Becoming a Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor

Interested in Becoming a Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor?

For Certified Synergetic Play Therapists who meet the pre-requisites we offer a path to becoming a Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor*. These courses count towards Registered Play Therapy Supervisor requirements. In this training, students will learn how to apply the Synergetic Play Therapy philosophy and tenets to the supervisory relationship.  Through video observation, didactic learning, group discussion, and self study, students will learn how to step into the role of supervisor- one of the most important and influential roles in a new play therapist’s journey.


Please note: Completion of Who Are You as a Play Therapy Supervisor and Legal Ethical Issues in Play Therapy Supervision are not prerequisites for this course. However, they must be completed before you can obtain certification.

*Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor and Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor are protected titles held by those who have taken this training

Please scroll down for class details and objectives.


Becoming a Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor Objectives:

Becoming a Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor- General Theory ( 3 Direct 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

Application of Synergetic Play Therapy Principles through a Supervisory Lens  (3 Non-Contact Credits)

  • Write your strengths and areas of growth as a supervisor through self video observation and self analysis
  • Describe how to support your supervisee to learn how to set boundaries in the playroom
  • Explain how to support your supervisee when a parent joins their play therapy sessions
  • Describe how to help your supervisee track empowerment
  • Explain the various types of reflections used in SPT and how to support your supervisee in expanding their use of these reflections
  • Learn how to help your supervisee when they feel lost in the play therapy process and get back on track
  • Explain how to support your supervisee when they are asked to play the role of the bad guy in sessions
  • Analyze how your own and your supervises beliefs about how a child heals or doesn’t impacts the play therapy process
  • Describe how to support your supervisee when their child client’s play is looping and not progressing

How to Supervise an SPT Supervisee (9 Non-contact Credits and 3 Direct Contact Credits)

  • 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.

Clinical Issues in SPT Supervision Course – Groups (6 Direct Contact Credits)

  • Analyze various clinical issues that arise and ways to support the supervisees’ growth and learning
  • Discuss the importance of making sure supervisees are working on basic play therapy skills first
  • Learn various ways to understand where the supervisee is at in their therapeutic development and the importance of working with them where they are at in their stage of development

When: Please click here for the class schedule. All classes are taken via webinar. As a reminder, you need two supervisees in order to take the course. You must also meet the prereqs and submit an application.

Credits: 12 Direct Contact Credits and 12 Non-contact Credits*

Cost: $600.00 (USD)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received one month from the start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 2 weeks before the start of the class will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received 1-2 weeks before the start of the class will receive a full refund minus a one-month payment for administrative fees. Cancellations 1 week before the class will forfeit the entire cost of the class.

*Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, APT Approved Provider 09-264