Collection of reports of the Third Russian Conference on Jungian Sand Therapy

Collection of reports of the Third Russian Conference on Jungian Sand Therapy

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Collection of reports from the Third Russian Conference on Jungian Sand Therapy, December 3-4, 2022.



Elena Purtova
The magic of blue

Elena Zakharova
You can't stay home
Analysis of the initial stage of therapy for a cross-cultural 8-year-old child.

Victoria Andreeva
Orphan Complex
Clinical case.

Olga Kondratova
Shield as a guide to integrity

Vera Povetkina
Possibilities of group Sandplay therapy in extreme situations.

Elena Sheveleva
Yurt - Imago Mundi nomad
Transformation and individuation in sandy wanderings..

Anna Kucheryavenko
The work of the transcendental function in the integration of masculine and feminine elements in the Sandplay process

Tatyana Soboleva
Mountain symbol
Development of a symbol in the sand process of a seven-year-old boy.

Natalya Dovgaya
The Unsolved Mystery of the Malachite Box
Chaos and structure in the sandbox.

Anna Borodkina
Emerging from the depths to rise to the sky
Symbolism of the dolphin in culture and the sandbox.

Victoria Fribus
Transformation of the path image
The image of a railway in Sandplay therapy

From the editor


We are pleased to present to you a collection of articles from the Third Russian Conference on Jungian Sand Therapy “Sand Stories: The Space of Transformative Symbols,” which was held in Moscow on December 3-4, 2022. Against the backdrop of difficult world events, we together created an opportunity to share experiences, learn, and communicate with like-minded people. Two intense days, two formats of participation filled the space with symbols of time, expanded the understanding of the method, deepened theoretical knowledge, and also introduced them to their practical application in work. Through such annual meetings, regular and intensive training in the method is created.

It has become a good tradition to participate in conferences of leading Russian analytical psychologists - supervisors of the ROAP / IAAP.
Elena Purtova presented a report “The Magic of Blue” - an analysis of color from various angles and areas of the external and internal worlds, features of perception and correlation with the sensory-emotional sphere of shades of blue in full.

Victoria Andreeva’s report “The Orphan Complex” showed the characteristic features of the complex, its norm and pathology, as well as features of manifestation and therapy in the sand, a figurative series, analysis of symbols, games and nuances of interpretation in working with a boy captured by this complex as a result of early trauma abandonment.

Olga Kondratova’s report “The Shield as a Guide to Integrity” contained an in-depth analysis of the symbol using the example of a clinical case with a client. Participants had the opportunity to see the stages of analysis through the stages of symbol transformation.

The reports of Elena Zakharova and Vera Povetkina reflected the problems and traumas of our time. Elena Zakharova shared her wealth of experience working with children who left their home, showed the difficulties such children face, as well as ways to overcome the crisis. Vera Povetkina spoke about the possibilities of Sendile therapy in working with refugees. The peculiarity of the work was that the therapy was not carried out individually, as most often happens in Sandplay, but with a group of children. Vera shared how opportunities can be created for a group process to provide crisis psychological assistance to children and parents. We could get acquainted with the themes and images of the sandboxes, which were chosen by children who came from hot spots, who lost their home, relatives, and country.

Two reports were given on the transcendental function: Svetlana
Salnik about the distinctive characteristics of Sandplay and Anna Kuche-ryavenko about the integration of masculine and feminine elements. The transcendental function represents a complex connection between the real world and the imaginary, rational and irrational, thereby creating a bridge between consciousness and the unconscious. Colleagues showed how the function works through sandbox images.

Natalya Dovgaya in her report connected Bazhov’s fairy tale and the process of Sandplay therapy for a six-year-old girl, showing a case of a child’s inability to cope with intense emotional reactions in situations of failure or refusals and restrictions from adults.

As usual, the conference allowed participants to enrich themselves with amplifications of images from the sand therapy of their colleagues. Victoria Fribus conducted a master class on the symbolism of the railway, where we could feel like travelers on this type of transport in time and space. Anna Borodkina expanded the idea of ​​the image of a dolphin, deeply immersing the audience in an interesting and multi-valued symbol. And Tatyana Soboleva gave a report on the image of a mountain using a clinical example of working with a seven-year-old boy.

Despite the difficulties, the conference participants included analytical psychologists from many countries: Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Armenia, Israel, Thailand, Germany and Turkey. One of the goals of the conference is acquaintance and cooperation; we are very glad that the geography of the conference is expanding. Among the Russian colleagues were psychologists from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Tver, Krasnodar, Maikop, Perm, Ufa, Chita, Belgorod, Yekaterinburg, Ulyanovsk, Penza, Vladivostok and Novosibirsk.

The organizers thank everyone who helped with their participation and charity in holding the conference and publishing this collection in a difficult time for everyone.

Looking forward to further cooperation,
Elena Roshchupkina and Victoria Andreeva