Book Study – Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity

*This is NOT a course. Earn non-contact continuing education credit by completing a quiz based on the book. 

Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach to Integrating Intensity offers a way to work with aggressive play that allows children to learn how integrate the intensity they are experiencing from their thoughts, emotions, and sensations while simultaneously supporting regulation in the therapist’s nervous system. These will help therapists understand the neurobiological processes that lead kids to dys-regulation, and help them facilitate emotional healing in their clients. 

Topics Covered Include:

  • What Regulation Really Means
  • Making Aggressive Play Therapeutic
  • Authentic Expression
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Hyper-Aroused Play
  • Observing Play
  • Hypo-Aroused Play
  • Working with Parents
  • Developing Yourself as the External Regulator

Note: Test fee does not include publication material. Purchase book prior to completing online tests. If you have not read this book or need to purchase it, please scroll down for the Amazon link. 

*For additional class details and objectives, please see below.


What: An independent book study of Lisa Dion’s Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity book

Where: Read the book anywhere! (perhaps somewhere comfy!)

What You’ll Learn:

  • Identify strategies for maintaining regulation in the midst of intense play, aggression and death in the playroom
  • Identify at least 2 strategies for working with aggression in the playroom without experiencing your own nervous system shut down leading to vicarious trauma
  • Define “emotional flooding”, and identify at least 2 strategies to employ when this happens in a play therapy session
  • Examine the Synergetic Play Therapy concept of “The Set Up” in the playroom as a way to understand what the child is trying to communicate
  • Demonstrate at least 2 strategies for setting boundaries without shaming or shutting down a child’s play
  • Recognize the significance of congruence and authentic expression in the play therapy process

Credits: 6 APT Non-Contact CE Credit*

*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 APT for the most updated requirements. Also, please note that play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Cost: USD $60


Available in 3 options: English, Spanish, and Audio. To learn more click here.

Book Study Refund Policy: Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. If you are dissatisfied with the book study, you may request a transfer of funds to another course by writing a one-page paper outlining what you learned in the book study and what specifically it was about the book study that was not satisfactory. You will not receive CE credits for the original book study you signed up for. As well, we don’t refund the cost of the books, as we don’t sell the books.

9 reviews for Book Study – Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity

  1. Jackie Flynn

    This book and her Synergetic Play Therapy course was a game changer for me! Jackie Flynn

  2. Jodie Ward

    This book is easy to read and a great resource. All of Lisa Dion’s trainings are absolutely worth the investment. Jodie Ward

  3. Nicole Giron

    Hands down the best you’ll read!! Nicole Giron

  4. Kelly Rambo

    Loved this book. Very helpful for understanding aggressive responses (even from adults) and responding better to them. Kelly Rambo

  5. Sarah Daley Madeira

    This book is why I decided to be a play therapist. Game changer! Sarah Daley Madeira

  6. Elizabeth Ann

    100% recommend. It’s changed the way my sessions go. I am able to regulate and contain big energy and aggression. No more accidental injuries from clients, no more broken toys, clients are not leaving sessions significantly dysregulated. -Elizabeth Ann

  7. Julie Richards

    Such an insightful and powerful perspective on aggression, regulating and dual awareness of the client and therapist in session. I love Lisa’s work!! Julie Richards

  8. Suzanne

    An excellent book! Lisa takes the seeming complexity of the interpersonal neurobiology field and applies it directly to work with children. The book is easy to understand and digest and makes the leap to application easy. A must read for anyone who works with children. – Suzanne

  9. Sarah Harig

    This book transformed my work as a play therapist. It filled in the blank I didn’t know existed. Cannot say enough good things! – Sarah Harig

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