Lessons from the Playroom2021-11-09T16:53:22-07:00

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The Synergetic Play Therapy Institute’s “Lessons From the Playroom” Podcasts are a series of FREE, recorded podcasts designed to help therapists understand the little lessons that kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process.

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. With these podcasts, she’ll teach you practical ways to transform both you and the child clients you work with. These inspiring educational lessons are sure to leave you feeling more confident and excited for your next session!

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Season 1, First 100 Episodes

Lessons from the Playroom Episode #100: Third Culture Kids in Play Therapy

In this 100th episode!!!, the tables are turned once again and Lisa is interviewed about being a “Third Culture Kid” (TCK), what it means, and how it has influenced the creation of Synergetic Play Therapy®. Join Lisa and Judy Norman, Certified SPT Therapist and mother of two TCKs who also spent over a decade of her adult life living abroad, as they discuss some of the challenges faced by Third Culture Kids (e.g., identity crisis, lack of sense of belonging, and relational struggles) that can show up in your play therapy session, as well as the many beautiful strengths and gifts that can emerge from the experience of being a Third Culture Kid. They’ll also give you strategies and techniques to connect more deeply with these children, and support them in cultivating a deeper relationship with themselves.

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Lessons from the Playroom Episode #98: How to Not Lose Yourself in High Conflict Divorce

Lisa is joined by guest Lynn Louise Wonders. Lynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Professional Mentor and Supervisor, Career, Parenting and Relationship Coach at Wonders Counseling Services, LLC. She’s an expert in navigating high conflict divorce and custody cases. Listen as Lisa and Lynn discuss how to not get caught in the crossfire of high conflict divorce, what your role is as the child’s therapist, and how to be present for the child so ultimately the child can know their own self and truth in what can be a highly stressful and chaotic situation.

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Lessons from the Playroom Episode #99: Pre-Teens & Teens in Play Therapy

Join Lisa as she demystifies working with pre-teens and teens and shares how to apply your play therapy skill set to this population (hint: you actually don’t need to change much of what you’re already doing 😉). She’ll also tell you the reason that you might feel awkward, not good enough, unsure, and confused as therapists when working with this age group, as well as give strategies and techniques to support the pre-teen and teen to discover their authentic self.

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Parenting in the Trenches S8.E3

Lisa joins Karen Peters to talk about Neurodiverse families: The myths and mirrors of coregulation. Learn why coregulation is so powerful, some of the surprising misconceptions about how it works, and ways you can support your child more effectively through those intense emotions that feel like they’ll never pass safely.

Women Today with Emma Teitel

In this rich and uplifting interview Lisa Dion shares powerful wisdom about how to lead an inspiring and purposeful life that is in alignment with who you truly are – On Finding Inspiration, Congruence & Purpose.

Straight Talk Live: Ep. 30

Learning how to manage conflict is one of the greatest skills we can learn as people. And yet most of us either avoid it or simply don’t have the tools to effectively deal with it. Lisa shares practical, science-based tools for dealing with conflict and explains what’s going on inside the brain during difficult conversations.

Regulation for Clinicians with Lisa Dion & Jackie Flynn

A 1-hour training to support therapists through the ups and downs during this global COVID-19 pandemic with regulation, connection, and moving back into the window of tolerance (including navigating online play therapy sessions). Learn how to come back online with yourself!

Online Play Therapy

Online therapy is a new option to see your clients and their parents interact in the home, but computers aren’t foreign things for children. Lisa talks about what to do with a parent in the room when that’s not the norm and how to do the intake with the parent including the nuts and bolts of the platform.

Boundaries – Relationship Tool With Lisa Dion

Interview with Jayson Gaddis. Boundaries are by far one of the most important tools in intimate relationships. How much do you struggle to say no says a lot about how much you value yourself. You must get boundaries if you want to go the distance in a relationship.

The Neurobiology of Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach – HPP 02

In an optimal environment, most children will experience a healthy developmental process and not exhibit signs of overwhelming distress and emotional imbalances. In this episode, we dive into the world of children and what can happen to their nervous system when their needs aren’t consistently met.

Play Therapy Community Podcast: Episode 69

In this podcast, Lisa talks about her experience in many settings to include private practice, schools, social services, foster care agencies, and orphanages. Synergetic Play Therapy’s name was influenced by Lisa’s love for the brain and understanding what happens in the nervous system.

Straight Talk Live: Ep. 7

Lisa talks about “How Understanding Our Neuroscience Unlocks Transformation” and dives into *How transformation actually works, *What’s the science behind accessing your creativity, intuitive capabilities, and innovative action, and *What makes you freeze up, give up, or stay complacent.

The Neurobiology of Parenting and Healthy Child Psychology

Would you love some fresh insight and new perspective on parenting? Check out this Neurobiology of Parenting Interview Lisa did with Michael Johnson, the Mojo Master.

Managing the Stress of the Coronavirus

Lisa discusses and normalizes the stress and body activation that we are all experiencing; what regulation is and how can we do it right now?; and explores how to regulate through the intensity and how this is just as important as sleeping well, eating well, washing hands, etc.

Science of Psychotherapy Podcast

In this podcast, Lisa talks about her book Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity  and the neurological processes that lead kids to dysregulation. Listen in as she discusses how therapists can help their clients facilitate deep emotional healing without causing their own nervous systems to shut down.

“All play is an expression of something going on inside of a child.”

In this episode, Lisa explains and discusses the importance of regulation. She also shares how we can use forms of play, children’s most natural form of communication to help. Lisa shares the fastest way of communicating with children and ways children can learn to develop a relationship with the experiences that are happening in their bodies.

Coleyology Podcast with Coley

“Therapy in my opinion, is helping the child discover what wisdom is in them and then teaching them to connect with themselves in a new way so they can direct the energy in a different place – but don’t shut their experience down.” Lisa talks with Nicole Lemaster about the inherent wisdom in the body and how to work with children.

Heart To Horses Podcast

Paradigm Shifts in Parenting – A New Way of Thinking about Children’s Moods
In this podcast, Lisa Dion continues her presentation on the biology of behavior in children and adults. She discusses strategies and tools that help parents and educators understand and support their own emotional landscape and the children they care for.

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Authentic Goal Setting

Become empowered and inspired- master your life and your goals. Drop the “shoulds,” just be your real self, and Lisa Dion says- you will accomplish more of your goals. If you are frustrated with your lack of progress on your New Year’s resolutions or worried about world events, or if you simply want to be more…

Synergetic Play Therapy With The Boulderist

You are in for a treat with Episode 007 because our guest is Lisa Dion. Lisa is a leader in the world of play therapy. She talks about challenges and behaviors – and ways to work with people expressing those behaviors – in a way that is useful to us all, but especially to parents. Have a listen!

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