Maslow's Hierarchy for Sand Tray Therapy Sand Tray Therapy
/ Sand Tray Therapy Miniature Activity

Below you will find a free sand tray therapy activity that is based on Maslow's Hierarcy of Needs. This activity is considered to be a form of a "directive" sand tray activity. Based on the client's needs, one must consider if the need is a "directive" activity, or non directive activity.

Directive basically tells the client how and what to do in therapy. Non directive is a "free and open" way to just do the theray. With brief therapy sessions it is often necessary to do directive therapy from time to time.

I find I often get my clients to rotate from directive to non directive based on their needs, not mine. I use this activity with my addiction and trauma clients. It lets me see what level we need to work on in therapy.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a theory based on Abraham Maslow’s 1943 paper “A Theory of Motivation.”

He studied exemplary human beings and then mentally ill and neurotic people. His theory included a pyramid based on basic human needs.

His theory suggests that the basic level of need must be met before a human being can go to a higher level.

This is an exciting way to actually get your sand tray therapy client to examine the levels of basic need to see if they have mastered them throughout their lifetime.

By using this activity the therapist can actually see what stages of the client's life were completed, and what stages had trauma or discourse that stiffeled the client's growth.

The Sand Tray has the power to help clients actually go back and rethink, regroup, and reconfigure the developmental stages in life.

This sand tray activity helps take the guess work out of what stages were complete and what stages had issues.

Materials:

Worksheet of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Below

Sand Tray with Miniatures

Directions:

1. Show your client the worksheet of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs below. Give a brief explanation of Maslow's Theory.

2. Ask the client to create a sand tray based on each of these levels.

3. If you do not have a sand tray, ask the client to put miniatures that represent each level of need.

4. Discuss with your client about each level of need and how they see those needs being met, or not being met.

5. Add or take away miniatures as you progress up to the highest level of the pyramid. Try to find out what your client needs (in miniatures) to rise above the levels of the pyramid.

Use this sand tray therapy activity as a base for pre therapy to find out what levels your client needs to work on in therapy.

*Use the sand tray or use the Maslow's Hierarchy worksheet below:

maslow's hierarchy sand tray therapy activity

Maslow's Hierarchy to Sand Tray Therapy 


Maslow's Hierarchy to See All Examples

Maslow's Hierarchy to Creative Counseling 101 Home

Creative Counseling eBooks for Sale:

Creative Counseling 101 eBook: Our Best Seller!

Creative Counseling ebook

Learn how to be a more Creative Counselor / Therapist with the book that started it all!

Learn step by step therapy with over fifty-five creative counseling and therapy techniques and activities. Includes full color reproducible worksheets with most activities.

Winner of the Counselor Writer of the Year Award, 2011, Georgia Regional Award, 2012

Download Your Copy Today Only $39.95
The Creative Counseling 101
eBook


Get ALL FOUR Creative Counseling eBooks for Only $98.95

creativecounselingebooks

Get your complete set of the Creative Counseling 101.com eBooks by Dr. Michelle Stangline for only $98.95, that's only $25.00 per eBook (Regular Price is $39.95).

Your complete set includes: Creative Counseling 101 Creative Group Counseling 101 Creative Play Therapy 101 Creative Sand Tray Therapy 101

Order Your Complete eBook Set Today by Clicking The Link Below:

Only $98.95 for all four eBooks

See Complete Set of ALL eBooks For Sale

BRAND NEW: Warm and Fuzzy School Counselor Classroom Guidance Lessons eBook

Get a year's worth of school counselor's guidance lessons, character education words, and social stories! Complete with lesson plans and behavior incentives.

school counselor guidance lessons eBook

Warm & Fuzzy School Counselor Guidance Lessons eBook

The Creative Small Group Counseling 101 eBook

This ebook includes 252 pages of step by step group therapy ideas for school counselors and professional therapists.

Group topics include grief, anger management, friendship, self-esteem, positive behavior, and stress management with colorful, reproducible worksheets.

Download Your Copy Today (See Below Link):

Only $39.95
Creative Small Group Counseling 101 eBook

The Creative Sand Tray Therapy 101 eBook

sand tray information book

Learn about the creative sand tray therapy process. This is an exact replica of the graduate sand tray therapy class I teach at a major university in Atlanta. You get 147 pages of creative ways to do sand tray therapy. Also included are colorful, reproducible worksheets for your clients to use and take home.

Buy it today for only $39.95

Sand Tray Therapy eBook Information and Order Form

Creative Play Therapy 101 eBook

play therapy e book and play therapy class

You can now learn everything I teach to graduate counseling students with this Creative Play Therapy eBook. The eBook has 25 sessions (181 pages) with step by step colored lesson plans and reproducible worksheets. Learn how to use the play therapy doll house, puppets, miniatures, miniature worlds, the sand tray, and more! If you work with children or teens then this book is a must have item for your practice.


Download your Play Therapy 101 eBook today!
eBook Play Therapy Book only $39.99


More Information for the Play Therapy eBook & Order Form

Bullying Prevention Coping Skill Card Set

Learn how to deal with bullies and mean teasers the emotionally intelligent way! Click the link below for more information:

bully prevention coping skill card set

Bully Prevention Coping Skills Card Set