Dr. Freedle will be presenting this two-day advanced workshop for the Taiwanese Society for Sandplay Therapy.
Trauma causes complex psychological and neurobiological changes. A disconnect between body and soul often takes place with both protective and persecutory functions (Kalsched, 2013). Sandplay Therapy (SPT) provides an enriched sensory and relational experience that promotes neurodevelopment. As we touch and move sand, play freely, symbolize and self-reflect in the presence of an attuned therapist multiple brain systems are activated and synchronized. Drawing from the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics ® (NMT, Perry, 2006, 2009), research in neuroscience and SPT, living mythology in Hawai`i, and case studies this workshop will explore a neuropsychological perspective on how SPT heals and transforms trauma (Freedle, 2017, 2019).
Applications of SPT in disaster relief after the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawai`i will also be explored. Participants will view Fire and Sand, an award-winning short documentary film that examines community trauma and resilience, the use of mobile sandplay in disaster relief, and the living mythology of Pele.
Participants will also explore the myth of Maui, Bringer of Light and the role of this myth in helping one young man access his “divine spark” (Kalsched and Freedle, 2019) following severe trauma.
- Define trauma and its effect on the brain, body, and psyche/soul.
- Apply current theories on trauma treatment (e.g., van der Kolk, Perry, Levine, Siegel, Kalsched and others) to sandplay therapy (SPT).
- Name four aspects of SPT that promote neural integration and healing of trauma (Freedle, 2017).
- Describe activities in sandplay that correlate with functional domains of the brain in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics® (NMT) (Perry, 2006, 2009; Freedle, 2019).
- Describe the function of mythology in psychological and community healing.
- Explore the living mythology of Pele, Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcano during the 2018 volcanic eruption in Hawai`i.
- Apply Jungian and trauma theory to the Hawaiian myth of Maui, Bringer of Light (Kalsched and Freedle, 2019).
- Participate in experiential art and sandplay activities to deepen understanding of course content and its applications to clinical practice in sandplay.
Image: Maui the Fisherman, by Dietrich Varez used with permission