Welcome to Your 2-Day Course:

  Revolutionizing Play & Therapeutic Practice with Children

Hello ~ 

Welcome to your Hawaii APT Conference! I am so glad that you have chosen to sign up for this 2-day course and that we will have a chance to learn and grow together.  In order to help you get started, please read through this message, as it will orient you to all of the information that you need and provide you with your handouts, etc.

If you have any questions with accessing this platform or the handouts, never hesitate to ask. The best way to get help is to send an email to: info@synergeticplaytherapy.com.  We are here for you and want to make this a great experience for you. I am looking forward to our time together.

And thank you so much to the Hawaii APT board for all that you do and all you have done to make this conference happen!

Lisa Dion & The SPT Team


Revolutionizing Play & Therapeutic Practice is designed to help practitioners understand therapeutic play from a neuro-biological perspective. With the help of neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and a Synergetic Play Therapy framework, practitioners will learn how to effectively work with therapeutic play in a way that supports nervous system regulation, reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain and promote healing for the child. Through video, discussion, and experiential exercises participants will learn practical techniques that can be used right away in the playroom. Topics such as boundaries, co-regulation, nervous system activation, emotional flooding and use of aggressive toys and play will be explored.

This training will also guide participants towards a deeper understanding of what it means to become a child’s external regulator during trauma play while practicing how to care for their own nervous system thereby decreasing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. The result is the transformation of trauma play into ways of connecting, healing, and mutual trust.

Participants will come away with a range of new skills and strategies that include:

  • Being able to describe how play therapy works from a neurobiological perspective

  • Learning how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting down the child

  • Learning how to make aggressive play therapeutic

  • Understanding how to work with the intensity of aggressive play without the practitioners own nervous system shutting down resulting in compassion fatigue and burn out

  • Learning how to become the external regulator in a session to deepen children’s ability to integrate the challenging experiences they are working through

Using practical techniques, Lisa will assist the group to trace the moment to moment shifts in regulation between practitioner and child, providing a level of insight which supports the transformation of aggression into ways of connecting and mutual trust.


  • Examine how play therapy works from a neurobiological perspective

  • Explain the link between a child’s nervous system states and their play

  • Identify the four primary threats of the brain and how to use this information to create a neuroception of safety in a play therapy session

  • Examine the Synergetic Play Therapy concept of “The Set Up” in the playroom to understand what the child is trying to communicate

  • Examine what it takes to become the “external regulator” in the playroom to support nervous system integration

  • Explain the significance of congruence and authentic expression in the play therapy process

  • Identify strategies for maintaining regulation during intense play, aggression, and death in the playroom

  • Identify at least 2 strategies for working with aggression in the playroom without experiencing the nervous system shut down leading to vicarious trauma

  • Identify at least 2 strategies for setting boundaries without shaming or shutting down a child’s play

  • Define “emotional flooding,” and identify at least 2 strategies to employ when this happens in a play therapy session

  • Explain how a practitioners own “window of tolerance” can impact the child’s healing process

  • Examine how to use principles from Interpersonal Neurobiology and Synergetic Play Therapy to support deeper integration and the re-patterning of the client’s nervous system


Webinar Date / Times: 

  • March 4th and 5th, 2022 8:30am – 4:30pm Hawaii Standard Time (Please log on between 8:30 – 8:45 am)

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