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Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy
(3 Day In-Person)

PIP Solutions are hosting Lisa Dion to deliver the 3 days in person Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to engage in a comprehensive play therapy training, as Lisa takes you on a journey that explores the foundational skills of Synergetic Play Therapy.

Dates: 26th-28th October 2024 (Saturday-Monday)

Venue:  Alderley Edge Hotel, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7BJ


About the Training

About Synergetic Play Therapy 

Synergetic Play Therapy (SPT) is a researched-informed model of play therapy blending the therapeutic power of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. It grew from personal experience as well as research in neuroscience, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and attachment theory.

Course Overview

Lisa is delivering this 3-day in-person course to take you on a journey to explore the neuroscience behind what is happening in the play therapy process, how to repattern a child’s nervous system, and what it means to become an external regulator in the playroom.  You will learn how to effectively work with caregivers and what it means to create a neuroception of safety allowing both the child and the caregiver to have a deeper integration.​

Course Structure

Course Delivery 

The Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy has six modules delivered over 3 days:  9.00 am – 4.30 pm and includes:

  • 18 hours in-person teaching with Lisa Dion

  • 6 one-hour group consultations delivered online over a 6 month time period with a Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant

  • 3 pre-recorded one-hour video lessons to further your learning

  • Book Review of the required book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurological Approach to Integrating Intensity


Module 1: Understand The Set Up/Offering

Learn the game changing SPT concept of The Set Up/Offering, the Interpersonal Neurobiology projective experience and how it shows up in the relationship between the therapist and client, and the key healing agent in all therapy processes.

Module 2: Understand States of Activation

Begin the journey into neurobiology to learn about the brain, states of activation of the nervous system and regulation, and how all a child's symptoms are expressions of the activation of the autonomic nervous system.

Module 3: Become a Child's External Regulator

Deepen your understanding of what it means to become an external regulator to help children expand their windows of tolerance, re-pattern their nervous system and integrate their experiences.

Module 4: Partnering with Caregivers/Tracking the Play

Understand parents/caregivers at a deeper level and learn how to become their external regulator. This module also includes how to do an intake with the brain in mind, goal setting, learning how to track a client's progress and translating the play, and how to support caregivers when they are in the session.

Module 5: Understand Attachment and Emotional Age

Deepen your understanding of attachment, attachment to self, and attunement. Also explore the difference between a child's emotional age and their chronological age, as well as why interoception is the prerequisite for developing self-regulation.

Module 6: Sand, Art, and Aggression in SPT

Explore how to facilitate sand, art and aggression through an SPT lens. You'll also learn how to use regulation as a way to help integrate aggressive energy in the playroom, and why the therapist is truly the most important toy in the playroom!

Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultations

As part of the course, you will participate in 6 x monthly one hour Consultation Groups that will be led by a Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant. Consultation is a mandatory part of the program to help you integrate what you are learning. (Please refer to the SPTI Institutional Policies)

Participants will be required to

  • Attend all 3 in person teaching days

  • Attend all 6 monthly online Consultations (scheduled with an SPT Consultant)

  • Before the training, purchase and read Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity by Lisa Dion as this will be referenced throughout the training.

CPD Points

Participants who complete the full "Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy" training (18 hours of in-person training, 6 x one-hour group consultations, 3 pre-recorded one-hour video lessons, and a book review), will receive a Certificate of Completion: Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy.

PIP Solutions will issue a Certificate of Attendance on completion of 3 days (18 hours) teaching.

Individuals will need to refer back to their Membership Body to ascertain whether this qualifies for CPD points

Further information

For further details about the Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy and requirements, visit:

Payment Plan

Spread the cost of your course into three interest-free instalments.  


We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to spread the cost of your purchase into three instalments, at no extra cost to you. There is no interest and no fees.

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Alderley Edge Hotel

Macclesfield Road

Alderley Edge




Saturday 26th October -

Monday 28th October 2024


9.00 am - 4.30 pm

Hotel Booking

Alderley Edge Hotel are offering a flat rate for participants on this training. Details on how to book can be found in your Course Booking Confirmation.

Cost and Payment Plans

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  • Total Fee: £975.00

  • The course fee includes 18 hours teaching;  6 x Consultations with a Synergetic Play Therapy® Consultant; and, 3 pre-recorded one-hour video lessons

  • To organise a payment plan, please email us at

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