Virtual Sandtray Webinar

Trauma-Informed Virtual Sandtray Therapy with Children and Youth

Join us for a Live Webinar on November 19, 2021 from 1-2:30 pm EST
1.5 CE Credits available for behavioral health clinicians
1 CE Credit available for Play Therapists

This goal of this training is for participants to integrate virtual sandplay or sandtray therapy as a trauma-informed modality for intervention, in the continuum of care, when working with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma. This includes a sequence of components that: (1) follows the tri-phasic model of trauma recovery (Herman, 1992); (2) underscores the neurobiology of trauma; and (3) complements current evidence based approaches in the field of trauma. The client’s engagement in virtual sandplay or sandtray therapy and/or the metaphorical use of sandtray materials/miniatures will be demonstrated through case examples. The training will also integrate application of these techniques to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and informed by neurosequential models of working with traumatized children, youth, and their families.
Dr. Ritchie Rubio Headshot

Ritchie Rubio
Ph.D.

Dr. Rubio has and works as a clinical child psychologist, play and expressive arts therapist, researcher-storyteller, program evaluator, statistical consultant, data analyst, telehealth trainer/consultant, and associate professor/lecturer in a variety of clinical and academic settings including public health systems, universities, pediatric hospitals, community mental health settings, schools, and research institutes in three countries: the Philippines, U.S.A., and New Zealand. He moved from the Philippines at the age of 25, completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) through a Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program (IFP) grant. He is currently the Director of Practice Improvement and Analytics of the Children, Youth, and Families System of Care (CYF-SOC) Behavioral Health Services (BHS) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in California, USA. In that role, he plans and coordinates a clinical practice improvement and evaluation program focused on identifying best trauma-informed and diversity-responsive practices; and utilizing implementation science to design and strengthen clinical assessment and interventions. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor at the Counseling Psychology programs of the University of San Francisco and the Berkeley Wright Institute. He teaches courses such as Research and Statistics; Crisis and Trauma Counseling; Neuroscience; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Family Violence and Protection; Individual, and Family Development; and Clinical Assessment and Measures. His clinical work was/is primarily with immigrant and multicultural children/youth and their families. He mostly integrates psychodynamic, attachment, family systems, multicultural, expressive arts, play therapy, and CBT orientations.