Introducing forensic sandplay therapy
MetadataShow full item record
Forensic Sandplay Therapy (FSPT) has been pioneered in a high secure hospital setting for the first time in the UK and wider afield. FSPT has been adapted from Kalffian approaches to suit secure institutions. FSPT utilises a drawer and shadow-boarding methodology and takes account of forensic-related symbolism, where joint dynamic risk interpretations may be applied. This introductory paper contextualises the unique setting in which FSPT is offered and is hypothesised as a unique opportunity for offender client groups to adapt self-control, threat sensitivity and critical judgment in favour of spontaneity, creativity and playfulness, which are all helpful aspects in locating an authentic, renewed, empathic and compassionate, non-offending self. FSPT aims towards the reduction of risk of harm by offering a ‘securelyprotected’ symbolic means in which to explore offending behaviour, resilience, control and boundaries, engagement, trust, communication and expressive deficits, self-identity and image, mental health or personality disorder, traumatic experiences and emotional states. FSPT is in its infancy and requires further research, however the approach could be adopted by therapists working with clients who exhibit high risk behaviours and have extensive offence histories.