Moving Stories 1: Integrating Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy & Story

Moving Stories

May 22-24, 2012

18 CEU’s

(APT Provider  04-144)

Perry, Maine
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Paypal Registration

$495 (Plus $25 materials fee)

Moving Stories Spring 2012 Brochure and Mail-in Registration

Program Description

Perry, ME

The beautiful sea in Perry, ME

Designed for the  mental healthcare professional, this is an experientially-based workshop that will provide  an introduction to the Moving Stories play therapy method.  The Moving Stories play therapy method is an intermodal expressive arts approach that integrates –story, sandtray and play therapy.

Therapeutic stories are told with the aid of a Moving Stories kit and a sandtray as the “theater”.  Moving Stories kits are baskets or decorated boxes that contain miniatures/symbols that are used to tell the story. Individual clients, families, groups or classes from pre-school age to old age are then invited to reflect upon the stories followed by an invitation to respond in their own creative way. The method can be utilized by a wide range of theoretical orientations that permit some directive interaction on the part of the therapist.

This workshop will provide participants with the background needed in play therapy, sandtray therapy and therapeutic story-telling to begin using this powerful tool. The workshop is designed to be both instructive and personally meaningful.


This workshop is designed for the helping professional (e.g. School Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor) with some experience or interest in play therapy, sandtray therapy and bibliotherapy.  The Moving Stories Method is particularly useful for those working with children and in school systems.  Skills will be applicable to individual, family, group and classroom contexts.


  1. Participants will experience the power of play, sandtray and story through their own experience with the Moving Stories play therapy method.
  2. Participants will understand how to create a Wonder Room–the three dimensional library/play room to house Moving Stories play therapy kits.
  3. Participants will be introduced to the skills needed in play, sandtray and therapeutic storytelling needed in the Moving Stories play therapy method.
  4. Participants will learn how to create their own Moving Stories play therapy kits and Wonder Rooms.


Susanne Carroll Duffy, Psy.D., RPT-S, is a clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and APT CE Provider. Dr. Duffy works at Pleasant Point and Eastport Health Centers in rural Maine, primarily doing individual and family therapy with children, assessments, and consultation to area schools and Head Start. Emerging from this experience and play with her own children, Dr. Duffy created the Moving Stories Method, kits and Wonder Room.  This workshop is the first level of her Moving Stories play therapy method.   Dr. Duffy is a past board member of the Maine Association for Play Therapy and serves on the faculty  of Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars.

Program Agenda

Tuesday: Play

9-10:         Experience the Moving Stories play therapy method

10-12:       Theory, Steps, Developing a Wonder Room, Case Examples

Lunch Provided

1-4:         Demonstration with a child/documentation

Wednesday: Sandtray

9-12:         Demonstration of working in the sandtray and skills creating and holding the healing space.

Lunch Provided

1-4:       Sandtray experiential

Thursday: Story

9-10        Finding, Selecting and Writing Moving Stories

10-12:       Making a Moving Stories Kit

Lunch Provided

1-4:  Presenting Moving Stories

4-4:30:  Evaluations/Certificates

Continuing Education

Certificates of Attendance will be awarded at the completion of the program.  6 contact hours or CEU’s can be earned a day, totaling 18 CEU’s for three  days.  The Maine Boards of Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Work leave it up to the licensee to ensure that the continuing education activity conforms to requirements.  Hours are accruable for persons seeking hours towards registration/maintenance as play therapists (Association for Play Therapy Provider number 04-144). With enough notice, we will apply to your board and state for CEU’s. By The Sea Seminars remains responsible for the workshop.

Location and Directions

The workshop will be held in Dr. Carroll Duffy’s Wonder Room which houses the Moving Stories Library.  It is located at 594 Shore Rd.,  Perry, ME  (207-214-2117).  Take Route 1 to Shore Rd.  in Perry. Turn right on Shore Rd. if you are going North and left if you are going South on Route 1.  It is across from the Friendly Restaurant.  Go approximately 3 miles on Shore Rd.  You’ve gone too far if you reach Route 1 again.

Lodging and Touring: Free lodging is available near the workshop for a limited number of people.  Please contact Dr. Duffy (207-214-2117) if you would like more details.  The Downeast Coastal Maine region offers the magnificence of the rocky Maine coast, as well as the peace and calm of the rural Maine lake country.  Just 15 minutes away from the workshop you can enjoy the coastal island city of Eastport where there are restaurants, shops, trails, and places to hike and a ferry to Canadian Islands (bring a passport). There are a number of options for lodging in Eastport. Right in Perry, Maine there are cottages on Boyden Lake.

Size: Limited to 6 participants.

Cost: $495 plus a $25 materials fee ($100 discount for registration by June 7th)

Bring: A camera to take pictures of your sandtray/Moving Stories. Also, bring a passport so that you can enjoy the many adventures available in nearby Canada.

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for cancellations, however credit may be used towards a future workshop.

Questions?: Call (207) 214-2117 or e-mail