- 2 day workshop (12 CEUs)
May 27, 2016 - May 28, 2016
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
BC Play Therapy Association holds workshops throughout the year to help advance the education of Play Therapy Practitioners and related professions. These usually revolve around a specialized speaker teaching a subject of importance to the advancement of play therapy as a therapeutic practice.
Manual Registration: $174 (BCPTA Members) or $244 (non-members)
AGM to take place over the lunch hour on Saturday, May 28, 2016.
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Presented by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S
A light breakfast and snacks will be provided on both days.Lunch will also be provided on Saturday only as the AGM will take place over the lunch hour.
About the Workshop
In this 2-day workshop, therapists will have a one of kind experience exploring the basic components of play therapy from a neurobiological perspective as they are introduced to Synergetic Play Therapy, the New Frontier in Play Therapy. Synergetic Play Therapy is the first research-informed play therapy model to blend together neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness/mindsight. Although Synergetic Play Therapy is called a model of play therapy, it is actually a way of being in relationship with self and other. It is an all en-compassing paradigm and can be applied to any facet of life and subsequently any current model of therapy or “ology” can also be applied to it.
Through didactic and experiential teachings, participants will learn cutting-edge research on neural anatomy, mindfulness, attachment theory and brain development as the research is translated into practical ways of working with children and parents. Participants will also learn what it means to attach to one’s self as the cornerstone for all healing, the importance of congruent emotional expression in the play room, how to identify types of dys-regulation in the playroom, how to model regulating activities to the client, how to talk to and involve parents and ultimately how to re-pattern a child’s nervous system through the play therapy process. Topics like: how to facilitate sand, art, trauma and aggressive play will also be covered from the perspective of nervous system regulation, attunement, and mindfulness.
About the Presenter
Lisa Dion is an international teacher, supervisor and creator of Synergetic Play Therapy. As the executive director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, she trains therapists worldwide in play therapy and business creation. Lisa Dion also presented at the BCPTA-CAST Conference in 2014. Her presentation was a great success at the conference and feedback from those who heard Lisa speak at the conference said “Lisa’s workshop was the best workshop at the conference!”
History of Synergetic Play Therapy
The projective process in play therapy
Introduction to the Synergetic Play Therapy process
Brain and Nervous System Regulation in Play Therapy – Understanding the child’s symptoms
Videos and experiential exercises
The role of the Synergetic Play Therapist
Introduction to charting and tracking a child’s process
Types of reflections to use in the playroom from a brain-based perspective
Attachment process in play therapy
Overcoming the challenges and empowerment in play therapy
Working with parents in the play therapy process
Program Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1) describe how to identify symptoms of dysregulation in play therapy and ways to help re-pattern the child’s nervous system;
2) describe the stages that a child moves through in Synergetic Play Therapy;
3) describe how play therapy works from a neurobiological perspective;
4) describe the importance of attachment to one’s self and mindfulness in a play therapy process;
5) describe their role in art, sand, and aggressive play in Synergetic Play Therapy.
Who Should Attend
Play therapists, family therapists, psychologists, clinical social workers, school counsellors and other mental health professionals working with children, adolescents and families will benefit from this training. The workshop is designed for mental health professionals who already have basic play therapy training and experience including child-centered play therapy.
Please contact the education committee with any questions about this workshop at email@example.com.
The cancellation fee is $25. In order to cancel your registration, please send us a cancellation notice via email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 13, 2016 at midnight. No refund is issued if you cancel your registration after or on May 14, 2016.
Venue: SFU Harbourside, Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre
Parking is available two blocks up, at Seymour and Pender, for $11.00/day weekdays and $5.00/day weekends.