Friday, May 20, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM EDT
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Sabra Starnes 
Maryland/DC Association For Play Therapy 

MD/DC APT Virtual Live Workshop

Seeing With Real Eyes: How Presence, Storytelling and Showing Up For Our Clients Invites Courage & Resilience in Play Therapy and Sand


Please join the MD/DC Association for Play Therapy for our Spring 4-Hour Virtual Conference on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 9am-1:15pm EST. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one time online event has been approved by APT for 4 CONTACT CE Hours and Approved for 4 CEUS from NASW  #886773312-6804      Category: Social Work 

Workshop fees with CE Cost included: Continuing Education: 

Workshop fees with CE Cost included: 

There will be 4 CEs available upon receiving post-test and course evaluation. This program is pending approval from NASW. The Maryland/DC Association for Play Therapy is an APT Approved Provider 17-522 and maintains responsibility for the program.


Workshop fees with CE Cost included: 

 $75 (Current MD/DC APT members will receive a special 5% discount code via email)  

Cancellation Policy: 

Due to the limited amount of registrants allowed, once registered and paid, there will be no refunds granted. 

Presented by: Dr. Rosalind Heiko

Rosalind Heiko, Ph.D., RPT-S, ISST, CST-T, NCSP, is a psychologist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Sandplay teacher who trains therapists internationally and nationally. Dr. Roz is a Founding and Executive Board Member of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals. She is the Director of Pediatric & Family Psychology, P.A., in Cary, NC, and has worked with children, adolescents and families professionally since 1983, holding national certification in School Psychology (NCSP) as well. She authored A Therapist’s Guide to Mapping the Girl Heroine’s Journey in Sandplay (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018); and is one of the editors with Janet C. Courtney for the forthcoming book Nature-Based Play and Expressive Therapies (Routledge, March 2022). Dr. Roz has published chapters in books edited by Eliana Gil, Rita Grayson & Theresa Fraser, and Eric Green; as well as articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Reach her through her website:  www.drheiko.com


In this workshop, we will begin to explore the essential work of the presence, of engaged attunement. We will sit together in the process of stillness; exploring a meditative, skillful practice of showing up for our clients in play therapy and sand work. This training will be supported by experiential exercises, poetry, discussion, casework, and storytelling experiences.

During the four-hour training, participants will focus on the capacity to language the rich experience of being with our clients. It’s really not about “allowing” them to solve their own problems, but engaging with them with a trusting attitude to facilitate their own depth of healing at their own pace. This is an experience like no other, which includes aspects of the emotional, sensory, experiential, and sacred.

Participants will discuss and understand how to co-create stories of resilience and courage with our clients through offering our own presence, quieting our inner anxieties and concerns, focusing on listening for the resources and pain inherent in our client’s felt sense of their difficulties and triumphs.

Participants will learn various ways to use these experiences through ritual, symbol, dream work, poetry, art, sand, and storytelling in their work with clients.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the essential work of stillness and attunement in sand therapy and play therapy.

2. Recognize how access to the unconscious, as well as a presence in the therapeutic relationship, are activated and enhance our therapeutic practice using the powers of play.

3. Discuss their own story re-telling techniques to enhance their perspective and capacity,both personally and professionally, in the sand and play therapy setting.

4. Describe the concepts of resilience and courage through the lens of therapeutic