Six-Day Intensive Synergetic Play Therapy Training

SPT Certification Retreat
January 26, 2018 – February 4, 2018 all-day
Play Therapy Institute of Colorado
2845 Wilderness Pl
CO 80301
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 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.

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