Are you a mental health professional seeking to increase your skills?

You’ve come to the right place!  I have provided professional trainings at the local, state, national and international level.  I love helping mental health professionals who work with children, teens and families learn effective strategies to help their clients.

Who is it for?

Mental health professionals working with children, adolescents and adults who wish to integrate expressive arts and play therapy into clinical practice. Expressive arts such as art, poetry and sand tray can be a powerful tool to help mental health professionals help their clients process and resolve difficult emotional issues. Play therapy provides a developmentally appropriate way to help children effectively address their emotionally difficulties. These trainings will provide the tools and knowledge to help mental health professionals effectively and ethically use play and expressive arts with their clients.

Upcoming Trainings & Consultation Groups

Now forming!! Online Play Therapy & Expressive Arts Skills Consultation and Supervision Group for mental health professionals

This clinical consultation and supervision group focuses on helping mental health clinicians to identify behavior and relationship patterns and identify underlying emotional issues for behavior in their clients. You’ll learn to use critical decision-making skills to determine what type of play therapy and expressive arts interventions to use and when to use them so you can develop confidence when working with parents. You’ll learn to recognize stages of treatment when using play therapy and expressive arts modalities. It’s not enough to just take trainings to learn new skills because we always know how to use the techniques to help our clients as situations arise during our therapy sessions. That’s why it’s important to have the support and feedback from experts to help guide us when learning new skills.

The group meets twice monthly for 75 minutes using an online platform. The maximum number of spaces is limited in order to provide an optimal learning experience for participants.  

When: Saturday mornings 10-11:15am Pacific Time

Cost: $55/group session

Group facilitator: Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S

For more information and to find out if this group is a good fit for you, contact Cathi Spooner 

Upcoming Trainings- Stayed Tuned!

Sand Tray Therapy: Getting Grounded

When: TBA

Where: St. George, UT

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

This two day experiential training will provide a foundational understanding to confidently implement sand tray therapy with your clients.  Through didactic instruction and experiential activities, participants will learn the importance of sand tray figures as symbols, processing sand trays with clients and effectively “hold” your client’s projective content in the sand tray.  Participants will create their own sand trays in order to understand power of this projective modality and to use it effectively with your clients.

This training is approved for 12 Contact hours of continuing education by the following organizaitons:

  • Utah Chapter of National Association of Social Workers
  • Association for Play Therapy

To register, contact Cathi Spooner 

Sand Tray Therapy with Children and Adolescents

When: TBA

Where: St. George, UT

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Working with children and adolescents requires mental health professionals to understand the unique developmental needs of this populations using sand tray therapy.  This two day experiential training will provide an understanding of how  to work with children and adolescents effectively using sand tray therapy.  Participants will learn the developmental aspects of children and teens in the sand tray, process sand trays with children and adolescents and integrate theory into application using sand tray.   Creating your own sand trays during this training provides an amazing way to experience the benefits of using this projective modality. 

Participants will need to have participated in a foundational sand tray training before participating in this training.  This training builds upon the foundational level of sand tray therapy.

12 CEUS through UT Chapter NASW and Association for Play Therapy


Therapeutic Use of Art with Children and Adolescents

When: TBA

Where: St. George, UT

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Using art therapeutically with children and adolescents provides powerful way to help your young clients process emotions and resolve their emotional difficulties.  In this training, participants learn to integrate the therapeutic powers of play with the therapeutic use of art. Participants will learn many interventions using art to begin using right away with your clients.  This experiential training will provide a foundational understanding of the developmental aspects of art, learn what supplies are important to have on hand in your play room,  and recognize themes in your client’s art to better understand and process their emotional difficulties.

For more information and to register, contact Cathi Spooner 


Customers reviews

What people say?

Taking Sand Tray with Cathi Spooner afforded me the opportunity to add additional skills to my therapeutic practice. Cathi engages students in a manner that makes it easy and effortless to implement and use the learned skills immediately. Thank you Cathi! - Monica B
Monica B
I had the privilege of taking a 43 hour sand tray training from Cathi Spooner. Since then I have taken many hours of sand tray training from other providers and nothing has compared to what I learned from Cathi. The training was comprehensive and thorough and touched on many topics that come up in therapy. Not only did I learn how to provide sand tray therapy to my clients, I learned how to set up the room, write notes and document the therapy sessions. If I hadn't taken the training from her my skill level with sand tray would be lacking. - Rebecca C
Rebecca C
Want the ease of training at home on your schedule?

Online Courses Coming Soon!

Online courses allow you to increase your skill and knowledge from the comfort of your own home at a pace that works for you!  These online courses will focus on integrating play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice for mental health professionals.

Course creation is now underway!