Transforming the Lives of Children and Professionals Worldwide

Synergetic Play Therapy® is a research-informed model of play therapy combining the therapeutic powers of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity.

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Transforming the Lives of Children and Professionals Worldwide

Synergetic Play Therapy is a research-informed model of play therapy combining the therapeutic powers of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity.

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Welcome to the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute

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Welcome to the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute

Stay informed about upcoming trainings, events and special offers, and receive free resources to inspire and support you along the way, please sign up for our mailing list.

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FREE TRAINING:

5 WAYS TO AVOID EMOTIONAL FLOODING IN THE PLAYROOM

Get immediate access to a 30-minute training with a twist! Emotional flooding is part of every play therapy experience because it’s part of every human experience. But that doesn’t mean we’re at its mercy, stuck outside the window of tolerance looking in. Observational statements, boundaries, and regulation all play a role in working with emotional flooding – both your client’s and yours too!

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FREE TRAINING:

5 WAYS TO AVOID EMOTIONAL FLOODING IN THE PLAYROOM

Get immediate access to a 30-minute training with a twist! Emotional flooding is part of every play therapy experience because it’s part of every human experience. But that doesn’t mean we’re at its mercy, stuck outside the window of tolerance looking in. Observational statements, boundaries, and regulation all play a role in working with emotional flooding – both your client’s and yours too!

Do you want to hear more? Provide your first name and email to get instant access.

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SYNERGETIC PLAY THERAPIST?

Do you want to create a deeper impact with your child clients? Do you have a calling to help children heal?  Would you like to understand the neuroscience behind how healing takes place in the playroom?  Do you want to learn in an environment that empowers you to be yourself?

“I have a deeper understanding of the counseling process and how to help children in the playroom. It has given me a whole new perspective and changed my life both personally and professionally. Being authentic allows you to be free. There are just no words to describe it!”

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DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SYNERGETIC PLAY THERAPIST?

Do you want to create a deeper impact with your child clients? Do you have a calling to help children heal?  Would you like to understand the neuroscience behind how healing takes place in the playroom?  Do you want to learn in an environment that empowers you to be yourself?

  “I have a deeper understanding of the counseling process and how to help children in the playroom. It has given me a whole new perspective and changed my life both personally and professionally. Being authentic allows you to be free. There are just no words to describe it!”

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Online Learning

Online Learning

Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification 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?” with the understanding that as the authentic self emerges, therapists can increase their capacity to facilitate deeper and more complex processes within the child.

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Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy®

Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy is a 22-hour course that takes you on a journey to explore the neuroscience behind what is happening in the play therapy process, how to repattern a child’s nervous system, and what it means to become an external regulator in the playroom.

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Pre-teens and Teens in Play Therapy

From twelve-year-olds to seniors in high school, adolescence is a changing time. This makes play therapy a challenge: how do you heal those maneuvering the middle ground between childhood and adulthood? This video course explores when to apply directive and non-directive play, how to work with older children, how to set goals for this population, and how to turn the awkward into the authentic.

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Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification 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?” with the understanding that as the authentic self emerges, therapists can increase their capacity to facilitate deeper and more complex processes within the child.

learn more

Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy®

Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy is a 22-hour course that takes you on a journey to explore the neuroscience behind what is happening in the play therapy process, how to repattern a child’s nervous system, and what it means to become an external regulator in the playroom.

learn more

Pre-teens and Teens in Play Therapy

From twelve-year-olds to seniors in high school, adolescence is a changing time. This makes play therapy a challenge: how do you heal those maneuvering the middle ground between childhood and adulthood? This video course explores when to apply directive and non-directive play, how to work with older children, how to set goals for this population, and how to turn the awkward into the authentic.

learn more

THE BOOK – AGGRESSION IN PLAY THERAPY

Offers play therapists practical ways of handling a pervasive issue with intense and aggressive play by their clients.

With an understanding of aggressive play based on brain function and neuroscience, this book provides therapists with a framework to work authentically with aggressive play, while making it an integrative and therapeutic experience for the child.

Through the lens of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, therapists are taught how to integrate the intensity experienced by both the child and the therapist during aggressive play in a way that leads towards greater healing and integration. The book explains the neurological processes that lead kids to dysregulation and provides therapists with tools to help their clients facilitate deep emotional healing, without causing their own nervous system to shut down.

Topics covered include: embracing aggression; understanding the nervous system; understanding regulation; developing yourself as an external regulator; authentic expression; setting boundaries; working with emotional flooding; supporting parents during aggressive play.

Purchase your copy

THE BOOK – AGGRESSION IN PLAY THERAPY

Offers play therapists practical ways of handling a pervasive issue with intense and aggressive play by their clients.

With an understanding of aggressive play based on brain function and neuroscience, this book provides therapists with a framework to work authentically with aggressive play, while making it an integrative and therapeutic experience for the child.

Through the lens of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, therapists are taught how to integrate the intensity experienced by both the child and the therapist during aggressive play in a way that leads towards greater healing and integration. The book explains the neurological processes that lead kids to dysregulation and provides therapists with tools to help their clients facilitate deep emotional healing, without causing their own nervous system to shut down.

Topics covered include: embracing aggression; understanding the nervous system; understanding regulation; developing yourself as an external regulator; authentic expression; setting boundaries; working with emotional flooding; supporting parents during aggressive play.

Purchase your copy

LESSONS FROM THE PLAYROOM SERIES PODCASTS

The Synergetic Play Therapy Institute’s “Lessons From the Playroom” podcast is a series of FREE recordings heard in over 130 countries. Every other week, Lisa shares her wisdom or is joined by special guests to explore some of the little lessons kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process and offer ways to transform both you and the clients that you work with. 

Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founded and is the President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children.

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LESSONS FROM THE PLAYROOM SERIES PODCASTS

The Synergetic Play Therapy Institute’s “Lessons From the Playroom” podcast is a series of FREE recordings heard in over 130 countries. Every other week, Lisa shares her wisdom or is joined by special guests to explore some of the little lessons kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process and offer ways to transform both you and the clients that you work with. 

Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founded and is the President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children.

listen now