HKSTA Study Group will meet online

HKSTA Study Group will meet online due to the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus. In order to minimize the risk of infection and safeguard the health of our members, we will have our first online study group in February 28. We will use zoom to hold the meeting.

If you plan to join the study group and do not have a zoom account, please download the software in the link below:

Please also familiar yourself with how to join a meeting and we will send you a link when we confirm your participation in the Study Group:

In this Study Group Bobby will share a clinical case of a boy who suffered from life threatening illness in our Study Group. He will also use a journal article “Glimpsing Sacred Mountain: A brief Sandplay process of a Boy with Cancer.” by Kate Amatruda in our discussion. You can download the article from our Dropbox resource library.

Suffering from life threatening illness can be a terrifying experience, especially for a young boy who had lived in hospital for chemotherapy for over a year. After returning to school, he had to face the threat of relapse and prolong sickness due to side effects of medication. Bobby will show us how Sandplay Therapy has helped him to recover and dealt with suffering. Bobby will also explore transference issues and symbolic expression during his sandplay therapy process.

Topic: Sandplay process with Children who have life threatening illness
Presenter: Bobby Fung
Date: 28 February , 2020 (Friday)
Time : 7:00-9:00pm
Language: Cantonese

This presentation was originally scheduled to be held in January and had been postponed. The February one which will explored the symbol of dog will re-scheduled to April 2020.

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



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HKSTA Study Group December 2019

In December’s study group, Ruby Mui will lead us to study a book chapter from how Sandplay heals trauma from a neuropsychological perspective, wrote by L Freedle. The non-verbal, depth oriented, and multi-sensory nature of Sandplay Therapy serves safe and direct access to trauma and an experiential means to work through it. Through sand touching and moving, free playing, symbolizing and self reflection in the presence of an attuned therapist, multiple brain systems are activated for healing and transformation. Four features of Sandplay therapy that support neural integration are reviewed, they are relational safety, somatosensory engagement, symbolic expression of the trauma narrative, and mindful participation. The author of the book chapter also presented her case to illustrate the concepts. The study group will be run in Cantonese.

Topic: Healing Trauma Through Sandplay Therapy: A Neuropsychological Perspective
Facilitator: Ruby Mui, PsyD
Date: 16 December, 2019 (Monday)
Time : 7:00-9:00pm
Venue: Rm301, 3/F, David House, 8-20, Nanking Street, Jordan, Kowloon

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

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HKSTA Study Group November 2019

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We will look at the symbol of “tomb” in our November Study Group. This presentation concerns the topic of death in general and the symbol of the tomb in particular. An overview of the topic will be given first, including an explanation of death as a process of transformation according to mythical sources. Various symbols of death and how they might appear in the sand will then be introduced, after which the clinical material from several cases will be reviewed and discussed.

November 2019 Study Group
Symbol Study: Tomb
Presenters: Adrian Davis (Play Therapist and Art Therapist; Lecturer, Social Work Programme, Macao Polytechnic Institute) and Mimi Tung (Registered Art Therapist and Marriage & Family Therapist)
Date: 25 November 2019 (Monday)
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Language: English
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 the members of Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA Study Group October 2019: Symbol Study – Witch

photo for October Study GroupThe witch is a captivating presence in sandplay process and it is frequently used by our clients. In our October Study Group, we will inquire into the symbol of the witch guiding by Mrs. Kitty Liu. The witch symbol connects us to the power of the feminine, the feminine intellect and spirit. It is primordial in its force and authoritative in its wisdom. Study materials will be drawn mainly from the book The Witch and The Clown: Two Archetypes of Human Sexuality by Ann and Barry Ulanov. This book is really worthwhile to keep and if you do not have a copy, you can order one from the link below:

Kitty will use clinical cases material and a few sand trays from the clients will be shown to facilitate understanding.

Presenter: Mrs. Kitty Liu (An Associate Member of HKSTA, and she is a Psychological Counselor in private practice)
Date and time: 23 October, 2019 Wednesday, 7-9 pm
Venue: Youngland Workshop (青緻工作室), Unit A, 7th Floor, Wing Lok Building, 160 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan (Sheung Wan MTR Exit A1, within 10 min-walk)

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

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HKSTA Study Group September 2019: Sand Tray

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Sand tray is an indispensable component of Sandplay Therapy. A wooden box with its size at 28.5 x 19.5 inches with a depth of 3 inches. It is painted blue inside and contains sand. Besides its physical dimension, what more do you know about this basic component of Sandplay Therapy?

In our September Study Group, we are going to study this basic element of Sandplay Therapy through our hands and brains. For our hands, we will make a mini sand tray which could become an additional figurine in our collection. For our brains, we are going to look into the history of sand tray to review pioneers who used sand tray in their therapeutic work and how they influenced the development of Sandplay Therapy. More importantly, we will go to examine what does the sand tray mean to the therapist and the client. Cases illustration will be used in the process.

Title: Sand Tray
Presenters: Bobby Fung & Brenda Koo
Date: 19 September 2109 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00p.m.
Venue: 2/F, 67 Bedford Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon (Bobby’s office)
Fee: $20-30 (to share the cost of the materials)

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

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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

George Kwok

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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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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