stevenarmstrongStephen A. (Steve) Armstrong has been teaching and training graduate students and practitioners in sandtray therapy since 2001. Steve has extensive experience in training and supervising advanced masters, doctoral students and practitioners in sandtray therapy, gestalt therapy and play therapy. He has published several articles in the area of sandtray therapy and play therapy and presented regionally, nationally and internationally on sandtray therapy and play therapy.

Steve was trained in child-centered play therapy at the University of North Texas and has been a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) since 2004. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Approved Supervisor in Texas. Steve was trained in gestalt therapy for five years by Rick Carson. The humanistic approach evolved from a synthesis of Rogerian theory and gestalt therapy. Steve began developing the humanistic approach to sandtray therapy as a doctoral student in 2000 and found that blending the two approaches provided an effective method of processing.

Supervision

Steve is a board approved LPC supervisor, has been a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) since 2004 and has supervised play therapists and sandtray therapists for the past eight years. Using a developmental approach to supervision based on the work of Ronnestad and Skovholt (2003), Steve supervises doctoral students and LPC Interns by focusing on the counselor as much as the client in order to promote therapist growth and awareness. He has supervised over 200 masters, doctoral students and LPC-Interns in academic and private practice settings. Through Sandtray Therapy Institute (STI), Steve provides quality supervision for therapists working on LPC, RPT, and Certified Humanistic Sandtray Therapist CHST© credentials.

Presentations and Training

Armstrong, S. A. (November 14, 2012). Sandtray in the schools: Structured and unstructured interventions. Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, Galveston, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (July 14-15, 2012). Advanced humanistic sandtray therapy. Evergreen Psychological Services, Houston, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (May 4-5, 2012). Humanistic sandtray therapy skills training. Renewing Hope, Houston TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (March 24-25, 2012). Humanistic sandtray therapy skills training. Newman Clinical, Houston, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (February 13, 2012). Sandtray in the schools: A developmentally appropriate intervention. Texas School Counselor Conference, Galveston, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (January 28, 2012). Humanistic sandtray therapy: An effective play therapy modality for children and adults. Sam Houston Association for Play Therapy Winter Workshop, Houston, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (October 7, 2011). Using humanistic sandtray therapy effectively with clients of all ages. 12th Annual Family Matters Conference, Medical City, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (September 1, 2011). Group sandtray therapy. Salesmanship Club Therapeutic After School Program, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (June 25, 2011). Humanistic sandtray therapy: A play therapy application for clients of all ages. Alamo Chapter- Texas Association for Play Therapy Summer Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (April 16-17, 2011). Humanistic sandtray therapy with children, adolescents and adults. National Chiayi University, Chiayi, Taiwan.

Armstrong, S. A., & Simpson, C. S. (April 2, 2011). Sandtray therapy with bereaved clients of all ages. Texas Association for Play Therapy 18th Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Armstrong, S. A., & Wesley, V. (November 11, 2010). Sandtray interventions with children, adolescents and adults. Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, Austin, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (October 23-24, 2010). Humanistic sandtray therapy: Advanced Certification Training. Sandtray Therapy Institute, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (May 21-23, 2010). Humanistic sandtray therapist training: An intensive three-day experience. Sandtray Therapy Institute, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A., & Wesley, V. (March 27, 2010). Sandtray therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Texas Association for Play Therapy 17th Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (December 4, 2009). Sandtray with Children and Adolescents. McKinney ISD School Counselor Professional Growth Workshop, McKinney, TX.

Armstrong, S. A., & Wesley, V. (November 12, 2009). Sandtray therapy for children and adults. Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (July 13, 2009). Play therapy is not just for kids: Sandtray for adolescents and adults. Summer Institute 2009, Center for Play Therapy, Denton, TX.

Armstrong, S. A., & Lyman, S. (April 12, 2008). Sandtray processing: Facilitating the moment. Texas Association for Play Therapy 15th Annual Play Therapy Conference, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (March 29, 2008). Sandtray processing. Solt Supervision Group, Frisco, TX.

Armstrong, S. A., & Lyman, S. (November 8, 2007). Critical moments in sandtray therapy. Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Simpson, C. S., Armstrong, S. A., & Willis, S. (November 30, 2006). A grief camp experience for children: Practical therapeutic activities for working with grieving children. Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Shen, Y. P., & Armstrong, S. A. (November 4, 2005). Sandtray therapy processing: A step-by-step guide. Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, El Paso, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (October 15, 2005). Sandtray processing: A humanistic approach. Solt Supervision Group, Frisco, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (July 9, 2005). Sandtray training. Vickery Park, Dallas, TX.

Armstrong, S. A. (May 24, 2005). Sandtray therapy: A humanistic approach. Play Therapy-Northern Territory, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Armstrong, S. A. (October 22, 2003). Sandtray training for activity therapists. University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Armstrong, S. A., & Simpson, C. S. (October 17, 2002). Using expressive art activities with supervisees: Enhancing self-awareness and building cohesion in group supervision. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Park City, UT.