Maeve Dooley & Brendan Harding
Jungian Sandplay: A Method Worth Considering
Saturday 1st October 2016
10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.
IAHIP Office, 40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
As a result of findings emerging from neuroscience, there is increasing interest being focused towards non-verbal, sensory methods of psychotherapy such as Sandplay. Sandplay as developed by Dora Kalff, applies the psychology of Carl Jung to hands on image making using sand, miniatures and water. Symbolic language and its expression are at the heart of Sandplay. Drawing from sources both fact and fiction, we will explore the symbolic nature of this method, using illustration from the journey of the heroic young feminine. Dora Kalff placed much emphasis on what she termed the ‘free and protected space’ in therapy. We will look at its different presentations in the Sandplay setting, including why and how it holds primacy of place. Carl Jung was strong about the alchemical vessel. …. the container in which the therapist and client engage. In depth work both client and therapist change. Brendan will give an outline of this theory which is applicable to any psychic discipline and will illustrate this with examples from his practice in particular with reference to some of his surgical patients.
Maeve Dooley is a psychotherapist, jungian sandplay therapist and clinical supervisor and has worked in private practice for over 21 years. A member of IAHIP she is also a member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) and the British and Irish Society for Sandplay (BISS). She has been instrumental in supporting the development of a BISS Sandplay grouping in Ireland. For more information see www.jungiansandplay.ie.
Brendan Harding is a Consultant General Surgeon and Adj Senior Clinical Lecturer in surgery at the University of Limerick. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Sandplay therapy and a teaching member of ISST since 1989. He has been seeing cllients in private practice for the last 30 years.
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