This year’s Hawaii Association for Play Therapy (HAPT) 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually and is cohosted with Sandplay Therapists of Hawaii (STH). Together, we are excited to welcome our very special guest speakers Lorraine Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T, Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T and Nancy Hawkins, PsyD, LP who will offer two intensive days of training.

To meet the guidelines set forth by the Association of Play Therapy (APT) for virtual training during the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be limited to a total of 80 participants split into two tracks. All participants will have the opportunity to complete both featured workshops. In an effort to accommodate our local members, registration will open first to the Hawaii community. On February 1, 2021, the remaining seats for our conference will be open to practitioners in other geographical locations.

Due to the limited number of openings for this year’s conference, we encourage everyone interested in attending to register as soon as possible. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

Workshop Registration:

Conference Fees for Two Workshop Days:

  • $150 for students 
  • $175 for HAPT/STH members 
  • $195 for APT/STA members
  • $250 for non-members  
  • $25 for 10 CEs** (IST, APT, NASW) –APT Approved Provider 99-053

**Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 10 CONTACT CE Hours

Important Dates for Registration:

  • January 15 – Priority registration open for Hawai`i residents
  • February 1 – registration open for anyone worldwide

workshop 1

Title: “Beyond Words: Enhancing Clinical Practice through Sandplay Therapy”

Speaker Bio:
Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T is a pediatric neuropsychologist, international sandplay therapy teacher (STA/ISST), and trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).  She is the Clinical Director of Pacific Quest, a holistic outdoor behavioral health program in Hilo, Hawaii where she also maintains a private practice, Black Sand Neuropsychological Services- .  She is on faculty at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and the Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate Program at the Trauma Research Foundation (Bessel van der Kolk’s series).  Dr. Freedle has published numerous professional journal articles and chapters in the areas of sandplay, neuropsychology and trauma and is an award-winning researcher for her studies of sandplay therapy with adults with traumatic brain injury and youth with co-occurring trauma and addiction. She currently serves as President of Sandplay Therapists of America and Research Editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Contact:

Workshop Description:
In a realm beyond spoken words, Sandplay Therapy provides an enriched sensory, symbolic and relational experience that allows children and adults to safely and effectively address a range of clinical problems. As we shape sand, play freely, tell our story through symbols, and self-reflect in the presence of an attuned therapist multiple brain systems are activated and synchronized. We are able to reach the depths of our problems in our psyche, soul, and nervous system.

This workshop explores the theoretical foundations and practical applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy in the context of this world crisis and the changing environment of psychotherapy and play therapy practice. The latest advances in research will be presented.  Through case studies, demonstration of methods, experiential exercises and a review of the evidence base, participants will explore how Sandplay Therapy can be effectively used to enhance clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key tenets of sandplay therapy in the context of the current landscape of psychotherapy and play therapy practice. 
  2. Distinguish sandplay from other play therapy methods that use sand and miniatures.
  3. Describe the “free and protected space” as defined by Dora Kalff and the process of cotransference in sandplay therapy.
  4. Describe how symbols, archetypes, and the transcendent function promote healing in sandplay and play therapy.
  5. Discuss the evidence base of sandplay and implications for clinical practice.


workshop 2

Title: "In Touch Again: Repairing Broken Attachment with Play Therapy Strategies”

Speaker Bios:
Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T (STA & ISST) is a licensed psychologist and international sandplay teacher (STA/ISST) with over 30 years of experience in mental health agency and private practice settings.   Ellen specializes in play therapy, Kalffian sandplay therapy, attachment work and trauma; she is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and is trained in EMDR (Level 2). She has studied with Dr. Agnes Bayley and incorporates “In Touch Again” attachment repair play therapy strategies in her work. She has written for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees for STA.

Nancy Hawkins, PsyD, LP is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and has lived and worked in the Minnesota American Indian community for over 30 years.  Nancy’s work has centered on working with children and adults with attachment disruption as well as with issues related to substance abuse, and historical trauma.  Nancy has consulted for several American Indian substance abuse programs, provided training for foster parents and created a curriculum for American Indian childcare workers. Nancy is currently employed by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and maintains a small private practice. She uses many hands-on, experiential materials, including Kalffian sandplay, in her work.

Workshop Description:
Based on the ‘In Touch Again’ approach of Agnes Bayley, multisensory play therapy activities that follow stages of brain development will provide participants with a framework for assessing what may be missing in the path of attachment of their clients across the lifecycle. We’ll explore specific strategies to allow/enable/empower children and adults to repair traumatic experiences or experience missing developmental pieces in the context of relationship. Participants will learn, through didactic and experiential presentation, how to integrate this work with clients of all ages and different clinical needs in counseling, play therapy, and other approaches. We’ll also reflect on the experience from mindfulness and somatic perspectives. Areas covered in this 5-hour workshop will include the use of transitional objects, reawakening the senses, containment of feelings, and working with historical trauma. This training is appropriate for mental health professionals.
Learning Objectives:

  1. List 3 play therapy activities and describe how they coordinate with developmental brain stages to promote secure attachment and a strong sense of self.
  2. Name 2 or more play therapy strategies that can provide repair experiences with clients across the lifespan to heal missing pieces of attachment and brain development.
  3. Name 2 or more "attuned presence" strategies appropriate for working with clients of various chronological and emotional ages in counseling and play therapy.
  4. Describe three ways historical events have disrupted family, community and cultural attachments and perpetuated a legacy of broken attachments.
  5. Describe three cultural practices that promote attunement and secure attachment in play therapy.

Presented by:

Nancy Hawkins, PsyD, LP

Presented by:

Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, CST-T

HAPT/STH 2021 Conference

March 5-6, 2021

Workshop CE Payment:

"Awakening the Senses through Play Therapy and Sandplay"

Hawaii Association

Play Therapy

Presented by:

Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T

Conference Schedule

Friday Schedule:

  • 8:30am – Announcements / Introductions / Opening
  • 9:00am – 12:30pm – Presentation (breaks per instructors)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm – Break for Lunch
  • 1:30 –  3:45 pm – Presentation
  • 3:45- 4:00 pm – Closing

Saturday Schedule:

  • 9:00am – 12:30pm – Presentation (breaks per instructors)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm – Break for Lunch
  • 1:30 –  3:45 pm – Presentation
  • 3:45- 4:00 pm - Closing Ceremony

Track Schedule:

​​Track 1

  • Friday - Sandplay - Beyond Words
  • Saturday - Play Therapy - In Touch Again

Track 2

  • Friday - Play Therapy - In Touch Again
  • Saturday - Sandplay - Beyond Words