The Association for Sandplay Therapy
is pleased to announce

26 & 27th September 2015
The Return to Health and Spirit in Sandplay
Virtual  Congress  Webinar

Richard Gaskill, EdD, USA
Childhood Trauma


In this presentation Dr. Gaskill will speak about the effects of trauma in childhood, drawing from recent research. He will explore the neurobiological aspects of trauma and treatment.

Dr. Gaskill is the Clinical Director at Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, KS. He was also the Children's Services Coordinator for the Sumner Mental Health Center for over 20 years and has worked in community mental health for over 30 years. In his work with children, Dr. Gaskill has developed numerous programs for children and their parents including child development classes, parenting classes, child-parent relationship training, attachment enhancement treatment groups, therapeutic alternative schools, therapeutic preschools, after school programs, therapeutic preschools, and juvenile offender programs.

In 1994 a grant from the Methodist Health Ministry Fund helped establish Sumner Mental Health Center as a regional training center for play therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Training. This training has focused on birth to age five populations through Early Head Start and Head Start programs as well as older populations of children through community mental health. Since 2000, Dr. Gaskill has been working with Dr. Perry and the CTA to develop a version of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in a therapeutic preschool.

Dr. Gaskill is an adjunct faculty at Wichita State University where he teaches play therapy and child psychopathology classes and supervises play therapy practicums. He has presented numerous workshops on play therapy and attachment enhancement for various agencies and association conventions throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.

Dr. Gaskill was the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in Kansas and is endorsed as an infant mental health clinical mentor by the Kansas Association of Infant Mental Health. He was a member of the Kansas Play Therapy Association Board during its inception and now serves on the national APT Board of Directors. He also served on a number of national, state, and local advisory committees regarding the delivery of educational and mental health issues for children.

Robby Aikin, MA, USA
Treatment of Complex Trauma with Sandplay

In this presentation, Robert Aikin will discuss the impact of complex trauma on children and the challenges faced by clinicians attempting to work with this population. Drawing from his rich experience at the Trauma Center at the Justice Research Institute in Boston, Mr. Aikin will share his breakthrough work with children using Sandplay Therapy as a key element in a multi-modal treatment approach.

Robert Aikin has worked with children suffering from multiple losses and trauma at Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Center at the Justice Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Achieving notable results with children regarded as virtually untreatable.


Thomas Armstrong, PhD, USA
The Adolescent Brain

In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Armstrong will share his recent research on the developmental changes taking place in the adolescent brain, focusing on the particular learning needs of this population.

 Thomas Armstrong is an educator and the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for the past forty years. Over one million copies of his books are in print on issues related to learning and human development.  He is the author of fifteen books including:  Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom 3rd Edition, In Their Own Way, Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, 7 Kinds of Smart, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child,  The Power of Neurodiversity:  Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain, The Human Odyssey:  Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life, The Best Schools:  How Human Development Research Should Inform Educational Practice, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. His books have been translated in over eighty foreign editions into twenty-six languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Danish, and Russian.

He has written for Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle (where he received awards from the Educational Press Association, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals), Parenting (where he was a regularly featured columnist for four years), Mothering (where he was a contributing editor), The AMA Journal of Ethics, many other periodicals, journals, and edited books. He has appeared on several national and international television and radio programs, including NBC's "The Today Show," "CBS This Morning," "CNN," the "BBC" and "The Voice of America." Articles featuring his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, and hundreds of other newspapers and magazines around the country. Dr. Armstrong has given over 950 keynotes, workshop presentations, and lectures on six continents in 26 countries, and 44 states in the past twenty-nine years. His clients have included Sesame Street, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the European Council of International Schools, the Republic of Singapore, and several state departments of education. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Speakers Association, the Authors Guild, ASCD, and PEN American Center.


Lucinda Mora, M.App.Sci, Australia
Sandplay Therapy in Work with the Multiply Challenged Client

In this presentation, Lucinda Mora will share her work in Sandplay with the seriously neurologically challenged population, revealing how her clients make demonstrable improvement through the hands-on work in the sand.

Lucinda Mora is a Registered Occupational Therapist and a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor. She is a Senior Clinical Consultant at the Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service for Ageing, Disability and Home Care at the North South Wales Department of Family and Community Services. Ms. Mora is also a Play Therapy-Supervisor at Creative Growth Counseling Services, Five Dock, New South Wales. She is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia, Australasian Pacific Play Therapy Association and Play Therapy International.

Lucinda has been working with children and adults since 1996. Her initial training was in Occupational Therapy. She developed an interest in emotional well-being and mental health early on in her career. Lucinda explored the way families make meaning of their children's behavioral difficulties in everyday life and discovered the important role of body-based approaches for arousal regulation. She has published several articles in the field, including, Systemic Hypothesising for Challenging Behaviour in Intellectual Disabilities: A Reflecting Team Approach, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT) and Beyond the Impasse: Systemic Consultation and Understanding Complex Cases.

Her later work took her into acute and community mental health settings with specializations in autism, intellectual disability and complex trauma. Lucinda did further formal study in directive and non-directive play therapy, filial play and creative arts supervision. She has more recently studied Jungian Sandplay therapy and continues her learning in this area. Lucinda believes in lifelong learning and continues her professional development through formal coursework, supervision and self-reflection.

Eunice Stagg, MAUnited Kingdom
The Spirit in Sandplay: The Return to the Self

In this presentation, Eunice Stagg, will share her wealth of knowledge in Sandplay Therapy, demonstrating how Sandplay gives clients the possibility to re-order their inner and outer worlds to the central core of the personality, the Self.

CST, MBACP (Senior Accredited). She is a Registered Sandplay Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Sandplay Therapy and a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Eunice is a member of, and serves on the council of The Association for Sandplay Therapy (AST) She is an Accredited  Play Therapist, Senior Supervisor and Senior Trainer for Play Therapy International (PTI) and has conducted trainings in Africa, India, New Zealand, Malaysia and many countries throughout the world. She lives and works in The United Kingdom and has a private practice working with both Adults and Children.

Congress Schedule

Remember, if you are unable to attend the Congress live, you can view it at your convenience on our website. Times indicated are in the Pacific Time Zone.

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Saturday 9/26

9 am-11:30-12 pm

Robert Aikin
Treatment of Complex Trauma in Sandplay Therapy


12-1 pm



1 - 2:30 pm

Richard Gaskill
Research on Trauma in Children



2:30-3 pm



3 - 4:30 pm

Lucinda Mora
Sandplay with the Multiply Challenged

Sunday 9/27

9 am - 11:30 am

Thomas Armstrong
The Adolescent Brain


12-1 pm



1-3:00 pm

Eunice Stagg
The Spirit in Sandplay


3:00 pm

Wrap Up Q & A

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12 Training Hours

$175      pre-event price // $225 post event
$125      Association for Sandplay Therapy Members - pre // $175 post event

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The Association for Sandplay Therapy is a non-profit professional corporation offering quality training in Jungian Sandplay Therapy, as taught by Dora Kalff, in the spirit of loving kindness, clarity and humility.



We Look Forward to Seeing You There!