Therapy

Sandplay

AIM:

The research is to find out where the therapy originated, including the name of the person who first introduced the therapy and a brief history if possible. Provide a short summary of any clinical research or scientific evidence that supports the validity of the therapy. List of conditions the therapy is best suited to treat. A summary of how the therapy works to assist the client. Contras or dangers associated with using the therapy. A bibliography listing the resources used to find the information, including websites and publications.

FINDINGS:

H.C Wells, in full Herbert George Wells – Born, September 21, 1866 – died August 13, 1946
An English novelist, journalist, sociologist and historian, H.C Wells wrote a little book in 1911 “Floor Games” that would later inspire the creation of the field of “Sandplay / Sandtray Therapy”. The spontaneous play, Wells had with this two younger son’s using miniature and other small objects served as an inspiration to Margaret Lowenfield in her development of the “World Technique”.

Margaret Lowenfield – Born, 1890

Lowenfeld grew up in an affluent London family. She completed early medical training in 1914 and worked

in a London hospital during the First World War. In 1918 she joined a medical mission to Poland which cared for civilians whose homes had been destroyed in the war. Meeting traumatised children shaped her career. Lowenfeld returned to England and opened a free walk-in centre for ‘difficult’ children in West Kensington, London, featuring toys and play areas. The centre trained child psychologists and expanded to become the Institute for Child Psychology.

“ Sandplay Therapy” is a clinical and evidence-based therapy that started first to be use on children with trauma and then with young clients sandplay has been used to improve the security of adolescent attachments and of late there has been a large growth in treatment with people that suffer dementia.

“Sandplay Therapy” is about a tray filled with sand and a wide variety of play figures. It is offered to the client to create a picture of her/his inner world.

It is assumed that “Sandplay Therapy” like other creative therapy methods, help the client to fine expression of their current psychological problem, unconscious them and conflicts. “Sandplay Therapy pictures make unconscious material accessible and the act of expression conscious and unconscious.

CONCLUSIONS:

There are no findings of any dangers associates to “Sandplay Therapy”. Not all clients would want to use the therapy, the only minor danger would be sand thrown around.

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