The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy
Read more about our full program that provides 100 hours of ISST training.

Training and Events

First CAST WEB Conference

Connecting through Sandplay Therapy

November 4, 2018
Deadline for registration - October 27, 2018

Vancouver, BC - 2017-18 Training

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers:
  • Barbara Dalziel, BHSC, CAST/ISST
  • Bea Donald, Ph.D., CCC, MFT, CAST/ISST
Vancouver trainings for 2018 have been postponed. We anticipate resuming in 2019. Dates will be posted on this website, or you can email Beatrice Donald at for more information.

For 2018, CAST is offering four 4-hour introductory sandplay sessions and in-service trainings in Sandplay Therapy. These sessions will be taught by Beatrice Donald, PhD, CAST/ISST, CCC, senior CAST teacher. These hours may be applied toward the 100 hours of theory required for partial fulfillment of certification or practitioner training.

If you are interested in an in-service training, please contact Beatrice at to discuss details.

The small group introductory sandplay sessions are limited to four participants and will take place in Vancouver (Burrard and 6th) from 1:30 to 5:45pm on the following Saturdays. The training fee is $90/4hours.

Introductory Session 2: May 26, 2018

This session is now full. You can choose a different date, or contact Beatrice Donald to be placed on a wait list for this session. Thank you!

Introductory Session 3: September 29, 2018

Introductory Session 4: November 17, 2018

Each interactive session will cover the following:

  • How sandplay differs from sandtray: Jungian ideas supporting sandplay practice
  • The development of Sandplay by Dora Kalff
  • Experientials introducing symbols, archetypes, and the sandplay process
  • A sandplay case
  • Reading and website recommendations
  • Information on becoming certified

Toronto Training Intensives

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers:
  • Maria Iosue, MSW/RSW, MA Soc, CAST/ISST
  • Olga Lipadatova, PhD, ATR, CCC, CAST/ISST
Three, 4-day Sandplay intensive trainings will fulfill 100 theoretical hours required for certification.

2017-2018 Training Program
Module 2:
April 26, 27, 28, & 29, 2018
Module 3:
October 18, 19, 20, & 21, 2018

IMPORTANT: If you missed a previous module, please contact the CAST teachers for this training BEFORE attempting to register for a subsequent module. Thank you!

Each module: CAST Members: $1100; Non Members: $1150

Deposit of $200 due at time of registration, along with a one-time administrative fee of $50. Cancellations before registration deadline are subject to a $75 processing fee. Cancellations after registration deadline can be refunded (less $75 processing fee) only if your space can be filled.

Registration process requires:

  1. Completed registration with minimum of initial deposit
  2. Completed application form
  3. A current CV
  4. Brief phone or Skype interview with one of the training facilitators

Contact for more information:
Email for further information and to find out if you will qualify for training.

Kingston Introductory Training

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teacher:
  • Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer DCS, RP, CAST/ISST
Two-day training will provide 10 hours of Introduction to Sandplay Therapy allowing further enrolment into certification training with both CAST and ISST:
Introductory Training (Part 2): April 28-29, 2018

Cost: $380 CAST members; $420 non-members
Full payment due on March 28
Cancellations can be refunded (less $75 processing fee) only if your space can be filled.

Contact for more information:

Montreal, QC - 2018-19 Training - French ONLY

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teacher:
  • Yvon Rivière, PhD, IAAP, CAST/ISST
A sandplay training is going to be held in Montreal, in French, in 2018-2019. This 100 hours training begins in February 2018 and is approved by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec as part of the required continuous education hours (activity number RP02293-17 and RP02294-17). For more information, please see our Formation et Événements page (in French), or contact Yvon Rivière at