HKSTA Study Group March 2022

A woman moves from the “one unto herself” of the Maiden, to the focus of survival and growth of her offspring as a Mother. This archetypal energy may also be used to gestate, birth and raise a career, creative works, a spiritual path, or any other endeavor a woman may wish to pursue.  The Crone is the third and final archetype in women’s lives. The Crone is a woman who has developed a sense of her own empowerment through her nature. She has a playful spirit and approaches life in a lighthearted way.

In this Study Group, our honorable advisor, Dr. Amy Leung will lead us looking into the three phases of feminine development.  She will use the article written by Zilda Maria de Paula Machado “Recovering the Feminine Identity” JST Vol.19, #1, 2010 in discussion.  

Date           :     March 30, 2022 (Wed)
Time           :     7:30-9pm
Topic          :     The Archetypes of Maiden, Mother, Crone
Presenter   :      Amy Leung, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and former HKSTA Chair
Venue         :     Webinar through Zoom
Language   :     Cantonese

Remark      :     Article will be sent along to the registered member by the confirmation mail.

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

HKSTA Study Group February 2022

In February, we will study the book ‘HE: understanding masculine psychology’ by Robert A. Johnson. Robert A. Johnson was a renowned Jungian analyst and lecturer. He was also a prolific author. He published numerous books on Jungian psychology which have sold millions of copies. In his first book, ‘HE: understanding masculine psychology’, the Grail myth was explored. The Grail myth speaks of masculine psychology – what does it mean to be a man? What are the landmarks and blocks along the way to become a mature man? It is also relevant to women, for they also need to develop their inner masculinity. Decades after the publishing of the book, majority of modern women are taking part in the masculine world. The development of inner masculinity in female has become a timely and practical concern.

Book Sharing: He: Understanding Masculine Psychology, Robert A. Johnson,    
Harper Perennial; Revised ed. edition (2020)
Presenter: Ms. Chris Cheung (Educational Psychologist)
Date: 24 February, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese 

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

HKSTA Study Group January 2022

In January, we will study the book “Nine Windows to Wholeness: Exploring Numbers in Sandplay Therapy” by Pratibha S. Eastwood. In this book, the author takes the reader through a gateway of geometry and mathematics to explore the mysterious grid of numerical archetypes that underlie existence. Carl Jung speculated that numbers unite the world of the psyche and the world of matter, and the author develops this hypothesis by showing how the spiritual and mystical qualities of numbers appear within various cultures, traditions, and sciences.

Book Sharing: Pratibha S. Eastwood (2002), “Nine Windows to Wholeness: Exploring Numbers in Sandplay Therapy” , Sanity Press
Presenters: Ms. Berenice Lee (A private practitioner, Certified Counsellor of HKPCA)
Date: January 25, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

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

HKSTA Study Group December 2021

Alchemy in the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition can mean either a medieval chemical science and philosophy to achieve the transmutation of the base materials into gold or a power/process that transforms something in a mysterious and impressive way.  From the Jungian perspective, this is another lens through which we understand more the process of individuation.

Further to the November study group in which Sun a play therapist shares to us the basic concepts of alchemy, Kitty a certified counsellor in the December study group will share from her clinical experience in sandplay therapy practice how we may recognise alchemy is happening in the client’s psyche.  Though these are Kitty’s baby steps in making such observations, she is glad to share and explore with the groupmates so we may have some learning together.


Date:                December 14, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time:                7-9pm
Topic:               Alchemy in Action
Presenter:        Kitty Liu, a certified counsellor in private practice whose major clientele is working adults
Venue:                Webinar through Zoom
Language:        Cantonese

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

HKSTA Study Group November 2021

The alchemical process is like psychoanalysis that starts from some seemingly useless things, like primitive materials, then transforms into a Philosopher’s stone. When we embark on a journey of psychoanalysis in a closed container, which is like a stable therapeutic environment, the primitive materials will gradually transform into priceless treasures.

Alchemy symbolizes the process of discovering oneself, finding the soul, and searching for treasure in the shadows. Therefore, understand the symbolic meaning of alchemy is better starting from exploring ourselves. In this study group, the speaker will share his personal experience as the way to understand the symbolic meaning in alchemy and share his understanding of the book “Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical symbolism in psychotherapy” and the journal article of “Symbols of the alchemical process and sandplay therapy”. (Levy, E. G. (2011). Symbols of the alchemical process and sandplay therapy. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 20(2), 41-63.)


Study Topic: Using the personal process to understand alchemical symbolism
Presenters: Mr Poon Yat Sun (Registered Counsellor; Has been learning sandplay therapy since 2018)
Date: November 25, 2021 (Thu)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

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