2018 Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy Intensive

The Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy Intensive allows you to jump in and really experience the magic of Synergetic Play Therapy! We hold these intensives regularly throughout the year, limiting this program to four people in order to permit extensive skill practice with individualized coaching and feedback. Each participant will be paired with a child client, with whom they will work every day during the training, under direct supervision as part of a therapeutic observation team. Dive into SPT and see if it’s right for you!

Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy Intensive Prerequisite Training:

  • Participants should have completed or be enrolled in a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) program in counseling, social work, or education.
  • Previous experience working with children and families is also required.
  • A basic understanding of play therapy and play therapy skills is required.

Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy Intensive objectives: 

  • Understand some of the neuroscience behind identifying a child’s states of dysregulation and how these influence the symptoms and play in the playroom
  • Learn how Synergetic Play Therapy tools such as the Nervous System Chart, The Process of Change, and explaining the Synergetic Play Therapy Stages can help a parent understand the play therapy process and keep them engaged
  • Begin to understand how to identify a child’s emotional age in their play
  • Understand how mindfulness and self-awareness in the playroom is an essential component to helping widen a child’s emotional window of tolerance
  • Understand how to work with parents in the play therapy process and keep them engaged
  • Understand how to use boundaries to help reduce emotional flooding and overwhelm in both the child and the therapist, as well as how to set them without shaming or shutting down the child’s play
  • Understand the projective process and how children engage in “The Set Up” as a way to integrate their perceptions of what is challenging them
  • Understand how the therapist’s authenticity and attunement supports the attachment process in play therapy
  • Understand the importance of being regulated in the midst of challenging play as an essential component of becoming the child’s external regulator in the playroom
  • Understand how to use regulation to support a child’s ability to learn how to regulate during a play therapy sessions

For availability and registration details, please contact the Institute at 720-458-9597 or email info@playtherapycolorado.com.

***Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a complete list of the course details***


When: 9-6 p.m. each day during one of the following six-day sessions –  January 26-28 and February 2-4; March 9-11 and 16-18; June 16-18 and 20-22; July 7-13 (one day break in the middle); August 4-10 (one day break in the middle); September 28-30 and October 5-7  (see location change for this training in the “where” section below.)

What: Six days of full immersion into Synergetic Play Therapy

Where: Play Therapy Institute Of Colorado, 2845 Wilderness Place, Suite 208, Boulder, CO 80301

The September / October training is taking place at Braindrops Play Therapy and Wellness, 209 E Plum St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Credits:  Total of 49 credit hours which includes supervision, direct contact, and education.

The breakdown is as follows: 25 CE Direct Contact APT-Approved Credits*, 9 Direct Contact Hours, 8 Individual Supervision Hours, 7 Group Supervision Hours

Cost: $1750.00

2019 Dates: 

Feb 1-3 and 8-10: Fort Collins, CO
June 8-10 and 12-14: Littleton, CO
June 22-24 and 26-28: Fort Collins, CO
July 13-15 and 17-19: Littleton, CO
July 27-29 and July 31-August 2: Fort Collins, CO


Participants Will be Required To:

  • Complete all required paperwork- intake, treatment plan, case notes, termination, etc.
  • Attend all six days of the training–49 hours total approved by APT (supervision, direct contact and CE credits included)
  • Complete eight videotaped play therapy experiences with client
  • Review all eight videotaped play therapy experiences with instructor
  • Observe a minimum of 12 play therapy experiences with other intensive participants
  • Attend all didactic and play therapy instruction sessions
  • Attend and participate in daily group supervision
  • Communicate with the child client’s parents/guardians daily

Refund Policy:  The six-day training costs $1750. Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees include the 48 hours of training. You must take care of your own meals and accommodations. Written cancellations received six weeks prior to the training, will receive a full refund of the balance of fees minus a $25.00 administrative fee. If you cancel after that date, you will forfeit your full deposit or it can be applied towards a future intensive.

*Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, APT Approved Provider 09-264

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