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The Neurobiology of Play Therapy and EMDR

April 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - April 21, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


Three days of training and 4 sessions of case consultation are provided. This training is being sponsored by Jan Schaad, LCSW.

Time:  9:00AM-12:00PM,  12:00PM-1:30PM lunch,  1:30PM-4:30PM


About the training

In this workshop, therapists will have a one of kind experience exploring the basic components of play therapy from a neurobiology perspective as they get introduced to Synergetic Play Therapy and learn how it applies to the EMDR process with children.  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 gain an understanding of the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) in EMDR as it relates to Synergetic Play Therapy.

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.  Aggressive play will also be covered from the perspective of nervous system regulation, attunement, and mindfulness.  Finally, participants will also learn how to track a client’s changes in a simple, yet comprehensive way.

This is a 3 day workshop with group consultation for 4 months following (Group consultation is 3-4 people per group for either 1.5 or 2 hours depending on how many participants).

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Please download the registration forms below and either mail, email, or fax them.



    1. Understand the link between a child’s dys-regulated states of their nervous system and their play
    2. Understand the significance of authenticity and authentic expression in the play therapy process
    3. Understand how our own “windows of tolerance” can impact the healing process.
    4. Illustrate an understanding of the neurobiology of co-regulation as related to EMDR therapy and working with children in play therapy
    5. Learn how to keep yourself regulated in the midst of intense play/trauma play and while facilitating EMDR in the play room
    6. Be able to describe the stages that a child moves through in Synergetic Play Therapy
    7. Be able to describe the importance of attachment to one’s self and mindfulness in a play therapy process
    8. Learn  how to track a child’s progress in the play therapy process
    9. Discuss at least 2 considerations about why and when you would modify the standard EMDR protocol and how this would impact other phases of treatment in the play therapy process.
    10. Learn how to integrate EMDR into a non-directive play therapy process
    11. Discuss at least 2 considerations for when you would use a directive EMDR approach versus a non-directive EMDR approach with a child


LISA DION, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy,” a model of play therapy bridging the gap between neuro-science and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises globally, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children. She is the only person in the world who is a Senior Certified Demartini Method Facilitator® and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.  Lisa has been using EMDR with children since 2006.

Her training and understanding of how the mind and a person’s biology drives human behavior allows her to offer her child and adult clients a unique perspective and understanding on how to maximize their potential and develop a greater appreciation for themselves and the people in their lives. Lisa is dedicated to advancing the play therapy field worldwide through her teachings, books and research. Her first book Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Playroom is already being referred to as “groundbreaking”. Lisa is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s 2015 Professional Education and Training Award.

Judith Norman, LPC, LSC, RPT-S, has advanced training in Sand Tray Therapy and is also a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist TM and Supervisor, a Certified EDMR Therapist with extensive training in early childhood trauma, a Parent Educator, a Mindfulness Instructor and she is trained in Rhythmic Movement Training. Judith is the Founder of Braindrops Play Therapy & Wellness LLC, and Co-founder of Playful eMotion Family Resource Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Judith has developed and teaches concepts to support self-regulation in home and school environments. In her therapeutic work, she focuses on integrating primitive reflexes and has co-developed a model integrating the tenets of SPT and Primitive Reflex Integration. Judith has a wide perspective on intercultural communication, bi-cultural and multi-cultural development of children, struggles with identity, belonging and relationships.


Workshop Requirements

Completion of EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training, and clinical work experience using play therapy with children.

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Cost: Early Bird-prior to March 15-$675
Regular registration – 3/16/2017 to 4/18/2017 $725
Full time employees of non-profit agencies – $50 discount with proof of employment

Pay by check to P.O.B. 326, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or pay by credit card. Non-profits must call in order to pay by check for discounted rate.


Recommended Hotel

Historic Plains Hotel. 307-638-3311


April 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am
April 21, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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Lisa Dion
Judith Norman


Historic Plains Hotel
1600 Central Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82001 United States
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(307) 638-3311