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pISSN : 2093-9728 / eISSN : 2234-0556

2020 KCI Impact Factor : 0.74
Aims & Scope
The Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy (JSST) is the official journal of the Korean Society of Sandplay Therapy (KSST). JSST is an international journal for professionals using sandplay and symbols. This journal mainly consists of articles on sandplay therapy, and related theories such as analytic psychology, symbols, folklore, anthropology, religion and human development. In addition it includes academic papers on expressive arts (therapy). It especially covers research, clinical cases and symbol studies in the fields of mental health and education, based on analytical psychology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles biannually every June and December.
Lee, Seunghee

(Dong-A University)

Citation Index
  • KCI IF(2yr) : 0.74
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.0
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 0.962
  • Immediacy Index : 0.1

Current Issue : 2020, Vol.11, No.2

  • Numinose of Play and Its Healing Teleology

    Jang, Mi-kyung | Lee, Yeo Reum | 2020, 11(2) | pp.1~43 | number of Cited : 1
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    In this article, we discuss the numinosity of play in terms of the origin or unique essentiality of play based on analytical psychology, rather than the evolutionary necessity of it in terms of only biological instinct or innate nature, or as something instilled through education. Attempts to explain play in this way lead to the conclusion that play is healing, and play has a powerful relationship with healing in psychotherapy. We also discuss the still point experience and transference- countertransference and the relationship between the therapist and client regarding intersubjectivity, which are concepts related to the numinosity of play. In conclusion, the essentiality of play, which has an archetypal origin, is numinous and divine and has the ultimate teleology of integration and healing of personality, namely individuation. Other people in close relationships perceive the constellation of archetypal energies in an individual because of the working principle of archetype, and all humankind universally shares it and constellates archetypal energy to the other. This, of course, happens in therapeutic relationships, and finally it brings healing to both the client and therapist involved in archetypal play.
  • The Effect of Group Sandplay Therapy on Psychological Health and Resilience of Adolescent Survivors of Nepal Earthquake

    Lee, SeHwa | Jang, Mi-kyung | 2020, 11(2) | pp.45~78 | number of Cited : 2
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    The authors analyzed the effects of group sandplay therapy on the psychological health and resilience of adolescent survivors 16 months after the 2015 Nepal earthquake, and explored the themes these adolescents expressed during counseling. Group sandplay was found to have significantly decreased the adolescents’ internalizing problems such as anxiety/depression and withdrawal/depression, while their resilience had also significantly improved. The narrative analysis in turn yielded seven themes: magical wish fulfillment/hope for recovery; direct expression of danger of disaster; relationship with gods revealing human’s identity; desire for protection and care from danger and damage in reality; recovering the order of life from chaos; creation of a new world from the chaotic world; and return to their normal daily life.
  • Children with Parent-child and Peer Relationship Problems: A Sandplay Therapy Case Study

    Park, Younsoo | 2020, 11(2) | pp.79~142 | number of Cited : 0
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    This study aimed to heal the experience of attachment trauma and promote the self-development and growth of children through sandplay therapy. We conducted 17 sessions over 6 months with a school-age child, and we include 17 sand photos from these sessions. This child had not separated from the mother because of unstable attachment, which delayed their self-development towards autonomy and independence. The child could not express their feelings and intentions voluntarily and had a strong tendency to depend on the mother, which limited the experience of positive communication with other children at school. In improving self-relationships along with self-development while playing with sand, the child improved their ability to form intimate relationships. Through the experience of the relationship with the therapist, the child resolved and adapted to the conflict in their social environment while maintaining stable emotions. As a result, the child showed positive changes in their ability to accept themselves and others, developed emotional regulation, and improved school adaptation.