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The field of art therapy is discovering that artistic expression can be a powerful means of personal transformation and emotional/spiritual healing. In this book, Shaun McNiff, a leader in expressive arts therapy for more than three decades, reflects on a wide spectrum of activities aimed at reviving art's traditional healing function. - Taken a class with Shaun at Lesley College

Emotional Learning Cards. "These cards effectively combine thought-provoking contemporary art images with stimulating questions that highlight themes relating to social identity, gender and the meanings we give to our experiences. They will be very useful for art therapists, teachers and parents." - Diane Waller OBE (Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London)

A Young Edith Kramer, protoge of Dicker-Brandeis, art therapy pioneer in the U.S.

New Jersey Art Therapy Association Public Service Announcement: Benefits of Art Therapy

Scared of the Cost of Graduate School? No Need To Be… swc.edu/...

Interview with Britt: Art is a Language

VP Katherine Ninos talks about the SWC Mission & Approach

Southwestern College: Debbie Schroder on the Art Therapy/Counseling Program...

Affordability of Southwestern College, Part 3...

A Reflection on "Rocktray: Nature as Medium" art workshop by NMATA and Southwestern College in Santa Fe.

"Mindfulness through Daily Mandala Practice" a New Mexico Art Therapy Association blog by Michelle Daly.

Pioneer in Sandplay, Dora Kalff, talks about the sand tray and demonstrates and analyses some of her patients' pictures in the sand. Filmed at her home/office in Switzerland in 1972.

Sandplay: Lorraine Freedle Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST). It requires training, scholarship and personal process in Jungian psychology and Sandplay therapy. Sandplay is a depth-oriented, meditative, and multi-sensory form of psychotherapy founded by Dora Kalff in Switzerland. Sandplay is particularly useful in the treatment of trauma and emotional healing, as well as for personal growth and development.

The sand tray provides a safe and protected space for children to express their experiences and emotions freely, and engage in the natural healing process of imaginative play.

What should be in a Sandplay collection? An ideal collection contains miniature figures of everything that is in the world, everything that has been, everything that can be seen... or imagined.

Monster on the shelf -- a diverse array of figures is essential in any Sandplay collection.

Items from nature can be incorporated into a sand tray image to create an environment or "miniature world" in the sand.

A peek at the Sandplay collection at the Southwestern College Counseling Center in Santa Fe.

Dora Kalff suggested using a sand tray that is 19.5 x 28.5 x 2.75 inches. This size is based on what the individual can be assumed to see without turning his or her head. This way the sand tray encompasses the field of vision and becomes the world. This sand tray is one of two trays handmade from red oak according to Dora Kalff's dimensions and donated to Southwestern College Counseling Center by the Lansrud-Lopez family.

When building your Sandplay collection, be sure to gear your collection toward the developmental level of the clients you are working with. Preschoolers will want more family and fantasy figures. Latency age children will use soldiers, people doing tasks, princesses, horses and fantasy figures. Teenagers may go for more archetypal figures, including images of transformation.

Southwestern College Counseling Center has two beautiful rooms for Sandplay and sand tray therapy.

"Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Private Practice" an information packed and energizing 2-hour workshop by Laura Lansrud-Lopez and Deborah Heikes.

Southwestern College Alumni Event, a reflection by Laura Lansrud-Lopez

Introduction to SoulCollageⓇ At the Art Therapy Institute Carrboro, NC

ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT, official announcement from art therapists Janet McLeod [New Zealand] and Cathy Malchiodi [USA]; come join our international community.