WELCOME to the 6-month Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® program!

I am so glad that you have chosen to sign up for this program 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 program, we will explore the basic components of Synergetic Play Therapy® and truly have a one-of-a-kind experience. This program was designed for both beginners and advanced practitioners. The program runs six months and includes a mix of three, one-hour LIVE webinars with me, six 2.5 hour recorded video courses, two video lessons on the topics of Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility & The 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens, and mandatory monthly one-hour group consultations (determined by the time you signed up for) with a Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant to help you integrate what you are learning. 

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


Please download the following helpful handouts to assist you in navigating this program successfully:
Welcome Handout
Supplemental Reading Handout
Webinar and Video Viewing Tips
Consultation Details

Monthly Consultations:  Upon purchasing this course, you received a confirmation email including a link to a Group Consultation Request Form. Within this form, you were asked to choose from a selection of times for your monthly group consultation sessions. This form must be completed and returned before the start of the program on January 23rd to ensure you are assigned to a consultation group.

Group Consultation times will be first come first serve so please return the form as soon as possible! Your Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant will contact you via email once your group consultation assignment is confirmed to introduce themselves and confirm your group dates/times. Although we hope to confirm your group assignment before our first live webinar, you will hear from your assigned Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant by no later than Friday, January 26th.

It is important to remember that monthly group consultation is a requirement of the Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® program. You will, therefore, be required to make-up any missed group consultation sessions with your Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant in order to successfully complete this program. Please see the Group Consultation lesson below for more information. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact info@synergeticplaytherapy.com.

Mandatory Book: The required book for this program is Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity by Lisa DionThe book is also currently available in Audio format and two translations: Spanish and Japanese!

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: You can find us on SPTI Facebook page, Instagram, YouTube Channel and are invited to join the SPTI’s Facebook SPT Learning Community where you can have conversations, share posts, thoughts, and questions about the program 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: We also encourage you to cultivate community with your classmates. The following list includes city, state, and/or country of each student currently enrolled in this Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® program. 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).

Module Outlines: During each class you will be able to download a module outline. 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 Site Access: Access to this course site and its content will be available until 2 months following the final video release (until August 31, 2024).

Credits:  For an understanding of which credits can be used towards your licensure, play therapy continuing education or other credential, please contact the appropriate association directly for the most updated requirements. If you would simply like a certificate of completion to be used towards licensure or other credentials, please email the Institute. 

Play therapy credit may be awarded to graduate students enrolled in a graduate mental health program or individuals who hold a graduate mental health degree. You will be issued one CE Certificate at the end of the program for all credits earned. Synergetic Play Therapy Institute® is an approved provider for the following organizations:

*Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider
*British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider 23-01

Key Dates & Content

When: January 23, 2024 – June 14, 2024

Important Class Dates:

    • January 23rd, 2024: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver)
    • January 23rd, 2024: Module 1 released – Understanding the Set Up/Offering
    • February 16th, 2024: Module 2 released – Understanding States of Activation
    • February 16th, 2024: Video Lesson released – Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility
    • March 15th, 2024: Module 3 released – Becoming an External Regulator
    • March 15th, 2024: Video Lesson released – 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens
    • April 9th, 2024: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver) + BONUS VIDEO: Synergetic Play Therapy® & Teletherapy
    • April 19th, 2024: Module 4 released – Partnering with Caregivers/Tracking the Play
    • May 17th, 2024: Module 5 released – Understanding Attachment & Emotional Age
    • June 4th, 2024: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver)
    • June 14th, 2024: Module 6/Final Module released – Sand, Art, & Aggression in Synergetic Play Therapy®
    • June 14th, 2024: Book Review – Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity


This program kicks off  LIVE on January 23, 2024 @ 2:00pm Mountain Time, DENVER

Join Zoom Meeting for January 23rd: