Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2021 KCI Impact Factor : 0.76

Korean | English

pISSN : 2093-9728 / eISSN : 2234-0556
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.
Sanghee Lee

(Dongguk University Graduate School)

Citation Index
  • KCI IF(2yr) : 0.76
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.62
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 0.884
  • Immediacy Index : 0.1111

Current Issue : 2022, Vol.13, No.1

  • Jungian Arts-Based Research:What it is, Why do it, and How

    Susan Rowland | 2022, 13(1) | pp.1~34 | number of Cited : 0
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    Jungian arts-based research (JABR) is opening the therapy room to the whole world. Even more, it is a way of making knowledge using creativity, the imagination, and the unknown psyche or the unconscious, with the wisdom of centuries materialized in art traditions. For here the sandplay is converted into art practice, whether that practice be writing novels or poetry, painting, sculpture, filmmaking, photography, internet games, garden design, music-making or more. Instead of keeping the space sealed off for therapist and patient to be alone, the sandplay of JABR is connected to society, nature, and the cosmos by materializing the psyche in dialogue with art and history. Synchronicities arise and archetypes are summoned into being through art-making that is deliberately poised to invite in the deep psyche. More depth can be generated through Jungian practices such as active imagination and amplification. Indeed, I will figure JABR as a three-stage process consisting of one, preparation with psychic and art matter, two, process inviting in spontaneity and the unknown, and three, reflection using the completed artwork. That artwork works, assumes a place in society independent of the artist. JABR art takes on the valence of Jung’s autonomous psychic image, only here with the material being to exist for centuries, to speak to different cultures, to generate multiple meanings and fixing none. Here JABR unites therapy with knowing and being. It is formational, in gathering what matters in the artist and the work, informational in finding out what is hidden to the conscious psyche, and transformational in offering to the scholar-therapist-artist plus the audience, new ways of being.
  • A Scoping Review to Map the Evidence on the Use of Sandplay to Understand the Subjective Experience

    Simona Karpaviciute | Suja Somanadhan | Sandra McNulty and 1 other persons | 2022, 13(1) | pp.35~100 | number of Cited : 0
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    An interest in applying creative arts-based research approaches, such as sandplay in the health and social care contexts, is growing worldwide. The aim of our study was to identify the existing studies that use sandplay as a method or intervention and their impact on different target groups in health and social care settings. We conducted this review following the Joanna Briggs Institute’s method for scoping reviews, using Arksey and O’Malley’s five-stage scoping review framework. We conducted a comprehensive search in the CINAHL Complete, MEDLINE Complete and the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection databases. A search strategy with selected inclusion and exclusion criteria was used to reveal a wide range of evidence. This study included quantitative and qualitative studies published in English from 2009 to 2019. Thirty-two studies formed the final data set and, ultimately, we selected seven published papers for our review. Most of the participants in these studies were children aged from 4 to 17 years. The scoping review highlighted the use of sandplay as a method to express and understand a person’s day to day lived experiences, especially with children. A joyful, accepting, individual centered and positive therapeutic environment reportedly characterized the sandplay sessions. And it was a valuable arts-based approach that positively affected the participants’ mental health and well-being, community building, creative self-expression, self-acceptance, problem solving and empowerment.
  • A Study on the Symbols in the Sandplay Therapy of Children in Divorced Families by Age

    Hong, Eunjoo | Kim, Hyoeun | 2022, 13(1) | pp.101~159 | number of Cited : 0
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    This study focused on the sandplay therapy process of 8 children of divorced families by age and analyzed these cases by applying the qualitative case study method according to Stake's(1995) reactive evaluation. We found, first, among the children of divorced families, that the symbol revealed in the sandpictures of the youngest (7-year-old) children was a negative maternal symbol. Second, the symbol revealed in the sandpictures of the next oldest (9-year-old) children was alchemical purification and transformation. Third, the symbol revealed in the sandpictures of children at the end of childhood (11 years old) was self-arrangement and struggle. Fourth, the symbol revealed in the sandpictures of children aged 12 to 13, the early age of adolescents, was the appearance of the paternal circle. The results revealed the development of a masculine consciousness that overcame dependence on motherhood and transitioned into a patriarchal world. In this way, the children of divorced families re-experienced relationships through symbols in the process of sandplay therapy to achieve self-development by age, deconstructing the mental structures, and reaching the stage of self-arrangement, revealing their progress toward growth.