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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HKSTA March 2019 Study Group: Camera – Reflecting the Shadow

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Our eighth AGM will be held in March 27, 2019.  After the AGM we will have our March Study Group and we are pleased to have Mr. Poon Yat Sun to share his personal journey in writing the symbol paper of camera, which is one of the requirements of the ISST certification.
Camera is an useful tool to capture the precious moment. People love to take photos at important, memorable event like birthday party, wedding party, graduation day or any ceremony.  They could review the photos whenever they want. Some therapists also use photography in counselling process.  In this sharing session, Mr. Poon will share his personal relationship with the symbol and how it appears in culture, fairy tales and mythology and he will use a case study to illustrate the symbol of camera.
HKSTA  March 2019 Study Group
Title: Sharing the journey of writing symbol paper: Camera – Reflecting the Shadow
Presenter: Mr. Poon Yat Sun  (A counsellor of the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong and a clinical supervisor of the HKSYU of Counselling and Psychology Department.  Mr. Sun also has been trained to use photos/photography as a therapeutic means.)
Date and time: 27 March 2019 Wednesday, 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Venue:  9/F., Breakthrough Centre, 191, Woosung St., Jordan, Kowloon
This study group is only opened to members of Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.
We are looking forward to your participation.
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Notice for the Eighth Annual General Meeting, 2019

This is to inform you of the Eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association to be held on 27 March 2019 at 7:00pm. It will be followed by our March Study Group looking into the symbol of camera. The meeting will be held at HKSWA Jordan Centre, 9/F Breakthrough Centre, 191 Woosung Street, Jordan, Kowloon

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HKSTA April 2019 Sandplay Therapy Training by Jill Kaplan from the United States

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HKSTA has invited Ms. Jill Kaplan from the United States to offer Sandplay Therapy Training workshop in April 2019.   Jill is a very experienced teacher of sandplay therapy.  She will offer a two-day workshop on “Sandplay with Young Children: Creating Containment for Trauma and Special Needs Children”, and a one-day supervision group.
Title of the workshop: Sandplay with Young Children: Creating Containment for Trauma and Special Needs Children
Date and time: April 13 & 14, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) 9:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Venue: 9/F., Breakthrough Centre, 191, Woosung St., Jordan, Kowloon.
Language: English
During this visit, Jill’s schedule will be:
1.  Workshop: April 13 & 14, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2.  Supervision Group: April 12, 2019 (Friday) 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jill will also be available for individual supervision on Thursday (April 11).


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