Welcome to the 2022-2023 SPT Certification Cohort!

Get ready for a deep dive into understanding Synergetic Play Therapy® more fully and a greater exploration of yourself in and out of the playroom.

We hope you are excited to be a part of this because we are certainly excited to have you! Welcome aboard!  Please take a moment to read through the information on this homepage as you will need it to get started.

In case it hasn’t dawned on you yet, you are no longer alone in your play therapy journey. In choosing this program, you are joining a global community of over 400 like-minded clinicians. Your cohort is comprised of professionals from multiple countries and states from around the world with a similar vision, a yearning to grow, and a desire to develop themselves and understand what it really takes to transform a child.

Not only are you surrounded by other amazing therapists and clinicians but you also have a kick ass team of senior consultants that will be with you every step of the way: Khris Rolfe, Polly Douglass, Judy Norman, Lindsay Ishman, Mili Shoemaker, Kelly Miller, Katherine Eastlake, Katrina Bell and Corinne Elms.  Our senior consultant team, will guide you, support you, challenge you, and do everything they can to help you get the most out of this learning experience. (The consultant you’ve been paired with will contact you by the beginning of the 3.5 Day Retreat you are attending to set up your consultations.)

Part of this program uses technology which we know isn’t always cooperative. To help you with any issues that may come up regarding payments, webinars, and/or access to the learning platform please contact Janelle Langeteig, our fabulous Program Director. She will be there to help you and can be reached at info@synergeticplaytherapy.com

And lastly, this certification program holds a very special place in my heart. I feel beyond privileged to finally get the opportunity to teach and engage with you directly. Please know that I will do everything I can to make this a course you will never forget.

Much Love,  

Lisa Dion

Class Dates:

The following are important dates – mark your calendars! Each class is conducted via webinar. They occur LIVE via webinar  5:00 – 6:30 PM (MST/MDT, Denver)

*Please check your time zone and daylight savings to adjust accordingly.

**We highly encourage live attendance as much as possible for the on-line classes to inspire interaction, participation, connection, and integration. If a class is missed, you will need to watch the recording and check in with your Consultant before the next scheduled class. You will also need to upload either notes, a bullet point summary, or a short written summary of information from the missed class to your homework folder to verify completion. No more than 3 classes can be missed in total, and no more than one class missed in a month. *If there is a timezone concern making live attendance incredibly challenging, please discuss with your consultant*

  • (2022 Dates) September 6th and 20th, October 4th and 18th, November 1st and 15th
  • (2023 Dates) February 7th and 21st, March 7th and 14th, April 4th and 18th, May 2nd and 16th

Webinar Link for ALL WEBINARS September 2022 – May 2023 classes:

Topic: SPT Certification 2022 – 2023 Monthly Webinars
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM Mountain Time, Denver, Colorado (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 


  • Reminder Zoom Video’s Must be ON: Please remember that to get attendance for each retreat day and the monthly classes, you must have your video turned on to get full credit for your attendance. 

3.5 Day Online Retreat options: 

  • Australia/Asia: August 16 – August 19, 2022, 8:00am – 3:15pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) – (the second day ends at 3:30pm and the last day ends at 11am AEST)
  • North America: August 29 – September 1, 2022, 9:00am – 4:15pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) – (the second day ends at 4:30pm and the last day ends at 12pm MDT)

4.5 Day Online Retreat options:  

  • North America: January 16 – 20, 2023, 9:00am – 4:30pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) – (the last day ends at 12pm MST)
  • Australia/Asia: January 31 – February 4, 2023, 9:00am – 4:30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) – (the last day ends at 12pm AEDT)

Note: If you want to continue to review the course material after graduation, you will have access to the course material and all video content until August 31st, 2023.

Class Roster:

To get the most out of your Synergetic Play Therapy experience, we encourage you to cultivate community. When the course starts, the following roster will be uploaded for you- it includes the name, city, state, and/or country of each student enrolled in this Synergetic Play Therapy Certification cohort. 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.  If you have a conflict of interest or dual relationship with anyone attending, please message us privately.

Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Cohort 2022-2023.

Continuing Education Credits and Certification Titles:

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

The credits in this course are approved by the above play therapy associations. Please contact APT, BCPTA or APTA to find out which and how many of the credits can be applied towards your Credential.  APT / BCPTA/ APTA  require an individual to hold a degree in mental health (or equivalent in their country) or be a student currently studying to receive a mental health degree in order to receive these credits. For those that qualify, at the very end of your course after completing the graduation requirements, you will also receive a certificate documenting your CE credits.   

If you would like to apply the course credits towards a different credential or licensure and/or consultation hours, please contact the governing board for your hours to discuss what can be applied, etc.

***Students of this course will graduate with one of two titles:  “Certified Synergetic Play Therapist” for those that hold mental health degrees and “Certified Synergetic Play Provider” for those that hold a different degree.

Recertification Process: 

In order for SPTI or Lisa Dion to advertise you as a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist or Certified Synergetic Play Provider, you must remain current in your SPT education. “Current” status means Renewal of the Certified Synergetic Play Therapist or Certified Synergetic Play Provider credential.  In order to renew, you must earn at least 18 hours of CE credits specific to SPT every 3 years and submit your renewal form by May 31st during your renewal year.  If CE credits are not submitted, you will no longer be able to use the title Certified Synergetic Play Therapist or Certified Synergetic Play Provider until renewal occurs. Details on training options can be found via this form: Continuing Education Verification Form

Course Content

Lessons Status

SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: 3.5 Day Retreat


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: 3.5 Day Retreat – Video Clips and Handouts


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: General SPT Handouts


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: 3.5 Day Retreat – Assignments


Book Study – Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity – SPT Certification Program


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: September Class – Planes of Possibilities and Windows of Tolerance


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: September Class Assignments


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: October Class – Memory and Narratives and Rewiring through the Vagus Nerve


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: October Class Assignments


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: November Class – Emotions and the Mind


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: November Class Assignments


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: December Assignments


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: January 4.5 Day Retreat Schedule & Preparations


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: 4.5 Day Retreat – Video Clips and Handouts


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: 4.5 Day Retreat Assignments


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: February Class – Sensory Processing Challenges in the Playroom


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: February Class Assignments


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: March Class – Directive SPT with Groups, Family, Teen, Sibling and Adult


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: March Class Assignments


SPT Certification 2022– 2023: April Class – Transitions and Endings in Play Therapy


SPT Certification 2022– 2023: Teletherapy Video – Directive and Non Directive SPT Examples (Bonus Learning )


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: April Class Assignments


What’s Next? …. Continue Your SPT Journey Post Certification Graduation! 💜 (May 2023)


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: May Class – Recognizing Empowerment in Play Therapy