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2018-19 Advanced Sandplay Seminar

To Be…Or Not: Suicidology, Psychotherapy and Sandplay

To Be…Or Not: Suicidology, Psychotherapy and Sandplay


2-Year Advanced Seminar

  • Year One: The study of a child and an adolescent (2017-2018)

  • Year Two: The study of a parent and an adult (2018-2019)


  • Saturday, November 3, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • Saturday, January 12, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • Saturday, February 9, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • Saturday, March 9, 2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • Saturday, April 20, 2018 (Make-Up date, as needed): 10:00am-3:00pm

  • Saturday, May 4, 2018 (Make-Up date, as needed): 10:00am-3:00pm

525 Fairview Avenue South, St. Paul, MN

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.

During this second year of our two year seminar, we will address the issues facing adults who are themselves suicidal, or are coping with the death by suicide of a family member. To begin we will briefly review the first half of the seminar, when we explored work with a child and adolescent, and in particular, the responses of participants to that material. We will continue a focus on our own responses and reactions because the most effective “therapeutic approach” is our ability to be truly present to clients facing the choice to end their own lives, and to the other victims of suicide, family members and those who have been close to people who have committed suicide. One of the secondary traumas involved in this work is the trauma we experience as therapists to these individuals.  The cases we will study are that of the anguished mother of a young woman who killed herself,  and of an older woman who had made the decision to kill herself in six months “if this (therapy) doesn’t work.” 


  1. Participants will be able to describe key factors in working with suicidal adults and their families, particularly the family members of a completed suicide.

  2. Participants will be able to describe multimodal approaches in working with suicidal adults and their family members.

  3. Participants will be able to interpret a sandplay case from a Jungian/Kalffian framework.

  4. Participant 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 discuss legal and ethical considerations in dealing with suicidal patients and their families.

$300.00 for 24 seminar hours

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. You need not have participated in Year-One of the advanced seminar to participate in the Year-Two of the advanced seminar.   

Limited to 18 participants

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