Welcome to the Level 1 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 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 registering for this program, you received an email confirming your registration and providing you with important information, including a link to the Group Consultation Assignment Form. If you have not already completed this form, please do so within the lesson below! The Group Consultation Assignment form will allow you to choose from a selection of days/times for your monthly group consultation sessions. This form must be completed and returned before the start of the program on October 22nd to ensure you are assigned to a consultation group. *If no form is submitted, the Institute will assign you to an available 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, October 25th.

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.

Compassion Fatigue Research Study Information: Before you begin Module 1 of this program, you wil be invited to participate in a research project investigating experiences of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction among mental health providers! In addition to learning about your experiences with these phenomena, we want to evaluate whether participation in the Introduction to  Synergetic Play Therapy program affects levels of compassion fatigue or compassion satisfaction among play therapists. The associated lesson, Compassion Fatigue Research Study, will open one week before our first live webinar.

*Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. If you do not want to participate in this research, you may still participate in the Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy program!

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 connect with your classmates! The following list includes city, state, and 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!

  • October 2024 Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Class Roster (The Class Roster will be available after the program begins on October 22, 2024)

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 useful information 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 May 31, 2025).

CE Credit Hours: 26 CE Credit Hours, NBCC Content Areas: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship and Social and Cultural Foundations

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7450. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is also an Approved Provider for the following associations:
*Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider
*British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider 23-01

Continuing education credit hours may be awarded to graduate-level counselors or students enrolled in a graduate-level mental health program. If you do not qualify for continuing education credit hours and would like to receive a certificate of completion for this course please contact the Institute directly.

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

Key Dates & Content

When: October 22, 2024 – March 21, 2025

Important Dates:

    • October 22nd, 2024: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm Mountain Time, Denver)
    • October 26th, 2024: Module 1 released – Understanding the Set Up/Offering
    • November 15th, 2024: Module 2 released – Understanding States of Activation
    • December 13th, 2024: Module 3 released – Becoming an External Regulator
    • January 14th, 2025: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm Mountain Time, Denver) + BONUS VIDEO: Synergetic Play Therapy® & Teletherapy
    • January 14th, 2025: Video Lessons released – Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility AND 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens
    • January 17th, 2025: Module 4 released – Partnering with Caregivers/Tracking the Play
    • February 21st, 2025: Module 5 released – Understanding Attachment & Emotional Age
    • February 25th, 2025: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm Mountain Time, Denver)
    • March 21st, 2025: Module 6/Final Module released – Sand, Art, & Aggression in Synergetic Play Therapy®
    • March 21st, 2025: Video Lessons Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility AND 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens Quiz
    • March 21st, 2025: Book Review – Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity


This program kicks off  LIVE on October 22, 2024 @ 2:00pm Mountain Time (Denver)

Join Zoom Meeting for October 22nd: