Aggression in Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach for Integrating Intensity and Trauma
Host: Lisa Dion
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Although aggression is a common part of the play therapy process, many therapists don’t have a clear understanding of what to do and how to facilitate the intensity when it enters the playroom during play. The result can lead to inadvertently promoting aggression and increasing low brain disorganization. It can also lead to the therapist feeling beat up, exhausted and hyper-aroused themselves, which can over time significantly impact their longevity in the field, as well as their ability to stay attuned and present to a child in the play room.
This 3 hour workshop is designed to help play therapists understand aggressive play from a neuro-biological perspective and a Synergetic Play Therapy lense. With the help of neuroscience, 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.
– Understand the link between a child’s dys-regulated states of their nervous system and their play
– Learn how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting down a child’s play
– Understand the Synergetic Play Therapy concept of “The Set Up” in the playroom.
– Understand how to facilitate aggressive play in the play therapy process without increasing or promoting aggression.
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher and supervisor. She is the founder and President 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. She is dedicated to advancing the play therapy
field worldwide through her teachings, books and research. She is the author of
Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating
Intensity, the host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series
and is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s 2015 Professional
Education and Training Award.