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First Fridays, a Mini-Series for Child Therapists: Working with symbolic play with children - Janet Tatum, LICSW

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First Fridays, a Mini-Series for Child Therapists: Working with symbolic play with children - Janet Tatum, LICSW

Friday, February 7, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pm
Bellefield Office Park
1450 114th Ave SE
Training Room - First Floor
Bellevue, WA 98004
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Please join the Child Therapy Committee of the NW Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study for First Fridays: a Mini-Series for Child Therapists. On the first Fridays of February, March, and April 2020, we are hosting different local speakers who each focus on integrating different psychoanalytic theories with psychotherapeutic work with children. The Alliance's Child Therapy Committee is dedicated to building community among child therapists in the Puget Sound area. We also work to bring therapists together to learn, grow, and develop skills. We hope you will join us for good food, learning, and community building. 
Understanding Symbolic Work in Child Therapy

This talk will examine the understanding of children’s therapeutic play from a symbolic point of view. We will start with the World Technique, the pioneering work of Margaret Lowenfeld in London.  Dora Kalff, in Switzerland, later added a more Jungian orientation to this work, which she called Sandplay. In understanding the symbolic work of children, the therapist must attempt to relate each child’s sandtray scene to the child’s unique life situation as well as to past circumstances. In this way, the inner world of the child and the outer world become connected and begin to make sense. The talk will be illustrated with images of children’s sandtrays.

Janet Tatum, MSW, LICSW
Jungian Analyst, Certified Sandplay Therapist – Teaching Member 
Philemon Foundation Board of Directors
Redmond, WA


Learning Objectives 

  • To learn of the work of Margaret Lowenfeld, a pioneering child therapist, who originated the World Technique and the use of the sandtray.

  • To become familiar with the work of Dora Kalff, who created Sandplay Therapy and began to look at the therapeutic work with children from a Jungian orientation.

  • To see through case examples how Jungian ideas can enhance the understanding of children’s symbolic work in therapy. 

This workshop will offer either 2.0 credit hours from the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) or 2.0 credit hours provided by the National Association of Social Workers.

The building at 1450 114th Ave SE is called the Conifer Building and is connected to the Dilletante Cafe. 

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