ISST Rules of Procedure

Notes referring to articles in the Statutes

Art. 7 – Obligations of Membership

1. To address the Board meeting non-Board Members should put their request in writing to the President outlining the point to make one week before the Board Meeting. The decision to include the requested topic is at the discretion of the President.

The President will inform the Board on the reasons of his/her decision.

Art. 8

See also articles 24, 5 and 6 – Termination of Membership (Membership Dues)

1. Individual members who fail to pay their dues on time will be liable for a fine of 10% membership fee. Failure to pay dues within 6 weeks of a reminder will result in removal from the membership list and suspension of membership privileges

In the case of National Societies a fine of 5% of their total membership fee will be levied for late ISST dues. If late dues are not paid within 6 weeks of a reminder, the President of that Society will receive in writing notification of the ISST’s Board intention to table their expulsion at the next Membership Meeting according to

Art. 8, 2.

Suspended individual or national members will be permitted to rejoin ISST as full members within the following year, provided that they pay full dues for the previous year plus any penalty fees incurred, along with the dues for the current year.

2. Conditions for expelling a National Society or Individual Member:

a) Not complying with ISST’s minimum standard of training

b Non adherence of agreed codes of ethics

  1. Failure to pay dues
  2. Violation of articles 2 and 3 of the Statutes

Art. 9 - Congresses

  1. The Board will decide on frequencies of International Congresses.
  2. The ISST Board invites proposals from National Societies with an outline of costs and location. The Board has the final decision as to which proposal is accepted.
  3. The Board will approve the theme and the proposed budget of the International Congress.
  4. ISST will underwrite the cost of the Congress and provide an agreed advance towards this cost. From this point on the Organising Committee takes over all responsibility for the organisation and delivery of the Congress.
  5. ISST takes responsibility for the deficit and accrues the profit of International Congresses. However, the onus is on the Organising Committee to ensure that, as a minimum, finances break even. A financial statement of final accounts for the Congress must be submitted to the Board by the end of November of the Congress year. This is to ensure that the Congress financial statement is included in ISST’s accounts for that fiscal year.
  6. Should the Congress make a profit, in recognition of the efforts of the local committee, the Board will agree an amount towards a local project. A proposal for this project must be submitted to and agreed by the Board at the next meeting following the congress.

Art. 15 – Resolution of the General Assembly

1. Refer also to art. 6 of the Statutes.

A written proxy will be required if there are fewer National Society representatives than the number of votes allocated to that Society.

Art. 24 – Membership Dues

  1. In the case of fully retired or disabled members who are unable to practise dues will be reduced by 75% of the membership fee. All other requests for reduced rates must be submitted in writing with an explanation of the member’s circumstances for consideration at the next scheduled Board Meeting. The decision to grant a reduction in fees is at the discretion of the Board.

Appendix A

Qualification for the Training as outlined in the “Blue Book” 1988

Aims of the Training

As a result of the training one will be accepted in the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (founder: Dora Kalff) via a National Society if existing. On the basis of this membership, one is entitled to use “Sandplay” in the sense of its founder, Dora Kalff.

The training is understood as a supplementary training.

(a) Qualifications for the Training

Applicants for training are expected to show evidence of having the following qualifications:

1. A university education as a medical doctor, psychologist, pedagogue, theologian, clinical social worker or a specialized training in one of the humanities or social sciences.

Persons not having this type of university education but who can demonstrate adequate educational background will also be considered.

2. Knowledge of psychopathology, psychodiagnosis and psychotherapy which shall preferably have been achieved by formal study and applied clinical experience with patients/clients.

3. Evidence of having had some in-depth inner development and insight such as may be achieved in the experience of personal analysis or other disciplines leading to such developments.

4. Licensure to practice psychotherapy in countries and regions where licensure is required.

Exceptions will be made under exceptional circumstances.

(b) Certification Process (procedure for Individual Membership of ISST see Appendix B)

1. A personal process in Sandplay Therapy with an ISST member that precedes, if possible a regular course of training

2. Theoretical training of a minimum of 100 hours of participation in training seminars in the tradition of Dora Kalff that is based on the principles of the psychology of C.G. Jung

3. Two written seminar papers, at least 10 pages in length, but no more than 20 pages with 1 ½ spacing. At least one paper must include clinical Sandplay material.

4. Supervision of practical work in individual and group sessions, with at least two different Supervisors. The total number of supervision hours is determined by each National Society, with a minimum of 80 hours of individual and group supervision with a Teaching Member. Of these a minimum of 30 hours must be individual supervision. 50 hours of group supervision will be acceptable provided the student presents their own material on at least 10 occasions within the group supervision hours. In the view of ISST, the supervisor should be different from the personal process therapist.

5. One completed case study of at least 30 to a maximum of 50 pages of text with 1 ½ spacing. The case study must be read and evaluated by three ISST Teaching Members, one of whom should be of a National Society different to that of the applicant.. The applicant’s personal Sandplay therapist and the supervisor on the case cannot be one of the readers. The reader will provide an evaluation report of the case study to the advisor and to the candidate. The case reader’s fee is determined by the National Society.

(b) Case Study

1. The case study can be written in any language provided that point 5, above, is complied with.

2. Full photographs of all the scenes discussed must be included.

3. Confidentiality must be protected. A signed statement from the therapist will verify that the therapist holds written permission from the client regarding use of the case material in countries where this is required.

4. If the case is referred for inclusion into the international archives by the readers, a summary of the essential features of the case will be provided on the Data Summary Form (Appendix C) which may be obtained from the case advisor.

5. The applicant will write/call a reader of his/her choice and if that reader declines, he/she may suggest another qualified reader which the applicant can accept or reject.

6. Readers will return (in an envelope provided by the applicant) the case to the author after the evaluation process is over.

(c) The Advisor

1. A candidate will select an advisor to assist in the process of handling in the case study, including counselling about format, selection of readers, and any other questions that arise. The advisor’s fee will be negotiated directly with them unless the

National Society has set a fee.

2. The advisor verifies that the candidate has completed the steps of the ISST training as detailed in the training guidelines. It is the advisor’s responsibility to collate evidence of completion of all minimum ISST training requirements.(A form is provided in Appendix D). A copy of this should be sent to all readers and also included with the final application for ISST membership.

3. The advisor communicates the overall evaluation of the case study by the readers to the candidate, including revisions to be made in the case of conditional acceptance.

4. The advisor informs the readers about acceptance of the case.

5. In the case of absence of unanimity of opinion of the readers, the advisor organizes a conference of the readers.

6. The advisor informs the ISST Secretary when readers have accepted the case study and other training requirements are fulfilled, informing ISST how the candidate wishes to be listed in the official list (e.g., name, title, address, private/work phone, fax, E-mail). Evidence of completion of all ISST training requirements must be included in this final application or membership (see Appendix D).

(d) Evaluation of Final Case Study by the Readers

1. A reader can choose to accept, conditionally accept, or reject a case study

2. The evaluation is communicated to the advisor who communicates the evaluation to the candidate.

3. After receiving all three opinions, the advisor informs the candidate of the final decision.

4. With decisions of conditional acceptance, the candidate is asked to make certain immediate revisions which, when approved by the reader(s), permits the candidate to obtain ISST membership.

5. A decision of rejection implies that the case cannot be accepted even in a revised form. In these circumstances re-application can be made with a new case.

6. In the case of rejection, the readers may include recommendations for further hours of supervision/consultation which must be observed before a new case can be submitted.

7. With each new case submitted readers, once appointed, cannot be changed.

(e) Conference of Readers in Case of Lack of Unanimity

1. If one of three readers rejects a case study, a conference of the readers must be arranged within two months after results have been communicated to the advisor.

2. During the conference or as a result of it, the readers can change their original votes or make suggestions for compromises.

3. After the conference, if there is a majority decision (i.e. at least two to one) for acceptance or rejection, this decision is binding.

4. When a conditional acceptance is suggested, the readers should come to a consensus

about recommendations to the candidate.

5. The advisor informs the candidate after receipt of all three final opinions about the consensus.

(f) Inclusion into the ISST Archives

Exceptional cases can be recommended for inclusion into the international archives by the readers, provided that the client has granted permission and the author has agreed.

The archives are located in Zurich and can be accessed through the ISST Admin. Secretary

Appendix B

Procedure for Individual Membership of ISST

1 . The candidate for individual membership should choose an advisor who is an ISST teaching member who must be agreed and ratified by the Board.

2. The candidate will be advised of what else needs to be done to reach the standard of ISST certification.

3. The advisor will keep an overview of the candidate’s progress.

4. The candidate for individual membership must provide evidence of having achieved all the minimum requirements as set out in the ISST certification process documented in the Rules of Procedure. This material should be submitted to the advisor.

5. The advisor will arrange for the candidate to attend a relevant ISST event at which the candidate will be interviewed by three ISST teaching members.

However, if the candidate is already well known to three ISST teaching members,

these members may propose the candidate without formal interviews.

6. After completing all the other requirements (as decided by the advisor and the ISST Board) the candidate may present a case as outlined in the Rules of Procedure (Appendix A b-f).

7. For individual ISST members, teaching member status will be granted by the ISST Board after fulfilment of the minimum criteria for teaching members outlined in Appendix E of the Rules of Procedure. The candidate will also be required to present a case at an ISST Congress in the presence of three Board Members who will evaluate whether the candidate can be granted Teaching Member status.

Appendix C: ISST Final Case Study – Guidelines for Archives

For cases that are referred for inclusion into the international archives, ISST applicants will obtain a copy of this ISST Data Summary Form from their supervisor and will submit the completed form to the Secretary of ISST, along with their case.

Case Study Title:………………………………………………………………………………………….

Subtitle: ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Author ……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Date …………………………………………………………………………………………

Author and client give permission for this material

to be used for teaching or research:

Author’s signature:………………………………………………………………………….

Patient’s Alias:…………………………………………………………………………………………...

Gender ……………………………………………………..Age at Begin of Therapy……..

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Training Profession

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Referral …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Symptoms …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Diagnosis ICD or DSM ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Secondary Diagnosis ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Psychodynamic Aspects

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Process Duration (years/months)

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Sessions ……………………………………………….Sandtrays done …………………..

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Other Therapeutical Measures

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Outcome

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Follow Up

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Length (pages) …………… Summary (pages) ……………… Bibliography pages …….

Sandtrays described …………………………………......... ………… Depicted

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Main Symbols ……………………………………………………………………………………

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Appendix D

Download Appendix D PDF

Appendix E

Minimum Guidelines for Becoming an ISST Teaching Member

An ISST Teaching Member has to fulfil the following criteria:

1. Contribution to a journal on Sandplay Therapy or case presentation at an international Congress.

2. Participation in an international ISST Congress.

3. At least two years of ISST membership.

4. Participation in seminars as a co-teacher.

5. The ISST Teacher Member status can be granted exceptionally to qualified Individual Members.

6. To become a Teaching Member, National Society’s requirement must be complied with.

Appendix F

Requirements for ISST Membership for Qualified Jungian Analysts

Sandplay was developed by Dora Kalff and is based on the psychological principles of C.G. Jung. It is proposed that fully qualified Jungian Analysts may undergo an adapted training for ISST membership. This training should include, as a minimum:

1. Personal Sandplay process with an ISST member.

2. 60 hours specific Sandplay seminars.

3. Clinical case supervision: 40 hours of which 15 must be individual supervision hours. A maximum of 25 group supervision hours are acceptable. The candidate should present their own clinical work in at least 5 of the group supervisions.

4. One relevant seminar paper with Sandplay clinical material.

5. Submission of written clinical case study as outlined in Appendix A b-f.

Additional appendix to the Rules of Procedure,

approved by the Board August, 22. 2007

  1. For ISST certification we allow a maximum of 12 hours theoretical online learning
  2. irtual/electronic supervision is at the discretion of the supervisor.
    In the view of the ISST we recommend that electronic supervision
    only occurs in the context of an established personal relationship
    between the supervisor and the supervisee
  3. Group supervision: In the view of the ISST the preferred number of
    participants personally present in group supervision is 6, but can go up
    of a maximum of 10.