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Lisa Dion: Revolutionising Play in Therapeutic Practice with Children & Young People


This two-days training will be delivered in person by Lisa Dion creator of Synergetic Play Therapy© and founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute.

Revolutionizing Play & Therapeutic Practice is designed to help practitioners understand therapeutic play from a neuro-biological perspective. With the help of neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and a Synergetic Play Therapy framework, practitioners will learn how to effectively work with therapeutic play in a way that supports nervous system regulation, reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain and promote healing for the child.  Through role play, discussion, and experiential exercises participants will learn practical techniques that can be used right away in the playroom. Topics such as boundaries, co-regulation, nervous system activation, emotional flooding and use of aggressive toys and play will be explored.

This training will also guide participants towards a deeper understanding of what it means to become a child’s external regulator during trauma play while practicing how to care for their own nervous system thereby decreasing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.  The result is the transformation of trauma play into ways of connecting, healing, and mutual trust.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counsellor, Registered Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor.  Synergetic Play Therapy (2008) is a research-informed model of play therapy blending the therapeutic powers of play with nervous-system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness and therapist authenticity.  It’s primary play therapy influences are Child-Centered, Experiential and Gestalt theories.  (An Examination of Child-Centered Play Therapy and Synergetic Play Therapy [2021]: Bethany J. Townsend, Lindsay Ishman, Lisa Dion & Kara L. Carnes-Holt).     

Using hands-on and practical techniques, Lisa will assist the group to trace the moment to moment shifts in regulation between practitioner and child, providing a level of insight which supports the transformation of aggression into ways of connecting and mutual trust.

Please follow this link to discover the full Aims and Objectives of this training and what Lisa will leave participants with by the end of the two days.


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