Judith Norman, a Certified Synergetic Play Therapy™ Supervisor, LPC, and licensed school counselor has been working in schools using SPT tenets for many years. The flagship school for this work is Lincoln Elementary school in Loveland, CO. Since implementing building-wide SEL instruction and trauma-informed practices, the school has moved from Turnaround (low performing) to Improvement (making gains), and now is rated on a Performance level (meeting or exceeding performance) by the state of Colorado. The school has been recognized as a Colorado Healthy Schools Leader.
Dr. Tim Kubik, Professional Development Educator and Author of “Unprepared for What we Learned: Six Action Research Exercises that Challenge the Ends we Imagine for Education,” said the following about Lincoln Elementary School:
“…the school’s commitment to the social and emotional well-being of the students goes far beyond a single project. In three years of working with Michelle Malvey (Principal) and her staff, I have been continuously impressed, not only by this commitment but by the extent to which social and emotional learning is such a central and open part of the culture of the building. I can honestly say I know of no other elementary learning community in the country with a more supportive culture for learning.”
A Synergetic Approach to Learning is made up of different components, including foundational information for educators and therapists, advanced training, coaching, and school-specific programming. There are varying levels of implementation.
The program is based on the following tenets: