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Barbara A. Turner PhD

STR-CT Association for Sandplay Therapy – President
Location 42 – 215 Washington Street Suite 101A Palm Desert CA 92211 USA Website: Sandplay Training


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Barbara Turner began her study of Jungian sandplay therapy with the founder of the method, Dora M. Kalff, in Switzerland in 1988. Her interests and explorations of sandplay continue to this day.

Dr. Turner has done extensive research into the theory and healing process of sandplay. She focused her doctoral studies on the sandplay method, writing her dissertation on methods of understanding sandplay process.  Dr. Turner was instrumental in returning the classic books in sandplay to print, and is the author of what is considered by some to be the authoritative text on Jungian sandplay, The Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, now translated into Korean, Chinese and Italian. She teaches sandplay therapy to mental health clinicians internationally, and serves as consultant to practicing sandplay & play therapists.

Dr. Turner has co-authored with Dr. Kristín Unnsteinsdottír, Sandplay and Storytelling: The Impact of Imaginative Thinking on Children’s Learning and Development.  She has also published The Teachings of Dora Kalff, both of which you can read about on our “Books” page.

Dr. Turner is the founder the the Association for Sandplay Therapy – AST, the international professional organization dedicated to maintaining the core principles of Sandplay in our work and teaching – clarity, loving kindness & humility.

Loving Kindness, Clarity & Humility in the Practice of Sandplay Therapy