Telling Therapeutic Stories in the Sandtray-The Moving Stories Play Therapy Method

April 23, 2012

Acadia Hospital

Bangor,  ME

5 PM to 8 PM

Co-sponsored by MEAPT and By The Sea Seminars  (APT Approved Provider 04-144)



  • Free–e-mail your name or call 207-214-2117.  Please indicate if you are an MEAPT member for free CEU’s.

  • ($20 for CEU’s unless MEAPT member)

Program Description

Designed for the  mental healthcare professional, this is an experientially-based workshop that  introduces the Moving Stories play therapy method.  The Moving Stories play therapy method is an intermodal expressive arts method 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 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 play therapy 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. After the session, participants will have had a personal experience of the Moving Stories play therapy method.

2. After the session, participants will know the steps of the Moving Stories play therapy method.

3. After the session, participants will know how Moving Stories might be used in individual, group, family and classroom play therapy contexts.

4. After the session, participants will know how to set-up a special kind of play therapy room for Moving Stories—the “Wonder Room”.


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 Reservation and in Private Practice 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 play therapy method, kits and Wonder Room.   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 Schedule

4:30-5 :       Registration

5-8:            Workshop

8-8:30      Evaluations/Certificates

Continuing Education

Certificates of Attendance will be awarded at the completion of the program for 3 contact hours or CEU’s for those choosing to pay $20 and for MEAPT members.  Hours are accruable for persons seeking hours towards registration/maintenance as play therapists (APT Approved Provider 04-144).  The Boards of Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers leave it up to the licensee to ensure that the continuing education activity conforms to requirements.  By The Sea Seminars remains responsible for the workshop.  For those who do not want certificates—the workshop is free.

Location and Directions

Workshop to be held at Acadia Hospital, Bangor,  Maine.

268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME


Limited to 50 participants


There is no cost for this workshop unless you would like CEU’s.  For a certificate and 3 CEU’s ‘s there is a charge of $20.00.  MEAPT members may earn the CEU’s for no charge.

Cancellation Policy

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


Call (207) 214-2117 or e-mail

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