Name: Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA)
Location: The registered office shall be established and maintained at the addresses of the Chairman and/or of the Secretary of HKSTA. Correspondences will be sent by the Secretary to all HKSTA members.

1. HKSTA is founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of a group of trained Sandplay Therapists in Hong Kong, to support and promote professional development in Sandplay Therapy (theory, clinical practice and research) in the tradition of Dora Kalff, based on the theories of C. G. Jung*.

* Sandplay Therapy is a therapeutic method developed by Dora Kalff and based on the psychological principles of C. G. Jung. Sandplay is a creative form of therapy in using imagination, “a concentrated extract of the life forces both physical and psychic” (C. G. Jung). It is characterized by the use of sand, water and miniatures in the creation of images within the “free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship and the sand tray. A series of Sandplay images portrayed in the sand tray create an ongoing dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the client’s psyche which activates a healing process and the development of personality.

2. The Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA) aspires to be a Regional Society of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (“ISST”), founded by Dora M. Kalff. Once HKSTA becomes a Regional Society of the ISST, all certified members are members of HKSTA and pay dues to HKSTA that include dues to ISST.

3. English and Chinese are the official languages of HKSTA. In case of doubt, the English formulation shall prevail.

1. Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to support and promote professional development in sandplay as defined above.

2. Its goals are:
a. To promote the study and teaching of Sandpaly Therapy in Hong Kong.
b. To become a Regional Society of the ISST.
c. To propagate and disseminate knowledge about Sandplay Therapy, establishment of a library of Sandplay literature and symbol papers in English and Chinese.

A. Categories of Membership
There shall be four (4) categories of membership in this organization:
Certified Sandplay Therapist (CST)
Certified Sandplay Therapist – Teacher (CST-T)
Associate Member
Affiliate Member

A-1. Certified Sandplay Therapist (CST)
Requirements to become a CST
1. Completion of personal psychotherapeutic sandplay process with a certified ISST member, for a minimum of 25 sandplay sessions.
2. Completion of comprehensive program of study of at least 100 hours in a recognized sandplay training program, whose curriculum is based on ISST standards.
3. Consultation with certified ISST teaching member/s – at least 80 hours of which 30 must be individual and 50 may be in group provided that the candidate brings his or her own material for at least 10 hours of the group sessions.
4. Approval of two preliminary papers.
5. Approval of the final case study by three ISST approved case-readers. After HKSTA has become a Regional Society of the ISST, at least one of the readers will be a HKSTA member.

A-2. Certified Sandplay Therapist-Teacher (CST-T)
Teaching Members of HKSTA shall meet the membership qualifications for Certified Sandplay Therapist, plus the following additional requirements:

Requirements to become a teaching member
1. Conference attendance: A member must attend at least one international ISST conference.
2. Select a teaching consultant: A new Member must select a Teaching Member to act as a consultant/mentor/guide to assist the Member to:
a. Become familiar with the Sandplay Curriculum.
b. Prepare at least three cases for presentation in addition to the case that is the subject of the final case report.
c. Present at least one case at a regional, national or international conference and receive written evaluation forms.
d. Develop skills in consulting and reading of preliminary papers.
e. Teach at least one introductory class on Sandplay for a minimum of three hours in the presence of a CST.
3. Time Frame: There is no deadline for the completion of these requirements. Individuals are encouraged to work towards meeting these requirements at a pace that is comfortable for them.
4. To Document: Regarding the case presentation and Introductory Course teaching requirements, written evaluation forms from the participants are required and must be reviewed by the Teaching Consultant who is responsible for making a final decision that the requirements are successfully met. Once all case preparation and teaching requirements are met, the Teaching Consultant writes a letter of recommendation for admission as a Teaching Member addressed to the HKSTA Board and sent to the Membership Chair.

A-3. Associate Member
This category is intended for individuals who intend to work towards CST membership.

Pre-qualifications to become an associate member
1. Graduate degree from an accredited university in a mental health profession such as psychiatry, psychology, and social work; and
2. At least two years of clinical experience after graduation or receiving the license to practice in own profession.

Requirements to become an Associate Member
1. Completed at least 50 hour of recognized sandplay training program; and
2. Is in the process of completing a personal therapeutic sandplay process with a certified ISST member. The personal Sandplay process must have been experienced within the last 10 years prior to the date of application, although it may overlap the completion of other training requirements, and
3. Is in the process of completing the required hours of consultation/supervision, individually or in groups with a certified ISST teaching member, on his/her work with clients who engage in sandplay on a regular basis.

A-4. Affiliate Member
This category includes licensed mental health professionals and students of mental health accredited programs who are interested in attending HKSTA activities.

B. Application for Membership
Applications for membership in HKSTA shall be addressed to the official office address of the HKSTA Secretary and shall be in accordance with the instructions provided by HKSTA (Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association) for each specific category of membership.

C. Legal Liability
To protect the public and reduce legal liability to HKSTA, members are required to adhere to the code of ethics stipulated by their primary mental health discipline. HKSTA is not liable or responsible for any indemnities stemming from malpractice of its members.

D. Membership Resignation/Withdrawal Policy
Resignations/Withdrawal of membership shall be made in writing to the Secretary. Resignation shall take effect at the time specified in the member’s resignation letter and, if no time is specified, at the time of its receipt by the Secretary. The Secretary will inform the Executive Committee of the resignation. No dues will be returned.

E. Membership Fees
Before HKSTA has become a Regional Society of the ISST, all HKSTA members will pay fees to the Association, the amount of which is determined by the Executive Committee. After HKSTA has become a Regional Society of ISST, all CST and CST-T members will need to pay both the HKSTA and ISST membership fees.

F. Termination of Membership
1. Rights and privileges of membership shall be terminated for non-payment of HKSTA dues. Members are required to pay membership fees within the first 3 months of each financial year. Non-payment of fees there after will result in termination of membership.

2. If a member pays the membership fee after his/her membership has been terminated, his/her membership can be revoked for the year of payment.


A. Election of Executive Committee Members
1. The Executive Committee of HKSTA shall consist of the chairperson, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and a committee member. They will be elected for a term of three years.
2. Members of the following three categories are qualified for nomination to be elected to the Executive Committee: Certified Sandplay Therapist (CST), Certified Sandplay Therapist – Teacher (CST-T), and Associate Member of HKSTA.

B. Regular Meetings
1. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held before March 31st of each year, and notice of the AGM shall reach its members at least 10 days before the meeting. Elections for the five posts of the Executive Committee will be held at this meeting
2. Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the membership shall be called by the Chair of the Executive Committee or at the request, in writing, of at least 50% of the voting members.

C. Notice of Meetings
Written notice, stating the place, date, time and general nature of the business to be considered, of the annual meeting or any special meeting, shall be given to each member entitled to vote not less than ten (10) days before the date of the meeting.

D. Members Entitled to Vote
1. Members in the following three categories are entitled to vote: Certified Sandplay Therapists-Teachers (CST-T), Certified Sandplay Therapists (CST), and Associate Members. Each member entitled to vote may cast one vote, either in person or by written proxy,
2. Members may vote either in person or by written proxy. Proxies shall be filed with the member responsible for recording the proceedings of the meeting, normally the Secretary. A proxy shall be valid only for the meeting in question.

The affairs of HKSTA shall be managed by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall hold meetings at least two times a year.

A. The Duties of the Executive Committee members are:
1. Chair: The chair shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Association; have general supervision over the business of the association and over its several officer subjects. The chair shall have the responsibility for the agenda of meetings and preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee. The chair shall have the power on behalf of the association to execute all deeds, agreements, and instruments.
2. Vice-chair: The vice chair shall convene the meeting in the event that the chair cannot be present and take up all the responsibility of the chair until the chair returns or until the vacancy is filled.
3. Secretary: The secretary shall plan the agenda of the meetings in conjunction with the chair. The secretary shall notify the members of all meetings, as well as send all other notices required by law or the constitution. The secretary is also responsible for recording the proceedings of all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee., and maintaining the archives of these proceedings. In case of his or her absence or disability, the chair or members shall appoint another person to perform these functions.
4. Treasurer: The treasurer shall serve as the chief financial officer of the association. The treasurer shall give an account of all transactions and the financial condition of the organization at regular meetings of the Executive Committee whenever the chair or members request a report. The treasurer shall prepare an annual financial report at the AGM.
5. Committee Member: The Committee Member shall give aid to other executive members as deem fit by the Chair.

B. Terms of Office
Members shall be selected for a three (3) year term. Any position of a member not filled at the AGM may be filled by the members elected at EGM.

C. Resignations
Resignations of any Executive Committee member should be addressed to the Chair in writing with at least one month’s notice prior to the date of resignation.

Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association Founding Ceremony Speech

Leung Wai Yin, Amy, Ph.D. Founding member & chairperson

Dr. Leung Wai Yin, Amy

I am delighted to have all of you here today for the founding ceremony of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA). I would like to extend a warm welcome to those new to sandplay therapy and to those who have joined us before.

So what is sandplay? What does sandplay mean to you?
To me…
Sandplay is play;
sandplay is playing with sand;
sandplay is playing with sand and perhaps with water and miniatures;
sandplay is playing freely in a protected space and with a trustworthy other who holds the story, who anticipates the best possible outcome of the story.
Sandplay is not only for children but is for people of all ages,
Sandplay holds the potential of healing and transformation.
Descending into the unconscious, through the healing power of symbols, Sandplay heals the deep wounds, regains homeostasis of the psyche, and allows the person to become whole.

Sandplay is fun and intriguing, but not magical.
Sandplay is a painstaking process requiring the utmost commitment of the sandplayer and the therapist.
It requires a life long commitment of the therapist to be an authentic person, a friend to the unconscious, and to have the bravery to face the unknown.
It takes years, if not decades to be trained as a Sandplay therapist.
It is outrageously time consuming and costly, but it is also extremely rewarding…

The founding of the HKSTA denotes the beginning of an era of more systematic training in Sandplay therapy in Hong Kong. Sandplay Therapy is developed in Switzerland by Dora Kalff under the mentorship of Carl Jung. I remembered, when I first encountered sandplay therapy, I was a clinical psychology graduate student in the United States back in 1992. One of my practicum training sites was a psychological treatment center with sandplay therapy as its major treatment modality. I found it such a powerful means of treatment that I had decided to pursue when the moment is ripe. After I returned to HK, in 2003 I started a Sandplay Therapy Study Group with Adelina Wong, Magdalene Lau and Helen Ma. We then invited overseas trainers to HK for sandplay therapy training. We learnt that before us, in 1998, a group of clinical psychologists from the Social Welfare Department (SWD) had already gone to the United States to attend sandplay workshop. Afterwards they started using sandplay as a separate play therapy approach in their work with children and gradually extended it to adult clients. The SWD had invited a trainer of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) to Hong Kong around the year of 2000.

In sandplay training, personal process comes first. Personal process is sandplay therapy experienced first by the therapist. In Jungian therapy, it is fundamental for a therapist to go through therapy himself or herself. In 2004, Magdalene Lau and I went to Japan for our personal process with Dr. Sherry Shepard; eventually others followed. They include Adelina Wong, Helen Ma, Dorothy Lai, Edmond Lam, Carol Chow, etc. They are the first generation of therapists in Hong Kong who went to Japan to train in sandplay therapy with incredible dedication. After many trips to Japan, I finally completed my process in 2008. It is my belief that it is how far and deep you are willing to go in your own process which determines how competent you are in taking your clients in their sand journeys. This journey I find myself immersed in have been one of the most satisfying and rewarding journeys I have ever taken.

As all work with Jungian orientation, the process is gradual. Our Sandplay Therapy Training Group slowly developed. We had invited Harriet Friedman from the United States in 2003, Dr. Eva Pattis from Italy in 2004 and Dr. Ruth Ammann from Switzerland in 2004 & 2006. My receiving of sandplay therapy certification from the ISST in March this year also serves as a push. After a long incubation period, the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association has finally come into being. On this note, we will officially start recruiting member as of today.

I am happy to see that Hong Kong has opened up herself to sandplay therapy and that more and more people are interested in learning about it. Like a two-edged sword, there is such a powerful healing force and yet at the same time there is so much danger if it is used improperly. Quality training is important. The objective of the HKSTA is to support those who are interested in learning and practicing sandplay therapy; and also for the association to work towards developing it to become an ISST group. Our goal is to promote professional development in Sandplay Therapy in theory, clinical practice and research. We will continue to invite qualified trainers to Hong Kong. We plan to form groups for discussions and support; to develop a website and establish a library of sandplay literature and symbol papers both in English and Chinese. We welcome your suggestions and involvement.

I whole heartedly wish the best for the development of Sandplay therapy in Hong Kong and I look forward to seeing sandplay therapy being used more widely in psychological treatment. I would like to say thank you to those who have been involved in making the founding of the HKSTA possible.  I would like to introduce our first committee to you. Dr. Ellen Ma, our vice chairperson, she is knowledgeable and resourceful in many areas which are important to us. Magdalene Lau, our secretary, she and I have been on this sandplay journey together for many years and I have learned a lot from her. Adelina Wong, our treasurer, her enthusiasm and involvement in sandplay therapy is unquestionable. Carol Chow, our council member, she certainly holds a lot of potential in the participation of the future development of sandplay therapy in Hong Kong.

Thank you again for coming today to share this special occasion with us.