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.
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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.
Financial: Lorraine Freedle is the owner and operator of Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, Inc. She is a clinical director at Pacific Quest. Dr. Freedle is an author and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lorraine Freedle is a member of the American Psychological Association; the National Association of Social Workers; and the National Association of School Psychologists. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Psychological Association.
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