25th Congress of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy“Dreaming with the Hands“

Our main idea for this conference is to explore the connections between dreams and Sandplay. What are the differences, what is the substantial similarity? How can we recognize, identify and – hopefully – find a therapeutical use of dreams and even reveries and where are the boundaries on that?

Other interesting themes and experiences with Sandplay in the global world, all it´s harassments, health threats, violations, disasters (those by nature and man-made) can be presented and discussed.

Clinical case studies are welcome as well as research on symbolism and one-on-one symbols.

Also presentations about wider and recently new applications of Sandplay in groups, institutions, for education, coaching or other purposes may be proposed.

On the occasion of the conference we would like to facilitate group discussions in order to build and strengthen local, regional, national and international networks – on research, communication and evaluation.

Themes of interest also are:

  • Narratives about human development, dangerous risks and growth
  • Co – Transference, Transference and Counter Transference
  • Sandplay in parent – child – therapy
  • Sandplay with old people
  • Research on Neuroscience
  • “Tele – Psychotherapy”



Impressions of the Congress will follow soon.

Download Program

The program is now finalized and can be downloaded here.

Donation campaign

Appeal to all participants: We are planning to collect figures and sell them for little donations and give the money to a developing sandplaygoup in East Europe.

Please bring some figure of your collection and deliver it on the reception desk before Friday, September 6th, 2019 evening.

Important Dates

    • May 2, 2018
      Call for Abstract opens

    • August 1, 2018
      Online Registration open

    • December 31, 2018
      Deadline abstract submission

    • March 31, 2019
      Abstract Acceptance Notification

    • May 1, 2019
      Early Bird Deadline

    • September 5 - 9, 2019
      ISST Congress 2019



DGST Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sandspieltherapie e.V.
Roscherstraße 12
D-10629 Berlin, Germany


Conference Agency


Sylvia Neumann
Zellescher Weg 3
01069 Dresden, Germany

 +49 351 32017320
 +49 351 32017333