Playdate with Lisa Dion
Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity

Presenter: Lisa Dion
Date: 2 DAY TRAINING - Saturday, Feb 9th and Sunday, Feb 10th 8:30am- 3:30pm
Location: Garrett Counseling - Jacksonville, AL
1215 Jackson’s Way SW Jacksonville, AL
Lunch is NOT included - 30 min lunch break. Bring your own bagged lunch! Drinks are provided.

This 2 day workshop is designed to help play therapists understand aggressive play from a neuro-biological perspective. With the help of neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and a Synergetic Play Therapy framework therapists will learn how to effectively work with this type of play in a way that supports nervous system regulation, reorganization of the child’s lower centers of the brain and decreases compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. This 2 day workshop will take participants to new possibilities as they explore a science based process for working with children at the deepest, most profound levels while staying safe and sane. They will learn the art of sword fighting, gun play, bop bag play, and more while understanding what it takes to maximize growth and integration for their clients and for themselves.

Learning Objectives:
1.Therapists will begin to be able to describe how play therapy works from a neurobiological perspective.
2. Therapists will be able to describe the importance of authenticity and emotional congruence in a play therapy process.
3. Therapists will be able to describe how to work with aggression and trauma in the play room without having their own nervous system shut down leading to vicarious trauma.
4. Therapists will be able to understand how their own “window of tolerance” can impact the healing process.
5. Understand the link between a child’s dys-regulated states of their nervous system and their aggressive and traumatic play.
6. Understand how to facilitate aggressive play in the play therapy process without increasing or promoting aggression.
7. Learn how to keep yourself regulated in the midst of intense play/trauma play and death in the play room.
8. Learn how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting down a child's play.
9. Understand what it takes to become the "external regulator" in the playroom to support nervous system integration.
10. Understand what to do when "emotional flooding" happens in a play therapy session.
11. Understand the Synergetic Play Therapy concept of "The Set Up" in the play room.
12. Understand what to do when aggressive play begins and a parent is in the playroom.

12 NBCC /APT contact hours included

Register and pay before December 1st $330
All Registrations After December 1st $415

*You will follow the link and pay the amount listed above.

About the Presenter:
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 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. She is often asked, “How do you do it all- run businesses, supervise therapists, teach on a weekly basis, maintain a private practice, consult internationally, create products and be a mother?” The answer is simple: “I am clear about my purpose, am inspired and have organized my life in such a way that allows me to do what I love to do on a daily basis. I face challenges like everyone else, but I have a calling and have learned the skills to help me manifest my vision.”


*Garrett Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6763. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Garrett Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs NBCC ACEP Provider No. 6763.

*Garrett Counseling is approved by APT to provide continuing education. Garrett Counseling maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APT Approved Provider 15-430.

Making Payment: Once you register, you will follow the link provided to make payment. You have not RESERVED your seat until you have paid.

Cancellation Policy: If you contact us before the program date, you may exchange for a certificate to attend another program or a tuition refund less a cancel fee. Occasionally, changes are made due to unforeseen circumstances or participant demand. While Garrett Counseling will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Garrett Counseling’s liability is limited to the tuition fee only. If you cancel, 10 business days before the event, you will receive a full refund (minus GCC processing fee). Cancellation must be received in writing and can be faxed to 1-256-217-4162 or emailed to If cancellation is not received in writing, you will be charged the full amount of tuition.

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