What is a Developing Group?
The International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) was founded in 1985 by Dora Kalff in order to further the training and study of the therapeutic method she had developed. As the method has spread to many countries, Developing Groups have been established in countries where there is not yet a National Society. The Developing Group in South Africa has been nurtured by Braam Beetge, the liaison to the Board of ISST, and is hoping to continue the path towards founding the South African Sandplay Society (SASS) as a National Society of ISST.
How did Sandplay come to South Africa?
Jungian Sandplay Therapy came to South Africa through several people who learned about it on the internet or in play therapy workshops. The first pioneers started training in Europe and the United States. In 2008, Martin Kalff was invited from Switzerland to give a week long workshop at Bass Lake. Many international teachers have followed. Barbara Turner also started coming regularly from the United States to offer training in Johannesburg before she left the ISST to found her own society with reduced requirements.
What does the Developing Group offer?
Since 2011 full training courses and additional advanced seminars according to the guidelines of the ISST have been offered by international certified teachers and organized by the Developing Group. Starting in September 2018, meetings will be held to foster continued learning and the growth of the South African Sandplay community.
„The ISST defined guidelines for training in Sandplay Therapy as well as guidelines for becoming a teaching member ISST in order to protect the high professional standard of the work. At the same time it provided and continues to provide an international forum for the exchange of professional experience with Sandplay Therapy.“