, and Reflecting the Silent Cry

All-day Workshop: Relational Energies in Sandplay: The Relational Self and the Free and Protected Space

Additional Presentations include:

Fundamentals of Sandplay Therapy

The Fractal Moment: How Chaos Theory Illuminates the Sandplay Process

Embracing the Dark Mysteries: Using the Black Madonna Archetype in the Co-transference

Autism: Building Alliance on the Shores of Symbolism

Riding the Blue Horse with the Great Mystery: A Journey Between the Shores of Intellectual and Mysticism

Open Space: Holding Depression in a Teenager’s Sandplay Year

Can We Make Sandplay a Mainstream Treatment Option? A Modest Research Proposal.

Group Case Consultation

Individual Case Consultation by Arrangement

An MSTG Member Meeting

Click here to download the full brochure.

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