One Foot in Education: Exploring Education Through An SPT Lens

Absolutely transformative! – connected the dots in ways I didn’t know needed connecting.” -Michelle Tolison 

In this course you’ll learn strategies for use in educational settings that promote trauma-informed, social-emotional support in schools. You’ll learn how to explain the neuroscience behind these strategies, as you develop your skills in supporting others in deepening their knowledge and awareness.

Listen to Judy talk about this course and what it’s all about in this short video HERE

You’ll learn how to work with educators and/or within educational systems, while addressing frequently asked questions and concerns, such as:

  • How can an understanding of the impacts of trauma help in school environments?
  • How might the expressions of trauma show up in the classroom?
  • How do I know if it’s trauma, or just behavior?
  • Why is building relationships with some students so challenging?
  • Why are the things I’ve always done before, not working with “these kids?”
  • Why am I so exhausted all the time?
  • What about the impact this is having on the “good” kids?

Embodying Synergetic Play Therapy® principles as we collaborate with teachers, will move us toward our ultimate goals of empowering teachers and supporting shifting their perceptions of students.

“SPT One Foot in Education is a must-take course for school counselors and those who work with, and in school systems. It revealed paradigm shifts I needed to make as I met teachers (not just the students) where they’re at as I teach SPT concepts in my schools. It feels like a light was shone on what I’ve been missing when delivering SPT material the past few years and I can’t wait to see how the staff respond!” – Helen Ritchie, Certified SPT Therapist/Supervisor

A pre-requisite for this course is that you need to have completed a level 1 introductory course to Synergetic Play Therapy® (price of pre-requisite is independent of this course’s pricing):

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



This 5-month course is for therapists who work in school environments, or directly with schools or educators, and who have taken a level 1 SPT introductory course. The course includes seven 1.5 hour LIVE webinars, five hours of recorded videos, and three 1.5 hour group consultation sessions for a total of 20 hours.

Course Details: 

When: September 1st, 2021 – February 16th, 2022

Important Class Dates: Enjoy lifetime access to all the course content included recorded live webinars and video classes. Recorded videos will be released to be watched between the live webinar dates
  • September 1st, 2021 – Class 1: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • September 29th, 2021 – Class 2: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • November 3rd, 2021 – Class 3: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • November 17th, 2021 – Class 4: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • December 15th, 2021 – Class 5: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • January 12th, 2022 – Class 6: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • February 16th, 2022 – Class 7: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)

Where: Learn from anywhere! No commute required!

What You Will Learn…Learning Objectives by Class:

Class 1: Who Are You in the Lives of Educators?

  • Discussing what it means to partner with educators and schools
  • Examining your role in supporting educators on their journey toward becoming trauma-informed
  • Describing a paradigm shift towards educators preparing students’ brains to learn
  • Learning how to link brain states to behavior and expectations

Class 2: The Nervous System & Self-Regulation

  • Discussing the benefits of understanding behavior from a nervous system lens
  • Learning about a timeline approach to interventions
  • Identifying practical neuroscience to share with educators
  • Examining the process of developing skills in self-regulation

Class 3: Regulating In & Out of the Classroom: A Focus on Students

  • Defining and exploring barriers to safety and belonging
  • Explaining relationship challenges, the role of negative beliefs, and attachment trauma
  • Describing how self-regulation skills benefit ALL students
  • Demonstrating how to regulate a classroom

Class 4: Exploring & Addressing Challenges: A Focus on Adults

  • Identifying challenges and barriers in implementing trauma-informed, social-emotional learning
  • Understanding a developmental process lens
  • Examining the learning cycle
  • Integrating frameworks and concepts to differentiate our support

Class 5: Regulation Spaces & Lagging Skills

  • Examining beliefs about academic versus SEL lagging skills
  • Understanding lagging skills from a broad perspective
  • Exploring ways to teach specific skills
  • Discussing ways to track progress

Class 6: Developing Layered Support Plans

  • Understanding teaming and complimentary roles among adults
  • Identifying different elements of support plans
  • Exploring ways to assist in the creation of support plans for students
  • Learning how to facilitate student support that fosters resilience

Class 7: Self-Care & On-Ongoing Support

  • Learning they key aspects of supporting social emotional wellness in adults
  • Discussing a process approach to on-going support
  • Highlighting activities that foster “buy-in” from educators
  • Identifying elements of our own support and learning needs

Credits: no credit offered for this course at this time

Cost: $975.00 (USD)

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Instructor: Judith Norman, MA, MS, LPC, RPT-S is Licensed as both a Professional and School Counselor. Judith is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is also Certified as a Synergetic Play Therapist Supervisor, and in EMDR therapy. She has been a School Counselor at Title One schools and Two-Way bilingual Immersion schools, worked at the District level as a Social Emotional Learning Coach in the United States, and as a School Counselor and Director of Guidance at an international school overseas. Having worked in education for over 20 years, she speaks nationally on Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and is trained in Mindfulness in Education. Judith led her school district in implementing a Kaiser Permanente “Thriving Schools Grant,” aimed at advancing social emotional wellness and behavioral health in school districts.

Refund Policy: Cancellations received one month from the start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than one month from the start of the class will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee. Cancellation once the class begins will forfeit the payment of the course. However, payment can be applied towards a future course (within two years). If an emergency arises, please contact us to discuss.


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