Webinar Library

These are the archived monthly webinars made exclusively for members of the Synergetic Play Therapy community. Stay tuned – we will update this page as we develop new topics. Have questions, comments or suggestions for subjects you would like Lisa to cover? Please note them in the “Comments” section below. Thanks!

Ethical Issues in Play Therapy Supervision – Webinar Recording

The recording of the webinar will be uploaded here later on the day of the course.   Access to the course/recording will be available until 6 pm MST on Nov 11.  Reminder you still need to complete the quiz and rate the objectives to receive your CE certificate.  Enjoy the training!




Ethical Issues in Play Therapy Supervision – Quiz/Objectives/CE certificates

In order to receive your CE certificate, please complete the quiz and rate the objectives below.  You are required to pass the quiz with an 80% in order to receive your certificate.  Once complete, please print out the certificate for your records as you won’t have access to this course after Nov 11 at 6 pm MST.

Ethical Issues in Play Therapy Supervision – Handouts

Handouts for this course will be uploaded by Nov 6th.



Association for Play Therapy. 2019. Play Therapy Best Practices: Clinical, Professional, & Ethical Issues


Donald, E. J., Culbreth, J. R., & Carter, A. W. (2015). Play therapy supervision: A review of the literature. International Journal of Play Therapy, 24(2), 59.

Drewes, A. A. & Mullen, J. A. (2011). Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors. Jason Aronson, INC

Gil, Eliana, Drewes, Athena A. Cultural Issues in Play Therapy Second Edition. New York: The Guilford Press, 2021

Mullen, Jodi & Luke, Melissa & Drewes, Athena. (2007). Supervision can be playful, too: Play therapy techniques that enhance supervision. International Journal of Play Therapy. 16. 69-85. 10.1037/1555-6824.16.1.69.

Ray, D. C. Ogawa, Y., Cheng, Y. J. (2021). Multicultural play therapy: Making the most of cultural opportunities with children. Routledge.

Thomas, D. A. (2015). Intentionality in supervision: Supervising play therapy interns and practitioners. Ideas and research you can use: VISTAS Online, Article, 38

Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor *Renewal* – Optional Video Review: How to Supervise an SPT Supervisee

How to Supervise an SPT Supervisee  – It is highly recommended that you watch the How to Supervisee Your SPT Supervisee videos. These six recorded session videos provide techniques and skills focused on helping navigate the supervisory relationship and challenges that arise in the playroom. All of the videos include valuable teaching guidance and commentary by Lisa.

  • Apply the use of video in the supervision process
  • Critique various therapists’ struggles in the play therapy process presented through video observation and ways to support their growth
  • Discuss the importance of identifying one key skill the supervisee can be working on and the importance of communicating in the supervisee’s goals and values.


The password for all videos are: Synergetic


VIDEO 1: Lisa introduces gives tips and ideas for how to make the most of this part of your learning. You will notice one to two videos each month: One video includes Lisa’s teaching clips throughout the edited video session(s).  The other videos(s) includes the full unedited session(s). You are encouraged to watch these full sessions to get the complete sense and feel of the session.

This video teaching includes two different sessions with the same supervisee who was new to play therapy. As you watch the video, Lisa guides you to notice what comes up in you and why it is important for you to be aware of our own activation in order to be the external regulator for your supervisees. Notice and track the set-up, as well as the statements/reflections/questions the supervisee is using. Create starting points for this supervisee. Use this video to reflect on how you would supervisee this particular supervisee and how you would determine the focus of your support.


VIDEO 2: This video teaching includes two sessions with two different supervisees, both new to SPT (one completely new to play therapy). The focus is on nervous system activation and noticing your own activation when supervising. Get curious about your ways of regulating as you observe the session.  Notice the strengths of each supervisee and reflect on what is the “one thing” you would be focusing on with these supervisees.  Finally, get curious about how and why you would “teach” a skill to a supervisee.


VIDEO 3: This video teaching includes one supervisee who is also new to SPT and play therapy in two different session. The focus is on boundaries, window of tolerance, emotional flooding, and congruent affect. You will reflect more on when to “teach” and when to “hold space” for your supervisee’s learning.  You will also look at how and when to bring in SPT concepts for supervisees’ who have no SPT training.


VIDEO 4: This video training highlights a part of a session with one supervisee.  The focus of your learning will be to think about how to go “back to the beginning” and start with a new supervisee.  This includes assessing values, setting goals and all of the practical and legal logistics of working with a supervisee. Hold the SPT Supervisor Tenets in mind to guide your thinking and reflection.


VIDEO 5:This video teaching includes observing parts of the first and second sessions of a new supervisee. Continue to reflect and notice your own nervous system activation and window of tolerance.  Consider what needs to happen  in you to become this supervisee’s external regulator during supervision.  Reminder to notice the set-up and the starting points/what you would love to see. Finally, reflect on how to support the supervisee’s goals along with what is the “one thing” to focus on with this supervisee.


VIDEO 6: This video training has two distinct parts to it. The first is a segment of a therapist who was previously trained and oriented in Child Centered Therapy.  You will reflect how to supervise someone who is trained in a different modality and how you would bridge SPT principles with that modality. The second part is a role play between Lisa and Khris in which various potential scenarios between a supervisor and supervisee are played out to help deepen and integrate concepts as well as to expand your knowledge around how to handle “tricky” situations with supervisees.


Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor *Renewal* – Recorded Webinar: Running A Supervision Group

Running A Supervision Group – Recorded Webinar with Lisa (1 Non-contact Credit) – As a part of your renewal, you are also required to watch a one hour recording of Lisa teaching Running a Group Supervision. In this recording, Lisa provides information on how to apply SPT Supervision Theory to groups. Group dynamics and group challenges will be explored.

  • Apply SPT Supervisor Theory to group supervision
  • Discuss ways to support the group when challenging group dynamics arise
  • Explore how to become a supervision group’s external regulator


Password: groups

Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor *Renewal* – Recorded Webinar: General Theory Part 2: 2022 – 2023

Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapy® Supervisor General Theory Class Part 2: The video below is the second part of your Becoming an SPT Supervisor General Theory class.  If you missed the live portion of this class,  the recording is available for you to review in your previous lesson.



Due October 15th, 2022. Please upload your completed Collapsing Your Fears assignment and a picture or copy of your class notes to your shared google drive folder tiled: “[Name] – Supervisor Renewal Homework”

  • Collapsing Your Fears of Being an SPT Supervisor exercise (Watch Video below for Instructions.)
  • Take Notes on Video below.
  • Submit CE hours Form
    • Submit by May 31st OF your renewal year to info@synergeticplaytherapy.com


Password: generaltheory



Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor *Renewal* – Live Webinar General Theory Part 1: 2022 – 2023

Becoming a Synergetic Play Therapy® Supervisor – General Theory (3 Non-Contact Credits)

  • Learn the Synergetic Play Therapy® Supervisor Tenets
  • Discuss the SPT Skills Sets and the need to start with the basic skill sets
  • Explain “The Set Up” in the Supervisory relationship

We will be meeting via webinar and will review what it means to be an SPT Supervisor, along with exploring some of the basic SPT Tenets and principles through the supervisory sense.  The class continues with a part 2 video/assignment for you to watch.


September 12th, 2022 Live Webinar with Lisa and Khris, @ 5:00 – 6:30PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)


Please print out the handouts for this class.


SPT  Supervision_Tenets_for_Synergetic_Play_Therapy

SPT Tenets for Synergetic Play Therapy®

Sample Supervision Contract

Nervous System Symptoms 

Nervous System Symptom – Spanish

Play Therapy Session Notes – Example

Synergetic Play Therapy® Supervision Reminders

Understanding Your Supervisee

Types of Reflections 

Skill Development – Level 1

Skill Development – Level 2


Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapy® Supervisor – September 12th,  Live Class RECORDING:

If you missed the live class please review the recording below.





Thank you & What’s Next After Your 2-Day Training (NMCADV)!

You did it!  You completed the 2-Day training: A Synergetic Play Therapy Approach to Revolutionizing Therapeutic Play with Children with NMCADV. We’re so grateful for you and all of the hard work you put into this experience. On behalf of the children and the families you work with, thank you. It’s great to have you as part of our Synergetic Play Therapy Community! 💜

Now that you’ve completed a 2-day training with Lisa, consider joining us for our signature 6-month course, Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® at almost half the price (…Yes! You heard that right). This is an unprecedented, exclusive offer that only participants of a 2-day training can take advantage of … that’s $625 off!

Keep integrating the knowledge you’ve just learned and get the missing SPT pieces that were not able to be explored together, such as: 

  • A deeper dive into working with aggression and how to create a neuroception of safety
  • Using various types of reflective statements to support deeper healing
  • Turning attachment theory on its head with a new way of understanding 
  • Assessing the emotional age of the child 
  • Tracking progress in play therapy and translating the play to caregivers
  • Deepening what integration really looks like in play therapy
  • Working more effectively with caregivers for better engagement and buy-in
  • Knowing what to do when parents/caregivers join the child’s session
  • Facilitating the use of sand and art from the perspectives of nervous system regulation, attunement, attachment, mindfulness, and authenticity
  • And so much more! Including a bonus webinar: SPT & Teletherapy

You’ll also review and keep exploring:

  • The neuroscience behind what is happening in play therapy
  • How to repattern a child’s nervous system for regulation & attunement
  • What it means to become an external regulator

And one of the most unique parts of this program is that you’ll be paired with an SPT Consultant for group consultation who will  help YOU integrate what you’re learning into your specific client cases. Your SPT Consultant will help you integrate the knowledge in a way that is meaningful for you!  How cool is that?!

“I’m learning Synergetic Play Therapy with Lisa Dion after over 20 years of providing play therapy and 10+ years of providing play therapy training and supervision. I’m here today to tell you that what she is teaching is a game changer. Every one of us needs to understand in an embodied way what it means to combine neurobiology and relationship as the foundation of all the work we are doing with clients, but also with colleagues, friends, family members and SELF. Much of what I’m learning, I’ve known and done intuitively for years but it is SO liberating to connect the dots and have an understanding through the neurobiological lens of WHY we need to utilize and trust what we feel in our own bodies when in connection with another person.”  Lynn Louise Wonders

*Plus, this course also meets the prerequisite requirements for our SPT Certification program in case you’re considering more advanced SPT training. 

Find all the details and register here to take advantage of this exclusive offer using the code: 2dayintro

We start October 25th! Registration ends October 24th.  Contact us with any questions you have at info@synergeticplaytherapy.com

With so much gratitude 🙏💜


And here are more ways to continue to learn and stay connected ….

Stay Connected with Us: Become part of the SPT community mailing list here – with FREE access to exclusive content, upcoming trainings, events and special offers, and inspiring mini educational videos and episodes from the Lessons from the Playroom podcast, all delivered to your inbox (unsubscribe anytime). Join us here.

Join us on Facebook: If you haven’t already, join the SPT Learning Community – our central gathering place for discussion, support, and inquiry.

Lessons from the Playroom Podcast:  Join Lisa and special guests for a bi-weekly podcast that’s designed to help therapists understand the little lessons kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process. People all across the globe are tuning in: from Australia to Zambia, this podcast has reached over 138 countries so far. Enjoy it on your way to work, while at the office, or as you’re doing household chores. Need to fold some laundry? Throw in some learning too! Listen on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, or on the SPTI website

Get the Book: With an understanding of aggressive play based on brain function and neuroscience, “Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity” provides therapists with a framework to work authentically with aggressive play, while making it an integrative and therapeutic experience for the child. Topics covered include: embracing aggression; understanding the nervous system; understanding regulation; developing yourself as an external regulator; authentic expression; setting boundaries; working with emotional flooding; supporting parents during aggressive play. Available in three versions – English, Spanish and Audio. Choose the option that works best for you!! Get your copy today!

Keep Learning and Growing with Us: Check out our many free resources, playroom blogs, and short videos to support you on your therapist journey!


A Synergetic Play Therapy Approach to Revolutionizing Therapeutic Play with Children – NMCADV – VIDEO CLIPS

VIDEO CLIPS: (To be watched in class when prompted.) 
Password for ALL following videos are: SPTI
BE – The Set Up Part 1

BE – The Set Up Part

C – The Set Up

C – Overcoming the Challenge


A Synergetic Play Therapy Approach to Revolutionizing Therapeutic Play with Children – NMCADV – HANDOUTS

  • Day 1: Understanding Nervous System Regulation & Becoming the External Regulator
  • Day 2: Boundaries and Emotional Flooding & Working with Aggression and Intensity


Please have these handouts available throughout your entire training. You may download them to your electronic device or print them prior to your training.


September 13th

Password: nmcadv

September 14th

Password: nmcadv



Advanced Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Retreat: HANDOUTS

Handouts will be uploaded closer to the retreat dates.

Advanced Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Retreat: MATERIALS NEEDED

A list of what to bring to your retreat will be provided closer to the start of your retreat.

Advanced Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Retreat: SCHEDULE

Day 1 –  March 8th


Day 2 – March 9th


5:30-7:30  social event with food included. Location TBD.

Day 3 – March 10th

9:00-6:00 w/ a catered lunch provided

Day 4 – March 11th


SPT Certification 2022– 2023: 4.5 Day Retreat – Video Clips and Handouts (Returning Students)

Below you’ll find your retreat handouts (entire packet) and video clips to watch on specific days when prompted by Lisa. Please note: some of the handouts are in color. Please set your printer to b/w if you’d like to print and do not want color. 


  • 5-day Retreat Handouts (all handouts)
  • During this retreat you may also want to reference your handout  “Normal Developmental Stages of Children” found in the “General Handouts” lesson of this course.

Video Clips (to be watched when prompted by Lisa): 

Day 1 Video Clips: (Password: Transformation1

Day 2 Video Clips: (Password: Transformation2)

Day 3 Video Clips: (Password: Transformation3)



Day 1:

  • Class Recording – Password:

Day 2:

  • Class Recording – Password:

Day 3: Sand!

  • Class Recording – Password:

Day 4: Art!

  • Class Recording -Password:

Day 5:

  • Class Recording – Password:


SPT Certification 2022 – 2023: 4.5 Day Retreat Schedule and Prep (Returning Students)

Please find information for your upcoming 4.5-day retreat below.

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

4.5 Day Retreat Schedule:  (NOTE: If you are attending one of these in a different time zone other than MST or AEDT, please convert accordingly.)

Day 1:

  • Class: 9-12
  • Lunch on your own for one hour:  12-1
  • Class: 1-4:15

Day 2: 

Day 3: Sand! (Materials needed, see below)

  • Class: 9-12
  • Lunch on your own for one hour:  12:30-1:30
  • Class: 1:30-4:30

Day 4: Art! (Materials needed, see below)

Day 5:

  • Class: 9-12

Retreat Topics Include: 

  • Emotional Flooding and Regression
  • Breath and Movement for Integration
  • Meditation – Strengthen Awareness and Interoception
  • Directive Interventions
  • Growing Up in Play Therapy
  • Sand in Play Therapy
  • Art in Play Therapy

4.5 Day Retreat Objectives:

  • Describe the different development stages that a child goes through and how they show up in the playroom.
  • Explain what regression looks like in the playroom and determine how to support a child when this occurs.
  • Demonstrate how to use the breath to regulate the nervous system and apply these techniques to work with clients.
  • Identify 4 clues to help identify the child’s emotional age in a play therapy session.
  • Prepare and demonstrate an understanding of Synergetic Play Therapy theory through group presentations.
  • Demonstrate ways of using the sand in play therapy through non-directive and directive (Gestalt therapy) approaches.
  • Discuss and experience the connection between how a child plays with sand and art and their nervous system during a play therapy session.
  • Analyze the developmental stages of art and how to use this information to determine the emotional age of the child through their play therapy art process.
  • Demonstrate ways of using art in play therapy through non-directive and directive (Gestalt therapy) approaches.
  • Determine when a therapist might use Directive vs. Non-Directive interventions in the playroom.
Day 2 Prep – Presentations

“Make SPT Your Own” Presentation

Remember these! At this retreat you get another opportunity to do a “Make SPT your own” presentation. In the afternoon of Day 2, you will pair up in groups like you did last time, except this time you may or may not be with the other returning students (depends on how many students there are) each taking a turn, presenting on a topic of your choice and how it relates to SPT.

As a reminder, this is your time to really begin to make some connections between SPT and a topic that you love (a high value of yours).  You will have 20 minutes to do a presentation to your small group.  The hope is that you will put time into this and really create something that you can use down the road- a handout to share with your group members, power point presentation, talk, etc.  We would really love if you are open to your presentation being recorded so that we can post these and you can all watch each other’s creativity take flight!

Past topics have been:  SPT Principles in Yoga, SPT Principles in Parenting, Nervous System States and Nutrition, SPT in Preschool Groups, SPT Tenets in Public Speaking, etc.

If you are considering doing it again on the same topic you did the first time you did this presentation, that is fine as long as it is updated and feels meaningful to you still.

Have fun creating!

******If you have created a powerpoint or something you want to share with the group, you will have access to screen sharing.

Day 3, and 4 – Sand and Art Days Prep: 

Also, please gather as much of the following materials for your Day 3 (SAND) and Day 4 (ART) Experientials.  Note: Please get as many of these as supplies as possible. Do not stress yourself out if you can not find something, but a good supply / variety of these tools is important to have. For Art day, you’ll need at least 8 different art supplies as we are going to explore different art mediums.


  • Sand Tray with Sand that “flows” (smooth therapeutic sand instead of thick or kinetic sand).
  • A small baggie of sand miniatures to use in the sand.
  • SPT Sand Tools
    • A small bucket
    • Shovel or scoop
    • A turkey baster (We realize a turkey baster might not be available in Australia.)
    • A sifter
    • A funnel

Art:  (At least 8 of the mediums in addition to some white paper and colored paper)

  • A small pack of Clay (3-5 different colors are recommended)
  • Playdough (3-5 different colors are recommended)
  • Tempera Paint Set ( 1 set, 3-5 different colors are recommended)
  • Watercolor Set (1 set, 3-5 different colors are recommended)
  • Finger Paints (3-5 different colors are recommended)
  • Crayons (1 small pack)
  • Markers (1 small pack. Can be thick or thin markers OR a little bit of both to experience the difference.)
  • Colored Pencils (1 small pack)
  • Collage Materials (glue, scissors, googly eyes, stickers, popsicle sticks, magazine cut outs, different shapes of paper, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, pom poms, etc. A small variety of materials is helpful here, but doesn’t have to be exact to this list.)
  • Water color specific paper
  • Finger paint specific paper (usually just a little larger sheet of paper)
  • Colored construction paper
  • Plain white sketch paper in a few sizes
  • In addition to the art “stations” listed above, please have the following helpful “clean up supplies” set up and available during the retreat:
      • Hand wipes or paper towels available for cleaning up yourselves, or paint brushes
      • A variety of water cups to rinse your paint brushes

Day 5 Prep:

  • A reminder that you’ll need your candle for the last day of the retreat.



SPT Certification 2022– 2023: General SPT Handouts (Returning SPT Students)

Feel free to download or print these handouts at anytime during this course. These are for your reference. Scroll to the bottom of this page to “mark complete” and move on to the next page. 





SPT Certification 2022– 2023: 3.5 Day Retreat – Video Clips and Handouts (Returning SPT Students)

Day 1 Class Handouts:

Day 2: 30 minute YOGA

Day 2 Class Handouts: 

Day 2 Video Clips (to be watched when prompted by Lisa): 

Password: ParentTrain1


Day 3 Class Handouts:

Day 4: 30 minute YOGA zoom link:


Day 4 Video Clips (to be watched when prompted by Lisa): 

Bring something to take notes on as there isn’t a formal handout

Password: caregiver

Caregiver / Child Directive 1

Password: caregiver

Caregiver/Parent Directive 2

SPT Certification 2022 – 2023 : 3.5 Day Retreat (Returning SPT Students)

The Retreat:   (There is a lot of information here, so make sure to read all the way through)

A reminder for you as a returning SPT student …. What is a retreat?  It is defined as period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study.  It is also the process of changing or undergoing change in one’s thinking.   So we can’t think of a better way to kick of this certification program than coming together as a group for personal reflection and study with the intention of undergoing a process of transforming our thinking.  

As we come together online for the first time, we will start with the most important question:  Who am I?  Yep, if you recall the first step in this Certification Process is a deeper exploration of YOU.  From there, we will jump deeper into working with caregivers in and out of the playroom (let’s keep boosting your confidence in 3.5 days through teachings and your own opportunity to practice talking about various SPT concepts! *information below). And of course, we will dive deeper into neuroscience, mindfulness and mirror neurons because what is an SPT class without some of that!

So here we go….

Australia /Asia Daily Retreat Schedule – 3.5 Day Online Retreat (AEST)

North America Daily Retreat Schedule – 3.5 Day Online Retreat (MDT )


3.5 Day Retreat Course Objectives:

  • Explain “the Values” framework and discuss how this applies to the families you work with and yourself in play therapy.
  • Demonstrate how to work with fears as a way to develop yourself as a play therapist.
  • Explain the importance of Interoception and how this is the first step in re-patterning the child’s behavior in the playroom.
  • Identify the 5 types of reflection statements used in Synergetic Play Therapy®.
  • Explain the 4 steps of how the Mirror Neuron system works in Synergetic Play Therapy®.
  • Explain how attunement between therapist and child is essential in order to heal disorganization in the lower brain step and re-pattern the nervous system.
  • Determine how the play  therapist’s ability to use mindfulness to be congruent and authentic in their language and non-verbal signals allows the child to feel safe in the relationship and engage in “reflective awareness.”
  • Discuss when a caregiver needs to be in a session and the key skills to teach the caregiver when in the playroom.
  • Describe how to explain Synergetic Play Therapy® to caregivers.
  • Describe how to explain the Nervous System to caregivers.
  • Describe how to explain the Synergetic Play Therapy® “Therapeutic Stages of Change” to caregivers.
  • Describe how to explain the Synergetic Play Therapy® Process of Change to caregivers.
  • Explore the attachment process from a Synergetic Play Therapy® lens and how to use this information to promote healing in the playroom.

Prep for Caregiver Practice Sessions: 

You probably remember doing these!  On Day 2 in the afternoon, you will once again be given an opportunity to practice explaining various SPT concepts to parents/caregivers.  This time you will be be put in a group with the other returning students allowing you to go deeper and even challenge each other a little bit (i.e be the challenging caregiver! or just talk through tricky scenarios and how you would explain/respond).  The group will also get some time with Lisa towards the end of your breakout group, so come prepared with things you might want to ask her about working with caregivers or other SPT concepts that you are still working on integrating.

During your practice sessions, each group member will do a few short practice sessions as if they were talking to a caregiver (no more than 10 minutes for each topic- some topics are short and some require more time).  The way it will work is everyone will go around and do the same topic, then the next, then the next, etc.

Remember, this is just an opportunity for you to review, practice and get feedback, so you can keep fine tuning. The following are the topics you will practice explaining:

1. Explaining SPT to a Caregiver

2. Explaining the SPT Therapeutic Stages to a Caregiver

3. Explaining the Nervous System Handout to a Caregiver

4. Explaining the Process of Change to a Caregiver- this will be done all together in our large group, so please also review.

As a reminder, as you figure out what you want to say for each topic, here are some tips:

1.  Explaining SPT to a Caregiver–  You will have very left brain caregivers and very right brain caregivers. How would you describe SPT to a caregiver that needs more left brain/heady/research/brain/how does it work dialogue and how would you describe SPT to a caregiver that is touchy feely, more emotional and doesn’t really care how it works?   One tip: When you describe how SPT works, leave yourself out of it (i.e.. don’t talk about how the child sets you up to feel how they feel or that you are the filter for their emotions, etc.  This makes you an easy target if they don’t like what you have to say)

2.  Explaining the SPT Therapeutic Stages (aka The Curve)- Make sure to explain all of the stages, including empowerment.  You may also want to address the following: When will caregivers see the symptoms start to change and what would you say if a caregiver asked you “how long will this process take?”

3. Explaining the Nervous System Handout– Don’t forget to explain the back of the sheet with all of the regulation activities 🙂

4. Explaining the Process of Change- Again, leave yourself out of it.  The Process of Change Handout is really for you and not really a handout that is given to caregivers, but it is a very useful way to explain how change occurs in SPT.

To help you out even further, here are some videos to watch if you want to refresh some ideas.  Remember, you don’t have to do it like Lisa 🙂  Find your own voice/language.  There is no right/wrong way- there is your way which of course is the most awesome way :). There are videos for all of the topics, except how to explain SPT to a caregiver- this was done purposefully so that you can think through how you would like to explain it.

The password for ALL of these videos are:  Synergetic

(Note: This video is based on the old NS chart with the freeze response under Parasympathetic instead of under Sympathetic)

As you know our understanding of the nervous system is constantly changing, so please watch the video below to watch Lisa describe the latest understanding of the freeze response in the nervous system. This will help you understand why on the most current Nervous System Sheet, you do not see the freeze response listed. (Hint, Hint…the freeze response can happening in both sympathetic and dorsal.)

As always, please don’t hesitate to ask questions and we can’t wait to see you!

Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification Retreat – Caregiver Practice Session Support: FACILITATOR PREP

Facilitators, please review the following handouts pertaining to your presentation group. Feel free to print a copy to have handy during the presentations.

On the Student Prep tab, you will find all of the information (including videos) that the students were given to help them prepare for their Caregiver Practice Sessions- you are encouraged to take some time, read through the content and also watch the short videos, including the video where Lisa discusses the Freeze response to refresh your own understanding.


Australia /Asia Retreat Caregiver Practice Session Guide

North America Retreat Caregiver Practice Session Guide

Tips for Navigating Challenges in Group

Groups: (Note, groups will be formed and uploaded to this page a few day before the retreat beings.)

Australia / Asia Groups

North American Groups

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Upcoming 2019 dates:

February 11th at 10:00 AM MST: When Parents Don’t Have the Same Values as Children
March 4th at 11:00 AM MST: Working with Cutting and Suicidal Ideation
April 15th at 11:00 AM MDT: Managing Roles and Boundaries with Blended Families
May 14th at 10:00 AM MDT: Understanding Addictions
June 18th – video release: Play a Larger Game in Life-Owning Traits of the Greats
July 23rd at 10:00 AM MDT: Gifted Kids and Anxiety
Aug 13th – video release: Understanding Grief and Loss
September 10th at 10:00 AM MDT: OCD and Perfectionism
October 15th at 10:00 AM MDT: SPT and Adults
November 5th at 10:00 AM MDT: Exploring the Physics Behind SPT


When Parents Don’t Have the Same Values as Children

Watch the Archived Webinar (February 11, 2019)

SPT and Carl Rogers

Watch the Archived Webinar (December 10, 2018)

Therapeutic Powers of Play

Watch the Archived Webinar (November 5, 2018)

Primary Feedback Systems

Watch the Archived Webinar (October 15, 2018)

The Still Face Experiment in the Playroom

Watch the Archived Webinar (September 10, 2018)

Dual Attention in the Playroom

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Understanding Interoception

Watch the Archived Webinar (June 18, 2018)

Helping Children and Families Through Tragedy

Watch the Archived Webinar (May 14, 2018)

Owning Admired Traits

Watch the Archived Webinar (April 16, 2018)

Owning the Mirror

Watch the Archived Webinar (March 19, 2018)

What is Compassion Fatigue

Watch the Archived Webinar (February 19, 2018)

Boxing Ring Child

Watch the Archived Webinar (December 4, 2017)

Working with the Dorsal Child: Creating a Neuroception of Safety

Watch the Archived Webinar (January 23, 2017)

Translating the Play to Parents and Charting the Curve Part 2

Watch the Archived webinar (April 3rd, 2017)

Working with our own Fears

Watch the Archived webinar (July 10, 2017)

Boredom in the Playroom

Watch the Archived Webinar (October 9, 2017)

Working with Children on the Spectrum

Watch the Archived webinar (February 6, 2017)

The Child that Rescues

Watch the Archived Webinar (May 1st, 2017)

When and How to Challenge a Child

Watch the Archived Webinar (August 21, 2017)

Flooding and Containment

Watch the Archived Webinar (November 6, 2017)

Translating the Play to Parents and Charting the Curve

Watch the Archived Webinar (March 6th, 2017)

Live Consultation-Bring a question!

Watch the Archived webinar (June 12th, 2017)

Understanding Anxiety and Depression

Watch the Archived Webinar (September 11, 2017)

Additional Resources