HKSTA Study Group June 2021

Octopus is one of the most interesting sea creatures. Name octopus is derived from the Greek language, and it means eight-footed. It moves with grace and fluidity, using both strategy and intuition equally as Octopus enjoys exploring the ocean.

Octopus contain a fantastic creature with an ability to defend itself with an ink-like liquid and the ability to camouflage. Moreover, the mysteries of Octopus are dissolution and regeneration, which expresses the hidden connections between chaos, emptiness and the ordering capacity of the psyche in a paradox.

After realizing the characteristics and the metaphors of Octopus, how to support clients in exploring personal growth?  In this study group, the presenter, Ms ManYee Wong will use Sandplay and creative art play case for illustration.

Date: June 22, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Presenter: Ms ManYee Wong (Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

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

HKSTA June – July 2021 Six Online Training Classes by Dr. Amy Leung

Dr. Amy Leung
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We are glad to announce that Dr. Amy Leung will offer six online classes in Sandplay Therapy from June to July 2021 which will fulfill 15 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST).

The workshop is on Individuation in Sandplay Therapy.  Individuation is a core concept of analytical psychology and it is the central process of human development.  When symbols appear in sandplay therapy, they follow some patterns over a period of time.  Certain contents emerge, disappear, and then turn up again.  Therapists can observe a hidden regulating or directing tendency at work, creating a slow process of psychic growth – the process of individuation.  Gradually a wider and more mature personality emerges.  In these six sessions of online sandplay therapy workshop, Dr. Amy Leung will lead us looking into the process of individuation in sandplay therapy.  Some of the participants will present their sandplay clinical material to demonstrate the process.  This course required participants to have a background in sandplay and have attended other HKSTA or ISST sandplay therapy training before.

Workshop Title: Individuation in Sandplay Therapy
Dates: 16, 23, 30 June & 7, 14, 21 July (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Language: Cantonese 
Venue: Meeting online through ZOOM 

Dr. Leung offered another online course “Sandplay Therapy: Imagination At Work” last year and it was well received.  With more experience in online teaching, she is looking forward to doing more teaching online. 

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HKSTA Study Group May 2021

Healing and personal transformation are the sine qua non of therapy. In Sandplay therapy, healing occurs with the strengthening of the ego-Self axis in the process of individuation, while transformation is evidenced by an expansion of consciousness and personal world view (Ammann, 1991)

Murray Stein argues that a person’s destiny is made up of a series of transformative images and experiences, such as an impressive person you meet, a dream, an active imagination experience, or a traumatic event such as a divorce or death of a loved one. Dr. Stein then focuses on the importance and significance of intimate relationships on the journey towards individuation because such relationships involve projections and therefore transference and countertransference. In order to analyze further such an important interpersonal dynamic, he makes use of Jung’s four stages of analysis: confession, elucidation, education, and transformation itself. Finally, the author illustrates the stages of inner development on the journey towards individuation as seen in the images and sequence of the Rosarium Philosophorum.

In this Study group, Adrian Davis will examine the nature and role of transformation in Murray Stein’s book Transformation: Emergence of the Self

Book sharing: Transformation: Emergence of the Self (Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology)by Murray Stein,1998
Presenter: Adrian Davis(Certified Play therapist (APTA) and Art therapist (CiiAT), Lecturer of Social Work Programme in Macao, Currently study Sandplay therapy with HKSTA)
Date: 25 May, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: English

Remark: Book could be bought in the online book store, such as Amazon or Book Depository.

Reference: Ruth Ammann (1991), Healing and Transformation in Sandplay: Creative Process Made Visible (The Reality of the Psyche Series)

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

HKSTA Study Group April 2021

Fox is a paradoxical kind of animals, which is not only cute and clever but also cunning and cruel. Fox is not as powerful as big cats. Nevertheless, it is no doubt relatively more intelligent among animals. Due to its intelligence, fox is always considered one of the spirit animals. This attribute, besides its instinctual power, sometimes appears in the sand tray.

Moreover, fox’s paradoxical nature is polarized and is expressed by the fox spirits. Some fox spirits are considered benevolent and loyal but others malevolent and treacherous. The characteristics of the fox spirits are “poles apart”. Interestingly, there have been quite some folklores regarding marriage with/of a fox spirit in the oriental literature. If the supernatural creatures are projection of our complexes in the unconscious psyche, which complex (or complexes) does the fox spirit represent? What is its relationship with our shadow?

In this study group, we will discuss the nature of fox, fox spirits in the oriental literature and its relationship with our unconsciousness, and these are illustrated by several clinical case materials.

Date: April 28, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30-9pm
Presenter: Mr Ryan Hung (a counsellor who works with adults, in particular parents, and sometimes with children as well)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

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

Notice for the Tenth Annual General Meeting, 2021

Dear Members,

The Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association will hold our Tenth Annual General Meeting on 24 March 2021 (Wednesday). It will be followed by our March study group on a symbol – Genie: a mentor within, presented by Bhakta Ng.

We look forward to your attending either in person (via Zoom video conferencing) or by proxy, but please note that due to security procedures you are required to turn on your camera to gain access to the Zoom video conferencing.

The announcement and related documents of the Tenth AGM have been sent to all members in a separate email.

If you have any feedback or comment on holding the AGM, please contact the Honorary Secretary at HKSTA2020@gmail.com