The 23rd ISST Congress
Ottawa, Canada
August 5-10, 2015

Finding the Stillpoint…. at the Crossroads

"In all chaos there is a cosmos,
in all disorder a secret order."
~ C.G. Jung

Finding a stillpoint in today’s every-changing world is a monumental task and is essential for the survival of soul and spirit. The world is in crisis and our humanity is at stake as we are faced with ever increasing change, conflict, and violence. Amidst these global circumstances, deeper psychological wellsprings are needed to contain trauma, and offer some version of constancy and hope in uncertain times. In our work, a personal Jungian psychoanalytic focus using Sandplay Therapy is a way of discovering an inner stillpoint.

People are at crossroads as they enter into therapy, mostly expecting an easy and fast solution. How do we continue to hold for the integrity of a process that encourages slow unfoldment of the psyche to deal with the dilemmas and problems confronting us? How do we create visions of crossroads that hold the tensions that arise in any conflict? What can Sandplay offer that contains profound, abiding changes, which are needed when people are faced with untenable choices or hopelessness in their inner and outer worlds?

We will convene in a unique landscape at the Shaw Centre (Convention Center) in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The city stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River, holding our symbol of a crossroads meeting place as well as a place full of history, charm and culture. The Convention Center is just minutes away from the historic Rideau Canal, Byward Market, Parliament Building, and many cultural sites and museums. We look forward to meeting you here!

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The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST) promotes the development of Sandplay Therapy, an experiential and creative psychotherapeutic approach for children and adults. Our internationally accredited therapists and faculty are available to offer Sandplay Therapy and training in Ontario, Quebec and BC.

In other areas of Canada, as the benefits and efficacy of sandplay become more widely known, there are growing numbers of psychotherapists working toward CAST certification. To broaden knowledge and share information about the practice of sandplay, CAST holds national conferences, meetings and seminars. CAST's training programme leads toward certification with the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) founded by Dora Kalff in 1985. Our faculty consists of Teaching Members authorized by CAST and ISST. Training has been offered in Toronto, Montréal, Kingston, London, Edmonton, Vancouver and South Korea. We also accommodate group requests for training in other locations, as well as agency-based training.

CAST promotes Sandplay Therapy in all regions of Canada, and offers complete training programmes in both French and English. Our faculty is aware of developing provincial regulations regarding the practice of psychotherapy, and continues to review CAST's training programme in relation to new or changed requirements.

"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."  - Carl Jung

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2014-16 Training – Spruce Grove, AB

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer, Bea Donald, and Barbara Dalziel. Five 3-day training modules will be offered in Spruce Grove, AB (10 minutes West of Edmonton) beginning 2014. Read more...

2015-17 Training – Vancouver, BC

Facilitated by Senior CAST Teachers Bea Donald and Barbara Dalziel. Five 3-day training modules will be offered in Vancouver, BC beginning Fall 2015.

2015-16 Training – Toronto, ON

Facilitated by CAST Teachers Maria Iosue and Olga Lipadatova. Three, 4-day Sandplay intensive training sessions will be offered in Toronto, ON beginning Fall 2015.

2014-15 French ONLY Training - Montreal, QC.

A French training course in two parts, held over 10 weekends, will offer complete fulfillment of 100 theoretical training hours required for certification with CAST & ISST. Part One: Begins September 26, 2014 - Ends February 13, 2015. Part Two: Begins February 27, 2015.  Read more...