HKSTA 4-Day Supervision Group in July/August 2021

We are very excited to let you know we will have a four-day supervision group in July and August 2021.  As we were not able to offer supervision group for a long period of time, we are looking forward to this face to face supervision group and to resume sandplay therapy training in person soon.  The supervisor of this four-day supervision group is Dr. Alex Esterhuyzen and he has been our trainer for over a decade.  He is the past President of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST), a psychiatrist specialized in Psychotherapy, a Senior Jungian Analyst and visiting Professor at Kyoto University.  He has extensive clinical experience as a Training Analyst, Sandplay Therapist, Teacher of Sandplay Therapy and Analytical Psychology. Group Supervision with him is NOT an individual supervised in a group. It is a learning experience for all participants as everyone is engaged in learning how to think symbolically and to link sandplay images, the clients’ psyche, and the therapeutic relationship to the image.

Some participants will present their clinical materials and each presenter can have at least a 2 hour-slot to present.

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HKSTA Study Group June 2021

Octopus is one of the most interesting sea creatures. Name octopus is derived from the Greek language, and it means eight-footed. It moves with grace and fluidity, using both strategy and intuition equally as Octopus enjoys exploring the ocean.

Octopus contain a fantastic creature with an ability to defend itself with an ink-like liquid and the ability to camouflage. Moreover, the mysteries of Octopus are dissolution and regeneration, which expresses the hidden connections between chaos, emptiness and the ordering capacity of the psyche in a paradox.

After realizing the characteristics and the metaphors of Octopus, how to support clients in exploring personal growth?  In this study group, the presenter, Ms ManYee Wong will use Sandplay and creative art play case for illustration.

Date: June 22, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Presenter: Ms ManYee Wong (Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA June – July 2021 Six Online Training Classes by Dr. Amy Leung

Dr. Amy Leung
Wai YIn

We are glad to announce that Dr. Amy Leung will offer six online classes in Sandplay Therapy from June to July 2021 which will fulfill 15 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST).

The workshop is on Individuation in Sandplay Therapy.  Individuation is a core concept of analytical psychology and it is the central process of human development.  When symbols appear in sandplay therapy, they follow some patterns over a period of time.  Certain contents emerge, disappear, and then turn up again.  Therapists can observe a hidden regulating or directing tendency at work, creating a slow process of psychic growth – the process of individuation.  Gradually a wider and more mature personality emerges.  In these six sessions of online sandplay therapy workshop, Dr. Amy Leung will lead us looking into the process of individuation in sandplay therapy.  Some of the participants will present their sandplay clinical material to demonstrate the process.  This course required participants to have a background in sandplay and have attended other HKSTA or ISST sandplay therapy training before.

Workshop Title: Individuation in Sandplay Therapy
Dates: 16, 23, 30 June & 7, 14, 21 July (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Language: Cantonese 
Venue: Meeting online through ZOOM 

Dr. Leung offered another online course “Sandplay Therapy: Imagination At Work” last year and it was well received.  With more experience in online teaching, she is looking forward to doing more teaching online. 

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HKSTA Study Group May 2021

Healing and personal transformation are the sine qua non of therapy. In Sandplay therapy, healing occurs with the strengthening of the ego-Self axis in the process of individuation, while transformation is evidenced by an expansion of consciousness and personal world view (Ammann, 1991)

Murray Stein argues that a person’s destiny is made up of a series of transformative images and experiences, such as an impressive person you meet, a dream, an active imagination experience, or a traumatic event such as a divorce or death of a loved one. Dr. Stein then focuses on the importance and significance of intimate relationships on the journey towards individuation because such relationships involve projections and therefore transference and countertransference. In order to analyze further such an important interpersonal dynamic, he makes use of Jung’s four stages of analysis: confession, elucidation, education, and transformation itself. Finally, the author illustrates the stages of inner development on the journey towards individuation as seen in the images and sequence of the Rosarium Philosophorum.

In this Study group, Adrian Davis will examine the nature and role of transformation in Murray Stein’s book Transformation: Emergence of the Self

Book sharing: Transformation: Emergence of the Self (Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology)by Murray Stein,1998
Presenter: Adrian Davis(Certified Play therapist (APTA) and Art therapist (CiiAT), Lecturer of Social Work Programme in Macao, Currently study Sandplay therapy with HKSTA)
Date: 25 May, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: English

Remark: Book could be bought in the online book store, such as Amazon or Book Depository.

Reference: Ruth Ammann (1991), Healing and Transformation in Sandplay: Creative Process Made Visible (The Reality of the Psyche Series)

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA Study Group April 2021

Fox is a paradoxical kind of animals, which is not only cute and clever but also cunning and cruel. Fox is not as powerful as big cats. Nevertheless, it is no doubt relatively more intelligent among animals. Due to its intelligence, fox is always considered one of the spirit animals. This attribute, besides its instinctual power, sometimes appears in the sand tray.

Moreover, fox’s paradoxical nature is polarized and is expressed by the fox spirits. Some fox spirits are considered benevolent and loyal but others malevolent and treacherous. The characteristics of the fox spirits are “poles apart”. Interestingly, there have been quite some folklores regarding marriage with/of a fox spirit in the oriental literature. If the supernatural creatures are projection of our complexes in the unconscious psyche, which complex (or complexes) does the fox spirit represent? What is its relationship with our shadow?

In this study group, we will discuss the nature of fox, fox spirits in the oriental literature and its relationship with our unconsciousness, and these are illustrated by several clinical case materials.

Date: April 28, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30-9pm
Presenter: Mr Ryan Hung (a counsellor who works with adults, in particular parents, and sometimes with children as well)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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Notice for the Tenth Annual General Meeting, 2021

Dear Members,

The Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association will hold our Tenth Annual General Meeting on 24 March 2021 (Wednesday). It will be followed by our March study group on a symbol – Genie: a mentor within, presented by Bhakta Ng.

We look forward to your attending either in person (via Zoom video conferencing) or by proxy, but please note that due to security procedures you are required to turn on your camera to gain access to the Zoom video conferencing.

The announcement and related documents of the Tenth AGM have been sent to all members in a separate email.

If you have any feedback or comment on holding the AGM, please contact the Honorary Secretary at

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Sally Chan is Certified as an ISST Sandplay Therapist

Chan Shook Yim Sally

We would like to congratulate Ms. Sally Chan Shook Yim who has become the fifth locally trained Certified Sandplay Therapist in Hong Kong.  Ms. Chan has been certified by the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) as a Certified Member as of February 10, 2021. 

In brief, the certification process includes (1) a personal process in sandplay therapy with an ISST member; (2) theoretical training of a minimum of 100 hours of participation in training seminars by ISST Teaching members in the tradition of Dora Kalff that is based on the principles of the psychology of C.G. Jung; (3) two written symbol papers; (4) 80 hours supervision of practical work in individual and group sessions; and (5) one completed written case study evaluated by three International ISST case readers.

Ms. Chan began her sandplay journey in 2010 when she attended sandplay workshop conducted by Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen in Hong Kong. She continued to engage in numerous sandplay training in the following years. She went through her personal sandplay process with Barbara Turner.  Her two major supervisors are Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen and Ms. Lenore Steinhardt. She has done “The Well as a Symbol in Sandplay” and “The Closet in Sandplay Therapy” as her symbol papers. Sally has been an active and dedicated member of HKSTA and has contributed in a significant way.  She served as a Committee Member from 2014-2017; and as a Vice-Chairperson from 2017-2020.  Currently she is the Chair-Elect.  Sally is looking forward to sharing her clinical experiences in writing and teaching.

HKSTA fully supports those who intend to become Certified Sandplay Therapists.  We will continue to offer programs and other means to facilitate the process.

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HKSTA Study Group March 2021

Genie in Disney Version. Adapted from Official Disney Dream File, No 20 (page 11), by Character Profile Genie, 2009, DeAgostini Japan. Copyright 2006 by K K DeAgostini Japan, Disney, and Disney/Pixar.

Are you aware of the character Genie in the Walt Disney film of Aladdin? We will explore on the psychological dimensions of the story to better understand Genie on both of his opposite aspects that involve “the trickster” and “the wise old man” through his action of granting three wishes to Aladdin. And thus we may know more about the essence of these two archetypal figures from a Jungian perspective. In fact, the figure of the Genie can be interpreted as an inner mentor in the symbolic process and this will be further illustrated by the clinical materials of a lady who has anxiety disorder and delusion features on her quest to find herself. 

Bhakta has completed her two symbol papers and both were accepted in 2020.  “Genie: the mentor within” is her first symbol paper study.

Date      :     March 24, 2021 (Wed)
Time      :     7:30-9pm
Topic     :     Genie: the mentor within
Presenter      :     Bhakta NG (Psychotherapist & Registered Social Worker who mainly works with SEN adolescents and adults with anxiety issues)
Venue    :            Webinar through Zoom
Language     :     Cantonese
Remark  :     Please watch the film Aladdin (2019) before joining this study group

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA Study Group February 2021

Joseph Campbell, the acclaimed American mythology academic and famous author postulates that the ‘hero’s journey’ motif or monomyth which he identifies has been present in all cultures and times. The same hero wearing different mask appears throughout mythology, religious, literatures, and centuries.

Aladdin released in 2019 is an American live-action animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Guy Ritchie, from a script he co-wrote

with John August, it is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name, which itself is based on the eponymous tale from One Thousand and One Nights. The youngster, Aladdin unintentionally engaged in an adventure in which he is on a quest to find himself. The film follows the heroic journey identified by Campbell.

In this study group, we are going to accompany Aladdin to go through a series of stages, obstacles and rewards along his adventure through the lens of Campbell’s ‘hero journey’. Clinical materials of a lady whose daughter died of cancer will be presented to illustrate her quest to find herself.

Topic : The Heroic Journey of Aladdin: the Diamond in the Rough
Presenter: Brenda Koo (Private Practitioner, RSW, CT. Brenda mainly work with bereaved adults and children)
Date: February 25, 2021 (Thursday )
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Venue: Webinar through Zoom
Language: Cantonese

Remark: Please watch the film Aladdin (2019) before joining this study group.

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA workshop – The Five Ws, Part II in Sandplay Therapy Training

Warmest 2021 New Year greeting from HKSTA!

HKSTA will offer a training course in sandplay therapy for beginners in Mar 2021. We have offered this course since 2018 and have received remarkably positive feedback respectively. This course aims to provide the practical considerations and guidelines for mental health professionals who are at the beginning stage in using sandplay. The 5Ws, Part II in Sandplay Therapy Training is an experiential and interactive webinar workshop. We will be answering the five Ws questions such as “What are the therapeutic goals of Sandplay Therapy?”, “How to understand the client’s initial tray and why it is important?”, “What is the sensory experience in touch with dry and wet sand as well as the creation of mini-sandtray?”. Dr. Ruby Mui will be the course co-ordinator and the major facilitator of the course with the help of experienced professionals who have practiced sandplay therapy for an extended period of time. Experiential activities, small group discussion as well as case illustrations will be used throughout the course.

Course Title: The Five Ws, Part II in Sandplay Therapy Training
Course co-ordinator: Ruby Mui
Presenters: Ruby Mui, Berenice Lee & Teresa Kwok
Dates: 7/3, 14/3, 21/3, 28/3 2021 (4 classes)
Time: Sunday 9:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Webinar through zoom

As places are limited, priority will be given to members of HKSTA. If you are interested to learn sandplay therapy, we would also like to invite you to join our association. 

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