The Play Therapy Institute of Colorados Lessons From the Playroom Podcasts are a series of recorded podcasts designed to help therapists understand the little lessons that kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process.Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founded and is the CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children. With these podcasts, she'll teach you practical ways to transform both you and the child clients you work with. These inspiring educational lessons are sure to leave you feeling more confident and excited for your next session!
Lessons From the Playroom Episode 11: Making Games Therapeutic in Play Therapy31/07/2017 Duración: 16min
From Candyland’s Gum Drop Mountain to the rungs of Chutes and Ladders, games in play therapy are more than a race to the finish line. They provide us with direct insight into the minds and nervous system states of our child clients. Learn some tips on how to make games in your play therapy sessions more than about just winning and losing.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 10: Helping Parents Explain to their Child Why They are Going to Play Therapy03/07/2017 Duración: 20min
Talking to kids about why they are going to play therapy isn’t always easy. As play therapists, we can work with parents to help them find a clear explanation that helps soothe their child’s potential anxiety and helps minimize apprehension. Not only does it teach kids what to expect, but it also helps the parent get on board.
Lessons From the Playroom Episode 9: "The Importance of Gratitude in the Playroom"19/06/2017 Duración: 16min
It's easy to have gratitude for the good things in our lives, but what about the challenges? In this podcast, you'll learn how appreciation can widen your window of tolerance and open your heart. You'll also learn that clients come into our playrooms for a reason.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 8: An Interview with an Eleven-Year-Old about Play Therapy05/06/2017 Duración: 25min
Kids say the darndest things and they also ask the best questions. Join Lisa as she's interviewed by her eleven-year-old daughter, Avery. Listen in as they go back and forth discussing the power of play and hear Avery's advice to all play therapists.
Lessons From The Playroom Episode 7: Voicing the Toy and Observational Statements22/05/2017 Duración: 17min
Voicing the toy is an important part of play therapy, but it’s the child’s voice that should prove loudest. In this podcast, Lisa offers tips on helping the child stay engaged in their process. She explains why sticking to the facts helps both client and therapist experience a session that sticks as well.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 6: Endings and Transitions08/05/2017 Duración: 28min
It’s hard to say goodbye, especially for children! How do you help kids transition at the end of a play session? How do you help them transition at the conclusion of therapy altogether? How to you help them face the unknown? In this podcast, Lisa addresses why parting is sweet sorrow and how to help children accept change.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 5: When & Why to Set Boundaries in the Playroom24/04/2017 Duración: 28min
Setting boundaries in the playroom can be quite the confusing process! When to set them? How to set them? Why to set them? Is it important to set them? These are just a few of the questions that Lisa will address in this podcast to help shed some light on this important topic.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 4: What Our Playroom Says About Us10/04/2017 Duración: 24min
Did you know that your playroom is a reflection of you? What you put in it and how you set it up is information to the child about where you are willing to go emotionally and what is happening in your own nervous system! Join Lisa as she discusses what your playroom says about you and explores some of the most essential toys to have in it and ideas about how to set it up.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 3: How to Recognize Empowerment in the Playroom27/03/2017 Duración: 23min
Therapists are so good at identifying and working with the problem, but are we as trained to also recognize empowerment? In this podcast, Lisa addresses why it can be challenging to recognize when a child is moving into empowerment, and she shares multiple strategies to help you identify when your child clients are overcoming their challenges.
Lessons from the Playroom Episode 2: How to Leave Play in the Playroom (i.e. Not Take It Home)10/03/2017 Duración: 23min
Have you ever gone home at the end of the day only to realize that you can’t stop thinking or dreaming about your clients? Once home, have you found yourself agitated or highly fatigued and not sure why? Chances are your clients came home with you! In this episode, we explore what happens when we take our clients energetically home with us and what to do so that we can leave our clients in the playroom.
Episode #1 "Lessons from the Playroom" Podcast: The Most Important Toy In The Playroom14/02/2017 Duración: 22min
In Episode #1, of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado's "Lessons from the Playroom" Podcast, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, explores one of the most important topics in play therapy today—what is the most important toy in the playroom? She offers an overview of what the most important toy is—the therapist—and how therapists can begin to engage, learn about and most effectively use that toy while working with child clients.