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WELCOME to the 9 month “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!

Please note some key dates and information below:

Enjoy lifetime access to all the course content including recorded live webinars.

Join Zoom Meeting for ALL Live Webinars & Consultation Groups

  • August 24th, 2022 – Class 1: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • September 21st, 2022 – Class 2: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • October 26th, 2022 – Class 3: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MDT, Denver)
  • November 16th, 2022 – Class 4: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • December 21st, 2022 – Class 5: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • January 11th, 2023– Class 6: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • February 8th, 2023 – Class 7: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m.  MST, Denver)
  • March 8th, 2023 – Class 8: 1.5 hour hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)
  • April 12th, 2023 – Class 9: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)
  • May 10th, 2023 – Class 10: 1.5 hour LIVE Webinar (5 p.m. MST, Denver)

Course Structure – The course includes ten – 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 with a focus on either working in schools, or with a focus on working with educators or schools (but not in a school environment). These sessions will be interactive and a chance for us to try out new ideas, and support one another. You will be asked to complete a short survey to choose your group consultation times. 

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

What You Will Learn: Learning Objectives by Class:

Class 1: Who Are You in the Lives of Educators?
  • Analyzing what it means to partner with educators and schools and examining your role
  • Describing a paradigm shift towards educators preparing students’ brains to learn
  • Learning how to link brain states to behavior and expectations
Class 2: The Brain, Nervous System and Self-Regulation
  • Discussing the benefits of understanding behavior from a nervous system lens
  • Learning how to explain the need to intentionally and explicitly grow windows of tolerance
  • Examining the skills needed for developing self-regulation including interoception
Class 3: Strategies and Practical Neuroscience
  • Using a time line approach to understand how to support self-reflection and self-regulation
  • Knowning when and how to Implement brain-aligned strategies
  • Recognizing the need for top-down and bottom-up approaches.
Class 4: Working From a Developmental Perspective
  • Understanding a developmental process lens
  • Differentiating levels of support for educators
  • Examining the learning cycle
Class 5: Practical Classroom Application
  • Examing the process and elements needed for developing self-regulation
  • Applying frameworks for exploring regulatory needs
  • Understanding discipline as proactive, inclusive of creating a regulatory environment
Class 6: Focusing on Adults’ Dysregulation
  • Exploring the concept of the set-up with educators
  • Examining safety, belonging and relationships
  • Balancing challenge and support
Class 7: Moving Towards Perceived Challenges and Barriers
  • Understanding sensitized stress reactions
  • Setting boundaries from a regulatory lens
  • Identifying challenges and barriers
Class 8: Regulation Spaces, Lagging Skills & Support
  • Understanding lagging skills from a broad perspective
  • Exploring ways to teach and track specific skills
  • Understanding teaming and complimentary roles amongst staff
Class 9: Creating Support Plans
  • Using a regulatory lens for creating layered behavior, social-emotional support plans.
  • Understanding your role in creating and implementing plans.
  • Having a broad perspective for ways others can support these plans.
Class 10: Tying it All Together
  • Weaving together the themes and concepts we’ve covered in the course.
  • Building and maintaining empowering relationships.
  • Addressing ways to support on-gong work with educators.

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 Therapist Teacher and Supervisor, and in EMDR therapy. She has been a School Counselor at Title One schools and Two-Way bilingual Immersion schools, 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 in education for over 20 years, she speaks nationally on Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and is trained in Mindfulness in Education. 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.

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.