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 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.


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!



Growing Up in Play Therapy @ Vancouver
Feb 3 all-day
Growing Up in Play Therapy @ Vancouver

Registration details coming soon! 

Join us as we go back in time and revisit the early developmental stages of human development and how it impacts the play therapy process. During this six-hour workshop you will learn to recognize each stage within your child client and yourself, so that you can begin to assess a child’s emotional age versus their chronological age. Knowing this information is a crucial part of understanding what type of intervention to make and how to conceptualize what is happening for the child. Participants will also gain a better understanding on how to track a child’s progress and how to identify empowerment in the play therapy process, so that they can feel more confident communicating this information to the child’s parents and teachers. Case studies, videos and experiential exercises will be used to integrate this information into the play therapy process. Play Therapy Institute of Colorado – Home of Synergetic Play Therapy Founder Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, will be teaching this course.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the various developmental stages that a child goes through and how they show up in the playroom;
  • Understand “The Synergetic Play Therapy Curve” as a way of tracking a child’s progress in play therapy;
  • Understand at least four clues that help assess a child’s emotional age versus their chronological age.

APT Approved Provider 09-264