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We’re so excited to have you as part of our community of empowered educators at the Synergetic Education Institute!

Our work will be grounded in neuroscience and the latest nervous system research as we will explore how to apply this understanding in practical and sustainable ways. Understanding student and adult experiences in moments of dysregulation helps us create empowering spaces that promote growth for students and educators. This is what creates options for new behaviors. While we know this work isn’t always easy, our goal is to offer support every step of the way.

In this journey, we’ll learn how to empower educators because, despite your best efforts, you can’t do it all alone. It’s time to master the art of cultivating an environment supporting student and adult learning and growth to help you build capacity at your site(s) without compromising anyone’s well-being.

We can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Let’s get started,

Judy and the SEI Team


Navigating the Learning Platform:

Click here to watch a 10-minute video that will walk you through the learning platform and show you where to find everything you need to be successful in this course. Please note that the course name and dates in the video will be different than that of this course, however, all of the other information is the same.


Important Class Dates:

Please mark your calendars for the dates and times listed below. You may use this Time Converter Tool to adjust to your timezone! *All live webinars will be held via Zoom.

Class 1: LIVE Webinar – Preparing Brains to Learn, September 23, 2024, 5-7pm Mountain Time (Denver)*
Class 2: Recorded Lesson – Developing Self-Regulation and Interoception, September 30, 2024
Class 3: Recorded Lesson – Brain-Aligned Strategies, October 7, 2024
Class 4: LIVE Webinar – The Developmental Mindsets Paradigm™: Working with Educators from a Developmental Perspective, October 21, 2024, 5-7pm Mountain Time (Denver)*
Class 5: LIVE Webinar – Growing Windows of Tolerance & Shifting Perceptions, October 28, 2024, 5-7pm Mountain Time (Denver)*
Class 6: Recorded Lesson – Practical Classroom Strategies for Creating Regulatory Environments, November 4, 2024
Class 7: Recorded Lesson – The Neurobiology of Regulating Ourselves and Others, November 11, 2024
Class 8: LIVE Webinar – Relationship Dynamics and Challenges, December 2, 2024, 5-7pm Mountain Time (Denver)*
Class 9: Recorded Lesson – Relationship Dynamics and Individual Differences, December 9, 2024
Class 10: Recorded Lesson – Balancing Challenge and Support in Layered Social-Emotional, Behavior Support Plans, December 16, 2024
Class 11: LIVE webinar – Tying Things Together and Moving Forward, January 27, 2025, 5-7pm Mountain Time (Denver)*

Join Zoom Meeting for ALL Live Webinars & Consultation Groups

*All live webinars will be recorded and uploaded to your course site within 24 hours should you be unable to attend live and online.


Online Consultation Groups:

If you have not already done so, please use the link below to complete a short questionnaire to support us in assigning you to a consultation group that most closely meets your needs! You must complete the form below by NO LATER THAN October 1, 2024, for your preferences to be considered in consultation group assignments.

Consultation Group Questionnaire

Consultation groups will begin the week of October 14, 2024. Once assigned, you will receive an email from the Institute with your group dates and times. We will also upload the consultation group assignments and schedule here once confirmed: Click here to see the consultation group assignments and schedule.


Program Materials:


CSU Credit:

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this program and can also register to earn credit from Colorado State University. To receive credit, you must register with Colorado State University and pay a fee of $65 USD per credit hour. This option also has additional work requirements.

Click here for more information and to register for CSU credit


Meet Your Instructor:

Judith Norman, MA, MS, LPC, RPT-S is Licensed as both a Professional and School Counselor. Judith is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is also Certified as a Synergetic Play Therapy® Teacher and Supervisor, and in EMDR therapy, along with being trained in Mindfulness in Education. She has been utilizing the tenets of Synergetic Play Therapy® in educational settings for the past 10 years, leading to the development of social-emotional, trauma-informed programming to support students and educators.

Judith has been a School Counselor at Title One schools and two-way bilingual immersion schools, has worked at the district level as a Social Emotional Learning Coach in the United States, and as a School Counselor and Director of Guidance at an international school overseas. Having worked at the intersection of education and mental health for over 20 years, Judith trains and supervises both school-based and clinical mental health professionals. Judith speaks nationally, and consults, and teaches internationally, has developed SEL and trauma-informed programming across various levels of school functioning, and has supported Department of Education state-wide initiatives with district and state-wide training for educators, school-based mental professionals, and educational leaders. Judith led her school district in implementing a Kaiser Permanente “Thriving Schools Grant,” aimed at advancing social-emotional wellness and behavioral health in school districts. Judith co-authored a chapter with Lisa Dion  in  “Play-Therapy Treatment Planning  with Children and Families.”


To get started and begin accessing the program lessons, you will first need to complete and agree to the Program Agreements. Please click on “Evolution of a Synergetic Educator – Program Agreements” under “Course Content” below to begin!