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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