June Study Group 2017: Typology and Sandplay Therapy

In our May 2017 Study Group, we are going to take a look at typology and sandplay therapy. Psychological type determines and limits a person’s judgment. As therapists, it is important for us to understand ourselves and our types of attitude when we work with our clients. If our personality type is harmonious with our clients, it may work well in the beginning of therapy, but certainly may not always be helpful. If our type is in conflict or complementary with our clients, the awareness of this difference is of significance in any attempts to do deeper work. Sandplay therapy requires the therapist to be a silent witness to the sandplay creation. The therapist holds the sandplay story as it proceeds and anticipates the development of the process to its completion. This nonverbal collaboration takes place mainly on unconsciousness level. In this work, the awareness of typology for both therapists and clients is invaluable.

HKSTA has initiated a working group to look into this topic and we would like to do a pilot study on the typology and sandplay therapy. In this study group, we will use the chapter on psychological types in “Jung: A Very Short Introduction” by Anthony Stevens as a base. We would like to explore questions such as:

1. Which typology profile will be attracted to sandplay therapy?
2. Is introverted intuitive types (IN) an advantage to be a sandplay therapist?
3. Is extroverted thinking types not a good candidate for sandplay therapy as a client?
4. How does typology affect us as a sandplay therapist?

Title: Typology and Sandplay Therapy
Date & time: June 23 (Friday) from 7 to 9pm.
Venue: Season Commercial Building, 5/F, 3 Humphreys Ave., Tsim Sha Tsiu, Kowloon
Presenters: Amy Leung and Ruby Mui


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