Hello and YAY!

Welcome to the SPT Certification Retreats. We are excited that you have decided to join us as part of the senior community of SPTers. For some of you this is your first time joining us in retreat format and some of you are back for more. Either way, super awesome!

These retreats are designed for you to dive even deeper into understanding and refining your Synergetic Play Therapy skills. You will do this along side the new students in the 2021-2022 cohort.

During the retreats, you will be meeting the next co-hort of Synergetic Play Therapists which is comprised of therapists from multiple countries and states from around the world with a similar vision, a yearning to grow, and a desire to develop themselves and understand what it really takes to transform a child.

I feel beyond privileged to get the opportunity to teach and engage with you AGAIN. 🙂

Much Love,  Lisa


We look forward to seeing you in one of the following locations:


Mandatory Retreat Dates: Both retreats are mandatory. This time allows for growth, change, and powerful moments.  *Please note: the last day of the 3.5-day and 4.5-day retreats end early.

3.5 Day Online Retreat options: 

  • Australia/Asia: August 16 – August 19, 2021, 8am – 3:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) – (the last day ends at 11am)
  • North America: August 30 – September 2, 2021, 9am – 4:30pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) – (the last day ends at 12pm)

4.5 Day In-Person/Online Retreat options:  

  • Melbourne, Australia: January 17 – January 21, 2022, 9am – 4:30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) – (the last day ends at 12pm)
  • Online: January 31 – February 4, 2022, 9am – 4:30pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) – (the last day ends at 12pm)


Continuing Education Credits:

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, APT Approved Provider 09-264
Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider
British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider

The credits in this course are approved by the above play therapy associations. Please contact APT, BCPTA or APTA to find out which and how many of the credits can be applied towards your Credential.  APT / BCPTA/ APTA  require an individual to hold a degree in mental health or be a student currently studying to receive a mental health degree in order to receive these credits.  For those that qualify, each month you will evaluate the class objectives and print out a certificate.  For those that do not qualify, APT / BCPTA/ APTA will not honor the credits.

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute 

In order for SPTI or Lisa Dion to advertise you as a Certified SPT Therapist, you must remain current in your SPT education. “Current” status means Renewal of the Certified Synergetic Play Therapist™ credential. This is required every 3 years due by May 31st of your renewal year.  In order to renew, you must earn at least 18 hours of CE credits specific to SPT.  If CE credits are not submitted, you will no longer be able to use the title Certified Synergetic Play Therapist™ until renewal occurs. Details on training options can be found via this form: Continuing Education Verification Form 


Now that we have all of those details taken care of, it is time to prep for the retreats! Click on the Lessons below for all of the info.