Nov
15
Wed
Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Training
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist™

Take our certification training and become a Synergetic Play Therapist!

“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 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.

The Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Training is not open to the public. The program begins each September with a limited number of spots. Please call 720-458-9597 to verify that a space is available and for registration details, or email us. 

“This training helped build security, confidence and trust in what I am doing with children in the play room.” ~ Certified SPT Graduate

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Nov
17
Fri
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Understanding Dys-regulation in the Nervous System in SPT
Nov 17 all-day
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Understanding Dys-regulation in the Nervous System in SPT

The Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy Course
Six Month Series
Learn More Here

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

Note: This is the second class in a six-part series. You cannot register for individual modules of this course. Learn more about our next Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy and other available courses at our e-learning site. 

Understanding Dys-regulation in the Nervous System in SPT (Class 2 of 6)
This class you will get to begin the journey into the brain and nervous system states of dys-regulation.  You will begin to understand the child’s symptoms and behaviors from the lens of neuroscience.   You will also have the opportunity to explore these states through video watching and discussion, as well as begin to see how the therapist begins the process of helping the child integrate these states.

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.

 
The course: In this six-month online 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.

Learn more about this class on our Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy page.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Dec
4
Mon
*FREE* “Lessons From the Playroom” Webinar Series
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado’s “Lessons From the Playroom” webinar is a series of FREE, LIVE webinars designed to offer a larger piece of the little lessons kids teach us inside the playroom. Log on to interact with Lisa Dion,  LPC, RPT-S for an hour of power, purpose, and perspective. Ask questions, join the discussion, and gain professional and personal insight.

Want credit? You can get it! To get credit or to view previous webinars, we’ve created a PTIC Membership Site just for you!  This membership offers full access to all of the Lessons from the Playroom webinars for credit , free e-books, articles, handouts, and other resources, networking opportunities, additional APT-approved CE credit opportunities, and much more!

All webinars are live (or register for access to a 24-hour playback) and take place from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., MST

Registration details TBA.

Dec
15
Fri
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Understanding What Regulation Is and What It Isn’t in SPT
Dec 15 all-day
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Understanding What Regulation Is and What It Isn't in SPT

The Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy Course
Six Month Series
Learn More Here

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

Note: This third class of a six month series. You cannot register for individual modules of this course. Learn more about our next Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy and other available courses at our e-learning site. 

Understanding What Regulation Is and What It Isn’t in SPT (Class 3 of 6)
We will continue to deepen our understanding of how the play therapy process works, how to help children integrate the dys-regulation in their nervous systems and more.   This class is a time for deeper integration and understanding before we move on to working with Parents!

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.

The course: In this six-month online 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.

Learn more about this class on our Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy page.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Jan
5
Fri
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Working with Parents LIVE Webinar
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course:  Working with Parents LIVE Webinar

The Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy Course
Six Month Series
Learn More Here

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

Note: This LIVE webinar is part of a six month series. You cannot register for individual modules of this course. Learn more about our next Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy and other available courses at our e-learning site. 

Working with Parents in Synergetic Play Therapy (LIVE Webinar 2 of 3 with Lisa Dion)
In this class we will talk about how to communicate with parents.  We will explore the intake process, translating the play to the parents, keeping parents engaged in the process and how to handle parents when they are in the sessions with their children.

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.

 

Learn more about this class on our Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy page.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Jan
11
Thu
Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Training – 5 Day Retreat ( Boulder )
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm

This nine-month training was designed for play therapists who want to receive advanced training in Synergetic Play Therapy or who want to become Certified Synergetic Play Therapists™. We start accepting applications for people who meet the prerequisites each year in February. Learn more now!

The Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Training is not open to the public. The program begins each September with a limited number of spots. Please call 720-458-9597 to verify that a space is available and for registration details, or email us. 

“This training helped build security, confidence and trust in what I am doing with children in the play room.” ~ Certified SPT Graduate

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Jan
13
Sat
Sand in Play Therapy @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sand in Play Therapy @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado

Registration details coming soon!

Sand in Play Therapy is the first workshop in a two-day series of “Sand and Art in Play Therapy.” Sign up for one or both. These workshops unravel the mystery of sand and art in the play therapy room. We’ll explore the healing power of this modality in ways that will help you better facilitate your client’s process. Learn how to facilitate both non-directive (Synergetic) and directive (Gestalt) approaches. Available live or via webinar with a partner. This is an interactive, experiential class where two participants are needed for role playing the therapist and the client. So if you sign up for the webinar, both participants must register. If you sign up for the live class, we will partner you up with someone.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between facilitating the use of sand in play therapy through directive and non-directive processes.
  2. Learn how to deepen a child’s process when they engage in the sand during a session.
  3. Understand the connection between how a child plays with sand and their nervous system.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Jan
14
Sun
Art in Play Therapy @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art in Play Therapy @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado

Registration details coming soon!

Art in Play Therapy is the second workshop in a two-day series. Sign up for one or both. These workshops unravel the mystery of sand and art in the play therapy room. We’ll explore the healing power of this modality in ways that will help you better facilitate your client’s process. Learn how to facilitate both non-directive (Synergetic) and directive (Gestalt) approaches. Available live or via webinar with a partner. This is an interactive, experiential class where two participants are needed for role playing the therapist and the client. So if you sign up for the webinar, both participants must register. If you sign up for the live class, we will partner you up with someone.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between facilitating the use of art in play therapy through directive and non-directive processes.
  2. Learn how to deepen a child’s process when they engage in art during a play therapy session.
  3. Understand the connection between a child’s art and their nervous system regulations/dys-regulation in play therapy.
  4. Understand the progression of art development in children and how this information might be used to assess the emotional age of the child in the play therapy process.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Jan
19
Fri
Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Working with Parents in SPT
Jan 19 all-day
Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Working with Parents in SPT

The Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy Course
Six Month Series
Learn More Here

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

Note: This fourth class of a six month series. You cannot register for individual modules of this course. Learn more about our next Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy and other available courses at our e-learning site. 

Working with Parents in Synergetic Play Therapy (Class 4 of 6)
In this class we will talk about how to communicate with parents.  We will explore the intake process, translating the play to the parents, keeping parents engaged in the process and how to handle parents when they are in the sessions with their children.

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.

 

The course: In this six-month online 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.

Learn more about this class on our Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy page.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Jan
26
Fri
Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
Jan 26 – Feb 4 all-day
Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado

Seldom have play therapists concentrated on lower brain symptomatology of hyperarousal, affective regulation or physical modulation of impulses. These are all symptoms characteristically suggestive of low brain disorganization (brainstem and diencephalon regions) and all common autonomic symptoms of severe trauma exposure,”Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of Psychological Trauma.

This training is based on “Synergetic Play Therapy,” a cutting-edge model of play therapy. We designed the course to introduce play therapists to pertinent information on brain development, the projective process, affect attunement attachment and nervous system regulation that impacts the children in the play therapy room. Specific attention will be given to interventions that are designed to repattern the disorganization in the lower brain centers, areas that are often unaddressed in many current play therapy models.

When therapists become centered, they can facilitate collaborative communication, thus creating a synergy between themselves and the child. “Such communication allows for the creation of brain connections that are vital for the development of a child’s capacity for self regulation,” says Mindsight Institute Executive Director, Dr. Dan Siegel, M.D.

Join one of our regularly-held, six-day intensive for Masters-level therapists, teachers and clinicians. Jump in and really experience the magic of Synergetic Play Therapy! Previous experience working with children and families is required. $500 deposit required. Course costs $1750. For availability and registration details, please contact the Institute at 720-458-9597, or email info@playtherapycolorado.com. Learn more about the course by clicking here.

2018 Dates:

Jan 26-28 and Feb. 2-4

March:  9-11th and the 16th-18th

June: 9th-15th (one day break in the middle)

July:  6-8th & 10-12th. (one day break in the middle)

August: 4th-10th (one day break in the middle)

September/October:  Sept. 28-30, Oct.5-7

November: 2-4 & 9-11th

Prerequisite Training

  • 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.

Training Objectives

  • Be able to facilitate the broadening of a child’s emotional window of tolerance and self-regulation by utilizing mindfulness and self-awareness in the playroom.
  • Understand how the therapist’s authenticity and attunement supports the attachment process in play therapy.
  • Understand ways that a play therapist can model to the child ways to regulate himself in a play therapy session.
  • Understand the neuroscience behind identifying a child’s state of dys-regulation and how the child uses play therapy to re-pattern his nervous system.

Training Methods

This Play Therapy Training Program is limited to four people to permit extensive skill practice with individualized coaching and feedback. Each participant will be paired with a child client, with whom they will work every day during the training under direct supervision as part of a therapeutic observation team.

Participants will be required to:

  • Attend all six days of the training–49 hours total
  • Complete eight videotaped play therapy experiences with client
  • Review all eight videotaped play therapy experiences with instructor
  • Observe a minimum of 12 play therapy experiences with other intensive participants
  • Attend all didactic and play therapy instruction sessions
  • Attend and participate in daily group supervision
  • Communicate with the child client’s parents/guardians daily
  • Complete all required paperwork- intake, treatment plan, case notes, termination, etc.

“Wow! I learned so much. I was held in such a safe place to discover my authentic self in the playroom which I’m so grateful for. The support and encouragement has helped me become reconnected to my body, sensations and intuition. Thank you!”  ~ Stephanie Trudeaux

APT Approved Provider 09-264.