Seeing Into the Soul: Using Sand Tray to Explore Grief

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

Pam Crow, LCSW & Gaby Donnell, LCSW, presenting “Seeing Into the Soul: Using Sand Tray to Explore Grief.”

We will work in dyads to create worlds, or altars, in the sand about some aspect of death: your own, someone or something you have lost, or something you discover as you build. Half of your time will be spent building and the other half will be witnessing and honoring what your partner has created. The sand tray experience can open up and give expression to the place beyond words. Building a sand tray with a compassionate witness is a process that can evoke the sacred, curiosity, and the honoring of our experiences of grief and loss.

This workshop is limited to 24 participants. We will provide an array of symbolic items to choose from and also invite participants to bring objects—pictures, figurines, natural objects—which are meaningful to you to place in the sand tray. We honor our teacher Gisela De Domenico and the Jungian therapists who created this method. Gaby and Pam have been working with children, teens and adults using this approach for over 20 years in their therapy practices.

Gaby Donnell, LCSW, has been a social worker for the past 30 years, working with grief, trauma, and sudden death. She has training in sand tray, mindfulness, and many therapeutic approaches. Gaby has a particular interest in ritual and ceremony. In 1996, after the birth of her second child, Gaby helped create Motheroots counseling to support families during pregnancy and post-partum. Gaby’s practice is devoted in large part to working with grieving parents.

Pam Crow, LCSW, has worked for over 30 years in the field of trauma and abuse. Since 1988 she has helped to develop and sustain CARES NW, a child abuse assessment center. In her private therapy practice Pam works with children and adults using sand tray, expressive arts, play therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and mindfulness. Pam is a published poet and quilter, and the mother of two children.

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One Response to Seeing Into the Soul: Using Sand Tray to Explore Grief

  1. Pingback: Death:OK Presenters Announced! - Death:OK. Let's talk about it. October 17, 2015.

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