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 7-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: August 24th, 2022  – February 8th, 2023

Important Class Dates: Enjoy lifetime access to all the course content included recorded live webinars and video classes. 
  • August 24th, 2022 – Class 1: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  •  September 21st, 2022 – Class 2: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • October 26th, 2022 – Class 3: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • November  16th, 2022 – Class 4: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • December 21st, 2022 – Class 5: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • January 11th, 2023 – Class 6: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • February 8th, 2023 – 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 and examining your role.
  • Applying SPT concepts in learning environments.
  • Describing a paradigm shift towards preparing students’ brains to learn.

Class 2: The Brain, Nervous System & Self-Regulation

  • Discussing the benefits of understanding behavior from a nervous system lens
  • Learning how to explain the need to intentionally and explicitly grow windows of tolerance
  • Examining the process of developing skills in self-regulation including interoception.

Class 3: Working From a Developmental Perspective

  • Understanding the components involved in working from a developmental process.
  • Learning how to differentiate levels of support for educators.
  • Exploring the various challenges that arise in supporting educators and schools.

Class 4:  Strategies and Practical Neuroscience

  • Using a time line approach to understand how to support self-reflection and self-regulation.
  • Learning how to promote differentiated roles and skills for educators.
  • Teaching neuroscience and brain-based strategies for practical application.

Class 5:  Focusing on Adults’ Dysregulation

  • Exploring the concept of the set-up with educators.
  • Examining safety, belonging and relationships.
  • Understanding teaming and complimentary roles among adults.

Class 6:  Regulation Spaces, Lagging Skills & Support

  • Understanding lagging skills from a broad perspective.
  • Exploring ways to teach and track specific skills.
  • Learning how to facilitate student support that fosters resilience.

Class 7: Tying it All Together

  • Weaving together the themes and concepts we’ve covered in the course.
  • Using a regulatory lens for creating layered behavior, social-emotional support plans.
  • Addressing ways to support on-going work with educators.

Credits: no credit offered for this course at this time

Cost: $975.00 (USD)

* This course is sold by the Synergetic Education Institute™

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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