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BISS training programme

The Training Programme is based in London. Training seminars take place in the form of weekend modules all of which must be completed. This modular structure is designed to facilitate participants from Ireland and across Britain to attend. The training programme currently requires the completion of 150 hours of theoretical teaching applied to sandplay practice. The course itself offers 100 hours of training and the remaining 50 may be gained through attendance at national and international conferences and any additional training days, with the proviso that they are offered by ISST Teaching Members.  


To gain full membership (BISS/ISST):

Two written symbol papers need to be completed, the first from reference material and the second from case material. In addition, 80 hours of supervsion of clinical practice in sandplay. Supervison may be completed on an indivdual basis or may include a limited maximum number of group supervison hours as specificed by ISST. Working with clients in Sandplay may only commence after forty theoretical hours of training and after the first written symbol paper has been written. Supervision must be with a Teaching Member of ISST.

The final step to membership is the preparation of a written and illustrated Case Study, under guidance of an advisor (who may also be your supervisor). On completion this will also be submitted to three International Readers, at least one of whom must be a BISS Teaching Member, and if accepted will lead to membership of BISS and ISST.


The current cycle of the Professional Training Programme began in September 2017 and will complete in November 2018. 

For details about the next Training Programme start date please contact