• Explore FREE Webinars to Support Your Journey

    In response to COVID-19, the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute began offering free webinars to address the challenges, stress and impact that therapists, teachers, parents, and those on the frontlines were facing. Since then, we've continued to offer free webinars to support you on your professional and personal life's journey. Please enjoy free access to these very special webinars. You may view and share it with as many people as you feel it would help. Want to take it to a whole other level? ... Join Lisa for a six-week experience, "Regulating Through the Daily Challenges of the Coronavirus" as she helps you regulate through the trials and tribulations of any challenge you might be facing. You'll receive tools and strategies to help you with any moment in your life where you might experience a crisis, challenge, or struggle. You can start anytime as all the webinars are archived for you. Get all the details here!
  • From twelve-year-olds to seniors in high school, adolescence is a changing time. This makes play therapy a challenge: how do you heal those maneuvering the middle ground between childhood and adulthood? This video course explores when to apply directive and non-directive play, how to work with older children, how to set goals for this population, and how to turn the awkward into the authentic. https://youtu.be/R1lOK6JIBbI Scroll down for course details and objectives.
  • Supporting a child struggling with obsessive compulsions and perfectionism can be incredibly challenging as the desire to move the child out of their rigidity and rituals can overshadow the deeper issues and stressors driving the behaviors.  In this webinar, gain an understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the behavior of perfectionism, and how play therapy can support the integration of the underlying drivers of the behaviors so as not to intensify the inner struggle that is often experienced by these children as they attempt to stop, control and even deny the urges in their bodies. See course details below.
  • Divorce. The “D” word. The end of the marital road. A happily ever after run amok. It’s something that often gets a bad rap, especially when we think of the children stuck in the middle. But divorce, while it can be devastating to some kids, can also be a relief for others. Children’s perceptions are not all the same. This webinar explores how to support children in play therapy when they are experiencing divorce and separation. See course details below.
  • Are your play therapy sessions filled with swords fights, battles, babies dying, handcuffs, you dying, explosions or other highly intense play? Are you often set up to watch or be a part of play that leaves you feeling nervous, unsafe, overwhelmed, confused or just wanting to run away and hide? If so, you’re not alone. Although aggression and death are a common part of the play therapy process, many therapists don’t have a clear understanding of what to do and how to facilitate the intensity when it enters the playroom during play. The result can lead to inadvertently promoting aggression and increasing low brain disorganization. It can also lead to the therapist feeling beat up, exhausted and hyper-aroused themselves, which can significantly impact their longevity in the field, as well as their ability to stay attuned and present to a child in the playroom. Enter Synergetic Play Therapy! Through an SPT lens, and a heavy dose of neuroscience, this 2-hour video course helps therapists learn how to use play in a way that supports regulation – theirs and their client’s! With the help of neuroscience, therapists will learn how to effectively work with aggressive play in a way that supports nervous system regulation and reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain. This course will also help decrease compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Please scroll down for class details and objectives.
  • From a stroll through the Lollipop woods of Candyland to a fight over the Thimble in Monopoly, games are part of childhood. In the playroom, certain games are more commonly used than others. How do we use chess as a pawn in our therapeutic healing? How can we call on checkers to check on the child's state of regulation?  What does a game tell us about a child's emotional world? This webinar explores these questions and more! Scroll down for course details.
  • Every therapist has been there - in a session with a child who doesn't want to come in the room, a child who doesn't want to do the task, a child who only wants to avoid the issue.  This webinar explores what to do when a child client's language and behavior say "no."  Join us as we explore resistance, with a focus on differentiating resistance from avoidance and differentiating resistance from the dorsal collapse in the nervous system. Emotional flooding is explored as well. Scroll down for all the details!
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can be a part of growing up. But how can we help turn these obstacles into opportunities for growth and resilience? And apply this knowledge to the play therapy process? This webinar explores how play therapy can be used to help mitigate the effects of ACES. Learn the major categories of ACES, along with protective factors or strategies that have been shown to be helpful both in the short-term and long-term. See below for details.
  • "I desperately needed to hear the wisdom you shared regarding ways to regulate. I am a wife, mother of three, and a child life specialist with a lung disease that puts me as one of the "vulnerable." I have had more mental and emotional challenges concerning my physical fragility over the past six weeks than I have over the past twenty years. It's so difficult to feel trapped in your home and in your body. I teared up numerous times as you shared and normalized the experiences we are all having. You are changing hearts and souls and giving us all long overdue permission to grieve, love, and care for ourselves in the midst of such uncertainty." -Amelia Ryan Since the Regulating Through the Coronavirus webinars (part 1 and 2) aired on March 17th, nearly 10,000 of us have come together from all around the world in an absolutely amazing show of solidarity. An impressive community has come together to regulate and manage the dysregulation within our nervous systems, and offer co-regulation to those around us! And several of you asked for "more, more, more" as you've continued to share your daily and ongoing struggles in regulating through many different daily challenges or experiences ... ... It became clear that something special needed to be designed. Something that offered additional guidance, resources, and information while answering all of your questions. Something that could take what we have already learned to the next level to look at the unique and specific challenges you're dealing with on a daily basis ... And, relevant whether you're a parent, teacher, therapist, or on the frontlines. So, we thought outside the box and created something very special for you! ... Join Lisa for a 6-week experience, Regulating Through the Daily Challenges as she helps you regulate through any challenge, crisis or difficulty you might be experiencing.  Check out the details below ...
  • Helping a child heal involves helping them be themselves. One of the best ways to foster this type of environment is to cultivate safety. The therapist knowing the playroom is safe is not enough; the child must know it too. This webinar explores what a neuroception of safety is and how to create it within the child and yourself. See course details below.
  • From the dad with doubts to the mom with mixed emotions, not all parents are sold on the idea of play therapy. The resistant parent is a parent who may have questions, shame, or confusion about the process. This webinar explores how to encourage parental understanding of the power of play and why it's a key step in helping children heal. Scroll down for all the details.
  • Eating challenges in children can show up in many ways. From the refusal to eat to eating too much, underneath often lies the need for perfectionism and control. Helping kids take these challenges off their plates involves offering choices and uncovering co-existing issues, as well as providing parental support.  This course takes a look at this important struggle. Find all the details below.


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