Exploring expressive sandwork as a form of psychosocial care : a case study of a vulnerable adolescent

08 May 2014

This paper explores the use of expressive sandwork as a form of psychological support for a youth with psychosocial vulnerability. A case study, which emanated from a community outreach project, is briefly described of a male black participant, from a low socioeconomic background, who is currently in correctional services care. The participant engaged with sandplay over five weekly sessions, lasting approximately an hour each. The data obtained during these sessions were thematically analyzed and the findings suggest that expressive sandwork enabled this individual to become more aware of his emotional wellbeing and foster a sense of hope. This brief report suggests that expressive sandwork offers a form of short-term psychological support in circumstances where limited or no help is available.