Jun
16
Fri
International Play Therapy Study Group @ England
Jun 16 – Jun 23 all-day
International Play Therapy Study Group @ England @ England | United Kingdom

In 2017, the International Play Therapy Study Group will be held from June 16th to June 23rd at Champney’s at Forest Mere in beautiful Liphook, Hampshire, England.

World-renowned American psychologist Dr. Charles Schaefer RPT-S, leads this amazing group, serving as Program Coordinator, while Administrative Assistant Ana Sutton, MA, is organizing it. Thirty five distinguished Play Therapists from around the world, including Lisa Dion, founder of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and Synergetic Play Therapy, were personally invited and will gather to hear presentations, participate in discussions and share research and methods.

The study group offers a unique and enriching experience, the small size allows for one on one interaction and small group discussions, and the invitation-only selection ensures that attendees are a diverse group in terms of countries, gender, age and theoretical orientations. Learn more about the event.

Jul
6
Thu
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Understanding Attachment and the Self-Object in SPT
Jul 6 all-day
Online Intro to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Understanding Attachment and the Self-Object 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 fifth course 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 Attachment and Self-Object through a Synergetic Play Therapy Lens (Course 5 of 6)

We will be spending this class exploring a new perspective on attachment along with how to facilitate our clients learning how to attach to themselves through the use of the self-object.  We will also take a beginning look at assessing the emotional age of the client.

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.

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.

Jul
7
Fri
Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – Jul 12 @ 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: 

  • July 7-12
  • August 5-10
  • 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.

“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.

Jul
10
Mon
*FREE* “Lessons From the Playroom” Webinar Series – Working with Parents in Play Therapy
Jul 10 @ 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.

The July 10th topic is “Working with Parents in the Playroom.” Learn how to help your clients get the most out of their sessions by maximizing your relationship with Mom and Dad.

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. This course takes place LIVE, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

Register now!

Jul
21
Fri
Aggression and Death in the Playroom: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extreme Energy in Play Therapy @ Northern California Regional Play Therapy Conference @ Avila Beach
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lisa will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Northern California Regional Play Therapy Conference. She will be speaking on the topic, “Aggression and Death in the Playroom: A neurobiological approach for integrating extreme energy in play therapy.”

Are your play therapy sessions filled with swords fights, death, handcuffs, explosions, or other highly intense play? Do you find yourself feeling nervous, unsafe, overwhelmed, confused or just wanting to run away and hide? This workshop will show you new possibilities, as we use neuroscience to help us integrate extreme play in the play room without having our own nervous systems shut down.

Although aggression and death are a common part of the play therapy process, many therapists don’t have a clear understanding of what to do and how to facilitate the intensity when it enters the playroom during play. The result can lead to inadvertently promoting aggression and increasing low brain disorganization. It can also lead to the therapist feeling beat up, exhausted and hyper-aroused themselves, which can significantly impact their longevity in the field, as well as their ability to stay attuned and present to a child in the playroom.

This six-hour keynote workshop is designed to help play therapists understand aggression and death play from a neurobiological perspective and a Synergetic Play Therapy lens. With the help of neuroscience, therapists will learn how to effectively work with this type of play in a way that supports nervous system regulation, reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain and decreases compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

Therapists will be shown new possibilities as they explore a science based process for working with children at the deepest, most profound levels while staying safe and sane. They will learn how to integrate extreme energy in the play, while understanding what it takes to maximize growth and integration for their clients and for themselves as the therapist.

  1. Understand how to facilitate aggressive play in the play therapy process without increasing or promoting aggression
  2. Learn how to keep yourself regulated in the midst of intense play/trauma play and death in the play room
  3. Understand the link between a child’s dys-regulated states of their nervous system and their play
  4. Participants will learn the importance of authenticity and congruent emotional expressions as an integral part of helping deepen the child’s experience during the play.
  5. Understand “The Set Up” in Synergetic Play Therapy and the significance of this in navigating the play therapy process

Register at: tinyurl.com/ncrptc

Aug
5
Sat
Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – Aug 10 @ 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: 
  • August 5-10
  • 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.

 

Aug
10
Thu
Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Aggression, Art, and Sand in SPT – LIVE Webinar & Class
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Course: Aggression, Art, and Sand in SPT - LIVE Webinar & Class

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 last class in a six-month series with live webinar included. 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. 

Aggression, Art, and Sand in Synergetic Play Therapy (Course 6 of 6; LIVE webinar 3 of 3)

As our last class together, we will take what we have learned so far and apply it to sand, art and aggression.   Each of these is worthy of a class on its own, but I will do my best to highlight a few key pieces to help guide you when your kiddos gravitate towards these kinds of play.

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

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.

Aug
19
Sat
Legal and Ethical Issues in Play Therapy Supervision @ Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Understanding the practical aspects of supervision helps develop clarity in complex systems. We will review legal issues, paperwork right, disclosure statements and confidentiality. The application of this to case studies will help apply this learning in an experiential way.

Cost $100. (3 CE Credits Contact)

Available LIVE or WEBINAR. 

Presented by Kathryn Clarke, LPC, RPT-S. Kathryn is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and Level II EMDR Practitioner, plus the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado’s Internship Coordinator and a Lead Teacher for Synergetic Play Therapy Intensive Trainings. 

This course meets APT requirements toward becoming a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and RPT-S renewal. APT Approved Provider 09-264

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Aug
21
Mon
*FREE* “Lessons From the Playroom” Webinar Series
Aug 21 @ 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. This course takes place LIVE, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

Register now!

Sep
11
Mon
*FREE* “Lessons From the Playroom” Webinar Series
Sep 11 @ 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. This course takes place LIVE, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

Register now!