Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Playroom

Aggression and death are common parts of the play therapy process, yet many therapists don’t have a clear understanding of what to do and how to facilitate intensity. This can lead to inadvertently promoting aggression and low brain disorganization. It can also lead to the therapist feeling beat up, exhausted, and hyper-aroused themselves, ultimately impacting their ability to stay attuned, remain present, and find inspiration in this field. Enter Synergetic Play Therapy! Through an SPT lens, and a heavy dose of neuroscience, this 3-hour video course helps therapists learn how to use play in a way that supports regulation – theirs and their client’s!

Topics include:

  • Setting boundaries without shaming the child
  • Nervous system states and regulation
  • The 4 threats of the brain
  • Working with Hyper-arousal in sessions
  • Working with Hypo-arousal in sessions
  • Swords fights, gun play, and more!
  • Making aggressive play therapeutic
  • Aggressive Toys
  • Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
  • and so much more!

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Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Playroom objectives:

  • Understand the link between a child’s dysregulated states of their nervous system and their play
  • Understand the significance of authenticity and authentic expression in the play therapy process
  • Understand how our own “windows of tolerance” can impact the healing process
  • Understand how to facilitate aggressive play in the play therapy process without increasing or promoting aggression
  • Learn how to keep yourself regulated in the midst of intense play/trauma play and death in the playroom

What:  A video course that teaches clinicians how to make aggressive play therapeutic

Where: Watch this course at your convenience

Credit Hours: 3 CE Non-contact Credits*

Cost: $60

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

*Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, APT Approved Provider 09-264

Audio, Webinar and Video Refund Policy: 

Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. If you are dissatisfied with the course you have signed up for, you may request a transfer of funds to another course or book study. You may do this by writing a one-page paper outlining what you learned in the course you signed up for and what specifically it was about the course that was not satisfactory. You will not receive CE credits for the original course you signed up for.

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Pricing Options

Student Pricing: $45, Professional Pricing $60