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WELCOME to “One Foot In Education: Exploring Education Through An SPT Lens” Course!

We will be building upon our knowledge of Synergetic Play Therapy®, adding new concepts, and applying it all to working with educators and schools. In this course you’ll learn strategies for use in educational settings that promote trauma-informed, social-emotional support. You’ll learn how to explain the neuroscience behind these strategies, as you develop your skills in supporting others in deepening their knowledge and awareness. Embodying Synergetic Play Therapy® principles as we collaborate with teachers, will move us toward our ultimate goals of empowering teachers and supporting shifting their perceptions of students.

We’re excited to be on 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 some key dates and information below:

Join Zoom Meeting for ALL Live Webinars & Consultation Groups

  • September 20th, 2023 – Class 1: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • October 4th, 2023 – Class 2: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • October 18th, 2023 – Class 3: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • November 1st, 2023 – Class 4: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • November 15th, 2023– Class 5: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • December 6th, 2023– Class 6: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • December 20th, 2023– Class 7: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • January 24th, 2024- Class 8: 1.5 hour hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)
  • February 7th, 2024– Class 9: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)
  • February 21st, 2024–– Class 10: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)
  • March 6th, 2024–– Class 11: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)

Course Structure – The course includes eleven – 1 ½ hour LIVE webinars,  one hour of recorded videos, and four – 1 hour group consultation sessions.  

On-line Consultation Groups: Consultation sessions will be an opportunity to apply what you’re learning to your environment. You will sign up for a group time that works best with your schedule. We will attempt to organize the groups around your role in working with schools, with a focus on working with educators or students, and/or working within a school system or from outside of schools. These sessions will be interactive and a chance for us to try out new ideas, and support one another. 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 10/25/23. .Once assigned, click here to see consultation group assignments and schedule.

Credit: Participants can receive a Certificate of Completion and can also earn  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 on receiving a certificate of completion or credit.

In Preparation – As mentioned above, we’ll be building upon our knowledge of SPT concepts. Here are some of the concepts we’ll be revisiting throughout the course …

  • Nervous system regulation
  • Growing windows of tolerance
  • Shifting perceptions
  • Interoceptive awareness
  • The Set Up/Offering
  • Authenticity, attunement & congruence
  • Attachment to self
  • Being an external regulator
  • Starting points

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.

Course Content