World Journal for Sand Therapy PracticeTM

World Journal for Sand Therapy PracticeTM is dedicated to the publishing and dissemination of original research, theoretical, and practice articles, case studies, literature reviews, book reviews, current issues and concerns, in the area of sand therapy. The journal promotes the goals of the Association, which is to promote the ethical practice of sand therapy.

World Journal for Sand Therapy PracticeTM is an international peer-reviewed, on-line, Open-Access, rolling-publishing journal. The members of WASTP provide this journal to the world free of charge to promote the ethical practice of the wide array of sand therapies.

Linda E. Homeyer, Ph.D., TX LPC-S, RPT-S

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Texas State University

Theresa Fraser, Ph.D. Candidate

Registered Psychotherapy (Ontario); Registered Counselling Therapist (Nova Scotia), CPT-S

Rosalind Heiko, Ph.D., RPT-S, ISST/CST-T, NCSP

Dr. Roz Consulting & Training, Cary, North Carolina

Steve  Armstrong, Ph.D., LPC, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S

Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Mary Morrison Bennett, LPC-S, RPT-S

Austin Stone Counseling Center

Sue  Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S

Professor Emerita, University of North Texas
Bratton Counseling and Consulting

Eliana Gil, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR, RPT-S

Founder and Partner, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education

Simon Kerr-Edwards, M.A.

Private Practice, Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

Claudio Mochio

International Academy for Play Therapy Studies and Psychosocial Projects
Italy & Switzerland

Akiko J. Ohnogi, Psy.D.

Dr. Ohnogi Psychotherapy and Counseling, Tokyo
Co-founder, Board Director, Japan Association for Play Therapy

Judi Parson, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Play Therapy Deakin University

Eileen Prendiville, ECP, IAPTP, SIAHIP

Children's Therapy Centre

Daniel  Sweeney, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, RPT-S

Director, NW Center for Play Therapy Studies
Professor, George Fox University

Information For Authors

World Journal for Sand Therapy PracticeTM  accepts manuscripts throughout the year. Accepted manuscripts are published on a rolling basis during the year.

Manuscripts are to be submitted by email to  Please send one electronic copy of the manuscript as indicated above without identifiers for the blind review process; send the Title Page as a separate document.

Manuscript Submission Requirements

Authors, please read and follow all instructions as outlined below.

All communication is done by email. Please be sure all emails contain your full name, affiliation, contact information, a telephone number (just in case), and ORCID account number. Only original manuscripts are accepted and may not be under consideration in any other venue. The cover email must also indicate if the manuscript is or has been posted on any website, and if so, provide the website address. If such a posting is indicated, that post must indicate that the manuscript has not been peer reviewed and should not be cited or copied without the author’s permission.

    1. Please indicate in the cover email the type of manuscript you are submitting: original research, clinical theory, practice, case study, literature review, or, current issues and concerns.
    2. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the APA Publication Manual, 7th
      1. 15 – 25 double-spaced pages, including abstract and references (contact editor directly for any desired variation). Manuscripts should be written using bias-free language. If needed, manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see APA Publication Manual, Chapter 5).
      2. Figures, tables, and photographs should be initially submitted in the manuscript as a Word .doc or .docx file. Once accepted for publication, figures and tables must be submitted as separate Word or PowerPoint files, photographs as jpeg files.
      3. Authors of all accepted manuscripts must obtain and provide the editor all necessary permissions to reproduce long quotes, photographs, and other graphic images.
      4. WASTP requires authors reveal all conflict of interest (financial interested in a test, procedure, or funding by a company or other entity).

For clarity in sand therapy literature, we recommend the use of the following:

    • sand tray: Use two words when referring to the tray only, of various sizes and shapes, typically (but not necessarily) blue inside.
    • sandtray: The therapeutic use of the tray during a session. It comprises the client’s work/creation in the tray, refers to a completed or to be completed scene or experience and the sand.
    • miniature figures/toys/images/symbols: The small items used to create a scene in the tray. This may be theory/approach specific. Please use consistently.
    • World Technique: Lowenfeld’s original approach, capitalized.
    • Sand Therapy, sand therapy: The broadest umbrella term that encompasses and is inclusive of all therapeutic interventions using a tray, sand, and small toys/miniatures/images/figures and materials.
    • Sandtray Therapy, sandtray therapy: A generic term inclusive of all non-Kalffian approaches to sand therapy; the collective use of all the typical materials for a session: tray, sand, water, miniature figures for therapeutic purposes; initially developed by Margaret Lowenfeld.
    • Jungian-Kalffian Sandplay Therapy: Refers specifically to Dora Kalff’s method.
    • Sandplay Therapy, sandplay therapy, Sandplay, sandplay: Also refers specifically to Dora Kalff’s work; The Journal of Sandplay Therapy and STA also uses lower case (L. Freedle, personal communication, February 18, 2021).
    • Sandtray Counseling: Refers to sandtray therapy when in settings where the term ‘therapy’ is inappropriate or discouraged, such as schools.
    • Sandtray Play Therapy: Refers to the use of sandtray therapy within the play therapy process.

Additionally, indicate clearly in the manuscript the applicable clinical theory or approach. If you are using a unique approach, please identify it and use terms consistent with that specific approach.

Manuscript Review Process

All manuscripts will be initially reviewed by one or more of the editors. Acceptable manuscripts will be sent to at least two additional reviewers of the Editorial Review Board for blind review. Reviewers’ comments, suggestions, and disposition recommendations will be sent to authors. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous throughout the review process.

The World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals immediately retains copyright ownership of all published manuscripts. Authors will be required to sign a transfer of copyright before publishing.

Open Access Journal

This international journal is a peer reviewed, open access journal.

Access Rights

All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

User Rights

Third party use is permitted within the guidelines as addressed in Copyright and Uses.

No Author Fee

World Journal for Sand Therapy PracticeTM is an open access journal with no subscription charges or author fees. It is supported by the members of the World Association for Sand Therapies as part of the Association’s mission to support the international ethical practice of sand therapies and to promote the use of various sand therapies across the world.

Author Rights

This journal uses a copyright transfer agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals prior to publication. See Copyright and Uses for additional information.

Publishing Schedule

This journal follows a rolling-publishing schedule. This means articles are published on-line when accepted. There will be a limited amount of time for copyediting and preparation for publication.


While every effort has been made by the editorial board to ensure the accuracy of the data or statements that appear in this journal, the data and statements in the articles posted here are the sole responsibility of the authors concerned. The editor and Association shall not be responsible or liable for the consequences of any such inaccuracies or misleading data or statement. Additionally, the aim of the editorial board and Association is to include a full range of articles representing different theoretical models and treatment approaches. Specific articles reflect the views of the individuals or groups that prepared them and do not represent the position of the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals, board of directors, advisory board, staff, or members. Inclusion of a specific article does not constitute endorsement of its contents.

Copyright and Uses

The World Journal for Sand Therapy PracticeTM  is copyrighted by the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals (WASTP). Those who wish to reproduce a journal article in full or text in excess of 500 words must seek permission from the journal editor via WASTP generally grants permission with the inclusion of the copyright notice of WASTP on the first page of the reproduced material and the payment of the  fee of $25 per page. Permission of WASTP and fees are waived for use of a single table or figure provided the requestor obtains the author’s permission and full credit is given to WASTP as the copyright holder and to the author through complete citation. Requestors requiring written permission for commercial use of a single table or figure will be assessed a $25 service fee.

Authors: Permission and fees are waived for authors who wish to reproduce their own material for personal use, including use of one or more tables, figures, or photographs of their own material commercially.

Nonprofit/educational use: Permission and fees are waived for the printing of a downloaded article for nonprofit classroom or library reserve by instructors and educational institutions.