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In Touch Again: A Multisensory Therapeutic Approach

  • Center for Families 3333 North 4th Street Minneapolis, MN, 55412 United States (map)


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.


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.


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


  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.


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


$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 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.


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.


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.

Earlier Event: April 8
MSTG Board Meeting
Later Event: May 21
MSTG Board Meeting