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Becoming a Synergetic Play Therapist™

Applications accepted beginning February 1st for the 2018-2019 class. Save up to $1000 with our Package Deal! Details below.


"Where do I begin? This training provided so much growth for me personally and professionally. I feel like I have a better understanding of the process and how to facilitate growth within my client and within myself. This has been a life-changing experience."  -Lindsay Ishman, LCSW, LAC, RPT-S

Are you a Masters-level therapist or clinician ready to take your Synergetic Play Therapy skills to the next level? Are you ready to expand your understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and take your ability to help a child heal to a whole new realm of possibility? Are you ready to dive deeper into the Synergetic Play Therapy Process as you learn how to embrace yourself, your magnificence and tap into a higher state of authenticity?

If so, we invite you to embark on a nine-month experience that will take your confidence and skill level to the next level, so that you can love yourself and support your child clients in loving themselves more fully. It will be nine months of magical moments and transformation. Please note that in order to participate in this program, you must have access to working with children.

If you wish to apply, please check the prerequisites list and submit a one-page letter answering the questions in the "How to Apply" section. Both sections appear at the bottom of the page.

The Training & What You Will Learn: 

“Lisa Dion has created a training program that both increases the efficacy of play therapy and also leads therapists on a journey of authenticity." -Andrew Rose, LPC

The Training... During the nine months, you will attend one three-day and one five-day Synergetic Play Therapy Training Retreat,12 1.5 hour classes (via webinar) and monthly one-hour individual supervision. Find details on specific topics you will learn in the tab section at the bottom of the page.

  1. August/September: Launch with three-day Synergetic Play Therapy Training Retreat, One hour of individual supervision
  2. October and November: Class (live or webinar), One hour of individual supervision per month
  3. December: One hour of individual supervision
  4. January: Five-day Synergetic Play Therapy Training Retreat, One hour of individual supervision
  5. February through May: Class (live or webinar), One hour of individual supervision per month

What You Will Learn... During the nine-month Certified Training Program, 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?” The goal during these nine months is for therapists to bring forth their authentic selves, 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 more of the details of the application of SPT and develop a greater understanding about why we do what we do in the playroom. And they will have the opportunity to fine tune their skills. topics that will be covered include:

*Awareness, mindfulness and attention *Attunement and Transitions *Mirror Neurons and Neuro-Biology *Regression and Non-verbal states *Attachment Processes and Biology of the Nervous System *Working with Parents *Adoption, Sensory and Trauma *Biology of Emotions and Windows of Tolerance *Narratives and Perception *Working with families, groups, pre-teens and teens *Goodbyes and Endings *Non-directive versus Directive forms of SPT *How to explain Synergetic Play Therapy, chart cases and understand the child’s process *And more!

Course Objectives:

  • Understand how SPT supports the child in changing his perceptions of the perceived challenging events and thoughts in his life
  • Understand how attunement between therapist and child is essential in order to heal disorganization in the lower brain stem and re-pattern their nervous system in the play therapy process
  • Understand how a play therapist can model self-regulation to the child during a play therapy session
  • Understand how the play therapist’s ability to use mindfulness to be congruent and authentic in her language and non-verbal signals allows the child to feel safe in the relationship and engage in “mindsight” during the play therapy session
  • Be able to identify the different states of dys-regulation and their corresponding symptoms as they arise in the playroom
  • Understand how toys are used to help facilitate the relationship between the therapist and the child during a play therapy session
  • Understand how to support the child in getting in touch with her authentic self during the play therapy process
  • Understand how the synergy between the therapist’s authenticity, attunement, congruence, and nervous system regulation supports the child in learning how to attach to self, the cornerstone of all healing
  • Understand how the child projects his inner world onto the toys and therapist setting them up to experience his perception of what it feels like to be him during a play therapy session

What You Get!

“Lisa has taught me to be a whole person-mind, body and spirit. I experience a deeper level of connection and trust than ever before with myself, my clients and in my personal relationships. I contribute much of that to the work I have done with Lisa! Thank you, Lisa!”  -Jordan Yost, MA

The best part of this training is what happens to YOU! We designed this program to not only help you learn how to facilitate your child client's healing, but also to awaken your authentic self and show you how to access the truth inside of you! (Priceless!)

Plus, get *FREE* Access to the Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Membership Site. In addition to the classes, retreats and supervision you will have nine months of access to the exclusive Certified SPT Membership Site—a value of $1,000+! You'll be able to watch 40+ training videos designed specifically for advanced students and participate in an extra monthly webinar with Lisa to discuss additional advanced topics. You'll have access to archived recordings of past advanced webinars, weekly blog posts and podcasts, plus discounts on other Play Therapy Institute of Colorado classes. Best of all, you'll be a part of the worldwide Synergetic Play Therapy community.

Check out the Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Package Deal! We’re offering the webinars, retreats and individual supervision for an affordable $4400 (normally $5000). With this package you save $600! We’re also throwing in nine months of *FREE* access to the exclusive Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Membership Site & Community. For $4,400 you get:

  1. Nine-month Certification program—webinars, retreats and supervision;
  2. Six months of additional supervision;
  3. Two full days learning how to use sand and art in the playroom—directive and non-directive approaches with a Synergetic Twist;
  4. Growing Up in Play Therapy, a six-hour course where you will learn about the developmental and emotional stages of growth in the playroom;
  5. Book Study:Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity;
  6. Nine months of FREE access to the exclusive Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Membership Site.
  7. Over 100 hours of training and supervision with 80+ APT CE credits towards Registered Play Therapy Credentials included.

Save more if you pay in full, or sign up for a payment plan. If you want to save even more money, you may pay in full and receive another $400 off!  Can't do that, no problem. We have three payments plans—Nine-Month Plan, One-Year Plan and 15-Month Plan.

OK I want to apply! What next? If you're interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind training program and have completed either the Intro to SPT course or attended a six-day SPT Intensive, please submit a one-page letter answering the following questions:

  1. Why would you like to become certified in SPT?
  2. What have you discovered is a strength using this therapy modality and what have you discovered is your growth edge?
  3. In what capacity will you have access to children during the nine-month course?
  4. Is there anything else you would love for us to know about you?
  5. Make sure to put your name and contact information on your application;
  6. Please email all application letters to info@playtherapycolorado.com and put “SPT CERT APPLICATION” in the memo line.

How do I become Certified? 

  1. Minimum of 350 client contact hours using the model. Hours accrued during Intro to SPT program, Intensives and post supervision count towards these hours; 
  2. Nine-month Certification Program;
  3. Demonstration of skill set specific to SPT;
  4. Observation and evaluation of 20 sessions–10 self and 10 other;
  5. Completion of these additional play therapy courses: Growing Up in Play Therapy (live or webinar) and the do the Book Study, Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Playroom (included in cost);
  6. Retake the Intro to SPT class every three years (just the classes, no consultation), so that you can stay on top of the latest changes. Course is offered at 75% off the price for re-cert and you receive CE credits;
  7. Six additional monthly supervisions to make sure you are ready;
  8. Over 100 hours of training and supervision with 80+ APT CE credits towards Registered Play Therapy Credentials included.

Don’t feel ready yet? Not a problem. Sometimes we just need another year to get comfortable and practice before diving into a more advanced skill set. If this is the case, you are invited to have ongoing supervision for a year and apply the following year.

Prerequisite Trainings

  • Attendance at Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy™ Intensive Training with post supervision; or Internship or Externship focused on Synergetic Play Therapy; or Attendance at six-month Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Class with post supervision;
  • Participants should have completed or be enrolled in a Master's Degree program in counseling, social work, or education
  • Previous experience working with children and families is also required

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado!



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