Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

To Prompt or Not to Prompt?: The Neurobiological Case for Non-Directive Sandtray Therapy by Rita Grayson, LCSW, RPT-S

  • March 26, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom
  • 14


  • Requires presenter code.

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WAAPT Annual Spring Conference

Friday Morning Workshop

March 26th, 2021

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours

Registration emails with login and technology instructions, as well as access to the training materials, will go out to all participants no less than 48 hours before the event.

Due to limited availability, payment is due at time of registration.

To Prompt or Not to Prompt?: The Neurobiological Case for Non-Directive Sandtray Therapy by Rita Grayson, LCSW, RPT-S

Workshop length 3 CE Hours 

 Biography - Rita Grayson, LCSW, RPT-S is the founder of SageSource Learning Center, a training facility dedicated to teaching Sandtray Therapy and Neurobiology.  Combining her extensive training in Sandtray-Worldplay, her deep study of neuroscience, and over 20 years as a clinician, Rita created The Body-Brain Approach to Sandtray Therapy.

Workshop Abstract Many sandtray therapists offer prompts or directives to initiate a play therapy session using the sandtray. This workshop will challenge that practice and teach a way to make a more open invitation into sandtray play.  Support for this method will come from an examination of the neurobiology of trauma, in particular: the role of implicit memory; autonomic nervous system co-regulation; the importance of engaging the body; and the need to maximize safety in trauma treatment. We will discuss when prompts may be supportive and when they may hinder treatment.

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe how to orient play therapy clients to the sandtray without using a prompt.

2) Discuss the importance of supporting a neuroception of safety during play therapy using the sandtray.

3) Explain how painful or frightening experiences are stored implicitly and how this supports using the sandtray in play therapy.



Washington State Association for Play Therapy is an approved APT Provider.


This program has been approved for 3 CE hours by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.

NASW PROVIDER #1975-331.

Washington State Association for Play Therapy has been approved by NBCC

as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7052. Programs

that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Washington State

Association for Play Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the


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Cancellation Policy: Registration fee will be refunded only if notice of cancellation is received in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the training start time. We regret that we cannot refund registrations after that time.

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