Becoming an External Regulator for Trauma Integration in Play Therapy

Research in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology sheds light on the need for the play therapist to act as the external regulator supporting the child to move towards the intensity they are experiencing allowing for integration.

This 3 hour video course explores this need during trauma integration for two primary reasons:

1) The child need to borrow the play therapist’s regulatory capacity as they work through their traumatic thoughts, feelings and sensations in play therapy and

2) The play therapist’s ability to regulate themselves during the intensity increases the capacity for presence and attunement with the child, while simultaneously supporting the health and longevity of their own nervous system.

Without the ability of the play therapist to become the external regulator for the intensity that arises during trauma integration, both the child and the play therapist are at risk for emotional flooding and high levels of dysregulation in their nervous systems. Over time, this can significantly impact a play therapist’s longevity in the field, as well as the ability to stay attuned and present to a child in sessions.

This course is a recording of a 3 hour live webinar with Trusted Provider Network.

“This presentation was beyond excellent.  It was more like a master class. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and not only provided information but used examples and stories as well as promoted interaction. I usually work with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. This presentation gave me additional skills that I feel I lack although the information can be applicable with those clients, it was very helpful if I do work with children in the future.”

Please scroll down for course details and objectives.


What: A 3 hour video course that explores the need for a therapist to act as the external regulator supporting the child to move toward the intensity they are experiencing, allowing for trauma integration.

Where: Wherever you are!

When: You decide (you’ll have lifetime access!)

Becoming an External Regulator for Trauma Integration in Play Therapy Course Objectives:

  • Discuss what it means to become a client’s external regulator for trauma integration
  • Define what regulation is and how this understanding impacts the play therapist’s ability to co-regulate during intense play
  • Identify 2 things a play therapist can do to develop their capacity to become an external regulator

Other possible learning goals:

  • What the client’s brain is scanning for in the environment to indicate a neuroception of safety, allowing the client to feel safe enough to do their trauma work
  • A deeper understanding of the activation of the autonomic nervous system for the purpose of understanding the resonant activation that occurs within both the client and the therapist
  • How a client borrows the therapist’s regulatory system in a session
  • Examine the relationship between the different states of activation of the autonomic nervous system and a child’s play in play therapy sessions
  • List the 4 major perceived threats of the brain

Credits: 3 Non-Contact CE Credits*

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

**For an understanding of which credits can be used towards your RPT or continuing education, please contact the appropriate association directly for the most updated requirements. Please note that play therapy credit cannot be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Cost: $90 (USD)

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

“I absolutely loved this training.  She is awesome at connecting the lesson to real life and helping people understand what is being taught without me even needing to ask a question! I loved it.”

Refund Policy: Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. If you are dissatisfied with the course, you may request a transfer of funds to another course or book study. You will not receive CE credits for this course should you decide to transfer funds to another course.


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