SandStory Skills® Practitioner Training (online)

A warm welcome to you as you look into this new and very relevant online training.It teaches the skills needed to become a Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioner and equips professionals who are not therapeutically qualified with essential, safe, 'soft skills' to support the emotional wellbeing and personal development of the children, young people and adults in their care. It is tailored for those who are:

  • Childminders, Nannies, Nursery Managers and Workers
  • Teachers & Teaching Assistants/One-to Ones, Learning Mentors
  • SENCOs, ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
  • Nurture Group leaders, Pastoral Teams, Social Work Assistants
  • Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners
  • Behaviour Support Practitioners/ PRU teams
  • Residential Support Workers, Youth Workers, Youth Offending Team Officer
  • Play Workers and Therapeutic Play Workers
  • Family Support Workers, Parent Coaches
    Life Coaches, Career Coaches
  • Residential Care Homes Workers (for senior adults)  

In August 2020 I offered this training in person to an intrepid group of Outdoor Learning Practitioners at a beach side location in Cornwall. We were able to do some experiential exercises on the beach and in the sand dunes and they kindly gave permission for some photos and videos of their stories in the sand for inclusion in this online training.

What is SandStory Skills®?

At it's heart, the training aims to delineate a 'line in the sand' in terms of the SAFE REMIT for practitioners - so that they keep themselves safe (within the remit of their job description) AND the participants (whether these are the children, young people or adults) in their care.

The training draws on two main frameworks to delineate where the line is drawn and offers clarity on when to refer on their participants to qualified Therapists and Counsellors for professional therapeutic support.

The training draws from the wonderful work of Margaret Lowenfeld who developed the 'Small World Technique. Her theory generated further theories around 'small world play', 'floor play' and 'table-top play'.

SandStory Skills® also draws on SandStory Therapy®, which Lara Kasza has developed from the two main sand therapy approaches of SandPlay and SandTray Therapy ( In essence, SandStory Skills® uses sand and symbols as a creative means of expressing our inner stories in a gentle and safe way.

Carol is a Certified Play Therapist and Certified SandStory Skills® Trainer. She works with children individually and in groups and since the COVID19 pandemic she has trained as a Landplay Practitioner so that she can take her practice into the outdoors. She also has 20 years experience facilitatating creative community workshops with children and adults and this SandStory Skills training brings together her experience and enthusiasm for sand tray, stories and creativity.

The Training Details

This online training includes a presentation for each module, demonstrations and videos, resource lists and practical exercises which you will be encouraged to practice with your 'sand buddy'.

You will be able to access the 6 modules from the moment you enroll and can then access them at your leisure and forever! 

The training also includes a 1 hour coaching session with Carol where you can ask questions and discuss how you might apply the training to the people you work with. 

On completion of the course you will be asked to submit a 500 word reflection. You will then receive 14 CPD points and be able to download a personalized  SandStory Skills® logo. You will also have the option of going on a Register of SandStory Skills Practitioners.

What Does the Training Cover?

Module 1: Welcome and Introduction

Module 2: The Power of Sand and Water

Module 3: The Power of Symbols and Stories

Module 4: The Genesis of SandStory Skills® and the Remit of Safe Support Part 1

Module 5: The Remit of Safe Support Part 2

Module 6: The 5 Stages of SandStory Skills®

What support will you get?

The training includes a 1 hour coaching session with Carol via Zoom. You can also contact her via email at any time.

You will be invited to join a private Facebook group where you can talk to Carol and to others who are training, share ideas and ask questions.

You will be paired with another SandStory Skills® Practitioner so that you can support each other and practice the experiential exercises (virtually or in person depending on locations and COVID restrictions).

What does the training cost?

The cost of the course is £300 but in light of continued difficulties related to Covid19, I have decided to continue to offer the course for £200 until further notice.

Payment can be made in one payment of £200 or two monthly payments of £100.

What do you need to have to do this training:

You won't need these things straight away but, when you can, please start to collect your own:

A sand tray - I recommend the Really Useful blue transparent box with lid at 24.5 litres if you don't have anything to hand that you can use.
Sand - I love the Tesco sand which is currently available [usually during the summer only] as I write. However, if that proves impossible to buy, you can try Argos, B & M, Smyth's Toys to name a few. You can even use  dried lentils or jasmine rice (alternatives to sand).

A set of between 20 - 30 symbols. If you don't have these to hand, once you enroll, you will have access to a list of inexpensive symbols and where to purchase them. Thankfully deliveries are still working and you'll be contributing to the economy! You could also just wander around your home (look in the loft!) and see what you might be able to use as a symbol - a sort of symbol treasure hunt! Charity shops are also great places to find symbols.

There will be other resources on the list but these are all optional and up to you if you wish to purchase these for practice. You will adjust your resources according to what you feel your participants may find useful.

Once you enroll I will encourage you to 'buddy up' with someone else either on the training or someone you know as a colleague and I will encourage you to use the Zoom platform to have practice sessions with them

Everyone has a story to tell...

Be the listener!

One-Time Payment

£200 once

Payment Plan

2 payments of £100/month

Payment Plan

4 payments of £50/month

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. You will receive a module each week starting with Module 1 as soon as you enroll. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at or

Do I have to have used a sand tray before doing this course?

No you do not have to have had any experience of using sand trays with the child, young people or adults that you work with, The course will cover all that you need to know to start working safely using this wonderful tool.

Can SandStory Skills® be used with groups?

SandStory Skills® is effective and safe when used with one storyteller and one listener.

Everyone likes to listen to a story....

One-Time Payment

£200 once

Payment Plan

2 payments of £100/month

Payment Plan

4 payments of £50/month
  • I will take lots away from this course that I can use with the children I work with. I would recommend this training to anyone working with children who wants to support their emotional well being and happiness,

    — Outdoor learning practitioner, in person training August 2020
  • Such an amazing amount of knowledge and personal love around the power of sand tray delivered by Carol. Thanks, I look forward to a future with my new found skills.

    — Forest School leader, in person training August 2020