Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy (February – July 2018)



 “This training helped me build security, confidence, and trust in what I am doing with children in the playroom.” – Brittany Redman, MA

This class is open to mental health professionals only.

Have you ever felt lost or confused about what is happening in the playroom? Do you wonder if you are making a difference or helping the child heal in the most effective way possible? In our Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy course, we’ll explore what exactly is happening in the play therapy process, how change happens and ultimately what it takes to help children heal at profound levels. You will finish this online course understanding exactly how the “magic” happens in the playroom.

Prerequisite Training:

  • Participants should have completed or be enrolled in a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) program in counseling, social work, or education.
  • Previous experience working with children and families is required.
  • A basic understanding of play therapy and play therapy skills is required.

Objectives by class:

Class 1 – Welcome to SPT:

  • Understand how Synergetic Play Therapy was inspired, the basics, the tenets, the history, and the main play therapy influences
  • Understand how children use the projective process in play therapy to set the toys and the therapist up to feel how they feel
  • Begin to understand the significance of why authenticity is so important in the playroom.

Class 2 – It’s Nervous System Time!:

  • Understand the link between nervous system states and the symptoms that show up in the playroom
  • Understand the importance of regulation in the playroom
  • Understand how the therapist can begin to model regulation to the child so that the child can begin to learn how to regulate.

Class 3 – Integrating the Data:

  • Understand what regulation is and isn’t according to Synergetic Play Therapy
  • Understand what it means to “overcome a challenge” in the play therapy process

Class 4 – Parents, Parents, Parents:

  • Understand that parents are going through a grief process when they bring their children to play therapy
  • Understand how to have a successful play therapy intake
  • Understand the importance of setting goals and speaking in terms of what is important to the parent

Class 5 – Attachment & the Self Object:

  • Understand Synergetic Play Therapy’s definition and perspective on attachment
  • Understand how to use the self object as a way to support the client attaching to self

Class 6 – Aggression, Sand & Art:

  • Understand how to use regulation as a way to help integrate aggressive energy in the playroom
  • Understand how to facilitate the use of sand from a Synergetic Play Therapy perspective in the playroom
  • Understand how to facilitate the use of art from a Synergetic Play Therapy perspective in the playroom

After each class, you will be asked to take a quiz and rate the objectives.

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When: February 20th – July 20, 2018

What: The six-month course includes three, one-hour LIVE webinars with Lisa Dion, six 2.5-hour recorded videos and monthly 30-minute consultations with an SPT Supervisor/Consultant to help you integrate what you are learning. Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email.  If this is the first time you have created an account with the e-learning center, you will also receive an email with login instructions to be able to access the course. To earn APT-Approved CE credits, you’ll be able to print out a certificate after each live webinar (after watching each video and taking a short quiz). 

Where: Learn and earn from anywhere!

Credits: Total 18 CE credits* (3 Contact and 15 Non-Direct Contact)

Cost: Student: $750 | Professional: $900 (If you would like to make monthly payments, please go here.)

Important Class Dates:

  • February 20th, 2018: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2 p.m. MST) & 1st video course released
  • March 16th, 2018: 2nd video course released
  • April 20th, 2018: 3rd video course released
  • May 15th, 2018:  One-hour LIVE Webinar (2 p.m. MST)
  • May 18th, 2018: 4th video course released
  • June 15th, 2018: 5th video course released
  • July 17th, 2018: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2 p.m. MST) & 6th/final video course released

The Training – The Why, Who, & What Will I Learn?

“Lisa has taught me to be a whole person-mind, body and spirit. I experience a deeper level of connection and trust than ever before with myself, my clients and in my personal relationships. I contribute much of that to the work I have done with Lisa! Thank you, Lisa!” -Jordan Yost, MA

Why take this course? We teach you the biology behind your child client’s symptoms in the playroom. You’ll learn about the significance of nervous system regulation. And, more specifically, about the symptoms that arise in the playroom and what that has to do with the nervous system and brain. And once you know what’s going on with the child, we’ll teach you how to re-pattern their nervous system. You will learn about attachment, attunement, and emotional congruence in ways that you’ve probably never heard before.  Plus, we’ll teach you how to regulate yourself, giving you greater access to your own capacity so you don’t get hurt. This allows you to stay engaged and inspired in your work.   

What is Synergetic Play Therapy? Synergetic Play Therapy will take you on a journey to deeply understand yourself. With an emphasis on therapist authenticity, SPT is designed to help therapists birth their authentic selves so that they can help their child clients do the same.  SPT recognizes that therapist authenticity and attunement in the playroom is integral to the healing of the child.

SPT also takes cutting-edge information from interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, attachment theory, and physics and blends them together in a way that allows therapists to go right to the heart of the struggle and help the child transform from the inside out. If you have ever felt that something was missing in your work or that there was another layer that you could get to or a deepening in yourself that you want to reach, SPT has some answers and a pathway to get there. (Learn more about Authenticity in the Playroom).

Who is this model not for? Synergetic Play Therapy is not for people who are looking for step-by-step techniques or a script. It’s for therapists that truly want to understand how play therapy works and are willing to dive deeply into themselves to discover the profound role they can play in a child’s healing and what they can do to facilitate it.  

In what ways will this course help alleviate the burnout I’m feeling? Often, the intense experiences therapists have in the playroom adversely affect our lives. Over time, the nervous system starts to shut down because it’s too much to handle. You begin to numb out. And your capacity to stay in this field diminishes pretty quickly. In Synergetic Play Therapy, we teach you mindfulness of your body to help you become more aware of your reactions. You’ll learn how to be authentic in the playroom, thus encouraging your child clients to be more authentic. You’ll better understand how to regulate your nervous system and then model that to your child clients.

What else will I learn? We will review basic play therapy skills before diving further into the play therapy process. You will learn how to engage parents, how to track your sessions so you don’t get lost along the way, and how to set goals so you can stay on course. Plus, you’ll discover a new approach to using sand and art that supports nervous system regulation. And then we’ll conclude the course with one of the most important topics in the field—aggressive play. We’ll look at how to integrate the energy when things in the playroom become incredibly intense. This course isn’t just didactic. You’ll see firsthand how to do it through videos and modeling. You will also have your own 30-minute monthly consultation to ask questions specific to your caseload so that you can personalize and integrate the knowledge in a way that is meaningful to you.

What are other benefits I’ll get out of taking this course? It’s APT Approved, so you can get 18 continuing education credits. If you decide that you love Synergetic Play Therapy, this course also meets the prerequisite requirement you need to enroll in the Synergetic Play Therapy Certification program. Learn more about this experience now!

Considerations for taking this course: This course requires a time commitment and all parts of the course must be completed for full credit. It is recommended that you watch each video within 2 weeks after its release and before you have your 30-minute, monthly consultation. However, we suggest watching the videos within a few days of release to maximize integration of the material. Please take this into consideration before registering so that you have a successful experience.

Payment Information & Refund Policy: Cancellations received one month from the start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 15 to 30 days before the start of the class will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received 1 to 14 days before the start of the class will receive a full refund minus a one-month payment for administrative fees. Cancellations of the class once the class begins will forfeit the full payment of the course. If an emergency arises, please contact the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado to discuss.

*Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, APT Approved Provider 09-264

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