HKSTA Study Group July 2019: Symbol Study – Time and Timepiece

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For our July 2019 study group, Dr. Tracy Wong will lead us exploring the symbolic meaning of timepiece (e.g. clocks, watches) and time. Time is often symbolized by the wheel, by the twelve signs of the Zodiac, describing the circle of life as they move round…the center of such circles is then regarded as the motionless aspect of existence, the pivot which makes the motion of existence possible, the one contrasting with the other like time with eternity.

We experienced time and timepiece since birth. We were given birth time, some parents tell their children not to disclose birth time as it contains secrets of one’s life, and wicked people may play black magic if they know your birthday and time. An old Chinese saying, if you peel an apple at 12 midnight in front of a mirror without breaking the skin, the face of your future spouse will appear in the mirror. In fairy tales, Cinderella has to leave the castle by 12 midnight or else the magic would be gone, and the very loyal Majordomo – was transformed into a pendulum clock etc. Time seems so magical, and timepiece, is the ‘magical tool’ containing this power. We will explore this symbol and sandplay case study will be used for illustration.

July 2019 Study Group
Title: Time and Timepiece
Presenter: Dr. Tracy Wong, Clinical Psychologist
Date: 29 July 2019 (Monday)
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: The Progression Psychological Practice, Season Commercial Building, 5/F., 3 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (TST MTR Exit A2)

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


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HKSTA Sandplay Therapy Course in September and October 2019: Jungian Theory in Action – Application in Sandplay Therapy by Mr. Kwok Kar Kin, George

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Mr. Kwok Kar Kin, George

Sandplay Therapy has been one of the important expressive Jungian therapies. With the facilitation of sand, water and various miniatures, the clients are well contained and expressed freely inside the sand trays. Dora Kalff adopted the Jungian framework for the ground work of sandplay therapy. Hence, in this short course we would explore the theory of Jung and its application on sandplay therapy, with cases illustration.

This course is designed for those who have basic understanding of Jungian Sandplay Therapy. The participants are required to have at least 12 workshop hours in Sandplay Therapy offered by HKSTA and/or ISST. This is an ISST accredited training and twelve workshop hours will be given upon the completion of the course. HKSTA had offered a course “Basic Jungian Concepts and their Applications in Sandplay Therapy” taught by Mr. Kwok in April to May, 2017. The contents of this course is different from the one in 2017. Those who had attended the course in 2017 are welcome to join this current one.

Title: Jungian Theory in Action: Application in Sandplay Therapy
Trainer: Mr. Kwok Kar Kin, George
Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 30 & Oct., 14, 21, 28 (Mondays), 2019
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: 9/F., Breakthrough Centre, 191, Woosung St., Jordan, Kowloon.
Language: Cantonese

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HKSTA June 2019 Study Group: Book Study “Killing Commendatore” (刺殺騎士團長) by Haruki Murakami (村上春樹).

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For our June 2019 Study Group, Bobby will lead us inquiring into a man’s hero journey through the Japanese novel “Killing Commendatore” (刺殺騎士團長) by Haruki Murakami (村上春樹).

The hero’s journey is an archetypal theme. In a hero’s journey, the hero must return to the ordinary world where the journey began, transformed by their experience. In this study group, we are going to focus on the hero’s journey of the main character in this latest novel of Haruki Murakami. We will select some major scenes to look at its symbolic meaning. Bobby will also present a young man’s sandplay process for illustration.

Book Study: “Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami” 刺殺騎士團長
Presenter: Bobby Fung (Marriage and Family Counselor, RSW. Bobby works with children and family)
Date and time: 27 June 2019 (Thursday), 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Rm 301, 3/F, David House, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordan, Kwoloon (Next to Jordan MTR station Exit B)

There is an online copy of the book (in Chinese) for your reference:

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

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HKSTA May 2019 Study Group: The Language of the hand

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For our May Study Group, Carol Lo and Bhakta Ng will lead us exploring symbol of the hand. Hands are crucial to human being and particularly to our daily living. In Sandplay therapy, clients touch and mould sand inside sandbox, and place miniatures and/or leaving their handprints on sand. Some place figurines of hands in their trays. In this sharing session, we will explore different meanings of hands and case study from the presenter will be used as illustration.

Article Study: “The Language of the Hand” by Mary Ann Brock, Journal of Sandplay Therapy Vol. 23 #2, 2014
Presenter: Carol Lo (Counsellor of The Boys’ & Girl’s Clubs Association of Hong Kong) & Bhakta Ng (Psychotherapist in private practice, she is specialized to work with SEN children and adolescents)
Date and time: 23 May 2019 (Thursday), 7pm – 9pm
Venus : Room 301, 3/F , David House , 8-20 Nanking Street , Jordan , Kowloon (Next to Jordan MTR station Exit B)

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


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Cancellation of Sandplay Therapy Training by Jill Kaplan

This is an announcement that the HKSTA has cancelled Sandplay Therapy Training by Jill Kaplan.  Please contact us if you have any question.

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New ISST Teaching Member in Hong Kong

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Kwok Kar Kin George

We would like to congratulate Mr. George Kwok Kar Kin who has become a Teaching Member of ISST (International Society for Sandplay Therapy) in Hong Kong. Mr. Kwok has attained his ISST Certification as a Sandplay Therapist in July 2015 and Teaching Member in February 2019.

Throughout his journey to become a Teaching Member, Dr. Liza Ravitz was the major advisor who has given Mr. Kwok continuous guidance.  He first presented his paper “Searching for the stillness in an unquiet mind: The inner masculine journey of a Chinese teenager with Asperger Syndrome” in ISST 2015 Congress in Ottawa, Canada.  In 2015, Mr. Kwok has done co-teaching with Dr. Liza Ravitz in Hong Kong.  The topic was “A path to healing: Loss and grief in children and adults”.  In 2018, he has also done co-teaching with Ms. Linda Cunningham and Ms. Betty Jackson in the United States.  The former one he presented a paper on “Introduction to Sandplay Therapy: A short case of an adolescent” and the latter one on “The hands know how to solve the riddle: Sandplay fundamentals”.

According to ISST rules, the requirements to become a Teaching Member include: (1) A minimum of two years of experience conducting full Sandplay processes after ISST certification. (2) Attend an ISST congress and present a paper. Or attend an ISST conference and publish an article in a sandplay or other journal.  (3) Present at least one clinical case in addition to the individual’s final case for ISST membership. (4) Co-teach with a Teaching Member and preferably with two different Teaching Members. (5) On two occasions co-facilitate with one or more ISST Teaching Members for two Sandplay group supervisions or clinical discussions (this is a brief version and for a detailed one please refer to ISST website).

In order to fulfill his requirements, Mr. Kwok has done co-supervision with Dr. Liza Ravitz, Ms. Harriet Friedman and Dr. Sachiko Reece in 2018.  As regarding to teaching experience, he has taught Sandplay Therapy since 2011 in different occasions mainly for HKSTA and Caritas, and he also taught at the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Mr. Kwok has led many study groups for HKSTA throughout the years and he is well known of his knowledge in Jungian concepts.  We wholeheartedly commend Mr. Kwok’s achievement and we are looking forward to his further involvement in sandplay therapy training.

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HKSTA April 2019 Book Study: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche by Dora Klaff

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For our April Study Group, Karen Lau will lead us reviewing the “must read” classic book in Sandplay therapy: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche by Dora Klaff, whom was the founder of sandplay therapy.  This book offers the reader a foundational account of the practice of sandplay therapy.  Through simple narratives of actual case work, Kalff articulates her theoretical understanding of how sandplay therapy heals and transforms the psyche.
HKSTA  April  2019 Study Group
Book Study: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche by Dora Klaff
Presenter: Karen LAU (Karen is an educational psychologist and she has been an Associate Member since the inaugruation of HKSTA in 2011)
Date and time: April 10, Wednesday, 7-9PM
Venue: Room 301, 3/F., David House, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordon, Kolwoon. (Next to Jordan MTR Station Exit B)
Language: Cantonese
In case you don’t have the book, the order information:
For Chinese version, you could either order it from the Taiwan book selling online or from Taobao with different Chinese version.
As for English version, you can order from amazon website (
This study group is only opened to members of Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.
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