HKSTA Study Group October 2020

Who will you think of when hearing the story of the “Sleeping Beauty” ? Is it Princess Aurora? Prince Philip? Or the evil fairy Maleficent? 

Maleficent (黑魔后) is known for her curse to Princess Aurora and she is associated with darkness and power. There has not been a back story to give information for why and how Maleficent turned to be evil until Walt Disney Pictures casted a movie ‘Maleficent’ in 2014 portraying this figure. Maleficent was once a powerful and living fairy in protecting a magical forest realm. She turned to be an antagonist when she was betrayed. And there the story of the Sleeping Beauty began.

In this study group, Carol will share the story of Maleficent and explore the meanings of this figurine. Some clinical materials will be presented to facilitate the discussion.

Details:

Symbol Study: Maleficent
Presenter: Ms Carol Lo, Counsellor at The Boys’ & Girl’s Clubs Association of Hong Kong
Date: October 19, 2020 (Monday)
Time: 7:30-9:30pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

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

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HKSTA Six Sessions of Online Sandplay Therapy Training from Nov. to Dec. 2020 by Dr. Amy Leung Wai Yin

Dr. Amy Leung Wai YIn

We are glad to announce that Dr. Amy Leung Wai Yin will offer a series of six Zoom sessions of Sandplay Therapy workshop from Nov. to Dec. 2020 which will fulfill 15 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST).

The workshop is about the imaginative aspects of Sandplay Therapy.  Imagination is seen as having a real effect on the psyche, and even on physical reality.  Since imagination can be responsible for the onset of disease, it also has an important role in healing. These six sessions of online Sandplay Therapy workshop will look at how imagination works in sandplay therapy and the role of the sandplay therapists.  Some of the participants will present their clinical materials of sandplay therapy for us to examine and discuss the role of imagination in the sandplay process.  

Workshop Title: Sandplay Therapy: Imagination At Work
Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 November & 2, 9 December (Wednesday), 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Language: Cantonese
Venue: Meeting online through ZOOM

Dr. Leung is the Chair of HKSTA and she has offered many sandplay therapy training workshop in the past.  She works as a clinical psychologist in private practice and regularly teaches sandplay therapy and dreams locally and internationally.  As a clinician, she is specialized in psychological assessment, individual and family therapy.  She worked as a clinical psychologist at the Adolescent Medical Center of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was an Honorary Assistant Professor at the Department of Community Medicine, the University of Hong Kong.  She has been a clinical supervisor of many NGO counseling agencies for over two decades.  She is a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS).  Moreover, she was the founding chair of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA) and currently she is the Vice President (Asia) of ISST.

As places are limited, priority will be given to members of HKSTA before the earlybird deadline.

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HKSTA Study Group September 2020

The Japanese consider cherry blossom (さくらSakura桜 ) their national flower.  It is said to represent some kind of spirit and belief of the Japanese people.  Every year when the Spring season comes, from the South to the North of Japan, Sakura blossoms in tremendous amounts and it has become a ritual and a habit the Japanese Meteorological Agency anticipates when it will blossom in different locations of the country so that visitors can “chase” the flowers everywhere to view and enjoy their beauty in full bloom.  And the Japanese are used to spending the whole day sitting under the Sakura trees to have a picnic and taste the flowers with their eyes.  They call it hanami (はなみ 花見) which simply means viewing the flowers.

In this symbol study Kitty Liu, a psychological counsellor in private practice, will facilitate us to explore on the meanings of Sakura. And related clinical materials will be presented to enrich discussions.

HKSTA September 2020 Study Group
Symbol Study: Sakura
Presenter: Ms. Kitty Liu
Date: 29/9/2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese (will switch to English if needed)

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

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HKSTA Study Group August 2020

Trickster is perhaps one of the most important but paradoxical archetypes among us, from the old time as Hermes, Mercurius, and jester to modern days’ joker in popular movies. Jung writes of “his fondness for sly jokes and malicious pranks, his powers as a shape-shifter, his dual nature, half animal, half divine, his exposure to all kinds of tortures, and … his approximation to the figure of a saviour” (1959, para.456).
In this study group, we would explore different perspectives of trickster as an archetype, and its manifestation in various symbols and images. Cases would be illustrated and discussed.

HKSTA August 2020 Study Group
Symbol Study: Trickster
Presenter: Mr. Kwok Kar Kin, George (Teaching Member, ISST)
Date: 21/8/2020
Time: 7:30-9:30 (online)
Language: Cantonese (will switch to English if needed)

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

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HKSTA The Five Ws in Sandplay Therapy Training 2020

HKSTA will offer a training course in sandplay therapy for beginners in September 2020.  The training will be delivered in the mode of one day in-person meeting to provide experiential activities and three sessions of interactive webinar training.  We have offered this course twice since 2018 and has received remarkably positive feedback.  This course will provide the practical considerations and guidelines for mental health professionals who are at the beginning stage in using sandplay therapy with clients.  Cases illustration will be used throughout the course. 

Course Title: The Five Ws in Sandplay Therapy Training
Facilitators: Ruby Mui & Berenice Lee
Dates: 6/9, 14/9, 21/9, & 28/9 2020 (12 hrs)
Time: Sunday 6/9 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (in person)
Venue: Ching Tam Center – directions will be given upon confirmation of registration
Monday 14, 21, 28/9 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (webinar)

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HKSTA Study Group July 2020

What will you associate with the word Buddha? What is Buddha? What are the different levels of meaning of Buddha? How our clients express the symbol of Buddha  in sandplay therapy? The Lotus Sutra teaches that we can become Buddha. This means that we can realize the Self in our individuation process. (Tadashi, 2012)
 

HKSTA July 2020 Study Group
Symbol Study: Buddha
Presenters: Dr. Natalie Chantagul (Psychotherapist at Bangkok Psychological Services (BPS); Has been learning sandplay therapy since 2016)
Date: 30 July, 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm (online)
Language: English

In this study group, Natalie will share the journal article “Buddha in Sandplay Therapy: Symbolical Interpretation of Buddha and the Lotus Sutra. ” by Tadashi Maeda (Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 22, #1, 2012). She will have a case sharing to illustrate the symbolic meaning of Buddha and explore this symbol from Thai people‘s perspective, which is less mentioned in the article. In addition, she will also share different Buddha images her clients expressed in the sandtrays.
 

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

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HKSTA Sandplay Therapy Training Case Colloquia on Sandplay and Dreams by Dr. Alex Esterhuyzen

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We are glad to announce that Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association will invite Dr. Alex Esterhuyzen to provide a series of six Zoom sessions for Case Colloquia on Sandplay and Dream from June to July 2020 which will fulfil 15 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST).

Dr. Alex Esterhuyzen has had over forty years of experience in ISST Sandplay Therapy. He is a Senior (Jungian) Analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists in London with a special interest in dreams, symbol and image. He is also a Sandplay Therapist and Teaching member of ISST. He is a wonderful teacher and he explains Jungian concepts very well. In a series of 6 sessions, Dr. Alex Esterhyzen will explore the intersection of Sandplay therapy and dream work. We can develop a better understanding how to understand dreams and recognize the connections and differences between dreams and sandplay. This colloquium involves active participation by all participants who will take turn to present materials involving Sandplay and dreams. We also open for some, but limited quota, who are interested in Sandplay and dreams but they may not have materials to present. Don’t miss this chance!

Course Title: Dreaming with the hands and during sleep!

Presenter: Dr. Alex Esterhuyzen

Dates: 23/6, 30/6, 7/7, 14/7, 21/7, 28/7 (all Tuesdays)

Time: 9:45am-12:30pm (15min break)

Method: Zoom

Language: English

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HKSTA Study Group June 2020

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What will you associate with the human skeleton at the first mind? The scary, dangerous or fearful image or something that related to evil. However, from the religious and cultural perspectives, it has a different interpretation on the human skeleton which is “the harbinger of transformation, a new form of life inherent in the death of the old” (Marina, 2018)*.

In this study group, Sun will use the journal article “The human skeleton and the development of identity in a child’s sandplay process” by Marina Ionescu (Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 27, #2, 2018) and Sun will have a case sharing to illustrate the symbolic meaning of the human skeleton and explore the view from Eastern perspective, which is less mention in the article, on this symbol.

HKSTA June 2020 Study Group
Symbol Study: Human Skeleton
Presenters: Poon Yat Sun (Registered Counsellor & Clinical Supervisor (APCPA); Has been learning sandplay therapy since 2018 )
Date: 24 June, 2020 (Wed)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm (online)

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

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HKSTA Study Group May 2020

 

The crocodile, alligator, caiman all belong to the family of crocodilian species. They are descendants from the ancient dinosaur era and has evolved with not much changes. However, in mythology, they are transformed into dragons and Jung saw them interchangeably. In this study, Berenice will go through the ecological aspects of the crocodiles and how they are being perceived metaphorically as symbols for males and females differently, their universal significance and how they are being imagined as dragons in myths and fairy tales.

When crocodiles and alligators appear in dreams, they depict emotions that we try to repress or avoid, or they may signify that there are hidden dangers that we have to be aware of. Examples of dreams that contain these symbols are listed on the document: “Dream Dictionary – Alligator” and you will find it in our dropbox resource library. Another article Berenice will use is “The crocodile and the cosmos: Itzamkanac, the palace of the the Alligator’s House” by Ernesto Vargas Pacheco & Teri Arias Ortiz. You can access the article through our dropbox.

In the study group, Berenice will share her three female clients’ cases who have used crocodile and/or alligator in their sandplay journey. She will also use a journal article: “A boy’s encounter with dying and death: the loss of a twin” by Antoninette M. Eimers (Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 28, #2, 2019) where a boy uses the figurines of crocodile to process his grief and fear. Berenice also invites participants who have trays that depict crocodiles or alligators to share in the discussion. Please reply to this email if you plan to share your cases.

HKSTA May 2020 Study Group
Symbol Study: Crocodile and Alligator
Presenters: Berenice Lee (Berenice is a Certified Counsellor. She is in private practice and has been learning sandplay therapy since 2012)
Date: 18 May, 2020 (Monday)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm (we will meet online)

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

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HKSTA Study Group April 2020

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This symbol study of dog was originally planned to hold in February. Because of the global health crisis, we need to make changes and we will now have the meeting online in April.

The dog is the first domesticated animal and is commonly associated with loyalty and vigilance. Often acting as guardian and protector, dogs are portrayed as guides and companions. In sandplay therapy, dog unusally represents an instinct which is easy to integrate and even can be assimilated. Other than her own research on the symbol, Chris will use the Journal article: “The Dog: Guide, Guardian and Soul Mate” by Jellemieke Hees-Stauthamer” (you can find the article in our online resource library). She will also use Barbara Hannah’s book “The Cat, Dog and House Lectures and The Beyond” for her presentation. If you do not have a copy of this book, it is worth ordering one:
https://www.bookdepository.com/Barbara-Hannah-Cat-Dog-Horse-Lectures-Barbara-Hannah/9780933029590?ref=grid-view&qid=1579837510547&sr=1-1
Carmen will use her clinical cases to illustrate the symbol. She will present a six year old boy who have fear in moving to his new stage of development and we will see the significance of the dog symbol in his process.

HKSTA April 2020 Study Group
Symbol Study: Dog
Presenters: Chris Cheung Yee Ping (Chris is an educational psychologist working in local schools and she is also a practitioner using therapeutic play skills in her clinical work) and Carmen Cheuk (Carmen is an Associate Member since the inaugruation of HKSTA in 2011 and she is a Play Therapist specializing in working with children).
Date: 17 April, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 8:00 – 10:00pm (we will meet online)

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

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