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Map showing countries with ISST societies

What is Sandplay?
It is a therapeutic method developed by Dora M. Kalff, in Zollikon, Switzerland. It is based on the psychological principles of C.G.Jung. Sandplay is a creative form of therapy using the imagination, "a concentrated extract of the life forces both physical and psychic." (C.G.Jung) It is characterized by the use of sand, water and miniatures in the creation of images within a "free and protected space" of the therapeutic relationship and the sand tray. A series of Sandplay images portrayed in the sand tray create an ongoing dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the client's psyche, which activates a healing process and the development of the personality. This therapeutic method may be successfully applied to individual work with both adults and children.

What is ISST?
The International Society has its domicile in Zürich, Switzerland. It is an umbrella society operating through a number of National Societies spread throughout the world.

The National Societies of ISST are:

USA

STA

www.sandplay.org

Brazil

ibtsandplay

www.ibtsandplay.org.br

Canada

CAST

www.sandplay.ca

Britain/Ireland

BISS

www.sandplay.org.uk

Germany

DGST

www.sandspiel.de

Hong Kong HKSTA www.hksandplay.org

Israel

ISTA

www.sandplay.co.il

Italy

AISPT

www.aispt.it

Japan

JAST

www.sandplay.jp/index_e.html

Latvia LSST www.smilsuspeles.lv

Netherlands

NVST

www.sandplay.nl

Switzerland

SGSST

www.sgsst.ch

Taiwan

TSST

sandplay.org.tw

There are also Individual ISST Members in the following countries:
Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, and Uruguay.

The International Society ISST offers its membership an international network and an arena for presentations, research, exchange and discussion in a bi-annual Congress hosted by different National Societies ISST.