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Welcome to the Sandplay Therapists of America

The Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) is a non-profit professional organization, whose purpose is to promote education, training and research in sandplay therapy.


The STA is an affiliate of the parent organization, The International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST), which provides an international meeting ground for the exchange of knowledge and experience in sandplay.
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2014 STA National Conference

2014 STA National Conference

The Spirit of Story in Sandplay

Thursday June 5 – Sunday June 8, 2014

Red Lion Hotel
1415 5th Ave
Seattle, Washington

  • Pre-conference full and half day workshops
  • Conference Opening program with dessert reception
  • Conference presentations, workshops, and consultation groups
  • 18 Continuing Education hours for the full Conference
    • plus 3 - 6 hours Continuing Education hours the for Pre-Conference
    • plus 3 hours Continuing Education for the Post-Conference
  • STA and Association for Play Therapy (APT) credits available at no charge

Post-conference presentation by Sonu Shamdasani, editor of Jung’s Red Book. Co-sponsored by the Seattle C.G. Jung Society. Open to the public as well as those attending the conference.

Continuing Education as well as Association for Play Therapy (APT) credits available.

Click here for the full conference brochure and link to online registration.

Registration Updates

  • Early Conference Rate Extended - April 25
  • Discounts and Group Rate Available
  • Day Rates plus a flat rate for adding Sunday morning that includes 2 1/2 hours CE

STA Post-Conference

STA Post-Conference Presentation with Sonu Shamdasani

The STA conference will be followed by a post-conference presentation on Sunday June 8 from 2:00 – 5:15 pm by Sonu Shamdasani, editor of Jung’s Red Book, Liber Novus. Professor Shamdasni will speak on “The Red Book and the Genesis of Jung’s Work.”

This event is co-sponsored by Seattle C.G. Jung Society and is open to the public.

Pre-registration rates available.

Click here for details & link to online registration for post-conference only.

Sandplay Therapy Institute

The Sandplay Therapists of America is pleased to announce the opening of the Sandplay Therapy Institute. The purpose of this Institute is to promote the study of sandplay as taught by Dora Kalff.

The goal is to provide a learning environment for in-depth study of sandplay, and an exploration into the intricate workings of the human psyche, with affordability as a key priority. Click here for more information (.pdf).

The Journal of Sandplay Therapy
now offers many back issues on CD.

click here.

Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay therapy is a psychotherapeutic tool used with children and adults. The method consists of the client’s creation of a three-dimensional picture with miniature figures in a tray of sand in the protective presence of a trained practitioner.

Sandplay as taught and practiced by the STA was developed by the late Jungian therapist, Dora M. Kalff, of Switzerland for use with children in Jungian therapy.
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Sandplay Therapists of America

…circle of heaven, the center,
realized in earth, the square,
emanating in the four

An ancient circular sun sign joins the solar power of the masculine and the maternal feminine in the square, the earthly container. From this grounded union of primal energies, wholeness emanates in the great directions.

Sandplay® Now a US Registered Trademark

Sandplay®, the term describing the unique therapeutic method named by its founder, Dora Kalff, is now protected as a federally registered trademark of the Sandplay® Therapists of America™ (STA). The trademark was registered by the US Patent and Trademark Office in June 2012 (registration number 4,152,106).

Federal registration of the sandplay® mark grants STA the exclusive right to use the mark in connection with instruction in sandplay® therapy, as well as the assessment and distribution of related training materials and the publication of related scholarly works. The mark is used to distinguish Kalffian sandplay® therapy from other forms of therapy using sand.

To avoid trademark infringement, therapists not recognized by STA should refer to their work as “sand tray” therapy, and to themselves as “sand tray” therapists.

For more information concerning the trademark protection, contact Christine Ford  at And for more information about Kalffian sandplay® therapy, see <> Sandplay® Therapists of America™ is the US affiliate of the International Society for Sandplay® Therapy.

STA will be updating the website:
Updates are due by March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 and posted around January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th and January 15th respectively.

For more information and submission form, click here (pdf). Questions, comments, updates or submissions should be sent by email to: at least three weeks before each update time. STA will not be interactive (except with the Community Circle for STA members and associate members) until the quarterly revision time. Thank you for all your interest and help with the website.


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