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Center for Community Leadership

711 Hillsborough St

Raleigh, NC 27603

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The Neurobiology of Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach for Integrating Aggression and Trauma

Presented by: Lisa Dion, M.A., LPC, RPT-S

Program Description

This two-day workshop is designed to help play therapists understand aggressive play from a neurobiological perspective. With the help of neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and a Synergetic Play Therapy framework therapists will learn how to effectively work with this type of play in a way that supports nervous system regulation, reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain and decreases compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

This fun two-day workshop will take participants to new possibilities as they explore a science based process for working with children at the deepest, most profound levels while staying safe and sane. They will learn the art of sword fighting, gun play, bop bag play, and more while understanding what it takes to maximize growth and integration for their clients and for themselves.

Speaker Information

Lisa Dion is an international teacher and pioneer in the play therapy field. Her unique perspective allows her to get right to the heart of the struggles that children and families present.

Lisa calls herself “a scientist at heart,” always striving to figure out why things are the way they are. This inner drive towards knowledge created a deep yearning in her to figure out the details of the play therapy process. Coupled with her own experiences as a mother, Lisa has been on a journey to discover the details of personal transformation in children. She studied interpersonal neurobiology, the brain, mindfulness, nervous system regulation, symbolism, physics, attachment/attunement, and human development. The synthesis of this information lead to the creation of a new model of play therapy called, “Synergetic Play Therapy.”

Lisa has had the privilege of impacting and influencing thousands of therapists all over the world with her teachings and helping transform the lives of thousands of children.

With her desire to help children and families, Lisa founded the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2009 with the mission to train play therapists worldwide with the most cutting-edge knowledge possible, as well as create a place where children and families could receive quality mental health services that are accessible and affordable.

In her private practice, Lisa works with children and families when she is not traveling and teaching.

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 9th

Schedule: 6.00 CEUs Available

8:00-9:00am Registration

9:00-12:15pm Morning Session

12:15-1:30pm NCAPT Board Meeting

Lunch is provided

1:30-4:45 pm Afternoon Session

Saturday, March 10th

Schedule: 6.00 CEUs available

8:00-9:00am Registration

9:00-12:15pm Morning Session

12:15-1:15pm Lunch is on your own

1:30-4:30pm Afternoon Session

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain how play therapy works from a neurobiological perspective.

2. State the importance of authenticity and emotional congruence in a play therapy process

3. Identify strategies to work with aggression and trauma in the playroom without having their own nervous system shut down leading to vicarious trauma

4. Explore how a therapists’ own “window of tolerance” can impact the healing process

5. Explain the link between a child’s dys-regulated states of their nervous system and their aggressive and traumatic play

6. Describe strategies to facilitate aggressive play in the play therapy process without increasing or promoting aggression

7. Examine therapists’ regulation in the midst of intense play/trauma play and death in the playroom

8. Identify strategies to set boundaries without shaming or shutting down a child's play

9. State strategies of what it takes to become the "external regulator" in the playroom to support nervous system integration

10. Describe steps for handling "emotional flooding" happens in a play therapy session

11. Explain the Synergetic Play Therapy concept of "The Set Up" in the playroom

12. Explore steps to take when aggressive play begins and a parent is in the playroom

Conference Information

Conference Venue:

The Center for Community Leadership

711 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC 27603

Parking is accessible from the St. Mary's Street entrance (back of the building). Street parking is also available on St. Mary’s Street and Morgan Street. Please do not park in the State Employee Credit Union parking deck/lot. Overflow parking is also available behind the CITGO gas station, which is diagonally located on Hillsborough Street.


Hotel reservations must be made on your own. A room block is available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh (1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605). Call DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (919) 828-0811 and let them know you are attending the NCAPT Conference or give them our special confirmation code: 91297480. Two queen beds in a nonsmoking room is available for $134.99/night before February 15, 2018.

Conference Volunteers:

A limited number of conference volunteer opportunities are available for NCAPT members. Volunteers must commit to two days of volunteering and will get one free day of conference registration. Volunteers may receive CEUs for a fee of $25. If you are interested, please contact Conference Chair/NCAPT Vice President Kate Sutton at katesuttoncounseling@gmail.com.

Continuing Education

This program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours per day with full daily attendance required. If you have questions regarding continuing education, the program, grievance issues, please contact The Institute at: 251-990-5030; e-mail: instconted@aol.com. To receive CE credit, attendees must complete all CE paperwork, sign in/out in designated locations, and submit a completed evaluation of the program.

Note: It is the responsibility of attendees to check with their state licensing/certification board to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their licensing/certification board.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling: For counselors seeking credit The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a co-sponsorship application to NBCC for this program.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB ), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ( ACE ) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2015 - 04-13-2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Marriage-Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Dept. Health, Division MFT, Counseling, Social Work, Provider BAP 255, expiration 03/2019.

Play Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program. APT Provider 98-040.

Teaching Methodology: May include lecture, audio-visual, demonstrations, video clips, large and small group discussions.

Skills Level: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this activity, the workshops are approved for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills level. Attendees are encouraged to consult workshop descriptions for appropriateness for professional skill level.

Registration Fees:

Includes Conference, Friday lunch, and snack breaks

Early Bird (BEST DEAL!) Until February 12, 2018 at 11:59pm

Fees: One Day (Fri or Sat) Both Days

APT Members $120 $225

Non-Members $160* $280*

Students $40 $65

Between February 13-March 7, 2018

Fees: One Day (Fri or Sat) Both Days

APT Members $155 $270

Non-Members $180* $310*

Students $75 $80

Online registration ends on March 7, 2018. Onsite registration available the date of conference for additional $20 fee. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for cancelled registrations. No refunds, exchanges or cancellations offered after March 2, 2018.

*Join now as a new member and save! Professional Annual membership to APT & NCAPT is $95 and includes Play Therapy Magazine and International Play Therapy Journal and much more!

Online registration can be accessed via our website: www.ncapt.org.

If you have questions or any ADA special needs please contact Kate Sutton, katesuttoncounseling@gmail.com.

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