Synergetic Play Therapy™ Certification

Where do I begin? This training provided so much growth for me personally and professionally. I feel like I have a way better understanding of the process and how to facilitate growth within my clients and within myself. This is an amazing life-changing experience!!!”  -Lindsay Ishman

With 87 hours of content, the 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 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!!!!

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):

  • A Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy™ Intensive Training with post supervision
  • The Synergetic Play Therapy™ Supplemental Course with post supervision
  • The Six-Month Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy™ Online Course with post supervision
  • The Three-Day in person Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy™ Course.

Please note: in order to participate in this program, you must have access to working with children.

If you are interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind training program, please click here for the application.  Applications for 2020-2021 will be accepted February 1st through June 1st.  Early bird pricing ends March 1st.

*Due to changes in the world, the deadline to apply has been extended to June 1st.

*After much consideration, we’ve made the decision to go online for the first retreat and it’s going to be just as amazing! … Watch this short video where Lisa shares the details of the first retreat.

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 Coronavirus 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. 

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



The course begins with four days together in community (this year we’ll be offering the first retreat online). Halfway through the course, we will reconvene for an additional four and a half days.  During the program (with the exception of December and January), the course will be conducted twice a month via live webinar. The Certification process includes six one-hour supervision sessions (after concluding your introductory course) and nine one-hour supervision sessions during the course with an SPT Supervisor for a total of 15 supervision hours. These sessions are designed to help you integrate and deepen your learning. And, if you’d like, you can meet the supervisors here.

Course Details: 

When and Where: Certification Dates 2020 – 2021

Please note that attendance at all webinars and retreats is required. You may choose to attend the retreats in Boulder/Denver, Vancouver, or Melbourne, but both retreats must be attended at the same location.

*The first retreat will be online! When you apply, you’ll receive an email about the logistics. Please see above – When and Where: Certification Dates 2020-2021 for more details.

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 Credits* (51 Contact and 36 Non-Contact)

*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: 2020 – 2021 Rates

* Take advantage of the Early Bird Rates. You can save up to $550 (USD), $650 (CAD) or $650 (AUD) off the full cost of the course for a massive discount!!

Do you love research? Does the idea of writing a research paper inspire you? If so, contact us about our Research Scholarships (US $1500 or currency equivalent) and make this awesome training even more affordable!! Ready to submit your proposal? You can do so by downloading and completing this form.

Refund Policy: Due to the many unknowns of COVID-19, we are offering a full refund (minus the cost of any pre-supervisions that may have occurred) for this course if cancellations are given at least one month from the start of the students first retreat. Cancellations received within one month before the start of the students first retreat will forfeit the cost of all of the pre-supervision (US $600, CAD $788, or AUD $865).  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.


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