Cultivating an Inclusive & Culturally Sensitive Clinical Practice

This 1.5-hour recorded webinar, in the form of a roundtable discussion, delves into the evolving landscape of diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness in mental health, exploring how to create a more inclusive and culturally sensitive clinical practice. Led by Lisa Dion, guest panelists Marshall Lyles, Liliana Baylon, and Robert Jason Grant will share their insights and expertise on a range of essential topics, fostering a deeper understanding of the role culture plays in the therapy process, embracing neurodiversity, and creating inclusive play spaces to cater to individual needs. 

*The course is provided by the Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation. The Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation is dedicated to helping make play therapy trainings accessible and affordable to clinicians worldwide and to funding research initiatives in Synergetic Play Therapy®.

The Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation provides scholarships to clinicians seeking post-graduate training in Synergetic Play Therapy® or another play therapy model of their choosing. Scholarships are funded through donations from webinars, donors, and supporters of Play Therapy. By purchasing this course, you are making a direct donation to the Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation. All proceeds will contribute to future scholarships and to the foundation itself!

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What: A 1.5-hour home study course helping therapists explore how to create a more inclusive and culturally sensitive clinical practice!

Where: Enjoy this online course anywhere you are!

When: You will have access to this course for 365 days from the date of purchase. Access to this course and its content will expire at that time.

Cultivating an Inclusive & Culturally Sensitive Clinical Practice Learning Objectives:

  • Explore what it means to do “your work” with regard to understanding culture
  • Describe how the creation of inclusive play spaces can accommodate individual needs and promote a more diverse and client-centered clinical practice
  • Explore the importance of curiosity when attempting to step into the mind and experience of another individual

CE Credit Hours: 1.5 CE Credit Hours, NBCC Content Areas: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7450. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is also an Approved Provider for the following associations:
*Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider
*British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider 23-01

Continuing education credit hours may be awarded to graduate-level counselors or students enrolled in a graduate-level mental health program. If you do not qualify for continuing education credit hours and would like to receive a certificate of completion for this course please contact the Institute directly.

Cost: $35 USD

*The cost of this course is a donation to the Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation. All proceeds will contribute to future scholarships and to the foundation itself. Registrations are handled through the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute.

**If you would like to make an additional donation to help play therapists worldwide have access to play therapy training or to learn more about the SPT Foundation visit the donation page and add your tax deductible donation.

Presenters: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S along with Guests, Marshall Lyles, Liliana Baylon, and Dr. Robert Jason Grant.

Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, attachment-informed family work, and sandtray around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to several books. In our opinion, Marshall is one of the leading voices in helping us understand ableism and disablism.

Liliana Baylon is a bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural therapist specializing in treating families, couples, and children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and multicultural issues. As a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Supervisor, Liliana utilizes SPT in her practice daily. Liliana is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, EMDR Certified, ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. She has served in leadership in several associations, including the EMDRIA Board of Directors, Synergetic Play Therapy Institute – Non-Profit (SPTI), Colorado Play Therapy Association (CAPT), and Denver Community for Emotionally Focused Therapists (DCEFT). Liliana brings a unique cultural lens into her therapy sessions, supervision, and leadership roles.

Robert Jason Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Consultant, Trainer, and Neurodiversity Advocate. Robert has a deep understanding of sensory differences, Autism, ADHD, implementing play therapy with groups and play therapy theories. His development of AutPlay® Therapy provides therapists with a play therapy approach that addresses the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and their families. Robert is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters and books.

Refund Policy: Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. You will not receive CE credit hours for this course should you choose to transfer your enrollment to another course. Please contact the Institute should you have any questions or concerns.


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