You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on your play therapy and sand tray therapy miniatures. Look no further than your computer, or a magazine!
Learn How To Make Play Therapy's Clip Art and Magazine Cut Out Miniatures for the Sand Tray Therapy and Play Therapy Miniature Worlds.
Materials for Play Therapy Clip Art Miniatures:
Free Microsoft Clip Art
Magazine Cut Outs
Your Client’s Own Free Hand Drawings Cut Out
Note: Do not expect to have every miniature on hand for your sand tray therapy and play therapy miniature world clients.
It is impossible to collect every play therapy or sand tray therapy client’s miniature to fit their personal needs.
Of course, one should try to have as many miniatures as you can without looking like someone who is hoarding miniatures.
However, this is where the beauty of clip art comes in.
The play therapy clip art miniature is something that can be found on-line at Microsoft Free Clip Art, in magazines, and with a client’s personal drawing.
I keep a color printer on hand and often get the client to pick out free play therapy clip art on the Microsoft website. I print out the play therapy clip art and the client cuts it out.
You can laminate play therapy clip art for future use if you wish. Kinkos will do your laminating if you don’t have access to a laminating machine.
I also collect play therapy clip art from magazines. Many catalogs have a great variety of pictures to choose from. I cut pictures out if I feel they will be helpful to a client.
I then leave the play therapy, or sand tray therapy, clip art in one of my sand tray boxes. If the client wishes to use it then it is there in the box to be utilized.
I also use these play therapy / sand tray therapy items for the miniature worlds clients can create such as:
Under The Sea
Knights and Dragons
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I also encourage my play therapy / sand tray therapy clients to look through magazines and cut out clip art that speaks to them. They can bring it into a session and put it in the sand tray.
By asking the play therapy / sand tray therapy client to look for their own clip art or magazine cut outs we put some responsibility onto the client for finding their own answers.
It will also allow the play therapy / sand tray therapy client to take responsibility in the therapeutic process and teaches them new ways to look at the play therapy / sand tray therapy world.
The play therapy / sand tray therapy client can also do a free hand drawing of a miniature if they cannot find a miniature, or clip art, miniature that fits their personal needs.
Other ideas include scrapbook cut outs found at craft stores. These are inexpensive and can also be given to the client.
By using play therapy / sand tray therapy clip art and magazine cut outs the client can take home a reminder of our session and have an invaluable visual to look at in the future.
I encourage my play therapy / sand tray therapy graduate students to start a miniature clip art and magazine cut outs for their sand tray miniature collection and future clients.More Ideas on Miniatures in Sand Tray Therapy and Play Therapy
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Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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