Bay Area Play Therapy Training

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Exploring Metaphor and Volta in Sand Tray and PlayTherapy

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If toys are a child’s words, working in sandtrays can be described as a child’s poetry.

Volta refers to a shift–in tone, theme, meaning, perspective, etc.--that occurs in a poem. After a volta, something has changed. The same phenomenon occurs during sand tray work. There are moments–a new miniature, a change in position, a phrase uttered nonchalantly, a feeling–that changes the meaning of a sand tray. Sometimes, the change is apparent in the moment and at other times it is apparent in the following sand tray. In this play therapy workshop, 

Dr. Emily Keller, LPCC, RPT-S, will lead participants through an exploration of metaphor, poetry, sand tray, and the moment that everything changes. This workshop highlights the power of play therapy to facilitate communication, especially that of the subconscious. As play therapists, sometimes we feel the shifts that occur in sand tray. This workshop attempts to use the structure of poetry to help elucidate the process. 

Dr. Keller will structure the workshop in three parts: didactic, experiential, and case studies. Participants will gain insight into the sometimes subtle and sometimes abrupt moments of change that can occur during sand tray work both with children and with adults.Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss the communicative power of sand tray in play therapy 
  2. Give three examples of meaningful shifts that occur in sand trays created during play therapy 
  3. Define metaphor and volta in the context of sand tray play therapy 

This webinar training is eligible for 3 non-contact CE’s with the Association for Play Therapy.

Faculty: Emily Keller, Ph.D., LPCC, RPT-S
Dates: May 17, 2024
Times: 9 to 12 PM, Pacific
Tuition: $90 ($75 Before May 3)
Level: Intermediate
Participants: Mental Health Professionals
Live Webinar Non-Contact Hours: 3 (APT)  

For APT Training, Play Therapy Primary Areas: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (1.5 Hours); Other (Expressive Arts) (1.5 Hours)


  • 9-10 AM Expressive Arts: Poetry & Sand Tray in Play Therapy
  • 10-11:30 Experiential Exercises & Case Studies
  • 11-12 Processing, Wrap-up, Q&A

About the Speaker:

  • Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who is passionate about applying the therapeutic power of play therapy to help children, teens, and families heal and grow. She has presented at workshops nationally and internationally. She is a certified yoga instructor offering weekly Yoga Nidra classes. 

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the ent or a 50% refund between 5 and 15 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. 

Please note: Certificates of Completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety and take an online exam based on the content.


May 17th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $90.00

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