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Sandtray Training

with Karen R. Burke, LPC-S, RPT-S, CCST-T

Welcome to Austin Sandtray Training!

This is a unique type of training. We will be learning in an experiential focused environment where we really dive into the power of sandtray therapy. Be prepared to transform professionally as well as personally. 

I received training from Dr. Theresa Kestly, at the NM Sandtray Training Institute.  She trained with Donna Hanna-Chase. It is important that you know who your trainer studied with, so that you can assess the quality of training you are investing in.

            Sandtray Therapy Unlocks Austin's Inner Child
            Playing in the sand and creating a world
            BY ANNAMARYA SCACCIA, FRI., JULY 29, 2016

Important COVID 19 Update:
There are risks that accompany gathering with others. Please be mindful of your individual risk and level of comfort before signing up.

Please do not sign up for trainings if you are not flexible with wearing a mask. We will be following CDC and local recommendations. It is hard to predict our status this far out.

Thank you for your understanding. 

Registration Process

If you are interested in a sandtray training with me, please click on the level you want (see below) and fill out the "I want to be in your next training" form or just register for the date offered. I will form each training session as soon as I have 5-6 people interested. 

The cost of each level is $325. If you are a member of Texas SandTray Association (TSTA), you are qualified for a $25 discount.

Each level qualifies for 12 contact hours for Texas SandTray Association (TSTA), Association for Play Therapy (APT), and the Texas mental health boards. 

If you have a group of folks that would like to train together, please email me and we will work to schedule your session directly.

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Please review the levels listed below before registering. 

Location of Training

All in person courses are taught at the home of Karen Burke, which is located in South Austin, Texas 78739. The full address will be emailed to you upon completion of registration and payment.



Except for Level One, most levels have a prerequisite. Please do not assume you are exempt from prerequisites. Before registering for a session, read the prerequisite requirements to make sure you have met it. Please fill out the registration window (see below) for each training you would like to take. 

Covid Considerations

Training size is limited to 6 participants during Stage 4 or 5 Covid Protocols.

Payment & Refund Policy

Please make sure you understand the refund policy before registering.


Refund Policy: a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee, will be issued if a request is made in writing (email), at least one week, (7 days) prior to the training session. Refunds may take up to 3-4 weeks for processing. 

Because I am a provider for Texas SandTray Association, if you are a member of TSTA, you are entitled to a $25 discount. You will find this option on the payment page of registration. 

My Venmo info is @Karen-Burke-29. You may also pay by check. If you would like to pay by either of these methods, just choose "offline payment" at check out. If you are paying by check, please make check out to Karen Burke. Otherwise, the registration process will take you to the page for PayPal or credit card payments. 


If the State of Texas or City of Austin determines that it is unsafe to meet in person during a scheduled course, participants may choose to reschedule or receive a full refund. The refund will be in the amount paid for the course. Lodging and travel expenses are not included.  

Register Here for Current Available Trainings


Basic Tools & Methods for Experiencing Sandtray in Play Therapy

February 10-11, 2023


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Advanced Clinical Skills in Sandtray Play Therapy

April 28-29, 2023

May 5-6, 2023


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Exploring the Adult Experience in Sandtray Play Therapy

August 25-26, 2023


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The Processing of Grief, Utilizing Sandtray  Play Therapy

November 10-11, 2023


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Basic Clinical Skills & Theory in Witnessing Sandtray work in Play Therapy

March 24-25, 2023 (FULL-registration is closed)


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The Unique Process of Group Sandtray
& Play Therapy

June 9-10, 2023 (FULL-registration is closed)


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Utilizing Sandtray Play Therapy with
Families & Couples

Prerequisite is Level 5

September 29-30, 2023


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Train the Trainer for Clinical Sandtray Training

June 12, 2023 (Monday)

9:00-2:30 pm



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The Symbolic Integration of Sandtray & Play Therapy Using a Professional Perspective

February 17-18, 2023

April 21-22, 2023


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The Work of Children & Adolescents in Sandtray & Play Therapy

July 14-15, 2023 (FULL-registration is closed)


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The Use of Sandtray Play Therapy in Identifying and Processing Trauma

October 20-21, 2023


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Continuing Education Credits

TSTA Provider #1000.


This course meets the requirements put forth by TSTA for Level One as part of the requirement for certification. One credit is earned for each hour of instruction. 


APT Approved Provider 13-340. 

The State of Texas licensing boards no longer pre-approve or pre-qualify continuing education providers. They have set forth conditions and guidelines required for training to be counted toward continuing education credits. This course meets the requirements that have be set. 

If you have questions regarding your continuing education credits or requirements, please contact the appropriate board for more details and clarification. 

About the Instructor

Karen Burke is a licensed professional counselor supervisor, registered play therapist supervisor, and a certified clinical sandtray trainer. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Karen began her training in sandtray therapy with Dr. Theresa Kestly in New Mexico during graduate school. She has utilized sandtray and play therapy with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group settings. She introduced sandtray into several school systems by offering district-wide school counselor trainings and in her own experience as a school counselor. She has enthusiastically trained hundreds of mental health therapists and graduate students as a professional trainer. 

Karen currently has a private practice in Austin, seeing adults, teens, children. She utilizes play therapy, sandtray therapy, and EMDR as main components of her practice. She enjoys supervising licensed professional counselor associates as they complete their final internship requirements before becoming fully licensed. She is a cofounder of the Texas SandTray Association and currently holds the position of Founding Advisor. 

Statement of Conflict of Interest

Karen R. Burke, LPC-S, RPT-S, CCST-T is not involved in any situation, issue, or commitment that causes a conflict of interest or a competing interest with any personal, professional, business, or volunteer responsibilities or positions. This includes any commercial support for this program. She does not have a conflicting duty to another entity where allegiance may be split between and association and another organization.

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