THE INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOLOGY OF THE HEART

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Sandplay Therapy

Author:       2014-03-19 Font:S M L

Digest:The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & The Chinese Federation for Analytical Psychology (CFAP) is the Chinese developmental organization of International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Since 2002, it has organized the most authoritative training series in China, a batch of professional sandplay therapists being trained to meet the requirements of ISST; and it has established the public benefit program “ Garden & Heart”, devoting to spread the pattern of ‘The Garden of Heart’ using mainly the sandplay therapy technology in orphanages all over China, having established more than 40 the Garden of Heart work station by now.

心理分析 、沙盘游戏
The Spread Of Sandplay Therapy Technology


Abstract:

The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & The Chinese Federation for Analytical Psychology (CFAP) is the Chinese developmental organization of International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Since 2002, it has organized the most authoritative training series in China,  a batch of professional sandplay therapists being trained to meet the requirements of ISST; and it has established the public benefit program “ Garden & Heart”, devoting to spread the pattern of ‘The Garden of Heart’ using mainly the sandplay therapy technology in orphanages all over China, having established more than 40 the Garden of Heart work station by now.
 
Sandplay therapy is a kind of therapeutive technology based on Jungian psychology and developed by Dora Kalff. Sandplay is a creative therapy form using image (active imagination) on, ‘a central refinement to life power of body and soul’; it is characterized by using sand, water and sandplay figures for creating images in ‘the free and protective space’ of relationship among the therapist, client and sandtrays. The presentation of series of sandplay images in sandbox shows a continuous conversation between client’s consciousness and unconsciousness, and a healing process and personality (intelligence and Self) stirring by it.
Sandplay therapy bases on Jungian psychology, and both the sandplay and Jungian psychology base on Chinese culture. Both Jung and Kalff had systematically studied Chinese culture and put it as the most essential philosophy and methodology foundation of their psychological systems.
As a comprehensive therapeutive system, especially the main progress of combination of Jungian technology and expressive therapy method, sandplay is widely applied in fields of psychological consultation, psychological assessment, psychological therapy, psychological education, human resources development and EAP as well as the professional psychological analysis, among which the combination of sandplay and school psychological education has developed a lot in this country. The main functions and role of the sandplay include: psychological diagnosis and comprehensive evaluation, guidance and alleviate to all kinds of psychological pressure, tension and anxiety, professional psychological analysis and cure various psychosomatic disease. At the same time, the sandplay therapy can also act as a comprehensive technology for psychological education, playing a positive role in the maintenance of mental health and personality development, artistic expression and creativity and improvement of life quality, guiding the visitors to achieve personality development and perfect heart aimed at Self, feeling the state that mind can achieve.


The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & The Chinese Federation for Analytical Psychology is a academic public welfare organization aimed at accelerating the research and development of analytical psychology and Chinese culture. The president, Shen Heyong, is the professor and doctoral supervisor of Fudan University and South China Normal University, the IAAP analyst, the ISST and STA therapist, the startup member of ISEI, the keynote speaker of Eranos (1997/2007), and the main organizer of International Forum of Analytical Psychology and Chinese Culture (1998-2012).


Pro. Shen was a student of Pro. Gao Juefu, taking part in the first analytical psychology study group held by him as a speaker. He has engaged into the research and practice of psychological analysis and sandplay therapy since 1993, and has supervisored 21 doctoral students, 62 graduate students, dozens of visiting scholars from China and abroad and post-doctors, and many professional individuals coming for  personal experience and case supervision of psychological analysis and sandplay game.


Prof. Shen Heyong and his group have been undertaking several research projects subsidized and supportd by the national education plan, the humanities and social sciences of Ministry of Education, IAAP and ISST, and all of them have the same theme of psychological analysis and sandplay as well as psychological analysis and Chinese culture. When searching CNKI with the key word of ‘sandplay therapy’, most of the papers and articles (1995-2008) are related to the research of Prof. Shen Heyong and his group.


Prof. Shen Heyong edited chiefly the first series of sandplay therapy books, The Garden of Heart: Sandplay Therapy Series, including classical work about sandplay therapy of Dora Kalff the creator of sandplay therapy, Kay Bradway the main founder of ISST, Harriet Friedman the chairman of STA, and Ruth Ammann, the chairman of ISST. Meanwhile, he published the first monograph about sandplay therapy in the mainland, Sandplay Therapy: Theory and Practice.
 
Receiving strongly support from IAAP/ISST/STA, the technology has spread wildly. And professional training of psychological analysis and sandplay in Eastern Institute for Psychology of the Heart & The Chinese Federation for Analytical Psychology is the only professional association with such an advantage inland.


From 2002 till now, CFAP & The Institute for Psychology of the Heart has been organizing the most authoritative train series inland, training the first batch of professional sandplay therapists meet the requirements of ISST. There are more than 60 scholars achieving the qualification of professional sandplay therapist, and more than 160 scholars finishing professional training and supervising of sandplay therapy regulating by ISST in CFAP & CSST in China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau).
According to the demand of ISST, professional sandplay therapy training, including individual and group supervisions, must be held by sandplay therapist qualified by it. The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP is the only training institution which has such professional qualification domestically. Eastern Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP has abundant and rich base and resources in researching, teaching and training, as well as the first batch of professional sandplay therapist finishing the systematic training of ISST.
 
The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP often holds ‘professional training of analytical psychology and sandplay therapy’ jointly with IAAP/ISST.


The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP cooperates with the China developmental organization of IAAP/ISST, designing the online course of ‘Technology of Analytical Psychology and Sandplay Therapy’ together, as well as holding professional seminar and train about analytical psychology and sandplay therapy, whose details can be obtained in this website. At the same time, you’re welcome to ‘Analytical Psychology & Chinese Culture’ (www.psyheartbbs.org), taking part in the special sector of ‘The Space Created In The Sandtray’ for professional discuss. ‘Analytical Psychology & Chinese Culture’ has not only the latest international academic trend with systematic and deep research process, but also the most abundant professional website of resources about analytical psychology and sandplay in China.


Based on decade of systematic researches and requirement of inland clients and professional users, The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP has exploited series of sand miniature products, finishing the represent system of 1000 sand miniatures in 48 kinds. For example, The Great Mother archetype series, Greek mythology series, Egyptian culture series, Indian culture series, Chinese culture series, Arab culture series, Jewish culture series, Christian culture series, Buddhist culture series, Taoism culture series, Indian culture series, shadow symbol series, as well as a variety of characters, all kinds of customs, all kinds of animals, sea creatures, plants and flowers, building materials, transportation, furniture supplies, military and war, raw materials, color and digital, fantastic, etc.


The technology of sandplay therapy developed by The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP has got the recognition and protection of intellectual property rights such as national patent and national registered trademark.
 
Based on 15 years of professional research and practical experience, the technology of sandplay therapy developed by Eastern Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP sufficiently integrates the characteristics of East and West, taking advantage of international resources, and has got the protection of national patent and many intellectual property rights.


From 1995 till now, we successively built up several hundreds of professional sandplay studios, ranging from kindergarten, primary school, middle school to university as well as relevant enterprises and public institutions, hospitals and professional psychotherapy institutions. The centers of Psychological counseling and guidance in several hundreds of departments such as Peking University, Fudan University, Beijing Normal University, East China Normal University, South China Normal University, South China University of Technology, Yunnan University, Shenzhen University, Hei Longjiang University, Harbin Engineering University, Shandong University of Chinese Medicine, the Affiliated High School of Fudan University, the affiliated high school of south China Normal University, Macao Workers' Children School, University of Macau, Guangzhou Wende Road Primary School, Nanjing Changjiang Road Primary School, the First Kindergarten of Guangdong Province, the First Kindergarten of Guangzhou, the Burear of Education and Youth of Macau, the Fire Department of Guangdong Province, Children's Hospital in Shandong Province, the training center of China southern airlines uses the professional sandplay therapy technology provided by Eastern Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP and Guangzhou Spiritual Education Institution.
The technology and equipment developed by sandplay therapy Eastern Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP updates its operating technique and sandplay miniatures every year, and its instruction manual is the 9th edition by now. This update is based on not only the professional studies of many doctors and masters and clinical experience accumulated by many sandplay therapists, but also effective integration of sandplay therapy of Europe, America and Japan on the foundation of analytical psychology and Chinese culture.


The Japanese Sandspiel therapy is the Japanese localized transformation of sandplay therapy created by Dora Kalff under the effort of Hayao Kawai and Higuchi Kazuhiko, which plays an important role in the development of sandplay therapy in Japan. However, the real foundation of sandplay which bases on Jungian analytical psychology is Chinese culture. The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP tries to reach its root and develops sandplay therapy on the basis of analytical psychology and Chinese culture. This is not only related to the clinical practice and its effect in china, including the appliance of sandplay school psychology education, but also has a irreplaceable meaning to the academic development of international sandplay therapy.


Under the advocacy of Prof. Shen Heyong and Prof. Gao Lan, The Institute for Psychology of the Heart & CFAP has gradually established The “ Garden & Heart “ studios in orphanages all around the country to help orphans using the technology of analytical psychology and sandplay therapy since 2007. After the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, Shen Heyong, Gao Lan and Lei Da etc. led groups of analytical psychology volunteers rushed to the earthquake place in first time, and successively built up seven “Garden & Heart” work stations in Beichuan Middle School, Dongqi Middle School Dongqi Primary School, Wenchuan Shuimo Primary School and Deyang Tianyuan Resident etc., offering a three-year psychological aid and reconstruction plan, and persisting working till now. Nowadays, The Institute for Psychology of the Heart has already built up about 50 “ Garden & Heart” work stations and is planning for more, making a further promotion of ‘The Garden of Heart’ mode based mainly on sandplay to focus on more orphan groups, and let orphans can obtain effective maintenance of psychological counseling and mental health, and obtain nourishment and growth of mind.


The Institute for Psychology of the Heart perseveringly holds network training and supervising about sandplay therapy, providing professional technical support to psychological consultants and volunteers in The Garden of Heart studios and strengthen the ‘The Garden of Heart’ working mode. Meanwhile, it proposed the motion of launching International Association for Expressive Sandwork (IASW, http://www.sandwork.org), making an international spreading of the working mode: “ Garden & Heart”
 
The Third Academic Seminar of International Analytical Psychology in July, 2008 (Zurich), The Fifth International Conference of Psychotherapy in October, 2008 (Beijing), the 20th International Conference of Sandplay Therapy in September, 2009 (Kyoto, Japan), the 28th International Conference of Analytical Psychology in August, 2010 (Montreal, Canada), English Association of Psychotherapy in November, 2011 (BAP, London) all had special reports and discussion of the mode of The Garden of Heart. 
 
The Congress of IAAP (Montreal, 2009)


The Chairman of the congress gave full affirmation and recognition to the work of “Garden & Heart” team, and all delegates who participated in the conference stood up, turning to Shen Heyong and Gao Lan and applaused to them.