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Course description

** This course is being retired.  In order to obtain APT credit, you must complete the course by March 1, 2020.**

In this video interview,  Lisa Dion explains the principles of Synergetic Play Therapy and how that relates to aggression in the playroom.  Lisa explains the neuroscience behind aggression as a symptom of dysregulation in the nervous system and provides practical tips for clinicians on how to facilitate the expression of aggression.  She provides ways for clinicians to remain regulated during intense play sessions to prevent compassion fatigue. And,  she provides concrete examples of how to improve the quality of aggression play in sword fights. 

1. Participants will understand the basic concept of Synergetic Play Therapy and how it addresses aggression in a play therapy setting.

 2. Participants will understand why aggression is present in play therapy sessions and the neuroscience behind aggression as a symptom of dysregulation in the nervous system. 

3. Participants will learn ways the therapist can respond during aggressive play that can facilitate growth in the child while also preventing compassion fatigue in the the therapist.

 4. Participants will gain practical skills for interacting with children during aggression play, like sword fighting, to maximize treatment goals. 


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by Davina Reidy

This was such a powerful course. I appreciate Lisa Dion's practical, applicable examples as well as her understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and how that affects both our kids in aggressive behaviors and us as clinicians in response to these behaviors. I feel like I have struggled with this population for the exact reasons she outlined and will now be more equipped to manage my own intimidation with this in the play room.

by Michelle Collins

Since my focus is on "trauma", I LOVED how the concept of "integration" was explained. In order to move on it MUST occur. Being congruent and authentic with our emotions is important when a child with trauma history is trying to make sense of it all. Very informative!

by Lisa Meotti

by Misti Brien

Thank you, again, Lisa, for sharing your wisdom. Great review of info you shared at the Texas APT conference in 2016. This will help me tremendously in my work with little ones. And I love your passion and commitment to authenticity!

by Patty Monical

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Guest Speaker

Lisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach and entrepreneur. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults.

She is the founder and Executive Director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy. She is also a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR Practitioner and Senior Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™.

In her private practice, she works with clients of all ages from around the world on a full spectrum of issues. In addition to her clinical work, she has also launched multiple for-profit and non-profit businesses and is a business consultant to various organizations worldwide.

Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 

Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked.  Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Course Contents

1 Video

1 Survey

1 Quiz

3 Texts

2 PDFs

1 Audio