This six-month online course includes three, one-hour LIVE webinars with Lisa Dion, six 2.5-hour recorded videos, two additional video lessons, a Book Review, and monthly group consultations with a Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant, adding up to about 32 hours of engagement!
*Please note that consultation is a mandatory part of the course to help you integrate what you are learning, however, the hours spent in consultation do not qualify for CE credit.
Consultation is provided to accommodate ALL time zones. Students will be provided with a questionnaire to select their group consultation times via email before the start of the course. Group consultation assignments will be first come, first serve.
Course Pre-Requisites (if seeking APT/BCPTA/APTA credit*):
- Completed or enrolled in a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) program in counseling, social work, education or another profession specializing in work with children
- Previous experience working with children and families
- Basic understanding of play therapy skills
When: October 17th, 2023 – March 15th, 2024
Important Class Dates:
- October 17th, 2023 webinar: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver)
- October 17th, 2023: 1st video course released – Welcome & Understanding the Projective Process
- November 17th, 2023: 2nd video course released – Exploring the Nervous System in the Playroom
- November 17th, 2023: Video Lessons released – Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility & 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens
- December 15th, 2023: 3rd video course released – Regulation: What It is & What It Isn’t
- January 9th, 2024: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver) + BONUS VIDEO: Synergetic Play Therapy® & Teletherapy
- January 19th, 2024: 4th video course released – Working with Caregivers
- February 16th, 2024: 5th video course released – Understanding Attachment & the Self-Object in Synergetic Play Therapy®
- March 12th, 2024: One-hour LIVE Webinar (2pm MT, Denver)
- March 15th, 2024: 6th/final video course released – Sand, Art, & Aggression in Synergetic Play Therapy®
- March 15th, 2024, Book Review: Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity
Where: Learn from anywhere! No commute required!
What You’ll Learn: Special topics such as tracking the play, attachment, facilitating sand, art, trauma, and aggressive play are covered from the perspective of nervous system regulation, attunement, mindfulness, and authenticity. Participants will also learn how to track their client’s changes for caregivers, teachers, agencies, and themselves. And, we’ve added two additional video lessons – Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility & 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens!
Mandatory Book: Please purchase this required book before your training. Lisa will be using it as a reference to provide supplemental readings: Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity by Lisa Dion. The book is also currently available in Audio format and two translations: Spanish and Japanese!
If you have not already purchased the required reading, you can get it at a 25% discount. This only applies for purchase made in the U.S. Go here to redeem: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393713190. Use coupon code LDION21 or https://WWNorton.com/rd/LDION21.
If you reside in Australia/New Zealand, you can order the book through Booktopia, Dymocks, QBD, Amazon AU, etc. Search the ISBN, 9780393713190 to pull results quickly. And if you are unable to locate the book in your country, please email us at email@example.com, so we can contact the publisher and assist you in obtaining a copy.
Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy® Course Objectives by Class:
Class 1 / Webinar 1 – Welcome and Understanding the Projective Process
- Describe the basics of Synergetic Play Therapy® including the tenets, the history, and the main play therapy influences
- Explain how children use the projective process in play therapy to set the toys and the therapist up to feel how they feel
- Assess and explain the significance of why authenticity is so important in the playroom
- Describe how a Synergetic Play Therapist accesses (his/her/their) authentic self and deepens the child’s therapeutic process in play therapy
Class 2 – Exploring the Nervous System in the Playroom
- Explain the link between nervous system states and the symptoms that show up in the playroom
- Describe the importance of regulation in play therapy sessions
- Demonstrate how the therapist can become the external regulator so that the child can begin to learn how to regulate in play therapy
- Explain what the concept “rocking the baby” means in Synergetic Play Therapy®
Video Lesson – Synergetic Play Therapy® and Cultural Humility
- Identify the importance of differences in how a child approaches play therapy depending on an individual’s culture
- Explain what it means for play therapists to have “done the work” to become curious with their clients in play therapy using a cultural approach
- Understand the term “microaggressions’ and how to apply Synergetic Play Therapy® concepts in the play therapy process
Video Lesson – 4 Threats and the Set Up Through a Cultural Lens
- Explain why culture is important when considering the 4 Threats in play therapy
- Understand how culture impacts the Set Up and Offering in play therapy
- Demonstrate ways that as a therapist culture can be considered in the play therapy process
Class 3 / Webinar 2 – Regulation: What It Is and What It Isn’t
- Explain what regulation is and what it isn’t according to Synergetic Play Therapy®
- Discuss what it means to “overcome a challenge” in the play therapy process
- Describe what it means to become the external regulator in a session to help a child integrate their challenges in play therapy
- Explain why you, the therapist, are the most important toy in the playroom
Class 4 – Working with Caregivers
- Discuss how to involve caregivers in Synergetic Play Therapy® sessions
- Describe what it means to become the caregiver’s external regulator
- Discuss the importance of setting goals and speaking in terms of what is important to the caregiver in play therapy
Class 5 – Understanding Attachment & the Self Object in Synergetic Play Therapy®
- Discuss Synergetic Play Therapy®’s definition and perspective on attachment
- Explain and demonstrate how to use the self-object as a way to support the client attaching to self in play therapy sessions
- Describe the link between a child’s attachment styles and their nervous system states in play therapy
Class 6 / Webinar 3 – Sand, Art, & Aggression in Synergetic Play Therapy®
- Explain how to use regulation as a way to help integrate aggressive energy during play therapy sessions
- Describe how to facilitate the use of sand from a Synergetic Play Therapy® perspective in the playroom
- Explain how to facilitate the use of art from a Synergetic Play Therapy® perspective in the playroom
- Explain the concept of flooding in play therapy for both the therapist and the child and list ways to create a neuroception of safety
Book Review: Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity
- Develop an understanding of aggression and death play that is based on brain function and neuroscience in the play therapy process.
- Explain the four threats to the brain that activate a fight/flight/freeze/collapse response and why this is so important to know when working with children in play therapy.
- Assess the concept of “one foot in and one foot out” and its impact on the play therapy process.
- Understand the practical ways to authentically work with the intensity of aggression and death play, without causing compassion fatigue or burnout in play therapy.
- Develop an understanding of how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting the child down in the play therapy process.
- Identify ways to regulate yourself in the midst of an intense play therapy session so as to model to the child client how to do the same, thereby enhancing the child’s capacity for self-regulation.
Credits: 26 Non-Contact CE credits* (Suggested APT Categories: “Play Therapy Skills & Methods” & “Play Therapy Cultural and Social Diversity Topics”)
Play therapy credit may be awarded to graduate students enrolled in a graduate mental health program or individuals who hold a graduate mental health degree. Synergetic Play Therapy Institute® is an Approved Provider for the following associations:
*Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, APT Approved Provider 09-264
*British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider 23-01
*Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider
If you are not a mental health professional and would like to receive a certificate of completion, you may contact the Institute at the end of the course.
*For a better understanding of which credits can be used towards your RPT or continuing education, please contact the appropriate association for the most updated requirements. Depending on whether or not your Consultant for your group consultation is an RPT-S, you may be able to count your group consultations toward RPT requirements. Please speak to your consultant to find out if they are an RPT-Supervisor and how to meet the requirement.
Cost: $187 (USD)/month for 6 months. Your payment plan will begin on the date you register for the course and includes the 20% Organizational Discount.
**Do you want consultation catered to your needs? You can purchase additional individual consultations now or during the course (Please contact us and we’ll provide you with a link).
Registration Deadline: October 16th, 2023 (12:00pm Mountain Time, Denver)
Refund Policy: Cancellations received before 4-weeks from the start date will receive a full refund minus a $150.00 USD administrative/processing fee. Cancellation after this time and once the class begins will forfeit the entire payment of the course. If an emergency arises, please contact us to discuss.