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Stories in the Sand: Psychocultural Pathways to Healing Trauma During Community Crisis

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Lorraine Freedle, LCSW, PhD, ABPdN, ABSNP, CST-T
3 Hours 39 Minutes
May 26, 2021
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For several hundred thousand years human beings have shared stories to transmit knowledge, preserve culture, and to draw meaning from their life experiences. Cultural stories emerge in times of community crisis and can play an important role in reducing traumatic distress and improving resilience. Used effectively around the world in disaster response, Sandplay Therapy provides a unique, culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed platform for storytelling that does not depend on verbal language. The enriched sensory, relational, and symbolic nature of sandplay safely and organically brings forth healing stories from the deepest level of our psyche, soul and nervous system.

This recording explores advances in research and practical applications of Sandplay Therapy in the treatment of trauma for children, adults, and communities in crisis. Sand images from field research during the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption on Hawai’i Island and the Covid-19 pandemic will elucidate concepts. Participants will also view an award-winning documentary film, Fire and Sand to further explore how cultural stories provide a critical resource for healing from trauma.



This online program is worth 3.75 hours CPD.



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Lorraine R. Freedle, LCSW, PhD, ABPdN, ABSNP, CST-T, is a pediatric neuropsychologist, international sandplay therapy teacher (STA/ISST), and trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). She is the Clinical Director of Pacific Quest, a holistic outdoor behavioral health program in Hilo, Hawaii where she also maintains a private practice, Black Sand Neuropsychological Services. She is on faculty at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Dr. Freedle has published numerous professional journal articles and chapters, and is an award-winning researcher for her studies of sandplay therapy with adults with traumatic brain injury and youth with co-occurring trauma and addiction. She currently serves as Research Editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lorraine Freedle is the owner of Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, Inc and the co-founder and chief clinical officer of TeamBuilders Behavioral Health. She has employment relationships with Pacific Quest Corporation, The Trauma Research Foundation, Southwestern College, and the University of Hawaii. Dr. Freedle receives royalties as a published author. She receives compensation as a field instructor. Dr. Freedle receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lorraine Freedle is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She serves on the advisory board of Hawaii Island Psychological Association, is on the board of trustees for Sandplay Therapists of America and is on the board of directors for Sandplay Therapists of Hawaii.


  1. Justify the seven key tenets of sandplay therapy to enhance culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed practice.
  2. Theorize how stories emerge through sandplay therapy and integrate psychocultural resources for healing symptoms of traumatic distress.
  3. Evaluate the evidence base of sandplay therapy in the treatment of trauma.
  4. Design a mobile sandplay treatment for disaster response and crisis situations.


  • Key tenets of sandplay therapy related to culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed care
  • The evidence base of sandplay therapy in the treatment of trauma to inform best practices
  • Overview of practical skills for conducting a sandplay therapy session
  • Why do humans tell stories?
  • Overview of benefits of shared stories (psychological, cultural, neurobiological)
  • Storytelling through symbols and images
  • Case studies of cultural stories in sandplay therapy
  • Application of mobile sandplay therapy and cultural stories for communities in crisis
  • Discussion

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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