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In Touch Again Returns: Attachment Repair through Multisensory play therapy strategies

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In Touch Again Returns

Attachment Repair through Multisensory play therapy strategies

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Are you looking for a way to provide a sufficiently secure base to enable children and adults to explore emotional experiences and to repair their capacity to regulate affects? To allow desire and conflict to come forward and contain associated feelings?  Then this is the training for you!

 Renovators Dr. Nancy Hawkins, Ellen Saul and Dr. Jacquelyn Wiersma have spent a combined 60 years connecting and repairing attachment wounds with children and adults using In-Touch Again, a multisensory therapeutic approach for attachment and bonding as developed by Dr. Agnes “Nessie” Bayley.   

 And now in 2019, the foundation of Dr. Bayley’s work and the trainers combined clinical experience is available in a unique 3-day experiential workshop, where you'll explore what it means to fully be present using exercises critical to understanding and working with the process of attachment. In the workshop, trainers Hawkins, Saul and Wiersma will guide you step-by-step through concrete exercises and active experimentation filled with expert insight and powerful techniques that you can apply in both your personal and professional life. Join us in this in-depth look at the powers of our senses and how to harness its potential in the attachment relationship and the world that contains our affective life.

Friday’s workshop will serve as an introduction for those new to In Touch Again and for those who would like to repeat it this introduction. Friday evening through Sunday noon will add additional, more advanced In Touch Again experiences and interventions for those who have already experienced an introduction to In Touch Again.    



Linnet McMahon in the Handbook of Play Therapy says “Regressive play forms a crucial part of primary experience.  It can help to restore missed sensory experiences and . . .  can also help to put children of all ages in touch with their senses so that they feel more really alive.”

Friday’s experiential sessions will introduce you to In Touch Again, the groundbreaking work of Dr. Agnes “Nessie” Bayley. 

 Nessie understood that a person’s sensory systems will shut down in the presence of trauma or become hypersensitive.  In Touch Again is more than techniques for reawakening the senses. It is grounded in the therapist’s attunement based on the sensory experiences of client and therapist, so there is safety for the client to have the experiences they need for reconnecting the parts of themselves.

 We’ll explore specific strategies to allow, enable, and empower children and adults to repair traumatic experiences or experience missing developmental pieces in the context of relationship. Participants will learn, through didactic and experiential presentation, how to integrate this work with clients of all ages and different clinical needs in counseling, play therapy, and other approaches. We’ll also reflect on the experience from mindfulness and somatic perspectives.

Areas covered in this three-day workshop will include the use of transitional objects, reawakening the senses, and containment of feelings.



Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Case managers, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Professionals, Graduate students in a mental health field.



Friday, October 25, 2019 through Sunday, October 27, 2019



Koronis Ministries, 15752 Lake Avenue, Paynesville, MN 56362



  1. List 3 play therapy activities and describe how they coordinate with developmental brain stages to promote secure attachment and a strong sense of self.

  2. Name 2 or more play therapy strategies that can provide repair experiences with clients across the lifespan to heal missing pieces of attachment and brain development.

  3. Name 2 or more "attuned presence" strategies appropriate for working with clients of various chronological and emotional ages in counseling and play therapy.



A certificate of completion will be given for the completion of the training.



$475.00 for a Shared Room

$550.00 for a Single Room

Includes all training dates, lunches, snacks, and experiential materials. Payment can be made by credit card online or by check.



Registration is available online at You can pay via credit card. If sending a check, please make it payable to Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group c/o Ellen Dona, 4828 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410-1816.



Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to the Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group. Refunds will be given on requests received prior to October 18, 2019, less a $20 administrative fee per registrant.



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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