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This program dives deeply into understanding the context in which learning is taking place. Neuroscience can help us understand what is happening for educators and students in moments of dysregulation. You’ll learn to use brain and body state awareness to guide you in applying strategies and learn how to talk to others about the science behind the strategies you’re using. Exploring an embodied approach, we’ll focus on safety and belonging, along with promoting reflective self-awareness, all vital pieces in creating new options for behavior. You will get support as you work through the challenges in doing this work, as you practice applying what you already know while gaining multiple perspectives and new insights to support students, classrooms and other adults.

Welcome, we are excited to share this journey with you.


How to use the learning platform.

Click here to watch a 10-minute video that will go over 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 is different than for this course, however all of the other information is the same.


Please note some key dates and information below:

Join Zoom Meeting for ALL Live Webinars & Consultation Groups

All live webinars take place at 5-6:30pm MST and are recorded if unable to attend live.

Live Webinar Dates:

  • January 22nd, 2024
  • February 26th, 2024
  • April 8th, 2024
  • May 13th, 2024

Recorded Lesson Release Dates:

  • January 29th, 2024
  • February 12th, 2024
  • March 11th, 2024
  • March 25th, 2024
  • April 22nd, 2024
  • April 29th, 2024

Plus a special bonus-session for professionals working with other adults, released on January 1st, 2024

To access the bonus session and material, click below.

On-line Consultation Groups: You will complete a brief survey to chose a consultation group that works for your schedule. Click here if you have not yet completed the survey.

Consultation groups begin the week of 2/19/24. Once assigned, Click here to see consultation group assignments and schedule.

Credit: Participants receive a Certificate of Completion and can also earn a credit from Colorado State University. To receive credit you must register with CSU and pay $65 per credit hour. This option also has additional work requirements. Click here for more information and to register for credit.

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 in a soon-to-be-released book titled, “The Play-based and Expressive Therapies Treatment Planner: A Guide to Working with Children and Adolescents.”

Refund Policy: Cancellations received one month from the start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than one month from the start of the class will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee. Cancellation once the class begins will forfeit the payment of the course. However, payment can be applied towards a future course (within two years). If an emergency arises, please contact us to discuss.

In order to get started with your course you will need to complete the course agreements. To begin please click on “Course Agreements,” under “Course Content” below.