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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HKSTA Study Group March 2020

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We will look into the individuation process in the recent famous movie, Frozen 2 in our March Study Group. Unlike traditional hero journey, Frozen 2 is a modern shift from the romantic classical film of the 1940s and 50s, such as Snow White and Cinderella of Disney, to the platonic “sisterly” love that takes the hero through their journey. The heroine’s journey of Elsa started with answering the mystical voice, as a symbol of the collective unconscious and risked the plunge, then completed the individuation process.

Individuation, according to the C.G. Jung describes the psychological process of inner growth, centralization where the individual find its own self. Jung indicates that it is the process of forming and specializing the individual nature. In particular, it is the development of the psychological individual as a differentiated being from the general collective psychology. Individuation, therefore, is a process of differentiation, having for its goal the development of the individual personality. (C.G. Jung, C.W., Vol. 6, para 757)

Topic: The Individuation Process in Frozen 2
Presenter: May LIU
Date: 25 March , 2020 (Wednesday)
Time : 8:00-9:00pm (After 9th AGM)
Language: Cantonese

Note: Please watch the Movie Frozen 2 before attending the study group if possible

In this study group, we will discuss the symbolic expressions, the process of the separation and integration through acknowledging and accepting the shadow of heroine journey towards the individuation process in the movie. We will use the following four articles in the discussion and you can find them in our Dropbox Resource Library.

Articles:

1. Book Chapter: “The Twofold Movement of Individuation” in The Principle of Individuation by Murray Stein, 2006.

2. Disney’s Frozen 2 Reveals a Shift in the Collective Unconscious by Hila Hershkoviz

3. Elsa’s Heroine’s Journey Completed – Archetypal Symbolism in “Frozen 2” by Valerie Estelle

4. Let It Go: Revising ‘The Princess Story’ in Disney’s Frozen by Dikaia Gavala

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

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Announcement

Due to coronavirus, the course “The Five Ws in Sandplay Therapy Training” from Mar 18 to Apr 29, 2020 will be postponed to the later part of the year. The new dates will be announced.

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Notice for the Ninth Annual General Meeting, 2020

It is  to inform you that the Ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association will be held on 25 March 2020 at 7:00 pm. It will be followed by our March Study Group looking into The Individuation Process in Fairy Tales. This AGM will be held online due to the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus. To minimize the risk of infection and safeguard the health of our members, we will use Zoom to hold the meeting. We hope you can understand that this is the best way to keep the AGM being run under the current unusual situation.

If you plan to join the AGM and do not have a Zoom account, please download the software in the link below:
https://zoom.us/download

Please also familiarize yourself with how to join a meeting in Zoom, and we will send you a link when we confirm your participation in the AGM:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

The announcement and related documents of the Ninth AGM will be sent to you in a separate email. If you have any feedback or comment on holding the Ninth AGM online, please kindly write to the Honorary Secretary at HKSTA2010@gmail.com on or before 21st February.

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HKSTA The Five Ws in Sandplay Therapy Training 2020

HKSTA will offer a training course in sandplay therapy for beginners from Mar to Apr 2020. 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 and cases illustration will be used throughout the course. We will be answering the five Ws questions such as “What are main considerations in displaying sandplay miniatures?”, “Where can you find figurines and sand trays in shops and online?”, “Who will benefit most from sandplay therapy?”, “When is the appropriate time to start sandplay therapy with clients?” as well as “How to understand the client from the tray?”. Dr. Ruby Mui will be the course co-ordinator and the major teacher of the course with the help an experienced professional who have practiced sandplay therapy for an extended period of time. Experiential activities as well as self-made figurines are included.

Course Title: The Five Ws in Sandplay Therapy Training
Course co-ordinator: Ruby Mui
Presenters: Bobby Fung
Dates: To Be Confirmed
Time: Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: 5/F., Season Commercial Bldg., 3, Humphrey’s Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

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HKSTA Study Group will meet online

HKSTA Study Group will meet online due to the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus. In order to minimize the risk of infection and safeguard the health of our members, we will have our first online study group in February 28. We will use zoom to hold the meeting.

If you plan to join the study group and do not have a zoom account, please download the software in the link below:
https://zoom.us/download

Please also familiar yourself with how to join a meeting and we will send you a link when we confirm your participation in the Study Group:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

In this Study Group Bobby will share a clinical case of a boy who suffered from life threatening illness in our Study Group. He will also use a journal article “Glimpsing Sacred Mountain: A brief Sandplay process of a Boy with Cancer.” by Kate Amatruda in our discussion. You can download the article from our Dropbox resource library.

Suffering from life threatening illness can be a terrifying experience, especially for a young boy who had lived in hospital for chemotherapy for over a year. After returning to school, he had to face the threat of relapse and prolong sickness due to side effects of medication. Bobby will show us how Sandplay Therapy has helped him to recover and dealt with suffering. Bobby will also explore transference issues and symbolic expression during his sandplay therapy process.

Topic: Sandplay process with Children who have life threatening illness
Presenter: Bobby Fung
Date: 28 February , 2020 (Friday)
Time : 7:00-9:00pm
Language: Cantonese

This presentation was originally scheduled to be held in January and had been postponed. The February one which will explored the symbol of dog will re-scheduled to April 2020.

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

 

 

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HKSTA Study Group December 2019

In December’s study group, Ruby Mui will lead us to study a book chapter from how Sandplay heals trauma from a neuropsychological perspective, wrote by L Freedle. The non-verbal, depth oriented, and multi-sensory nature of Sandplay Therapy serves safe and direct access to trauma and an experiential means to work through it. Through sand touching and moving, free playing, symbolizing and self reflection in the presence of an attuned therapist, multiple brain systems are activated for healing and transformation. Four features of Sandplay therapy that support neural integration are reviewed, they are relational safety, somatosensory engagement, symbolic expression of the trauma narrative, and mindful participation. The author of the book chapter also presented her case to illustrate the concepts. The study group will be run in Cantonese.

Topic: Healing Trauma Through Sandplay Therapy: A Neuropsychological Perspective
Facilitator: Ruby Mui, PsyD
Date: 16 December, 2019 (Monday)
Time : 7:00-9:00pm
Venue: Rm301, 3/F, David House, 8-20, Nanking Street, Jordan, Kowloon

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

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