The Playful Therapist....



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SandStory Skills® is a creative technique to support children, young people and adults who struggle to articulate their feelings

Natalie has been trained by Lara Kasza, the founder of SandStory Therapy® to teach these skills 

Happy children in the sun. Together enjoying life. Finding their playfulness through group play therapy


SandStory Skills®


What are SandStory Skills®?

SandStory Skills® is a wonderful tool which supports practitioners in encouraging a child’s natural instinct for storytelling using sand, symbols, and other media.

While the storyteller expresses themselves freely, the practitioner is able to guide them to make their own connections between what they are unconsciously processing, and how that connects to their conscious mind, their current situation or a future event.


The method is based on the ‘Small World Technique’ developed by Margaret Lowenfeld, which encouraged children to express themselves non-verbally through play.  

The 'Small World Technique' encouraged the development of many more theories surrounding ‘floor play’, ‘table-top play’ and ‘small world play.’  In recent years, Lara Kasza developed the technique 'SandStory Therapy® as a tool for Therapists to use with clients.  SandStory Skills® is an adapted version of this technique for non-therapy professionals

What does the training include? 

During this 2-day course, you will learn the 5 stages in SandStory Skills®, and how to transfer and apply these skills within your work, so you can encourage those in your care to express their stories in a safe and gentle way.

The course will also cover:

  • What are Sand Story Skills
  • The Genesis of SandStory Skills
  • How to qualify as a SandStory Skills Practitioner
  • Experiential Play with sand
  • Your Safe Remit - The Play Therapy Dimension Model
  • The Energies within the Sand
  • Structure of 5 methods of working.
  • Creative time
  • Tabletop alternatives.



SandStory Skills®  Training

The SandStory Skills training can be attended as an online workshop across 5 days or as a face to face course. The face to face training will be dependant on Covid-19, government guidelines and restrictions 

Who is the training for?

  • Childminders, Nannies, Nursery Managers and Workers
  • Teachers & Teaching Assistants/One-to Ones, Learning Mentors
  • SENCOs,  ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), Nurture Group leaders, Pastoral Teams, Social Work Assistants
  • Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners, Behaviour Support Practitioners/ PRU teams, Residential Support Workers, Youth Workers, Youth Offending Team Officer
  • Play Workers and Therapeutic Play Workers
  • Family Support Workers, Parent Coaches
  • Life Coaches, Career Coaches
  • Residential Care Homes Workers (for senior adults)

And many others

How much will it cost? 

£350 per face to face participant

£400 per online participant  

which includes: 

  • All the materials provided for the course 
  • Training pack of resources posted to your home 
  • A SandStory Skills Manual for you to continue learning after the training 
  • A SandStory Skills goody bag

SandStory Skills Training

Online workshop: 2.5 hours every week for 5 weeks 

Face to face workshop: 2 days training

SandStory Skills Booking Form

Live online training
Face to face training in London, SE18
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