WELCOME to the 6 month Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy course!

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 the next six months. 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 six-month online 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 course runs six months and includes a mix of three, one-hour LIVE webinars with me, six 2.5 hour recorded video courses, a bonus webinar: SPT and Teletherapy, and mandatory monthly one-hour group consultations (determined by the time you signed up for) with an SPT Consultant to help you integrate what you are learning. If you interested and qualify for APT, BCAPT or APTA-Approved CE credits, you will have the opportunity to print out one certificate at the end of this course. 

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,


Please download the following helpful handouts to assist you in navigating this course successfully:

Welcome Handout
Supplemental Reading Handout
Webinar and Video Viewing Tips
Consultation Details

Hoja informativa de bienvenida
Hoja informativa de lecturas complementarias
Sugerencias para la visualización de los seminarios web y los vídeos
Detalles de la consulta grupal

Monthly Consultations:  Complete this short survey before January 24th to choose what times work best for your monthly group consultation. To get your top choice, please do so as soon as possible. Your consultant will contact you by the end of the week after the course starts to confirm your specific group time.

Mandatory Book: Lisa will be providing supplemental readings from the book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity by Lisa DionThe 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.

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

Ways to connect with us: SPTI Facebook page, Instagram, YouTube Channel... and join the SPTI’s  Facebook SPT Learning Community where you can have conversation, 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!

Cultivate Community: To get the most out of your Synergetic Play Therapy® experience, we encourage you to cultivate community. The following list includes city, state, and/or country of each student currently enrolled in this Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® course. 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).

  • January 2023 Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Class Roster (The Class Roster will be available after the course begins on January 24, 2023)

Lesson Plans: During each class you will be able to download a course lesson handout.  This handout will provide you with a guide as you watch the videos, offer homework suggestions, reminders, material references and other cool stuff to help facilitate a successful learning experience.

Course Access: Access to course content will be available until 2 months following the final video release (until August 31st, 2023).

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 of completion at the end of the course. We are 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.

Key Dates & Course Content

When: January 24th, 2023June 16th, 2023

Important Class Dates:

    • January 24th, 2023 webinar: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver)
    • January 24th, 2023: 1st video course released – Welcome & Understanding the Projective Process
    • February 17th, 2023: 2nd video course released – Exploring the Nervous System in the Playroom
    • March 7th, 2023: BONUS VIDEO released – SPT in Teletherapy 
    • March 17th, 2023: 3rd video course released – Regulation: What It is & What It Isn’t
    • April 11th, 2023 webinar: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2p MT, Denver)
    • April 21st, 2023: 4th video course released – Working with Caregivers
    • May 19th, 2023: 5th video course released – Understanding Attachment & the Self-Object in Synergetic Play Therapy
    • June 13th, 2023: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver)
    • June 16th, 2023: 6th/final video course released – Sand, Art & Aggression in Synergetic Play Therapy


This course kicks off  LIVE on January 24th, 2023 @ 2:00pm MT, DENVER

Join Zoom Meeting for January 24th: