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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Suggested Sand Tray Activities
"Create your own world" or “Tell me a story in this tray"
Client constructs representation of real-life experience, interaction or problem situation.
Can provide reassuring distancing for client by keeping in third person. For example, suggest a scene about "a girl who feels betrayed by her best friend"instead of the client.
Client builds tray portraying particular issue requiring solution. Client then selects miniature to act as a Helper or Wise One to answer questions or aid in needed actions.
Client builds tray illustrating particular feeling and circumstances (or miniatures) that evoke that feeling.
Client constructs a scene representing own family.
Therapist selects clinically significant group of miniatures (to focus upon particular situation) and then asks client to create a world for the miniatures.
Client may play out situation in tray
Client and therapist do a Joint Tray (similar to Oaklander’s joint picture technique).
Therapist and client create story in tray together where client selects miniature and supplies first sentence. Therapist follows suit for next sentence and miniature, etc.
Therapist suggests that client build an Amplification Tray for certain part of constructed world that is confusing or difficult to experience.
Miniatures involved are moved to second empty tray where they dialogue or play out situation.
Client adopts physical stance of particular figure in constructed tray, (Therapist may mirror client’s stance.) Client focuses on feelings/thoughts the stance evokes.
For small group: Members construct individual trays, then select figures symbolizing their own journey to form a group tray.