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.
This study investigated the perception of Sandplay therapy among graduate students majoring in counseling using the Q methodology. Initially, 31 statements were extracted through literature research, and in-depth interviews were conducted with five graduate students majoring in counseling, resulting in 40 Q-samples. Subsequently, 28 graduate students majoring in counseling were selected as P samples, and Q classification was performed on them. The collected data were analyzed using the PC-QUANL program, leading to the identification of four types: “familiar positive inquiry type” (Type 1), “unfamiliar neutral avoidance type” (Type 2), “unfamiliar neutral inquiry type” (Type 3), and “familiar neutral inquiry type” (Type 4). Type 1 participants were attracted to Sandplay therapy, demonstrating a familiar and positive attitude and expressing a willingness to learn more about it. In contrast, Type 2 participants perceived no significant difference between Sandplay therapy and other counseling techniques. Type 3 participants were unfamiliar with Sandplay therapy and lacked knowledge about its characteristics and advantages compared to other counseling techniques. Type 4 participants, although familiar with Sandplay therapy, also lacked awareness of its specific characteristics and advantages. The study’s findings are expected to serve as fundamental data for the future improvement and development of Sandplay therapy training for graduate students majoring in counseling. By shedding light on the various perceptions among students, this research can contribute to enhancing Sandplay therapy education and practice within counseling programs.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based short-term treatment program designed for preschool children(2 to 7 years old) and parents with behavior or emotional problems, and is an effective intervention method to improve parent-child relationships and reduce children’s problem behavior. The purpose of this study is to estimate the effect of PCIT studied in Korea and to prepare an integrated basis. From 1991 to February 2022, papers studied in Korea were selected as exploration and target studies. A total of 17 studies were selected, and 11 studies (212 children, 12 father, 212 mother, 436 total) were finally included in the meta-analysis study, excluding 3 studies that presented the ranking sum. As a result of this study, the effect of PCIT improved children’s problem behavior (1.32), reduced parenting stress (1.06) and mother’s depression (0.99), and increased parenting efficacy (1.06) and spouse’s parenting cooperation (0.86), which showed a significant effect (d>.8). This study is the first to conduct a meta-analysis on the effects of PCIT based on domestic literature and is expected to be widely used as a child counseling and parent education program.
This study explores the bell’s attributes as a representation of wholeness, analyzed through the lens of analytical psychology. Encompassing its production, religious significance, and literary references, our aim is to uncover the profound meaning behind the bell. The bell’s transformative journey parallels the internal struggles of individuals grappling with emerging energies while bringing unconscious thoughts into awareness. As a potent symbol, the bell possesses the unique power to bridge and harmonize opposing elements. It plays a dual role as both a religious emblem and a literary motif, embodying spirituality as a conduit for divine communication, while also safeguarding against malevolent spirits and natural perils. Additionally, it symbolizes the intricate balance between feminine and masculine forces. The resonating sound of the bell serves to awaken consciousness, initiating a cyclical process alternating between awareness and the unconscious, facilitating the experience of death and rebirth. Operating as an alarm, it illuminates existence, stirring the psyche toward an altered state of awareness and eventual conscious realization. Therefore, the bell acts as a catalyst, facilitating creative transformation that integrates disparate aspects into unity, embodying the essence of wholeness within an individual’s psyche. Through this exploration, we shed light on the bell’s pivotal role in profound psychological transformation.