April Study Group – Book Study: The Wisdom of Oz

We are going to study the book: “The Wisdom of Oz — Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Therapist” by Dorothy Gita Morena in our April 2018 Study Group.

Book Study: The Wisdom of Oz — Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Therapist by Dorothy Gita Morena
Presenter: Bhakta Ng Wing Yan
Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Venue: Room 301, 3/F., David House, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordon, Kowloon. (Next to Jordan MTR Station Exit B)

This book study will focus on the archetypal theme of hero’s journey using the book “The Wisdom of Oz” by Dr. Morena. Current local sandplay therapy case will be used as illustration. Dr. Morena is a sandplay therapist and the great grand-daughter of L. Frank Baum, the writer of the famous book “The Wizard of Oz”. In her book, Dr. Morena explored the power of fairy tale and imagery from Oz in order to stimulate the imagination and to activate emotional healing. She also demonstrated how the main character Dorothy’s experiences in Oz resembles the struggles inherent in Carl Jung’s individuation process.

If you do not have the book, you can get it through the link below:

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

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Notice for the Seventh Annual General Meeting, 2018

This is to inform you of the Seventh Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association to be held on 24 March 2018 at 7:00pm. It will be followed by a Study Group. The meeting will be held at the Season Commercial Building, 5/F, 3 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

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March Study Group – Dreams and Sandplay Therapy

Our seventh AGM will be held on March 24, 2018. We are honored to have invited Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen to give a talk on Dreams and Sandplay Therapy after the AGM meeting.

Jung states in Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, “…our dreams are like windows that allow us to look in, or to listen in to that psychological process which is continually going on in our unconscious” (Jung 1934, p. 236). The unconscious expresses itself through dreams and sandplay images in sandplay processes which are not entirely under conscious control, and they both activate inner resources as well as facilitating a “dialogue” with the unconscious. This is why both dreams and sandplay process are important in working with clients in our clinical practice.

Topic: Dreams and Sandplay Therapy
Presenter: Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen, Senior (Jungian) Analyst, IGAP; Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teaching Member, ISST; President, ISST
Date: March 24, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Venue: The Progression Psychological Practice, Season Commercial Building, 5/F., 3 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

This study group is only opened to members of Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association. Reply to this email if you plan to join this group on or before 17 March, 2018. As seats are limited, please reply early.

We are looking forward to your participation.

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February 2018 Study Group: Anger in Sandplay Therapy

We are going to study the journal article “Archetypal Anger in Sandplay Therapy” by Tadashi Maeda in our February 2018 Study Group.

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HKSTA February 2018 Study Group
Journal Article Study: Anger in Sandplay Therapy
Presenter: May Liu
Date: February 2, 2018, Friday
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Venue: Room 301, 3/F., David House, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordon, Kolwoon. (Next to Jordan MTR Station Exit B)

Author of this journal article stated that anger sometimes becomes significant emotion in sandplay therapy, and the importance of the therapists as “wounded healers” in confronting clients’ anger and negative emotions. The author explores this subject through clinical study based on analytical psychology, Bushido and Buddhism with two clinical cases involving difficulty in expressing negative angry emotion. I will present clincal case using sandplay to facilitate our learning on this subject.

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January 2018 Study Group – Gargoyles

We are going to study “Gargoyles” in our January 2018 Study Group.


HKSTA January 2018 Study Group
Symbol Study: Gargoyles – West and East
Presenter: Jennifer Wong Chi Mei
Date: January 23, 2018, Tuesday
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Venue: YL Workshop, 7A Wing Lok Mansion, 160 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (Sheung Wan MTR Exit A1)

A dark, ugly, scary winged dragon-like beastly figure, crouching at a corner of the shelf peering down as if waiting for its next prey… this was Jennifer’s experience during her first sandplay personal process session. Jennifer is going to share her quest of this demon looking figure which she didn’t even recognize as a symbol of protection from the very beginning. Modern sculptor have shaped gargoyles into contemporary characters such as Darth Vader. Hiding in this shadowy figure must bore some of our projections and we invite you to join us to explore this intriguing symbol.

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The Five Ws in Sandplay Therapy Training

HKSTA will offer a training course in sandplay therapy for beginners from Feburary to April 2018. 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. 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?” and “Who will benefit most from sandplay therapy?”

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Facilitator: Ruby, K.S. Mui, Psy.D.
Dates: 26/2, 5/3, 12/3, 19/3, 26/3, 9/4, 2018 (6 classes):
Time: Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Jessie & Thomas Tam Centre, 316-318, Lai Lan House, Lai Kok Estate, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon (Cheung Sha Wan MTR Exit A1)
Fee for the workshop on Feb 26 to Apr 09, 2018 (26/2, 5/3, 12/3, 19/3, 26/3, 9/4,
total 6 classes):
□ HKSTA member HK$1,700 □ HK$1,500 (early bird on or before 5 Feb., 2018)
□ Non member HK$1,900 □ HK$1,700 (early bird on or before 5 Feb., 2018)

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Enquiry: 2311-2512 or hksta2009@gmail.com

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January 2018 Sandplay Therapy Supervision Group

In January 2018, HKSTA will offer another four Cantonese speaking sandplay therapy supervision groups. You can sign up for all four groups or one to three groups.
Dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24 (Wednesday), 2018  from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Venue: Season Comm. Bldg., 5/F, 3 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui., Kowloon. (MTR Exit A2)
Fee: HK$2,200 for four groupsHK$600 for one group
Number of Participants: 10
Supervisor:  Amy Leung Wai Yin, Ph.D., Registered Clinical Psychologist, Certified Sandplay Therapist & Teaching Member, International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).  Dr. Leung received her Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology. Her journey in sandplay therapy started in 1992 and she is the first Certified Sandplay Therapist in Hong Kong. Dr. Leung works as a clinical psychologist in the Progression Psychological Practice and regularly teaches sandplay therapy and the use of dreams in clinical work. She is the current Chairperson of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA).
We would like to invite you to join this supervision group if you are interested to learn more about sandplay therapy.  We would like to quote one of the participants who had joined the June and Semptember 2017 supervision groups by Dr. Amy Leung: 
“I’m glad to have the opportunity attending the first supervision group with Cantonese language instruction at HKSTA. I experienced the smooth, more accurate, focus and fast processing of my mind to express my perception of the images related to the tray. The process of contribution of ideas and questions by each participant enriched my ability of case formulation. In the group I had been a case presenter and a participant.  In both roles I was energized with support from the group and gain much more confidence to master the meaning of particular symbols and the sandplay process.  As a result, the clients I have been working with progressed and I have found appropriate ways to work with my clients using sandplay therapy.”
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