Training and Events

Training in Sandplay Therapy is modality-specific continuing education and does not by itself provide the qualifications to practise psychotherapy. It is the responsibility of all professionals to ensure that their use of Sandplay Therapy complies with provincial licensure or registration in order to practise under the umbrella of their chosen profession.
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Calgary, AB - 2019 - 2020 Training

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers:
  • Barbara Dalziel, BHSC, CAST/ISST
  • Bea Donald, Ph.D., CCC, MFT, CAST/ISST
We are excited to announce a new series of Sandplay Therapy training modules to begin in 2019 in Calgary, Alberta. These 3-day training modules of 20 hours each will provide 100 hours of theory in partial fulfillment of the requirements for CAST/ISST certification.
Module 1: April 12-14, 2019
Module 2: November 8-10, 2019
Module 3: Spring 2020
Module 4: TBA
Module 5: TBA
Pricing (per module):
CAST Members: $600
Non Members: $650
One-time Administrative Fee (Module 1 only): $50
ATTENTION: If you haven't completed the previous module, please contact Beatrice Donald at or Barbara Dalziel at BEFORE attempting to register for a subsequent module.

$150 deposit per module is due on registration. Balance owing will be due 30 days prior to scheduled training. Please pay in Canadian funds or equivalent.

Cancellations are subject to a $75 processing fee and once the balance owing date has passed, will only be refunded if your space can be filled. Registration is be limited to 16 participants.

Kingston, ON - Introductory Training

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teacher:
  • Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer DCS, RP, CAST/ISST
Module 3 consists of two two-day training components, providing a total of 30 hours of training in Sandplay Therapy towards the 100 hours required for certification with both CAST and ISST.
Module 3 (Part 1): April 6-7, 2019
Module 3 (Part 2): April 27-28, 2019
Pricing (per module):
CAST Members: $1100
Non Members: $1150

Full payment for parts 1 & 2 of the Module 3 due on March 15. Cancellations can be refunded (less $75 processing fee) only if your space can be filled.

Email for more information.

Montreal, QC - 2018 - 2019 Training - French ONLY

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teacher:
  • Yvon Rivière, PhD, IAAP, CAST/ISST
A sandplay training is going to be held in Montreal, in French, in 2018-2019. This 100 hours training begins in February 2018 and is approved by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec as part of the required continuous education hours (activity number RP02293-17 and RP02294-17). For more information, please see our Formation et Événements page (in French), or contact Yvon Rivière at

Toronto, ON - 2019 – 2020 Workshop & Training

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers:
  • Maria Iosue, MSW/RSW, MA Soc, CAST/ISST
  • Olga Lipadatova, PhD, ATR, CCC, CAST/ISST
Two-day Introductory Workshop - Dates: May 25-26, 2019, future TBA.
The workshop is open to participants with any level of knowledge about Jungian Sandplay Therapy and offers a broad framework including experiential learning, exposure to clinical Sandplay case material, and a detailed review of ISST certification and steps toward achievement. The flyer below outlines the details of the program. No application form or interview is required.
Email for further information and to find out if you will qualify for training.
Intensive Modules - Dates TBA in 2019-2020.
This series of three 4-day intensives provide a deeper level of theoretical, experiential and clinical learning. It is intended for participants who wish to complete the full CAST Sandplay Training’s didactic component. See the flyer for more detail about its contents. Unlike the Introductory Workshop, admission to this level requires submission of a current CV, the Level I Training Application Form, and an interview with one or both of the Toronto facilitators.

Prior completion of the two-day Introductory Workshop is required to attend these intensives, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Email for further information and to find out if you will qualify for training.

Vancouver, BC - 2017 - 2018 Training

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers:
  • Barbara Dalziel, BHSC, CAST/ISST
  • Bea Donald, Ph.D., CCC, MFT, CAST/ISST
Vancouver trainings for 2018 have been postponed. We anticipate resuming in 2019. Dates will be posted on this website, or you can email Beatrice Donald at for more information.

For 2018, CAST is offering four 4-hour introductory sandplay sessions and in-service trainings in Sandplay Therapy. These sessions will be taught by Beatrice Donald, PhD, CAST/ISST, CCC, senior CAST teacher. These hours may be applied toward the 100 hours of theory required for partial fulfillment of certification or practitioner training.

If you are interested in an in-service training, please contact Beatrice at to discuss details.

The small group introductory sandplay sessions are limited to four participants and will take place in Vancouver (Burrard and 6th) from 1:30 to 5:45pm on the following Saturdays. The training fee is $90/4hours.

Introductory Session 2: May 26, 2018
This session is now full. You can choose a different date, or contact Beatrice Donald to be placed on a wait list for this session. Thank you!
Introductory Session 3: September 29, 2018
Introductory Session 4: November 17, 2018
Each interactive session will cover the following:
  • How sandplay differs from sandtray: Jungian ideas supporting sandplay practice
  • The development of Sandplay by Dora Kalff
  • Experientials introducing symbols, archetypes, and the sandplay process
  • A sandplay case
  • Reading and website recommendations
  • Information on becoming certified