Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification Program 2022-2023

“This journey has been empowering, inspiring, and transformative, and has changed my way of living and being. The embodiment of SPT has been the nourishment that allowed me to grow in both my personal and professional worlds. Harmoniously, as I have grown, so has my relationship with my clients, and my ability to help them do the same. SPT has been my grounding roots, a guiding light, and a breath of fresh air!” – Malia Segal

With 87 hours of content, the Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification program propels you on a journey of inquiry about how healing truly occurs in the playroom. You will learn about nervous system activation re-patterning and how integration occurs in the mind-body. You will study in-depth the projective process and the mind, perceptions and memory, interpersonal neurobiology, and will have a transformative understanding of trauma and attachment theory. But this isn’t the best part of this training. The best part is what happens to YOU! This program is designed to not only help you learn how to facilitate your child client’s healing, but also teach you about yourself, what drives you to be who you are, and awaken your own authenticity … absolutely priceless.

Why is this the perfect time to embark on this transformational journey with us? ….. The Certification program is so much more than learning how to work with others. It’s also about your own personal journey … And we’re all on a personal journey right now as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Your experience will be one of “being held” while learning something that’s meaningful to you and that helps advance you in your career, skills, and confidence. 

Take it from those who have experienced the Certification program themselves.

Synergetic Play Therapy® Prerequisites (must complete one of the following and their corresponding prerequisites BEFORE applying to this program. Price of pre-requisite is independent of the Certification program pricing. Click below for the pre-req. course description):

Please note: in order to receive Association for Play Therapy credit, you must have access to working with children.

Program Requirements: 

  • Attend both multi-day online retreats and all online monthly classes.
  • Complete 10 recorded sessions of your work with your clients and complete a corresponding video self observation form for each session.
  • Complete two SPT Certification Skill Assessments with your consultant.
  • 13 Consultation Sessions – 6 individual sessions and 3 small group sessions for a total of 9 hours during the program. 4 individual pre-certification or post certification (depending on when you completed Intro, Supplemental Intro, or Intensive.) If you are unable to complete your pre-certification consultations you can use them during the training.
  • Homework: approximately 1-2 hours a month. Homework includes watching recordings of play therapy sessions, and completing video observation forms; personal reflections, a book study (Lisa’s), and self observations of your own sessions.
  • Client Hours: In order to receive your Certification at the end of the program you need to complete a minimum of 350 client contact hours using the model. Hours accused during your pre-req course and during pre-certification  consultation leading up to the 9 month course all count towards these hours, as long as they were with an SPT Consultant.

*To receive your Certification strong attendance and completed homework is required.

**Once certified, you must renew your Certified Synergetic Play Therapist credential every 3-5 years depending on which staying current option you choose.

If you are interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind training program, please Click here for the Application Applications for 2022-2023 will be accepted November 1st through June 15th.  

*For additional class details, class objectives, research scholarship, and more, see below.

Description

Course Details: The course begins with 3.5 days together in community. Halfway through the course, we will reconvene for an additional 4.5 days.  During the program (with the exception of December and January), the course will be conducted twice a month via live webinar (1 1/2 hours each). Students will have additional monthly assignments to integrate learning. The Certification process includes 4 one-hour consultation sessions (pre-Certification consultation upon completion of your introductory course) and 9 one-hour consultation sessions (combination of group and individual) during the course with an SPT Consultant for a total of 13 consultation hours. These sessions are designed to help you integrate and deepen your learning. If you’d like, you can meet the consultants here.

When and Where: Find Retreat and Class Dates Here

“SPT offers the gift of manifesting the true expression of self, for both our young clients and ourselves. We learn to engage fully in relationship. We connect and become that which fosters trust, growth, and healing. My journey through the SPT Certification process has been the most profound learning experience of my life. I am forever transformed.” – Mary Telep

What You Will Learn… Participants will gain a greater understanding and KNOWING of the below listed topics in Synergetic Play Therapy®, as well as an in-depth look at the neuroscience and research behind the model. We ask therapists to go within to further ask the question, “Who am I?” with the understanding that as the authentic self emerges, therapists can increase their capacity to facilitate deeper and more complex processes within the child. Therapists will also learn the details of the application of SPT theory while given the opportunity to fine tune their skills. Subjects that will be covered include:

  • What drives human behavior? Why do we do what we do?
  • Developing Interoception- the 8th sense
  • Regression and Non-verbal states
  • The mirror neuron system process
  • Developing the capacity to become the External Regulator
  • Understanding the mind and the projective process
  • Working with parents in the playroom
  • A deeper understanding of nervous system regulation
  • How to attune to your clients
  • Developing Dual Awareness
  • Memory and Trauma
  • Working with Emotional Flooding
  • SPT in groups and families
  • Translating the play to parents
  • Accessing emotional age
  • Directive SPT interventions
  • Working with sensory challenges
  • And so much more!

Learning Objectives by Class: SPT Certification Objectives by Class

Credits: 87 APT CE Non-Contact Credits*

*Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, APT Approved Provider 09-264.  For an understanding of which credits can be used towards your RPT or continuing education, please contact APT for the most updated requirements. Also, please note that play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Cost: Dependent on online retreat time zone – $4400 (USD) North/South America, Europe & Africa or $5900 (AUD) Australia/Asia (Please note that the cost for the Australia/Asia retreat is listed in Australian Dollars and equivalent to the cost of the retreat in the United States.Click here to see payment options and discounts

**Save! Get $500 (US Dollars) or $670 (Australian Dollars) off the full cost of the course when you pay in full AND by the early bird deadline for a massive discount!!* Early bird deadline depends on which course you are currently in or have taken in the past. 

Early-Bird Deadline Dates: 

  • June 2021 – Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy & 2021 SPT Intensives: December 1st (payment must be made by December 31st, 2021)
  • October 2021 – Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy: April 1st (payment must be made by April 30th, 2022)
  • January 2022 – Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy: June 1st (payment must be made by June 30th, 2022)
  • Anyone who has taken a past introductory level course prior to 2021: March 1st (payment must be made by March 31st, 2022)

“SPT has changed my life in a profound way. It has taught me to think differently about how to support children, how to be in relationship, and how to think more critically about the world around me. But the most profound learning from SPT has been about myself: That I have worth and that I can walk this planet being fearlessly authentic.” – Amy Bobb

Application: If you are interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind training program, please Click here for the Application Applications for 2022-2023 will be accepted November 1st through June 15th.  

Refund Policy: Full refund (minus cost of any pre-Certification consultations that may have occurred + a $100  (USD) administrative fee if cancellation is before 6-weeks from the start of your first retreat. Cancellations after this time and 6-weeks before the start of the first retreat will forfeit cost of any pre-Certification consultations + $500 (USD) or $670 (AUD). Cancellations once the class begins will forfeit the full payment of the course. If an emergency situation arises, please contact the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute to discuss the situation.

13 reviews for Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification Program 2022-2023

  1. Leah Band

    “Not only has this process given me the confidence to be the kind of therapist I’ve always wanted to be, but this process has changed me as a human being. I am so grateful to be on this lifelong journey and part of the SPT community.” – Leah Band

  2. Malia Segal

    “This journey has been empowering, inspiring, and transformative, and has changed my way of living and being. The embodiment of SPT has been the nourishment that allowed me to grow in both my personal and professional worlds. Harmoniously, as I have grown, so has my relationship with my clients, and my ability to help them do the same. SPT has been my grounding roots, a guiding light, and a breath of fresh air!” – Malia Segal

  3. Amy Bobb

    “SPT has changed my life in a profound way. It has taught me to think differently about how to support children, how to be in relationship, and how to think more critically about the world around me. But the most profound learning from SPT has been about myself: That I have worth and that I can walk this planet being fearlessly authentic.” – Amy Bobb

  4. Kelah Savage

    This experience was life changing. It is more than just a therapy model that can be used with kids. It is a way of being, existing, and growing. I love the science behind the framework and model. – Kelah Savage

  5. Natalie Olsen

    The SPT Certification is not an easy class. It is a process of growth and with that comes being stretched and pulled out of your comfort zone, challenging your perceptions and beliefs, and trying on new lenses to view the world. This course requires work and sacrifice. However, it is well worth it and results in amazing growth and development of the entire self. – Natalie Olsen

  6. Natascha Lawrence

    Synergetic Play Therapy has opened my mind, heart and spirit to learning how to truly be human. It has given me permission to feel the depth of my feelings inside and out of the playroom and tools to explore how to live congruently. It is the framework that allows me to connect to my clients, others and my authentic self and be okay in the discomfort. – Natascha Lawrence

  7. Kim Buller

    SPT created space for my heart to open on deeper levels. I continue to further discover how to trust myself and I am learning to love all parts of myself. This has allowed me to be more present with my clients and their journey. – Kim Buller

  8. Bethany Mills

    SPT not only provided the gateway to the professional growth experience I was hoping for, but also a personal growth journey I will forever hold in my heart. – Bethany Mills

  9. Ekta Bid

    With the pandemic, I managed to sign up for the Certification program and do it from my home miles and time zones away. Grateful for the opportunity. I have learned so much from Lisa, the supervisors, the team and my fellow colleagues in the program. I’ve learned to regulate, be authentic and attuned with myself during the hardest times and be an external regulator for my family, friends, clients and all those around me. SPT has helped me grow and attach to my inner self. – Ekta Bid

  10. Megan Lelli

    A life changing experience; to be held in community while learning to be who you are. I can’t thank Lisa and the SPT community enough for setting me on this remarkable journey. – Megan Lelli

  11. Silvia Perri

    The Online Introduction changed my work and my life to a certain degree. But the SPT Certification program really shifted how I look at parents and clients. I gained more confidence each time I had a session. I felt how I was growing alongside my clients. If you are ready for some work and some change in your life – go for it! – Silvia Perri

  12. Mary Telep

    SPT offers the gift of manifesting the true expression of self, for both our young clients and ourselves. We learn to engage fully in relationship. We connect and become that which fosters trust, growth, and healing. My journey through the SPT Certification process has been the most profound learning experience of my life. I am forever transformed. – Mary Telep

  13. Kellee Clark

    Certification gave me a community that took me out of isolation, gave me a mirror that showed me the strength I hold, and created a space that safely nurtured the wounds I held and now allows me to heal others at a deeper level than ever before. Since learning SPT, I have not had the thought, “What am I doing in here?” I feel like I have all the skills and knowledge to know exactly what I am doing in each session. – Kellee Clark

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