Sep
29
Fri
KELOWNA – NEUROBIOLOGY OF PLAY THERAPY: A SYNERGETIC APPROACH (6 CEUS) @ KELOWNA RAMADA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

In this workshop, you will have a one of kind experience exploring the basic components of play therapy from a neurobiology perspective. You will be introduced to Synergetic Play Therapy, the first research-informed play therapy model to blend together neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness. Through didactic and experiential teachings, you will learn cutting­ edge research on interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, nervous system regulation and brain development as the research is translated into practical ways of working with children and parents. You will also learn what it means to attach to one’s self as the cornerstone for all healing, the importance of congruent emotional expression in the playroom, how to identify types of dysregulation in the playroom, how to model regulating activities to the client, how to talk to and involve parents and ultimately how to re-pattern a child’s nervous system through the play therapy process. Aggressive play will also be covered from the perspective of nervous system regulation, attunement, and mindfulness. Finally, you will also learn how to track a client’s changes in a simple, yet comprehensive way.

Objectives:

1. Therapists will be able to describe how to identify symptoms of dysregulation in play therapy and ways to help re-pattern the child’s nervous system using Synergetic Play Therapy principles.
2. Therapists will begin to understand how play therapy works.
3. Therapists will be able to describe the importance of attachment to one’s self and mindfulness in a play therapy process.

Who should attend:

This workshop is open to professionals who work with children.

Register today!

Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm
Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training

“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.

2017 Dates: 

  • September 29-October 1 & October 6-8
  • November 3-5 & 10-12

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.

“It gave me purpose to my work with children. The intensive empowered me to take my practice to a higher level authentically and trust in the process.” ~ Debra Fisher

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

 

Sep
30
Sat
Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Training – 3 Day Retreat (Vancouver)
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm

Our three-day retreat kicks off our nine-month Synergetic Play Therapy certification experience.

“Lisa Dion has created a training program that both increases the efficacy of play therapy and also leads therapists on a journey of authenticity.” -Andrew Rose, LPC

What You Will Learn… 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?” The goal during these nine months is for therapists to bring forth their authentic selves, with the understanding that, as the authentic self emerges, therapists can increase their capacity to facilitate deeper and more complex processes within the child. Therapists will also learn more of the details of the application of SPT and develop a greater understanding about why we do what we do in the playroom. And they will have the opportunity to fine tune their skills. Subjects that will be covered include:

Subjects that will be covered include:

* Awareness, Mindfulness and Attention * Attunement and Transitions * Mirror Neurons and Neurobiology * Regression and Nonverbal states * Attachment Processes and Biology of the Nervous System * Working with Parents * Adoption, Sensory and Trauma * Biology of Emotions* Windows of Tolerance * Narratives and Perception * Working with families and groups * Working with pre-teens and teens * Goodbyes and Endings * Non-directive versus Directive * How to explain Synergetic Play Therapy * Charting cases and understanding the child’s process *

Participants will also participate in individual supervision each month. Video observations, additional assignments, and readings will also be required in order to maximize learning and integration of the material.

What You Get!

“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

The best part of this training is what happens to YOU! We designed this program to not only help you learn how to facilitate your child client’s healing, but also to awaken your authentic self and show you how to access the truth inside of you! (Priceless!)

Plus, get *FREE* Access to the Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Membership Site. In addition to the classes, retreats, and supervision you will have nine months of access to the exclusive Certified SPT Membership Site—a value of $1,000+! You’ll be able to watch 40+ training videos designed specifically for advanced students and participate in an extra monthly webinar with Lisa to discuss additional advanced topics. You’ll have access to archived recordings of past advanced webinars, weekly blog posts, and podcasts, plus discounts on other Play Therapy Institute of Colorado classes. Best of all, you’ll be a part of the worldwide Synergetic Play Therapy community.

OK I want to apply! What next? If you’re interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind training program and have completed either the Intro to SPT course or attended a six-day SPT Intensive, please submit a one-page letter answering the questions in the “How to Apply” section in the tabs at the bottom of the page.

How do I become Certified? Check out the tab at the bottom of the page to see the prerequisites you need to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist.

Don’t feel ready yet? Not a problem. Sometimes we just need another year to get comfortable and practice before diving into a more advanced skill set. If this is the case, you are invited to have ongoing supervision for a year and apply the following year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado!

APT Approved Provider 09-264.

Oct
2
Mon
Episode 15 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: TBD
Oct 2 all-day

The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado’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 CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado 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!

Oct
9
Mon
*FREE* “Lessons From the Playroom” Webinar Series – Working with Resistant Parents in Play Therapy
Oct 9 @ 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. The October topic is “Working with Resistant Parents in Play Therapy.”

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

Register now!

Oct
10
Tue
34th Annual Association for Play Therapy Conference in Minnesota
Oct 10 – Oct 15 all-day

The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado – Home of Synergetic Play Therapy will have a presence at the 34th Annual APT International Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The event welcomes more than 900 counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals from October 10-15. Visit the APT for more information. And don’t forget to register by September 15th for a discount!

 

 

Oct
15
Sun
Aggression and Death in the Playroom: A Neurobiological Approach to Integrating Extremes in Play Therapy APT Conference Workshop @ Marriott City Center
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come explore sword fighting, gun play and death play from a neuroscience and brain-based perspective. Learn how to work with the intensity
of aggression and death play without causing your own nervous system to shut down. This workshop is part of the  34th Annual APT International Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The event welcomes more than 900 counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals from October 10-15. Visit the APT for more information. And don’t forget to register by September 15th for a discount!

Oct
16
Mon
Episode 16 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: TBA
Oct 16 all-day

The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado’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 CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado 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!

Oct
18
Wed
Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Training
Oct 18 @ 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.

Oct
20
Fri
Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy 6 Month Course LAUNCH
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy 6 Month Course LAUNCH

The Online Introduction to
Synergetic Play Therapy Course
Oct 20th, 2017 – March 16th, 2018

Register Now!

 

“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 first course in a six-part series. You cannot register for individual modules of this course. Our next Online Intro Course starts February 16th, 2018. Learn more about our Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy and other available courses at our e-learning site.

What You Will Learn… In 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.  

How will this online course work?  The course runs six months and includes:

  • Three, one-hour LIVE webinars with Lisa Dion
  • Six 2.5-hour recorded video courses
  • Monthly 30-minute consultations with an SPT Supervisor/Consultant to help you integrate what you are learning

For more specifics about the course please click here.

Considerations for taking this course: This course requires a time commitment. 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.

Dates:

  • October 20th, 2017, 11 a.m (MST): One-hour LIVE Webinar with Lisa Dion and release of the first video course
  • November 17th, 2017: Release of the second video course
  • December 15th, 2017:  Release of third video course
  • January 5th, 2018, 11 a.m. (MST): One-hour LIVE Webinar with Lisa
  • January 19th, 2018: Release of fourth video course
  • February 16th, 2018: Release of fifth video course
  • March 16th, 2018, 11 a.m. (MST): One-hour LIVE Webinar with Lisa and release of sixth and final video course

Cost

  • 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)

Credits: Total 18 CE credit (3 Contact, 15 Non-Direct Contact)

 

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

Registration closes on October 19, 2017.

APT Approved Provider 09-264.