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SandStory Skills® Training

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It is not simply the telling of your story, but the act of reshaping your narrative from a self-defeating storyline to one of perseverance, determination, and empowerment that creates lasting, meaningful change.

~ Dr Arielle Schwartz ~

SandStory Skills® Training

Are your responsible for supporting children and young peoples emotional well-being?
Do you want to learn a 
NEW, INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE technique for supporting those children & young people? 

If YES, then SandStory Skills® training is for YOU!

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What is SandStory Skills® training?
SandStory Skills® is a gentle, creative and innovative technique which supports self expression using sand, symbols and creative storytelling to promote positive emotional development safely.


So what does this look like in practice?

SSS® is a planned intervention, working 1:1 with a child, using sand, small world figures and games. These resources are used by you as a registered SandStory Skills® practitioner to lead the play over a set time frame to help children to express themselves emotionally.  

Who is SandStory Skills® training for?

SandStory Skills® is perfect for those kind hearted professionals who are not therapeutically qualified but are passionate about supporting children to find their voice and tell their stories. This includes but is not limited to;

  • Youth Workers                                  

  • Youth Offending Team Officers

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator

  • Foster/Adoption Workers

  • Nursery Managers

  • Nursery Nurses

  • Family Support Practitioners

  • Teachers.                                           

  • TA's

  • Learning Mentors

  • SENCOs

  • ELSAs

  • Pastoral Teams

  • Social Work Assistants

  • PRU Teams

  • Behaviour Support Practitioners

  • Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners

How can I use SandStory Skills® training?

On successful completion of training you will become a registered Skills® practitioner. The training will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to successfully run SandStory Skills® as a safe, soft touch intervention that allows children to express and explore their story creatively and safely. This will be led by you as a registered SandStory Skills® practitioner.  

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How does SandStory Skills® help Children?
SSS® can be beneficial for any child or young person. Most children at some point will struggle to adjust to life's challenges, not all of these children will need or want therapy, however there are benefits to soft touch interventions such as SSS®.
SSS® is particularly beneficial for those children who;

  • find it difficult to express themselves

  • struggle with low self-esteem

  • struggle with low confidence/self-belief

  • communicate through challenging behaviours

  • have difficulties with peer relationships

When children and young people are really listened to and able to tell their stories they are less likely to develop more serious emotional difficulties.

What are the course requirements?
No previous therapeutic training is required. Although the training isn't therapy, nor a substitute for therapy there are therapeutic benefits to SandStory Skills® interventions.  

You will be required to attend all 3 training sessions, as well as carry out simple tasks independently in order to practice what you have learnt. There will be a short training reflection to submit following the training. Your certificate will be issued upon successful completion of these tasks.  

When are you running SandStory Skills® training?

We will be running SandStory Skills® training as a live, online training on the following dates;

Session 1 - Monday 23rd January 2023 (9:30am -12:30pm)
Session 2 - Monday 6th February 2023 (9:30am-12:30pm)
Session 3 - Monday 20th February 2023 (9:30am-12:30pm)
(All sessions must be attended to complete training)

Our training will also soon be available to access as an on-demand online course that you can access at your convenience.
Get in touch to be added to our waiting list. 

What is the cost for SandStory Skills® training?

This training package costs £300pp 

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