USING SANDTRAY FOR SUPERVISION: An Experiential Training for Play and Talk Therapy Supervisors

July 9, 2022 – In Person Training

Limited to 4 participants

1 hour lunch break and two 15 minute breaks will not be counted toward the 6 CEs awarded.
Covid requirements: Participants need to be vaccinated and mask wearing

2 Seats Available.




Approved by CAMFT for 6 CEs – $25 additional for CE certificate
Approved by Association for Play Therapy for 6 credits for supervisors. No additional charge.
Meets Supervision Requirement for CA BBS and for Association for Play Therapy

Date & Time: July 9, 2022; 10:00AM-5:30PM
Location: 3725 Coolidge Ave. Oakland, CA 94602

This is a small group training for supervisors who are interested in using the sandtray as a creative and connecting tool as part of their practice, to explore their own journey and to develop the skill  in using  the reflective supervision sandtray, a method useful when challenging situations arise.  In order for to allow for maximum participation, individualized attention, and group sharing, the training is limited to 5 participants.

The training has 2 components. In the first, each participant will create a sandtray exploring their journey of becoming a supervisor. In the second, the group will learn to use the reflective sandtray to focus on a problem situation.

Each person will create a tray beginning with the decision to enter the field of psychotherapy, including experiences as a client or of being helped, as a helper or therapist and lastly as a supervisor. Entering into the sandtray experience allows the unexpected to surface; knowing ourselves is an essential ingredient in supervision.  Part of the self-examination is looking at our culture, unearned advantages we carry and how these affect us as professionals.

We will discuss the following: purposes of using sandtray as a tool; determining where it is or is not appropriate; level of development of supervisees/consultees, including the possibility of opening a floodgate of emotional responses from the supervisee, and the line between therapy and supervision.

The second part of the training will be a didactic and experiential small group reflective sandtray experience.  Of the 5 participants, one person will describe a challenging supervision/consultation situation and will then create a sandtray about it.  The other 4 participants will simultaneously create sandtrays reflecting their perspective on the situation which was described.  Each person will share their tray and the presenter will reflect on the material.  Deep listening, not problem solving, is the mode that we will use.

My hope is that this experience will expand our perspective and offer the experience of using our right hemisphere, as well in our work.

This course is designed for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP Supervisors

Currently supervising or planning to supervise

Experience with sandtray: if you have a question about this, contact Karen Pernet 510-923-0520 or

Recommended Reading:

  • Boik, Barbara & Goodwin, E. Anna (2000). Sandplay Therapy : A Step-By-Step Manual For Psychotherapists Of Diverse Orientations.  W. Norton & Co.
  • Homeyer, L & Lyles, M.  (2021) Advanced Sandtray Therapy: Digging Deeper into Clinical Practice


Karen Pernet, LSCW, RPT-S has been supervising therapists for over 20 years, specializing in play therapy and sandtray. She uses her training as a Gestalt Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and in Internal Family Systems to enhance the sandtray experience. She enjoys the personal relationships, connections and individualized attention available in small group trainings. Her trainings have been described as safe, lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and welcoming. Comment from previous training: The experiential work and process/discussion of our trays provided me with both personal insights as well as a deeper understanding of how I might use sandtray as part of consultation/supervision

Learning Objectives

  • Create a sandtray of their journey as a play therapy supervisor
  • Name 3 ways the use of sandtray deepens case consultation for play therapy supervisors
  • Describe the meaning of the statement “Play therapy supervision and use of sandtray involve both the right and left hemispheres of the brain”
  • Describe the reflective sandtay process and name a situation where it would be useful.
  • Name 1 way the use of sandtray might create safe space for discussion of culture and diversity for play therapists
  • Name 1 contra-indication for using Sandtray Therapy with a play therapy supervisee/consultee

Continuing Education
Karen E Pernet, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 83403, to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. She maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy APT 09-241. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered. This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.

To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at

To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email or call 510-923-0520

Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Full refund if canceled 30 days before training, minus $50 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.

In the event, that the training is canceled for lack of participants or circumstances beyond our control, there will be a full refund of the fee.  Travel expenses cannot be covered, unfortunately.

Contact Karen at 510-923-0520 or

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Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Oakland, CA 94602

I would be glad to hear from you and to share information about my services: psychotherapy, general supervision for pre-licensed therapist, specialized supervision for therapists working becoming  Registered Play Therapists, consultations for experienced therapists and trainings in play therapy and sandtray therapy.