Types of AST Membership
The Association for Sandplay Therapy Membership* consists of mental health clinicians from all nations, who support the values and purposes set forth herein. There are four classes of Affiliates:
Member Association for Sandplay Therapy- MAST
This level of General Affiliation consists of mental health clinicians who are supportive of the guiding principles of the Association; who are studying or interested in studying Sandplay Therapy. MAST Members are welcomed at Association events; will receive newsletters, event and book discounts. The MAST Membership supports the AST’s continued work. MAST membership is $75 per year.
Registered Sandplay Therapist – STR
This level of affiliation is granted by the Association to MAST Members who have satisfied the qualifications detail below. STR Members are granted the right to describe themselves as STR – Registered Sandplay Therapists and to use this designation in any professional publications, promotional materials, etc. STR Members may provide Sandplay process to MAST Members who are working to become Registered STR.
Please Note: The granting of all designations or qualification by the AST is based on quality or readiness. Designations are not necessarily granted, because a candidate has completed all of the qualifying procedures. If the supervising mentors do not feel a candidate is ready to perform the duties of the designation, they will advise the candidate of methods for further skill building. If after that, the candidate is still unable to demonstrate readiness, his or her application will be held until such further date if and when he or she can demonstrate readiness.
Registered Sandplay Therapist – Consultant STR-C
This level of affiliation is granted to those STR Members who have been an RST for a minimum of three -3- years and have satisfied the requirements detailed below. STR-C Members are granted the right to describe themselves as STR-C – Registered Sandplay Therapist-Consultants and to use this designation in any professional publications, promotional materials, etc. STR-C Members may provide Sandplay process and consultation to MAST and RST Members who are working to become Registered STR or STR-C Members.
Registered Sandplay Therapist – Consultant Teacher STR-CT
To qualify as a Sandplay Therapist Consultant Teacher, the candidate must have been an RST-C for a minimum of 2 years, along with the requirements listed below. The Consultant Teacher delivers trainings using the AST approved Core Curriculum.
Note: The Registration requirements that applicants follow are those in effect at the time they complete and submit their applications.
*For legal purposes, the term membership concerns participation in the organization, and does not imply funded shares of ownership.