One Foot in Education: Exploring Education Through An SPT Lens

This course is currently not available. It will be offered again in Fall 2021. 

In this course you’ll explore a Synergetic Approach to Learning.TM  You’ll receive the tools needed to support teachers in deepening their knowledge and awareness. You’ll learn strategies for use in educational settings that promote neural integration, along with how to explain the neuroscience behind these strategies. Embodying Synergetic Play Therapy® principles while collaborating with teachers, you’ll be able to empower teachers and support them in shifting their perceptions of students.

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

We’ll also cover the following frequently asked questions and concerns:

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

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 6-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 six one-hour LIVE webinars, two 2.5 hour recorded videos, bonus videos on teaching specific concepts, and 6 monthly 1.5 hour group coaching/consultation sessions for a total of 20 hours.

Course Details: 

When: March 2nd, 2021 – August 3rd, 2021

Important Class Dates: Enjoy lifetime access to all the course content included recorded Live webinars and video classes
  • February 16th, 2021: 1st 2.5 hour video course release
  • March 2nd, 2021 – Class 1: One-hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • April 6th, 2021 – Class 2: One-hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • April 20th, 2021: 2nd 2.5 hour video course released
  • May 4th, 2021 – Class 3: One-hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • June 1st, 2021 – Class 4: One-hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • July 6th, 2021 – Class 5: One-hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • August 3rd, 2021 – Class 6: One-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
  • Explaining how self-reflection and other concepts are used in creating effective interventions
  • Learning how to link brain states to behavior and expectations

Class 2: The Nervous System & Understanding Regulation

  • Discussing the benefits of understanding behavior from a nervous system lens
  • Describing ways to help others view behavior from a nervous system lens
  • Learning about a timeline approach to interventions
  • Learning to how to introduce the Braindrops™ concept to foster communication about arousal states
  • Examining the process of developing skills in self-regulation

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

  • Explaining how to teach a way out in the moment
  • 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: Teaming & Complimentary Roles: A Focus on Adults

  • Identifying and examining different roles
  • Identifying challenges and barriers to doing this work
  • Discussing ways to promote relational trust
  • Examining your own co-regulatory role in coaching and support

Class 5: Regulation Spaces & Lagging Skills

  • Identifying universal, targeted, and intensive interventions
  • Learning how to teach specific “lagging” skills
  • Discussing ways to track progress
  • Examining different beliefs about lagging skills in academics vs. social, emotional, and behavioral development

Class 6: Self-Care & On-Ongoing Support

  • Learning why this work is so exhausting
  • Examining how to use regulation as a self-care tool
  • Discussing the long-term goals of growth and healing for students
  • Identifying strategies and plans to support adults’ needs and goals

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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