Resources For Mental Health Professionals

What follows is a sampling of some of the resources I have used in building and operating my practice over the years. These are not necessarily the best options, but they are the ones that have worked for me so far. Your mileage may vary, but I hope you find the information here helpful.

If there are other resources you have found valuable, please send me a link. I would love to see what other clinicians involved in play and sandtray therapies are using for resources in their practices.

-- Elizabeth Sawyer Danowski

Organizations

The Association for Play Therapy

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children.

Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy

 

Sandplay Therapists of America

Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) is a non-profit professional organization, whose purpose is to promote education, training and research in sandplay therapy. STA is an affiliate of the parent organization, The International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST), which provides an international meeting ground for the exchange of knowledge and experience in sandplay.

International Society for Sandplay Therapy

The International Society has its domicile in Zürich, Switzerland. It is an umbrella society operating through a number of National Societies spread throughout the world.

The Sandtray Network

A non-profit organization, founded to promote learning, healing, and creativity through the use of the sandtray. They used to publish a journal, but don't seem to be active anymore.

The Sandtray-Worldplay Method

Gisela Schubach De Domenico, PhD. is a psychotherapist, licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, and a registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She developed the Sandtray-Worldplay Method of sandtray therapy after working with Dora Kalff.

Supplies and Other Resources

Kidrobot

Founded in 2002, Kidrobot is acknowledged worldwide as the premier creator and dealer of limited edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. An innovative cross between sculpture and conceptual art, Kidrobot offers not only a powerful medium for today's international fashion designers, illustrators and graffiti artists, but also the creative canvas for emerging street trends and pop art.

Schleich

Creators of very realistic figurines spanning the lost world of the dinosaurs to domestic and wild animals of present times, from mythical kingdoms to historic and modern day settings.

Self Help Warehouse

One of the leading providers of counseling and therapeutic resources.

Creative Therapy Store

The Creative Therapy Store offers an array of therapeutic games, books, toys, and intervention activities. 

Child Therapy Toys

Their mission is to be a comprehensive source for the tools and products needed by child clinicians to excel at their work.

Toys of the Trade

They focus exclusively on selling sandplay/sandtray miniatures and general play therapy toys to mental health professionals.

The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop

This is my FAVORITE toy store in Metro-Detroit. If you live here or are planning a visit, you must go here and tell them I sent you!!!

Discount School Supply

Main focus is on products and content resources for teachers and parents, but many can also be useful for therapists.

Office Playground

Claims to be the site of the largest and most popular selection of office toys and stress relievers for the office and workstation. Not geared toward therapists, but many products could be useful in a practice.

 

Books and Bookstores

Unfortunately, the best bookstore ever for play therapy resources, The Self-Esteem Bookshop, in Birmingham, Michigan, has closed.

Supervision

As a Registered Play Therapists-Supervisor (RPT-S) with the Association for Play Therapy, Elizabeth Sawyer Danowski offers Clinical Supervision to professionals looking to obtain the Registered Play Therapist certification and those who are are interested in working or improving their work with children.

Articles about Sandtray

Brief Theoretical Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

by Meltzer & Porat, 1995

Comprehensive Context of Origin of Sandplay Images

by Meltzer & Porat, 1997. 

Hyperactivity and Four Year Old Children

By Alison Van Dyk

Click here to see a comparison of the sandtray approaches developed by Lowenfeld, Kalff, Weinrib, and De Domenico, as compiled by Roxanne Rae, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.

Click here to see articles from the Sandtray Network.

Click here to view a longer list of Sandtray Articles sponsored by ChildTherapyToys.com.

Play in the Sandbox of Life.