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HKSTA is a member society of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy


Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association

The Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA) is a non-profit organization established to train, support, and promote professional development in Sandplay therapy.


  1. To provide a meeting ground for an exchange of knowledge and experience through training programs on Sandplay therapy

  2. To become a valuable resource for its members, students and people who are interested in Sandplay Therapy


Our members are Certified Sandplay Therapists, professionals working towards Sandplay certification, and therapists who are interested in using Sandplay therapy with their clients.






 Latest Announcements

Jill Kaplan July 2023 workshop - Manifestations of the Self: Mandala in Sandplay

Greetings from HKSTA! Hope you and your family doing well.

We are glad to announce that Ms. Jill Kaplan will offer a series of two Zoom sessions of Sandplay Therapy workshop on July 6 and July 13, 2023 which will fulfill 6 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Jill has worked with children and families throughout her career, holding masters’ degrees in Early Childhood Education and Counseling Psychology. Jill is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapists. She has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, presented workshops nationally and internationally on Sandplay, has served on the STA Board of Trustees in many roles and is a Past President of the Board. In additional to clinical work with children and adults, she provides consultation for trainees in Sandplay Therapy.

This six-hour seminar is intended to familiarize participants with Jung’s concept of the Self and apply it to the psychotherapy process of individual patients. In particular, the symbol of the mandala will be presented as a Self symbol from several cultural perspectives, illustrating both the personal and archetypal significance of this image.  Utilizing case material, students will learn how to discern images which represent the Self archetype.  The mandala symbol may arise in a sandplay process as a unifying symbolic element when a patient is struggling to contain or find a relationship to opposites or opposing emotional experiences.  Jung's concept of the transcendent function, the use of a symbol which facilitates a transition from one psychological attitude or condition to another, will be applied to case material as an example of the development of a more flexible and resilient ego. The role of sandplay therapy, a non-verbal and non-intrusive modality, will be discussed as a means of expressing and amplifying unconscious material. Participants will have an opportunity to create Self- images to help them integrate these concepts and apply them to clinical material. Case material will be presented, one child case, one adult case, to further amplify the depth of the mandala symbol and creation in sandplay process. If you like to learn more about the sandplay process and Jungian concepts, please come to join us. The deadline for the early-bird will be on June 22, 2023. Please see the attached workshop flyer for more details.

Workshop Title: Manifestations of the Self: Mandala in Sandplay

Dates: 6, 13 July (Thursday), 2023

Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Language: English

Venue: Meeting online through ZOOM

Cost: $1300 (HKSTA member) - early bird deadline: 22 June 2023

          $1400 (HKSTA member)- after 22 June 2023

Online registration


We hope you will enjoy this fascinating world of sandplay therapy as much as we do.

If you have any enquiries, please write to 

June 2023 Study Group: Closet 


This study group will explore the symbolism of the closet and will describe the process of a middle-aged woman with unresolved pre-birth and post- birth trauma who used a closet object to explore and relive her early trauma also showing how the entire sandplay room became a big “closet” for her. She was contained by it as a place of incubation, in which rebirth and transformation could take place. Through her sandplay therapy process, this woman was able to penetrate the deep dark chambers of her psyche via the closet as a portal activating a new source of energy.  

We sincerely invite you to join us in this study group. 
Topic: The Closet in Sandplay Therapy - Incubation, Rebirth and Transformation
Date: 28 June 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Presenter: Ms Sally Chan (Certified Sandplay Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist)

Venue: Webinar via zoom

Language: Cantonese

Online registration

Deadline of registration: 26 June, 2023

This study group is only open to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association. We look forward to your participating in group exploration and sharing wisdom.


Best regards,

Jennifer Wong

Study Group Coordinator (for June 2023)

Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA)

May 2023 Study Group: Angels 

Angels are spiritual beings. I believe that nobody on earth has witnessed 'Angel' in physical form. However, as a symbol, they exist so widespread around us. Within the scope of mythology and religions, they are so real that they even have their own classifications and hierarchies. I trusted that they also appear very frequently in the sand trays we encounter.  Then why are so many people fascinated by Angels? How should we interpret their presence in our sand trays? Though they are usually associated with holiness and purification, do they have a dark side like other symbols?

Let's spend some time discussing and sharing our ex
perience about 'Angel' in May



Topic: Angel 
Date: 29 May, 2023
Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Presenter: Ms. Gabie Cheung (Certified Counsellor, Private Practice)

Venue: Webinar via zoom

Language: Cantonese

Online registration:

Deadline of registration: 26 May, 2023

This study group is only open to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association. We look forward to your participating in group exploration and sharing wisdom.


Best regards,

Jennifer Wong

Study Group Coordinator (for May 2023)

Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA)

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April 2023 Study Group: DIY Miniature Figurines 


Let’s take a break from zoom and meet face-to-face! The figurine collection is the extension of the therapist. What better way to add some personal touch to your collection than to make your own figurines? In April study group, you will make some figurines. Be ready to tap into your creativity and have some fun! 



Date: 11 and 25 April 2023 

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm (reception start 6:00pm for early starters)

Venue: YL Workshop, 11/F, Fung Lok Commercial Building, 163 Wing Lok Street

Payment: HKD100 (for materials and light refreshments)

Deadline for enrolment: 10 April 2023

Registration link

This study group is only open to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association. We look forward to your participating in group exploration and sharing wisdom.


Best regards,

Jennifer Wong

Study Group Coordinator (for April 2023)

Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA)

Notice of the Twelfth Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Dear Member:


This is to inform you of the Twelfth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association to be held on 16 March 2023 at 7:00pm. It will be followed by a Study Group. The meeting will be held online through ZOOM.

Details of the AGM have been circulated to all existing members by email.

Thank you for your continual support to HKSTA. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Yours sincerely,
Jennifer WONG
Honorary Secretary
Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association

2 March 2023

Dear HKSTA members,

We would like to congratulate Ms Cheung Yee Ping Chris who has become the sixth locally trained Certified Sandplay Therapist in Hong Kong. Chris was certified by the ISST (International Society for Sandplay Therapy) as a certified member as of Nov 15, 2022.

In brief, the certification process includes (1) a personal process in sandplay therapy with an ISST member; (2) theoretical training of a minimum of 100 hours of participation in training seminars by ISST Teaching members in the tradition of Dora Kalff that is based on the principles of the psychology of C.G. Jung; (3) two written symbol papers; (4) 80 hours supervision of practical work in individual and group sessions; and (5) one completed written case study evaluated by three International ISST case readers.

Chris is an educational psychologist working in local primary and secondary schools. For years, she has participated in training in hypnotherapy, art therapy, play therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The therapeutic skills and symbolic thinking hatched by these training are incorporated widely in her daily work. Her interest in sandplay was ignited when she witnessed similar phenomena manifested in her clients’ sandtrays. Her curiosity led her to Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen’s sandplay workshop in Hong Kong in 2018, with whom she also went through the personal process. She has been actively engaging in various sandplay and Jungian training locally and online ever since. Her major supervisors are Ms. Carina Conradie and Ms. Adelina Wong. She wrote about ‘Dog’ and ‘Clock’ as her symbol papers. Chris is serving as an executive committee member of HKSTA since 2020 to contribute to the promotion of sandplay therapy in Hong Kong. To pursue her dream of becoming a Jungian analyst, Chris is now a router in the IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology) Router Training Program.

HKSTA fully supports those who intend to become certified sandplay therapists. We will continue to offer programs and other means to facilitate the process.

Best Regards,

May Liu

Vice Chairperson

Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA)

16 November 2022


New ISST Certified Sandplay Therapist

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