Transnational meetings

3The participants of the project participated in four transnational project meetings. The main purpose of the cooperation is the following:

  • Presentations and training courses on the sandplay/storytelling method as a tool to initiate creative thinking and expression for special needs and main stream students in school work, now called Sandtray Play in Education. The presentation was made by the team of Artunsskoli, the applicant school. An implementation of this method in both partner schools was aimed to take place with the counseling of the two local sandplay therapists. 
  • Coordinate the working methods in the research project, communicate and compare the results from each country and cast a common report at the end of each school year with the quantitative and qualitative research results from the three participating countries. As the in-depth analysis of sandtrays and stories is very demanding and the most time consuming factor in the project analysis the sandplaytherapists needed regular consultation and opportunity to discuss and compare trays and stories. Case consultation for the sandplay therapists were ongoing the two years through Skype meetings with Dr. Barbara Turner, who served as well as an external quality assurance expert. 
  • Work on a plan and prepare a presentation of the multiple value of the sandplay/storytelling method in educational setting through different channels; an outlet - a train-the-trainers workshop/training course and an introductory handbook for teachers on the use of sandplay and storytelling as a tool to initiate creative thinking and expression; Multiple Event/Training Course for school authorities, psychologists and teachers. Writing reports about the implementation of the sandplay/storytelling method as a tool to initiate creative thinking and expression in the three countries and the analysis of the research project was distributed among the participants. 

Transnational meetings:

  • In Mars 2015 in Reykjavik: Coordination for the starting cooperative project. Presentation and a 2 days train-the-trainers workshop on an implementation of sandplay and storytelling as a tool to initiate creative imagination and expression among special needs and main stream students in their school work. The training was for teachers from the partner schools and for teachers from some Icelandic schools. Presentation of the model research project in Iceland 2005-09. The program presided and run by Kristin Unnsteinsdottir and team.
  • In October 2015 in Bucharest: Presentation, project results, school visits and presentation for the participiants and psychologists in the school area. The program was presided by Simona Danciu and team.
  • In spring 2016 in Ennis: Coordination, workshop, presentation of Sandtray Play in Education for teachers, play therapists and other professionals working in schools and writing.  The program was presided by Siobhan Whyte and team.
  • In spring 2017 in Bucharest: Training course, summing up of the project and writing. Multiplier event: Training course in Sandtray Play in Education for educational professionals and psychologists. The program presided by Simona Danciu and team.

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