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!

Answers to your “How to” Questions – Recording

To watch this recording please enter this password to begin: Business  

What’s Next … Stay Connected & Grow With Us! (Jan 2021 Online Intro)

You’re almost finished and you might be wondering what’s next! … 

Become Certified as a Synergetic Play Therapist… 

Are you ready to take your Synergetic Play Therapy® skills to the next level?  Are you ready to expand your understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and take your ability to help a child heal to a whole new realm of possibility? Are you ready to dive deeper into the Synergetic Play Therapy® process as you learn how to embrace yourself, discover your magnificence, and tap into a higher state of authenticity?

Your personal invitation …

For information and requirements on how to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist please review the following handout: Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapist®

“The very act of being an SPT therapist provides endless practice in congruence, authenticity, attunement, and nervous system regulation. It’s an ongoing practice, a way of being that improves my life every day.” – Jody Catlow, MA, NLC

“This experience was life changing. It not only renewed my vigor for work with children, changed my perspective of what was possible during the play therapy process, but changed the way I viewed the world and my relationship with others.” – Jessica Kimak, LCSW

“The SPT advanced class has been a truly transformative experience! Lisa created so much safety to fully be myself as she guided my process of learning and growth. Through this class, I have been able to integrate my experience and shift perceptions, which has allowed me to be more present with my clients.” – Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-S

If you haven’t already, join our Facebook Community! Join the SPT Learning Community. All you need to do is find the above group, answer a few questions, and then we will add you.

Lessons from the Playroom Podcast – if you haven’t yet discovered Lisa’s podcast, it’s a series of FREE 20-30-minute recordings 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 120 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! New podcasts are released on a bi-weekly basis and feature topics such as selective mutism, parents, intakes, emotional flooding, sleep issues, gender identity, goals, boundaries, and more! To listen, please visit iTunes, our YouTube channel, or check out the podcast on our website

Stay connected with us: Meet up with us at a conference, training or other event virtually or in-person (because you know it’s going to happen again at some point that we can connect again in person); read the monthly newsletters or our blog!; or go purchase some of our one-hour, two-hour or three-hour courses.

For information on becoming a Registered Play Therapisthttps://www.a4pt.org/page/CredentialsHomepage

 

What’s Next … Stay Connected & Grow With Us! (After your SPT Supplemental course)

You’re almost finished and you might be wondering what’s next! … 

Become Certified as a Synergetic Play Therapist… 

Are you ready to take your Synergetic Play Therapy® skills to the next level?  Are you ready to expand your understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and take your ability to help a child heal to a whole new realm of possibility? Are you ready to dive deeper into the Synergetic Play Therapy® process as you learn how to embrace yourself, discover your magnificence, and tap into a higher state of authenticity?

Your personal invitation …

For information and requirements on how to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist please review the following handout: Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapist®

“The very act of being an SPT therapist provides endless practice in congruence, authenticity, attunement, and nervous system regulation. It’s an ongoing practice, a way of being that improves my life every day.” – Jody Catlow, MA, NLC

“This experience was life changing. It not only renewed my vigor for work with children, changed my perspective of what was possible during the play therapy process, but changed the way I viewed the world and my relationship with others.” – Jessica Kimak, LCSW

“The SPT advanced class has been a truly transformative experience! Lisa created so much safety to fully be myself as she guided my process of learning and growth. Through this class, I have been able to integrate my experience and shift perceptions, which has allowed me to be more present with my clients.” – Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-S

If you haven’t already, join our Facebook Community! Join the SPT Learning Community. All you need to do is find the above group, answer a few questions, and then we will add you.

Lessons from the Playroom Podcast – if you haven’t yet discovered Lisa’s podcast, it’s a series of FREE 20-30-minute recordings 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 120 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! New podcasts are released on a bi-weekly basis and feature topics such as selective mutism, parents, intakes, emotional flooding, sleep issues, gender identity, goals, boundaries, and more! To listen, please visit iTunes, our YouTube channel, or check out the podcast on our website

Stay connected with us: Meet up with us at a conference, training or other event virtually or in-person (because you know it’s going to happen again at some point that we can connect again in person); read the monthly newsletters or our blog!; or go purchase some of our one-hour, two-hour or three-hour courses.

For information on becoming a Registered Play Therapisthttps://www.a4pt.org/page/CredentialsHomepage

 

Wearing Two Hats – Being a Therapist & a Parent

Video: Wearing Two Hats – Being a Therapist & a Parent (password: Breathing)

What’s Next? …. Continue Your SPT Journey Post Certification Graduation! 

The SPT journey continues… muah! 😘

What’s Next … Stay Connected & Grow With Us!  

You’re almost finished and you might be wondering what’s next! … 

Become Certified as a Synergetic Play Therapist… 

Are you ready to take your Synergetic Play Therapy® skills to the next level?  Are you ready to expand your understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and take your ability to help a child heal to a whole new realm of possibility? Are you ready to dive deeper into the Synergetic Play Therapy® process as you learn how to embrace yourself, discover your magnificence, and tap into a higher state of authenticity?

Your personal invitation …

For information and requirements on how to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist please review the following handout: Becoming A Synergetic Play Therapist®

“The very act of being an SPT therapist provides endless practice in congruence, authenticity, attunement, and nervous system regulation. It’s an ongoing practice, a way of being that improves my life every day.” – Jody Catlow, MA, NLC

“This experience was life changing. It not only renewed my vigor for work with children, changed my perspective of what was possible during the play therapy process, but changed the way I viewed the world and my relationship with others.” – Jessica Kimak, LCSW

“The SPT advanced class has been a truly transformative experience! Lisa created so much safety to fully be myself as she guided my process of learning and growth. Through this class, I have been able to integrate my experience and shift perceptions, which has allowed me to be more present with my clients.” – Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-S

If you haven’t already, join our Facebook Community! Join the SPT Learning Community. All you need to do is find the above group, answer a few questions, and then we will add you.

Lessons from the Playroom Podcast – if you haven’t yet discovered Lisa’s podcast, it’s a series of FREE 20-30-minute recordings 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 120 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! New podcasts are released on a bi-weekly basis and feature topics such as selective mutism, parents, intakes, emotional flooding, sleep issues, gender identity, goals, boundaries, and more! To listen, please visit iTunes, our YouTube channel, or check out the podcast on our website.

For information on becoming a Registered Play Therapisthttps://www.a4pt.org/page/CredentialsHomepage

SPT Certification 2020 – 2021: 3.5 Day Retreat Class Recordings

Password for all videos: Synergetic

Day 1:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

 

Day 2:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

 

Day 3:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

 

Day 4:

SPT Certification 2020 – 2021: 4.5 Retreat Class Recordings

PASSWORD for all videos: Synergetic

Day 1:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

Day 2:

 

Day 3:

 

Day 4:

 

Day 5: 

Handouts & Resources

Handouts & Resources

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022: March Class Homework

Homework:

This is your month to catch up!  Yahoo!  Please work on finishing any previous outstanding homework assignments, etc.  Reminder that all supervision, client hour and observation logs and homework is due by graduation on May 5th!  If you feel that you can’t get caught up, please talk to your supervisor ASAP so that we can support you and create a plan to help you get to the finish line 🙂

You only have more more assignment left after the second April class. If you would like to get ahead, it is outlined below.  The due date is May 5th.

Think about yourself as an SPT Therapist and what it means to you, go through the SPT Tenets and write out your understanding of each one as you explain what it means to you to be an SPT Therapist.  (Between 2-4 pages please- not longer :))

AND… next month the second class in April is YOUR TOPIC CHOICE!  Think about what you still want to discuss, learn more about, etc.  Janelle will be emailing you the survey to submit your vote.  We will compile the votes and then put the class together according to interest!

 

 

March Webinar Recordings 2021 – 2022: Directive SPT with Groups, Family, Teen, Sibling and Adult

March 10th

 

 

March 24th

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022, March Class: Directive SPT with Groups, Family, Teen, Sibling and Adult

Directive SPT with Groups, Family, Teen, Sibling and Adult

  • Explain family systems from the lens of nervous system states and the therapist’s role as their external regulator in the playroom.
  • Describe and discuss how to apply Synergetic Play Therapy principles to groups.
  • Discuss ways to apply SPT principles to Teens, Siblings, and Adults.

HANDOUTS: 

March 10th Class –

  • There is not a formal handout for this class, so please bring something to take notes on.

March 24th Class

March 10th and March 24th Webinar Links: 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/88336526268

Meeting ID: 400 276 615

One tap mobile
+16468769923,,400276615# US (New York)
+16699006833,,400276615# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 400 276 615
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adh6kdysAb

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022: February Class Homework

Homework: 58 mins.

Remember to upload all homework to your google drive folder by the due date listed below.

(Due March 24th)

Watch O-7.  Password is: Synergetic 

Fill out this corresponding observation formO-7.  Track the empowerment and overcoming the challenges!

February Webinar Recordings 2021 – 2022: Sensory Processing Challenges in the Playroom

February 17th (password: Synergetic)

 

February 24th (password: Synergetic)

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022 February Class: Sensory Processing Challenges in the Playroom

Sensory Processing Challenges in the Playroom Objectives: 

  • Analyze the sensory system and how sensory difficulties show up in the playroom.
  • Analyze the different power sensations that arise in the play – Vestibular, Proprioceptive, and Tactile – and how they affect the brain stem.
  • Explore how to use Synergetic Play Therapy with children on the sensory spectrum.

Welcome the world of sensory processing. This month we are going to learn about the various sensory systems in the body and how the body actually processes sensory information.

IN PREPARATION FOR CLASS

We are going to discuss the O-1  (your homework this past month) as she was adopted and has sensory challenges, so bring your notes!

Go ahead and take the Adult Sensory Checklist (find it under handouts below) to see where you land.  Get curious about yourself!

Handouts: 

SPT and Sensory

Adult Sensory Checklist

Sensory Processing Challenges – Judy’s Powerpoint presentation

References/Resources: 

  • Carla Hanaford – “Smart Moves”
  • Carol Kranowitz – Out of Sync Child Series
  • Sally Goddard – “The Well Balanced Child”
  • Sally Goddard – “Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child’s Mind: A Non-invasive approach to solving learning & behavior problems”
  • Harald Blomberg – “Movements that Heal: Rhythmic Movement Training and Primitive Reflex Integration.”

February 17th and February 24th Webinar Links: 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/88336526268

Meeting ID: 400 276 615

One tap mobile
+16468769923,,400276615# US (New York)
+16699006833,,400276615# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 400 276 615
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adh6kdysAb

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022: 4.5 Day Retreat Homework

Homework: 1 hour

Remember to upload all homework to your google drive folder by the due date listed below.

(US Retreat due February 17th, AUS Retreat due March 10th)

Watch O-1 and 3 sessions below (one video).  Password is: Synergetic 

Fill out these corresponding observation forms – O-1 and O-3.  Track the starting points!

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022: 4.5 Day Retreat – Video Clips and Handouts

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. 

Handouts:

We’d love to have a copy and share your “Make SPT Your Own” presentation with others within the SPT Certified community. Only if you’d like, following Day 2, download it here in the Google Homework folder – “Make SPT Your Own” Shared Presentations (and don’t forget to copyright it!)

Reminder: Send us your pre/post Pediatric Symptom Checklists (PSCs) … Email your complete PSCs to Christie VanKanegan: (christievankanegan@gmail.com)

If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please find it hereWe’d love your feedback about how it’s going so far!

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

Day 1 Video Clips:

Day 2 Video Clips:

Day 3 Video Clips:

Artwork from the retreats … beautiful!!!

North America Retreat Artwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia/Asia Retreat Artwork

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022: 4.5 Day Retreat

Please find information for your upcoming 5-day retreat below.

Online Retreat Location / Dates: 

  • Boulder, Colorado: January 20 – 24, 2021
    • 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, MST 
  • Melbourne, Australia: February 8 – 12, 2021
    • 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, AEDT

4.5 Day Retreat Schedule:  (NOTE: Times are included for both retreats, so please pay attention to MST or AEDT for your location.) Also, 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(MST) or 8-11(AEDT)     
  • Lunch on your own for one hour:  12-1 (MST) or 11-12(AEDT)       
  • Class: 1-4:15 (MST) or 12-3:15(AEDT)                 

Day 2:

  • Yoga: 8:00- 8:30 (MST) or 7:00 – 7:30 (AEDT)
  • Class: 9-12(MST) or 8-11(AEDT)     
  • Lunch on your own for one hour:  12-1 (MST) or 11-12(AEDT)       
  • Class: 1-4:30 (MST) or 12-3:30(AEDT)            

Day 3: Sand! 

  • Class: 9-12(MST) or 8-11(AEDT)     
  • Lunch on your own for one hour:  12:30-1:30 (MST) or 11:30-12:30  (AEDT)       
  • Class: 1:30-4:30 (MST) or 12:30-3:30(AEDT) 

Day 4: Art! 

  • Yoga: 8:00- 8:30 (MST) or 7:00 – 7:30 (AEDT)
  • Class: 9-12(MST) or 8-11(AEDT)     
  • Lunch on your own for one hour:  12-1 (MST) or 11-12(AEDT)       
  • Class: 1-4:30 (MST) or 12-3:30(AEDT)       

Day 5:

  • Class: 9-12(MST) or 8-11(AEDT) 

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.
PREPARATIONS:

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 experiences.

Sand- 

  • 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- 

  • 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-

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

 

“Make SPT Your Own” Presentation

Now that we head into the next retreat, it is time to think about your next presentation. You will pair up in groups like you did last time, each taking a turn, presenting on a topic of your choice and how it relates to SPT.  Historically this has been one of the favorite assignments from past students.

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.  My 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.  I 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!

Many SPT Therapists have gone on to use this as a platform for practicing creating something they would like to use for marketing or giving talks on…. make this useful!

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.

Have fun creating!

******Please be ready to do your 20 min.  “Make SPT your own presentation” on Day

Sample 1.) “Make SPT your Own” presentation – SPT and Public Speaking

(Have the SPT Tenets with you when you watch this.)

Password: Synergetic

Sample 2.)  “Make SPT Your Own Presentation – Healing the Gut

Healing_the_Gut Powerpoint

SPT Certification 2021 – 2022: December Homework

Reminder: There are no online classes this month. Please catch up on any material you are behind on as well as complete the following assignments.

December Homework:

    • Individual Supervision Session – Have a full client video session recorded and ready to share with your supervisor during your December Supervision session. Also, upload the self observation form for this session to your  google drive homework folder.
    • Complete the “ Certification Skill Development Form” which will be reviewed with your Supervisor in January Supervision session to set new goals.
      •  Due Date: December 31st
    • Complete the Quiz for “Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity.” You’ll find the product to “purchase” the quiz for $0.00 here. Once purchased you’ll find the book study in your “My Courses” section of your Online Learning account. Instructions can also be found on your Admin Handout on your 4 Day Retreat Handout Lesson.
      •  Due Date: December 31st
    • 5 Day Retreat Prep due by the following start date of your retreat:
        • Boulder, Colorado: January 20 – 24, 2021
        • Melbourne, Australia: February 8 – 12, 2021

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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

IF ASKED FOR PASSWORD PLEASE USE: Synergetic.

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

Watch the Archived Webinar (August 13, 2018)

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