Lorraine Freedle

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The Living Mythology of Pele, Mobile Sandplay Therapy and Disaster Relief, Kaneohe, HI

November 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

On May 3, 2018 the revered Tutu Pele, took her lava form on Hawai`i Island, claiming over 750 homes and causing thousands of residents in lower Puna to evacuate. As needs for food and shelter were addressed, our Big Island sandplay therapists mobilized to provide emotional relief and support.

This workshop explores the use of mobile sandplay therapy and the living mythology of Pele during the eruption. Participants will engage in discussion and expressive art, and view an award-winning documentary film, Fire and Sand that examines the firsthand experiences of the local therapists and people affected by the eruption, along with community resilience.

Learning Objectives:

1. Distinguish mobile sandplay in relief work from traditional applications of sandplay therapy.

2. Identify the evidence base for use of sandplay with children and adults who have experienced trauma.

3. Discuss clinical, cultural and ethical considerations when setting up “a free and protected space” for sandplay in an emergency field setting (e.g., American Red Cross Shelter, school, community center).

4. Examine the impact of participating in disaster relief efforts on local therapists.

5. Describe how the living mythology of Pele emerged to facilitate individual and community healing following the 2018 Kilauea Eruption on Hawai`i Island.

Who should attend: Play/sandplay therapists, social workers, psychologists, or counselors interested in a post-graduate level workshop and in earning training hours toward credentialing as a sandplay therapist.


Lorraine R. Freedle, LCSW, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T is a pediatric neuropsychologist and international sandplay teacher (STA/ISST). She is the Clinical Director of Pacific Quest in Hilo, HI where she also maintains a private practice, Black Sand Neuropsychological Services. Dr. Freedle has published numerous professional articles/chapters and currently serves as Research Editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Danelle Medeiros, MSCP, NCC, LMHC is a counselor, sandplay therapist, and Behavior Health Specialist supervisor for Hawai`i DOE. She learned the traditional healing practice of Ho`oponopono and studied with Kahu Kauila Clark. She provides counseling services to the Leeward and Central communities in O`ahu through her private practice, DSM Therapeutic and Wellness Center, LLC.

Location: Ho`omaluhia Botanical Gardens, 45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Cost: $150, $125- STH members & neighbor island, $100- students (lunch included)

CE’s:  5 CE’s approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and MFT’s

Register:  online at http://www.sandplaytherapistsofhawaii.org


November 11, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Sandplay Therapists of Hawaii


Ho`omaluhia Botanical Gardens
45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, Hawai`i 96744
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