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Sand tray play events are for mothers and grandmothers, wives and sisters. It is evidence based practice for processing thoughts and feelings about conflict and relationships.

Penny L. Phares ARNP is a Child Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor who is experienced in Sand Tray Therapy and Play Therapy.  

As Clinical Director at Child’s Play Foundation she has responsibility for program development , training and fundraising. Penny conducts sand tray group counseling on weekends for consumers who want to de-stress and address health issues.

As a nurse practitioner, Penny practices psychotherapy from a mind and body, neurobiological perspective. Patient education includes information on causes of behavior in men, women, children and infants. The understanding of how humans and their individual makeup share time and space in groups and families is a paradigm that promotes healing.

The program includes mental health consultation and training. Lunch and snacks. Helps to fund Isaiah's Place .


Training Description

Workshop for experiential exposure to Sand Tray Play Therapy.

Non-directive, child centered play therapy uses a "way of being fully present" in the environment of play. Utilizing communication skills of tracking behavior, reflecting content, reflecting feelings thoughts and ideas are learned in this workshop through experiential sand tray play. Encouraging esteem building, facilitating decision-making, and facilitating responsibility are also skills that are utilized by play therapists with children. Working through the safe and protected environment utilizing the therapist and toys are practiced in the microcosm of the sand tray experience. This workshop will provide an overview of the history, principles, and neurobiology of play therapy involving sand trays as well as provide the participant an opportunity to practice both the builder and the witness role in the sand tray play therapy experience.


Participants will relax, have fun and

  1. Learn about the therapeutic rationale for play therapy using SandTray
  2. Experience practice as sand play builder in play therapy.
  3. Experience practice with skills utilized as sand play witness for others in play therapy.
  4. Consider the neurobiological evidence in sand and play.

Our Location

Child's Play Foundation
6210 Harmony Lane
Yankeetown, FL 34498


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Play Therapy: Intervention for Children with Behavior Problems  

Penny L. Phares, ARNP, C.S. RPT


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