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EMDR- Sand Therapy Specialist Intensive Program-Toronto, Canada

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 to Saturday, May 23, 2020
Tuesday, Saturday 8:30am - 6:00pm
YMCA of Greater Toronto Central YMCA - Auditorium
20 Grosvenor Street
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA

EMDR-Sand Therapy Specialist Intensive Program


The EMDR-Sand Therapy Specialist Intensive Program-Level 1


EMDR-Sand Therapy  Specialist Intensive program:
Next intensive retreats:
April 13-17, 2020
Phoenix, AZ
May 19-23, 2020
Toronto, Canada 
9 hours of online training
40 hours of intensive-retreat training
A total of 40 CECs (EMDRIA CECs). No credits are given for the 9 hours online.
Cost $ 1800 USD: Includes training materials, 8 hours of online training, 40 hours of intensive training.
The nine-hour online training and the intensive 40-hour retreat provide a combination of lecture, HOW TOs and hands on strategies, live demonstrations, role plays, therapy videos and supervised practice. This training will teach in depth and thoroughly how to use EMDR-Sand Therapy strategies and procedures.  You will receive 9 hours of online training where you will first be guided to create your own sand tray miniature collection. You will learn about the history as well as the difference between EMDR-Sand Therapy and other therapies that use sand. In addition, clinicians will learn basic principles of ego state theory, Internal Family Systems as well as the structural dissociation theory. A review of the AIP model and EMDR therapy procedural steps is also provided. Following these 9 hours, you will attend an intensive-week long training where you can practice and receive feedback directly from Ana Gomez and her team of facilitators. This training covers in great depth the eight phases of EMDR-Sand therapy with children and adolescents which is founded and based on the AIP model and EMDR therapy procedures. This is especially useful for children that present with dysregulation or constriction of the affective system and require greater distance from the traumatic material. In addition, children that use mechanisms of adaptation and survival such as avoidance, dissociation, control and idealization among others, can highly benefit from using EMDR therapy combined with sand therapy strategies. Moreover, traumatized children present with trauma related phobias that can be successfully addressed in the sand tray. EMDR-Sand Therapy offers various levels of distance from the traumatic material: the actual memory of trauma where the self is present in the story, to the general story/world where the self is absent. A wonderful opportunity that Sandtray  therapy offers is the accessing of implicit and right hemisphere material through the use of stories and symbols. It is not necessary to have the formal training in sand therapy or Sandplay therapy. EMDR-Sand Therapy has its own procedures and principles rooted within the AIP model and EMDR therapy procedural steps developed by Dr. Shapiro. A thorough hands on approach is used, as Ana Gomez will provide individualized support and guidance as you practice in small groups the use of EMDR-Sand Therapy procedures, strategies and protocols. Once you complete the program, you will receive a certificate given by the AGATE Institute and you will be in our website as a referral source.


Clinicians will learn:

  • Case conceptualization skills to use with children and adolescents with complex clinical presentations that may require greater level of distance from the traumatic material.
  • Basic Sand tray therapy procedures such as how to set up the sand tray, develop miniature collection, explore the child’s “world” etc.
  • To set the various levels of distance offered by EMDR-Sand Therapy.
  • Mentalization and reflective function in the use of EMDR-Sand therapy
  • How to use concepts from Interpersonal Neurobiology, Affective Neuroscience, Structural Dissociation Theory, the Polyvagal Theory and more.
  • How to develop resources during preparation phase using the sand tray including:
    • Safe-calm-happy place
    • Helpers
    • Resource spots
    • The little self-healing place
  • To set up the assessment phase honoring the various levels of distance.
  • To use the Interweave Systems Model (ISM) within EMDR-Sand Therapy such as:
    • Interweaves directed to meet attachment needs
    • Interweaves directed to complete truncated defense responses
    • Interweaves directed to reclaim repressed and dissociated affective states
    • Interweaves directed to modulate arousal
  • How to work with the body while staying connected to the sand tray and the story
  • Learn how to work with preverbal trauma
  • To playfully do the installation phase and body scan using EMDR-Sand Therapy.

Videos, live demonstrations and lots of pictures of therapeutic work will be presented to give workshop attendees a very tangible and concrete experience


  • Full  program EMDR-Sand Therapy -Level 1- $1800 USD (Includes training materials, 49 hours of training, and all breakfasts and lunches. 
  • We accept payment plans leading up to the training please contact Jim Mason at (602) 803-4601


  • 9 hours of online training
  • 40 hours of intensive-retreat training that includes 8 hours of case presentationss
  • A total of 49 hours of training!

A total of 40 CEUs (EMDRIA CEUs). No credits are given for the 9 hours online.


EMDR Basic Training Level 1 & 2

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Grievances: All grievances must be in writing to AnaG@AnaGomez.org, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.
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