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The Synergetic Play Therapy Institute's “Lessons From the Playroom” Podcasts are a series of recorded podcasts designed to help therapists understand the little lessons that kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process.

Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children. With these podcasts, she'll teach you practical ways to transform both you and the child clients you work with. These inspiring educational lessons are sure to leave you feeling more confident and excited for your next session!

Lessons from the Playroom Lisa Dion

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    • 4.9 • 86 Ratings

The Synergetic Play Therapy Institute's “Lessons From the Playroom” Podcasts are a series of recorded podcasts designed to help therapists understand the little lessons that kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process.

Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children. With these podcasts, she'll teach you practical ways to transform both you and the child clients you work with. These inspiring educational lessons are sure to leave you feeling more confident and excited for your next session!

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 107: Letting Go/Surrendering

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 107: Letting Go/Surrendering

    Why is it so hard to let go and surrender to the reality of WHAT IS, in your life?... Join Lisa Dion as she takes you on a reflective journey to answer this very important question (... because we know it’s not easy and, let’s just be honest, can be downright painful!). 
    In this Lessons from the Playroom episode, learn:
    Why it’s so hard to let go and surrender to what is happening in your life How to not lose yourself when you’re letting go or surrendering How to become aware and work through the shoulds/unmet expectations and being in the unknown of what it is to create safety How to work with the resistance and mindfully move into a place of surrendering and letting go How to fully integrate the experience of letting go/surrendering (including a powerful technique to do so) * 💜Join our Newsletter💜 https://bit.ly/SPTcommunity
    * If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends/fellow colleagues to join us. Follow Lisa Dion and the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Lisa Dion’s Book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extremes is available in English, Spanish and on Audible. Find more information and free resources to support you on your play therapist journey at https://synergeticplaytherapy.com/
    * Interested in APT Approved CE credits and courses delivered to your living room? Take a look at all our play therapy training, available on our learning website: https://learn.synergeticplaytherapy.com/

    • 24 min
    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 106: EMDR Therapy & Kids

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 106: EMDR Therapy & Kids

    This next guest, from a young age, wanted to be both a philosopher and a pilot … while life took her down a different path, she has since translated the “mysteries” of EMDR Therapy when working with children for thousands of therapists worldwide ... and taken many of her clients on a journey to places within themselves, giving them wings to soar!  💖
    Ana Gomez is the founder of the AGATE Institute and has focused her career on working with complex and developmental trauma, healing generational wounds, and understanding dissociative patterns.
    Join Ana Gomez and Lisa Dion in a discussion about EMDR Therapy with kids where Ana gives understanding to:
    What is EMDR Therapy and how it can be applied to your child clients; How to support your child clients in developing a relationship with their inner world; How attunement is key in the healing process; and  The importance of doing your own “work” as a therapist so that you can accompany your clients on their journeys through their traumas from a more embodied perspective.  Listen to today's episode and receive your “wings” from an extraordinary “pilot” who so beautifully reminds us why we do what we do, the power of this work, and why we continue to show up for our child clients day in and day out. 
    *Ana M Gómez, MC, LPC is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute in Phoenix, AZ. She is a psychotherapist, author, and an international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma as well as generational wounds and dissociation. Ana is the author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation and several book chapters and articles on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents. In addition, she is the author of multiple children’s books and therapeutic tools.
    Check out this incredible resource formed by Ana and other amazing EMDR Therapists who are bringing EMDR Therapy into their work with children – the Global Child EMDR Alliance.
     
    *💜Join our Newsletter💜 https://bit.ly/SPTcommunity
    *If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends/fellow colleagues to join us. Follow Lisa Dion and the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Lisa Dion’s Book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extremes is available in English, Spanish and on Audible. Find more information and free resources to support you on your play therapist journey at https://synergeticplaytherapy.com/
    *Interested in credits and courses delivered to your living room? Take a look at all our classes, available on our learning site: https://learn.synergeticplaytherapy.com/

    • 45 min
    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 105: Challenges of Being a Play Therapist

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 105: Challenges of Being a Play Therapist

    We’re doing something different in this episode! … This time, Lisa is joined by three important people in her life - three Certified Synergetic Play Therapists, for a discussion of some of the challenges we might face as a play therapist. 
    Take time to pause, reflect and find out what to do when a child/client:
    tries to take care of the therapist; does not turn on their screen during a teletherapy session (and what is really necessary for attunement to occur - the answer might surprise you);  struggles with transitions, including not wanting to leave a parent’s side or not wanting to leave the playroom when it’s time to go. *Special guests: Certified Synergetic Play Therapists,  Andrea Davidson (Colorado), Johanna Simmons (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Rachel Freeburg (Oregon).
    *💜Join our Newsletter💜 https://bit.ly/SPTcommunity
    *If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends/fellow colleagues to join us. Follow Lisa Dion and the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Lisa Dion’s Book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extremes is available in English, Spanish and on Audible. Find more information and free resources to support you on your play therapist journey at https://synergeticplaytherapy.com/
    *Interested in credits and courses delivered to your living room? Take a look at all our classes, available on our learning site: https://learn.synergeticplaytherapy.com/

    • 39 min
    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 104: Integrating Sandtray, Attachment & Trauma

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 104: Integrating Sandtray, Attachment & Trauma

    In this episode, Lisa is joined by another special therapist - a gem 💖 in the play therapy field (and he’s also a poet 😉) … Marshall Lyles joins Lisa in a discussion that brings new thought, new life, and new excitement to processes and things you may have heard about for years.
    Join Lisa and Marshall in conversation about …
    The use of Sandtray therapy in healing attachment and trauma; How attachment styles present for clients (and yourself) in the sandtray; How to go deeply within yourself through the “sandtray mirror;” Ways to navigate your own inner landscape and cultivate a “reflective practice;” And how to further develop yourself as a play therapist through the modalities that you practice. As a bonus, Marshall also shares his poem, Digging Deeper that he recently shared in the book, Advanced Sandtray Therapy.
    Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, lives in the Austin, Texas, area and has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. He’s published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to several books including recently co-authoring the book Advanced Sandtray Therapy (released in September 2021). 
    *💜Join our Newsletter💜 https://bit.ly/SPTcommunity
    *If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends/fellow colleagues to join us. Follow Lisa Dion and the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Lisa Dion’s Book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extremes is available in English, Spanish and on Audible. Find more information and free resources to support you on your play therapist journey at https://synergeticplaytherapy.com/
    *Interested in credits and courses delivered to your living room? Take a look at all our classes, available on our learning site: https://learn.synergeticplaytherapy.com/

    • 40 min
    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 103: Supporting Parents in Becoming External Regulators

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 103: Supporting Parents in Becoming External Regulators

    A fundamental question of your practice as a play therapist, might be - “How do I support parents/caregivers in becoming the external regulator for their child?”
    With this mantra in mind to “treat the parent/caregiver how you would love the parent/caregiver to treat the child,” Lisa Dion tackles this very topic of how to support parents/caregivers in becoming their child’s external regulator. 
    In this Lessons from the Playroom episode, you’ll learn:
    How to support parents/caregivers when they themselves do not already have a template for regulation, or they don’t know how to do it well, or perhaps their own internal disorganization is activating their child’s disorganization and dysregulation.  How to help the parent/caregiver come to see that all behaviors are designed to support regulation (their child’s and their own). Four things you can do to help support and set the parent/caregiver up for success in becoming the external regulator for their child.  What to do if the parent/caregiver is not quite ready to develop the skills of being the external regulator.   
    *💜Join our Newsletter💜 https://bit.ly/SPTcommunity
    *If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends/fellow colleagues to join us. Follow Lisa Dion and the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Lisa Dion’s Book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extremes is available in English, Spanish and on Audible. Find more information and free resources to support you on your play therapist journey at https://synergeticplaytherapy.com/
    *Interested in credits and courses delivered to your living room? Take a look at all our classes, available on our learning site: https://learn.synergeticplaytherapy.com/

    • 19 min
    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 102: Finding the Hidden Gifts Within Children

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 102: Finding the Hidden Gifts Within Children

    In this 102nd episode, Lisa is joined by special guest Dr. David Crenshaw for a touching and heartfelt conversation about Finding the Hidden Gifts Within Children, especially those who have been deeply mistreated and hurt.
    In this episode, David reminds you that children who have been wounded so often present with many protective patterns that often hide their inner treasures, talents, strengths, and deeper qualities about themselves. 
    And at times, these patterns are so strong in the child, that you might get easily swayed, become confused, or forget that they are protective strategies … Forgetting that under all that shutdown, back talk, aggressive behavior, or resistance, is the child’s true self - their virtues, their essence, their wholeness.
    Listen as David shares his wisdom and some of the lessons learned from his 53 years in the field - and a key message to always look for the treasures buried within.
    *David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D. is Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie He is Past-President of the New York Association for Play Therapy, a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist; a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.  He has received several Lifetime Achievement Awards including most recently in 2021 by the Association for Play Therapy. He is the author/editor/co-editor of numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles on child aggression, play therapy and child trauma.
    *💜Join our Newsletter💜 https://bit.ly/SPTcommunity
    *If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends/fellow colleagues to join us. Follow Lisa Dion and the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Lisa Dion’s Book, Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Extremes is available in English, Spanish and on Audible. Find more information and free resources to support you on your play therapist journey at https://synergeticplaytherapy.com/
    *Interested in credits and courses delivered to your living room? Take a look at all our classes, available on our learning site: https://learn.synergeticplaytherapy.com/

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

BasyaG ,

Love this podcast!

Thank you so much for all the time, energy, and thought you put into this podcast! I want to be a therapist for children from hard places, and your podcast has sparked in me an excitement and passion for play therapy. I highly recommend listening to this if you work with children!

Lindsay Ishman ,

My favorite podcast series hands down!

This is my favorite podcast series by far! It not only supports my work as a play therapist, but inspires and keeps me connected to myself. It’s truly transformative! Thank you Lisa!!

Kirchoff Counseling ,

Love this Podcast

I just stumbled across this podcast and although I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far, I absolutely LOVE IT. The episode looking at what inspires us and how to make sure our lives our congruent with what inspires us has reignited my passion for play therapy. Thank you, Lisa!!

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