About CAST

The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST) has been a member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) founded by Dora Kalff, since 1998. CAST's role as a member society is to promote the development of sandplay in Canada by providing training, offering opportunities for professional exchange, and maintaining guidelines for professional practice. Successful training candidates will either achieve international certification with ISST or national practitioner status with CAST.

CAST's focus in recent years has been to become recognized as the centre for sandplay training in Canada, both by expanding its programmes and by integrating its standards of practice with the emergent regulation of psychotherapy in various provinces. It is important to note that CAST is not a regulatory body. Certification by CAST/ISST requires that any provincial regulations regarding the practice of psychotherapy are adhered to.

A pivotal role in the history of CAST was played by Dr. Nehama Baum of Toronto, who brought together a group that felt called to Sandplay Therapy. She organized the first meeting of CAST in September 1993, at which time the association established its organizational structure, goals, membership guidelines, board of directors, and training guidelines.

CAST's inaugural conference, Sandplay: A Magical Journey, took place in 1993. Distinguished faculty included Linda Bath (US), Nehama Baum (Canada), Paola Carducci (Italy), Yvonne Federer (then Canada, now Switzerland), Martin Kalff (Switzerland), Adriana Mazzarella (Italy) and Claudio Risé (Italy). The European presenters at the inaugural conference agreed to serve as honorary board members, along with Kay Bradway and Estelle Weinrib (US).

Through CAST's membership in ISST, which is an allied organization of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) founded by C.G. Jung, CAST certified members are able to attend IAAP Congresses.

As part of CAST's focus on staying current with regulatory developments, we are a member of the Alliance of Psychotherapy Training Institutes and the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners.

2020 Team

Board of Directors

  • Co-executive Vice-Presidents: Olga Lipadatova and Maria Iosue
  • President-Elect: Dariel Cole
  • Vice-President: Catherine Ellis
  • Registrar: Barbara Dalziel
  • ISST Representative: Olga Lipadatova
  • Board Member: Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer
  • Secretary: Lori Davies

Teaching Members

  • Armande Duval
  • Barbara Dalziel
  • Beatrice Donald
  • Catherine Ellis
  • Maria Iosue
  • Olga Lipadatova
  • Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer
  • Yvon Rivière

Honorary Members

  • Kay Bradway +
  • Paola Carducci +
  • Martin Kalff
  • Adriana Mazzarella
  • Claudio Rise
  • Estelle Weinrib +


  • Administrative Assistant & Treasurer: Ioanna Solomatina