Mandalas in Sandplay:
A Cultural Perspective –POSTPONED
October 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmPrepaid Cost: $85 – $100
Presented by Jill Kaplan, M.A., M.F.T. — THIS PRESENTATION IS POSPTONED.
This seminar will focus on the mandala which often arises as a unifying symbolic element in the course of sandplay therapy when a patient is struggling to contain or find a relationship to opposites or opposing emotional experiences. Drawing from Jung’s concept of the transcendent function, we will examine how the symbolic aspect of sandplay therapy can help to facilitate a transition from a more rigid psychological attitude towards the development of a more flexible and resilient ego. Participants will have the opportunity to create images of the Self as a means of integrating and applying these concepts to clinical material.
- Describe what is meant by the archetype of the Self as described by Jung and its clinical relevance in working with patients;
- Give an example of how the tension of the opposites can be seen in sandplay clinical material;
- Give an example of how the archetype of the Self can be observed in a patient’s sandplay;
- Describe what is meant by the transcendent function and its role in psychological change;
- Describe the cross-cultural significance of the mandala symbol from a psychological perspective;
- Describe the technique of Sandplay therapy and its application to psychotherapy.
Jill Kaplan, M.A., M.F.T. has worked with children and families for over 40 years and holds masters’ degrees in early childhood education and counseling psychology. She is a certified sandplay therapist and teacher, and has also trained in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has practiced Zen meditation for over 25 years, and has been recognized as a teacher of Zen since 2013. She has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, several of them on Buddhism and sandplay therapy, and is currently book reviews editor of the Journal. Jill is a past president of the STA board of trustees. She works with children and adults in private practice in San Jose, California, and teaches and consults on sandplay nationally and internationally.