Managing Aggression in the Playroom Using Synergetic Play Therapy 


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In this video interview,  Lisa Dion explains the principles of Synergetic Play Therapy and how that relates to aggression in the playroom.  Lisa explains the neuroscience behind aggression as a symptom of dysregulation in the nervous system and provides practical tips for clinicians on how to facilitate the expression of aggression.  She provides ways for clinicians to remain regulated during intense play sessions to prevent compassion fatigue. And,  she provides concrete examples of how to improve the quality of aggression play in sword fights. 


1. Participants will understand the basic concept of Synergetic Play Therapy and how it addresses aggression in a play therapy setting. 

2. Participants will understand why aggression is present in play therapy sessions and the neuroscience behind aggression as a symptom of dysregulation in the nervous system. 

3. Participants will learn ways the therapist can respond during aggressive play that can facilitate growth in the child while also preventing compassion fatigue in the the therapist.

 4. Participants will gain practical skills for interacting with children during aggression play, like sword fighting, to maximize treatment goals. 


Lisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach and entrepreneur. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults. She is the recipient of the 2015 APT Play Therapy Educator of the Year Award. 

She is the founder and Executive Director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy. She is also a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR Practitioner and Senior Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™.

In her private practice, she works with clients of all ages from around the world on a full spectrum of issues. In addition to her clinical work, she has also launched multiple for-profit and non-profit businesses and is a business consultant to various organizations worldwide.


 1 Hour Non-Contact Credit Is Available For This Course With The Purchase Of The All Access Pass

(All Access Pass Purchase Offer Comes Immediately After Summit Registration!)

20 Total Hours of Credit Available As Part of the All Access Pass.  See terms here. 

**Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals**

Summit Founder and Hostess:  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

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Jennifer has nearly 20 years experience working with children and families.  She is currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii.  She is EMDR Trained and TF-CBT Certified.  

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and has presented at multiple national conferences.  Jennifer provides play therapy case consultation, supervision and training (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  

Oh, and she also has three children under the age of 4 and a pretty fantastic husband!