Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy

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 Our popular Intro Course is Now Online!

Next Class starts February 16, 2018



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Why Take This Online Intro to SPT Course?

Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy.“This training helped me build security, confidence and trust in what I am doing with children in the playroom.” -Brittany Redman

Have you ever felt lost or confused about what is happening in the playroom? Do you wonder if you are making a difference or helping the child heal in the most effective way possible? In our Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy course, we’ll explore what exactly is happening in the play therapy process, how change happens and ultimately what it takes to help children heal at profound levels. You will finish this online course understanding exactly how the “magic” happens in the playroom.

Join us as we take our popular Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy class online! The course starts October 20th at 11a.m. (MST) with a Live Webinar with Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, and it runs through March 2018.  

The Training – The Why, Who & What Will I Learn?:

“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

Why take this course over other play therapy or counseling courses? We teach you the biology behind your child client’s symptoms in the playroom. You’ll learn about the significance of nervous system regulation. And more specifically, about the symptoms that arise in the playroom and what that has to do with the nervous system and brain. And once you know what’s going on with the child, we’ll teach you how to re-pattern their nervous system. You will learn about attachment, attunement and emotional congruence in ways that you’ve probably never heard before.  Plus, we’ll teach you how to regulate yourself so you have greater access to your own capacity and so you don’t get hurt, allowing you to stay engaged and inspired in your work.   

What makes Synergetic Play Therapy different? Synergetic Play Therapy will take you on a journey to deeply understand yourself. With an emphasis on therapist authenticity, SPT is designed to help therapists birth their authentic selves so that they can help their child clients do the same.  SPT recognizes that therapist authenticity and attunement in the playroom is integral to the healing of the child.

SPT also takes cutting edge information from interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, attachment theory and physics and blends them together in a way that allows therapists to go right to the heart of the struggle and help the child transform from the inside out. If you have ever felt that something was missing in your work or that there was another layer that you could get to or a deepening in yourself that you want to reach, SPT has some answers and a pathway to get there. (Learn more about Authenticity in the Playroom).

Who is this model not for? Synergetic Play Therapy is not for people who are looking for step-by-step techniques or a script. It’s for therapists that truly want to understand how play therapy works and are willing to dive deeply into themselves to discover the profound role they can play in a child’s healing and what they can do to facilitate it.  

In what ways will this course help alleviate the burnout I’m feeling? Often, the intense experiences therapists have in the playroom adversely affect our lives. Over time the nervous system starts to shut down because it’s too much to handle. You begin to numb out. And your capacity to stay in this field diminishes pretty quickly. In Synergetic Play Therapy, we teach you mindfulness of your body to help you become more aware of your reactions. You’ll learn how to be authentic in the playroom, thus encouraging your child clients to be more authentic; and you’ll better understand how to regulate your nervous system and then model that to your child clients.

What else will I learn? You will learn how to engage parents in the play therapy process, how to track your sessions so you don’t get lost along the way and how to set goals so you can stay on course. Plus, you’ll discover a new approach to using sand and art that supports nervous system regulation. And then we’ll conclude the course with one of the most important topics in the field—aggressive play. We’ll look at how to integrate the energy when things in the playroom become incredibly intense. This course isn’t just didactic. You’ll see firsthand how to do it through videos and modeling. You will also have your own 30-minute monthly consultation to ask questions specific to your caseload so that you can personalize and integrate the knowledge in a way that is meaningful to you.

What are other benefits I’ll get out of taking this course? It’s APT Approved, so you can get 18 continuing education credits. If you decide that you love Synergetic Play Therapy, this course also meets the prerequisite requirement you need to take the Synergetic Play Therapy Certification program. Learn more about the class now!

Considerations for taking this course: This course requires a time commitment, and all parts of the course must be completed for full credit. Participants will have two weeks to watch each video after its release and before they have their 30-minute consultation for the month. However, we suggest watching the videos within a few days of their release to maximize integration of the material. Please take this into consideration before registering, so that you have a successful experience.

Cost: Choice to pay per month: Professional | $165 x 6 = $990 total or Student | $140 x 6 = $840 total OR Choice to pay in full: Professional | $900 or Student | $750 ( A $90.00 discount!!)

Credit Hours: Total 18 CE credit (3 Contact and 15 Non-Direct Contact)


  • February 16th, 2018: One-hour LIVE Webinar (11a.m. MST) & 1st video course released
  • March 16th, 2018: 2nd video course released
  • April 20th, 2018: 3rd video course released
  • May 14th, 2018:  One-hour LIVE Webinar (11a.m. MST)
  • May 18th, 2018: 4th video course released
  • June 15th, 2018: 5th video course released
  • July 20th, 2018: One-hour LIVE Webinar (11a.m. MST) & 6th/final video course released



Over this six-month course, therapists will explore the basic components of Synergetic Play Therapy.  This course takes cutting edge research in interpersonal  neural anatomy, mindfulness, attachment theory, and brain development and then translates these findings into practical ways of working with children and parents. Special topics such as sand, art, trauma and aggressive play will also be covered from the perspective of nervous system regulation, attunement, attachment, mindfulness, and authenticity. Participants will also learn how to track the client’s changes for parents, teachers, agencies and themselves. Note that there are both overall Course Objectives and Class Objectives for each module of the course.

Overall Course Objectives:

  1. Understand how mindfulness and self-awareness in the playroom is an essential component to helping widen a child’s emotional window of tolerance;
  2. Understand how the therapist’s authenticity and attunement supports the attachment process in play therapy.
  3. Understand the projective process and how children engage in “The Set Up” as a way to integrate their perceptions of what is challenging them;
  4. Understand how to support a child’s ability to learn how to regulate during a play therapy session;
  5. Understand some of the neuroscience behind identifying a child’s states of dysregulation and how these influence the symptoms and play in the playroom;
  6. Understand how to work with parents in the play therapy process and keep them engaged;
  7. Understand how to facilitate aggressive play, art and sand in the playroom, from a Synergetic Play Therapy perspective.

Individual Class Objectives:

Welcome to SPT — Class 1 Objectives:

  1. Understand how Synergetic Play Therapy was inspired;
  2. Understand how children use the projective process in play therapy to set the toys and the therapist up to feel how they feel;
  3. Begin to understand the significance of why authenticity is so important in the playroom.

It’s Nervous System Time! — Class 2 Objectives:

  1. Understand the link between nervous system states and the symptoms that show up in the playroom;
  2. Understand the importance of regulation in the playroom;
  3. Understand how the therapist can begin to model regulation to the child so that the child can begin to learn how to regulate.

Integrating the Data — Class 3 Objectives:

  1. Understand what regulation is and isn’t according to Synergetic Play Therapy;
  2. Understand what it means to “overcome a challenge” in the play therapy process.

Parents, Parents, Parents — Class 4 Objectives:

  1. Understand that parents are going through a grief process when they bring their children to play therapy;
  2. Understand how to have a successful play therapy intake;
  3. Understand the importance of setting goals and speaking in terms of what is important to the parent.

Attachment & the Self Object — Class 5 Objectives:

  1. Understand Synergetic Play Therapy’s definition and perspective on attachment;
  2. Understand how to use the self object as a way to support the client attaching to self.

Aggression, Sand & Art — Class 6 Objectives:

  1. Understand how to use regulation as a way to help integrate aggressive energy in the playroom;
  2. Understand how to facilitate the use of sand from a Synergetic Play Therapy perspective in the playroom;
  3. Understand how to facilitate the use of art from a Synergetic Play Therapy perspective in the playroom.


  • Pay per month: $140 x 6 = $840 USD (Student Rate)  $165 x 6 = $990 USD (Professional Rate)
  • Pay in full and save: $750.00 USD (Student Rate) $900.00 USD (Professional Rate)
  • You can choose to have your credit card billed once per month at $140 Student or $165 Professional rates for six consecutive months beginning at checkout, or you can pay the total due upon registration. When you check out, be sure to chose the option you prefer, either “one-time ” for Full Payment or “recurring” for monthly withdrawals for six months.

Refund Policy:

Cancellations received one month from the start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 15 to 30 days before the start of the class will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received 1 to 14 days before the start of the class will receive a full refund minus a one-month payment for administrative fees. Cancellations of the class once the class begins will forfeit the full payment of the course. If an emergency situation arises, please contact the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado to discuss the situation.