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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December 2017 Study Group: Closet/Wardrobe (Part III)

It is hard to believe that we will have the third study group on the symbol “Closet/Wardrobe”.  We still did not have enough time for presentation and discussion in our October study group when we had the PART II of the study.   We will continue to take a look at how the symbol of “Closet/Wardrobe” appears in the sandplay process and how it carries significance for the process.  If you have missed Part I and Part II of the Study Group, you are still welcome to join Part III.

Title: Closet/Wardrobe (Part III)
Date & Time: December 18, 2017 (Monday) from 10am-12pm
Venue: Room 301, 3/F., David House, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordan, Kowloon (Next to Jordan MTR Station Exit B)
Presenter: Sally Chan

Closet/wardrobe is not only a repository for valuables but also useless stuffs. It is a metaphor for the space of mind. Symbolically it holds one’s memories/secrets, and also buries things from one’s life. It is commonly used as a symbol of a negative stifling attachment to privacy, especially since the late 1960s, it is a marker of shameful secrets about one’s sexuality. How the closet/wardrobe symbolizes in sand trays?  We are going to explore this symbol and will have sandplay case presentation to illustrate it.
The study group is opened to members of Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.  Reply to this email if you plan to join this group on or before December 16, 2017.

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November 2017 Study Group: Unicorn

“Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn…., then always be a unicorn.” This statement always pops up in pictures with unicorn in recent years. Unicorn is a metaphor of individuation and it is about the search of one’s identity to become oneself. Symbolically, unicorn combines two parts: “white horse” and “spiral horn”. It is a symbol of inner journey and the healing power of oneself. As more and more people intrigued by the symbol of unicorn, and more and more products on unicorn are on the market, we will explore in this study group what the collective unconsciousness is telling us about this phenomenon, and how unicorn symbolizes in sand trays. We will have sandplay case studies to illustrate the unicorn symbol.

Symbol Study: Unicorn
Presenter: Bhakta Ng Wing Yan
Date: November 17, 2017 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 – 11:00am
Venue: Room 301, 3/F., David House, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordan, Kowloon. (Next to Jordan MTR Station Exit B)


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September 2017 Study Group: Reflection ISST Hawaii Congress

The ISST 2017 Congress was held in July this year in Hawaii.  Over 200 participants from all over the world attended and over 62 presenters shared their wisdom and experiences in sandplay therapy.  It was a successful and vibrant congress.  More importantly, HKSTA has officially become a Regional Society of the ISST in this Congress.  IMG-20170719-WA0001

HKSTA Chair Dr. Amy Leung and Exco member Bobby Fung have attended the one week long meeting. In our September study group, we will share our experience and reflection of the congress. We will also share the changes of HKSTA after becoming the regional society of ISST.

Title: Reflection on 2017 Hawaii Congress of the International Society for Sandplay Thearpy (ISST)
Date & time: September 25 (Monday) from 7pm to 9pm .
Venue: Season Commercial Building, 5/F, 3 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (TST MTR Exit A2)

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

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