WELCOME to Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy®!

I am so glad that you have chosen to sign up for this course and that we will have a chance to learn and grow together for three full days IN PERSON. In order to help you get started, please read through this message (I know it is long), but it will orient you to all of the information that you need.

As a reminder, in this 3-day in-person course we will explore the basic components of Synergetic Play Therapy® and truly have a one-of-a-kind experience. This course was designed for both beginners and advanced practitioners. The 3-day course will cover 18 hours of content and will be followed by mandatory monthly one-hour group consultations with a Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant.  You will also be required to complete 3 one-hour pre-recorded additional videos and a Book Review on the required book, Aggression in Play Therapy: a Neurological Approach to Intensity.  If you are interested and qualify for APT, BCAPT, or APTA-Approved CE credits, you will have the opportunity to collect one certificate at the end of the course after completing the Book Review.

If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask. We are here for you and want to make this a great experience for you. I am looking forward to being with you in person very soon!


In-Person Course Schedule: July 21-23, 2023. Each day we will meet from 9:00am – 4:30pm Mountain Time (Denver).

Doors will open each day at 8:30am Mountain Time (Denver). We will also take an hour break for lunch. Lunch will not be provided so we ask that you please plan accordingly.

Please note: The in-person portion of this course will be recorded live for future educational and/or marketing purposes. Participants will be provided with a release form on Day 1 of the course. If you have any questions, please contact info@synergeticplaytherapy.com.

Other Important Dates: After our time together in person, you will need to complete three one hour video lessons and a book review. These lessons will be released in the months following the 3 day in person training to support your continued learning.  Please take note of the following dates:

  • Video Lesson: Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility will become available on August 1, 2023,
  • Video Lesson: 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens will become available on September 1, 2023,
  • Video Lesson: Synergetic Play Therapy® and Teletherapy will become available on October 1, 2023 and
  • Book Review: Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurological Approach for Integrating Intensity will become available on November 1, 2023.

Once you have completed all of the above requirements, you will have an opportunity to print one CE Certificate acknowledging all of the credit earned throughout this course. Keep scrolling for more information.

*Following the 3-day in-person course, you will also have group consultation sessions once a month for 6 months, beginning in August and ending in January. More information regarding group consultation can be found below.

Course Location/Hotel Information: This 3-day in-person course will be held at the Boulder Marriott Hotel in Boulder, Colorado.

Boulder Marriott Hotel
2660 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado, 80302

If you are looking to book a hotel room for these dates, please use the link above to explore options at the venue or try one of these nearby hotels:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
Residence Inn Boulder Canyon
Hilton Garden Inn Boulder

What to Bring With You to the 3-Day Course:

  • Course Handouts, see below for more information
  • Your favorite way to take notes (notebook and pen, laptop, etc.)
  • The required book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurological Approach for Integrating Intensity, see below

Course Handouts: All handouts needed for this course can be found in the lesson titled “3-Day Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® (July 2023) Course Handouts”. This lesson will be made available to you one week prior to the start of the course. Please print the provided handouts during that time and bring them with you on Day 1 of the course. Lisa will be referencing these handouts throughout her teachings and you will need them to take notes!

Mandatory Book: You will be expected to have purchased this book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity by Lisa Dion, prior to the first day of class. The book is also currently available in Audio format and Spanish.

If you have not already purchased the required reading, you can get it at a 25% discount. This only applies for purchase made in the U.S. Go here to redeem: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393713190. Use coupon code LDION21 or https://WWNorton.com/rd/LDION21.

If you reside in Australia/New Zealand, you can order the book through Booktopia, Dymocks, QBD, Amazon AU, etc. Search the ISBN, 9780393713190 to pull results quickly.

If you are unable to locate the book in your country, please email us at info@synergeticplaytherapy.comso we can contact the publisher and assist you in obtaining a copy.

Also, we will have copies of the book for purchase on Day 1 of the course should you be unable to obtain a copy of the book before then!

Monthly Group Consultations:  You will receive an email from info@synergeticplaytherpy.com as we approach the start of the course containing a short survey. You will be asked to complete this survey before July 21, 2023, to choose what times work best for your monthly group consultation.

To get your top choice, please return the survey as soon as possible. Your consultant will contact you by July 26, 2023, to confirm your specific group time. 

Course Agreements & Access Info:

Course Agreements: Prior to our first day together on July 21, 2023, you are required to complete the first lesson of this course, “3-Day Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Course (July 2023) – Course Agreements”. Please click on the lesson with the same name at the bottom of this page to read the Course Agreements document and complete a short “quiz” acknowledging that you have read and agree to the Course Agreements. You will not gain access to the following lessons, including your course handouts, until you have completed this step.

Course Access: Access to course content will be available until 2 months following the final group consultation session (until March 31, 2024).

Credits: If you are a mental health professional, you may be eligible to earn play therapy approved CE credits for this course. You will be issued one certificate indicating CE credit earned after completing the entire course. SPTI is an approved provider for the following organizations:

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

If you are not a mental health professional and would like to receive a certificate of completion, please contact the Institute.

For a better understanding of which credits can be used towards your RPT or continuing education, please contact APT for the most updated requirements.

Ways to connect with us: Find us through SPTI Facebook page, Instagram, and YouTube Channel, and we invite you to join the SPTI’s Facebook SPT Learning Community where you can have conversations, share posts, thoughts and questions about the course content or anything else you would love with other past and current students! Collaboration and conversation with your peers will really help you get the most out of this training!

How to connect with each other: We get to spend 3 days together to kick off this course, but just in case you didn’t get to connect in person, please feel free to use Facebook or a quick Google search to reach out to those near, or far, and get to know each other (and perhaps yourself along the way).

  • July 2023 Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® Class Roster (The Class Roster will be available after the course begins on July 21, 2023.)