Lessons From The Playroom

Sinopsis

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!

Episodios

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 71: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 71: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue in Play Therapy

    03/05/2020 Duración: 21min

    Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are far more common experiences for play therapists than we realize, especially during times of crisis.  And how are they further impacted when play therapists are going through the same crisis, such as the COVID19 pandemic? Tune in to this very important conversation that is essential for all play therapists to hear. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 70: Understanding the Four Threats to the Brain in a Crisis

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 70: Understanding the Four Threats to the Brain in a Crisis

    19/04/2020 Duración: 24min

    During a crisis, such as the current pandemic, waves of dysregulation can often feel like a daily experience and even the norm. Why? Because our brains are not just perceiving one threat, but four! Tune in as we revisit the 4 threats to the brain and learn the impact they may be having on our nervous system, as well as the key to regulating and coming back to yourself in the midst of all the intensity and chaos.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 69: Online Play Therapy and Therapist Fatigue

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 69: Online Play Therapy and Therapist Fatigue

    03/04/2020 Duración: 26min

    Working with children and families virtually can surprisingly cause fatigue for the play therapist. From a difference in non-verbal cues to the way we sit to the lighting in the room, from hydration to whether or not we’re wearing shoes, all sorts of things play a role. Tune in to learn how to make online play therapy synergize with your nervous system. Podcast Links: Regulating through the Coronavirus: Part 1 Regulating through the Coronavirus: Part 2

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 68: The Vagus Nerve - Why its a Key to Regulation

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 68: The Vagus Nerve - Why it's a Key to Regulation

    19/03/2020 Duración: 28min

    The vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves in your body. Not only is it vital to regulation, but it plays a role in immunity and helps the body recover faster from damage. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to stimulate this nerve and help keep it (and your body) working as optimally as possible.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 67: Nature in Play Therapy (Part 2)

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 67: Nature in Play Therapy (Part 2)

    04/03/2020 Duración: 36min

    From the mountains to the trees to the warm summer's breeze, sometimes we just need our Mother Earth. Bringing nature into play therapy provides a wonderful opportunity to further regulate yourself and your client. But you don't always have to be outside to benefit from nature's nurturing tendencies. Join us as we explore the great outdoors once more!

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 66: Lying in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 66: Lying in Play Therapy

    19/02/2020 Duración: 23min

    While lying often gets a bad rap, everybody lies (yep, even you!). In fact, it has less to do with manipulation and more to do with protection of self. In other words, lying has a purpose. As therapists, it's up to us to recognize the feelings underneath the fib.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 65: Cooperative Games in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 65: Cooperative Games in Play Therapy

    07/02/2020 Duración: 30min

    Cooperative Games are growing in popularity, likely because of their ability to cultivate teamwork and appreciation of one another. In the playroom, they're used effectively with siblings and families, reminding each player that it's not about winning; it's about the experience.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 64: Supporting Adoptive and Foster Parents in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 64: Supporting Adoptive and Foster Parents in Play Therapy

    24/01/2020 Duración: 21min

    Working with adoptive and foster parents is a rewarding experience, but the lack of education that runs rampant poses a challenge. As therapists, one of the most important things we can do is fill in the gaps while allowing them the space to grieve.  

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 63: Presence in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 63: Presence in the Playroom

    10/01/2020 Duración: 26min

    Much to Barbie's chagrin, you're the most important toy in the playroom. Still, showing up for a session isn't enough: you must be fully present too. But in order to become present with the child, you must first learn how to be present with yourself.   

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 62: Spirituality in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 62: Spirituality in the Playroom

    23/12/2019 Duración: 21min

    Spirituality in the playroom not only means working with clients and families who may hold different belief systems, but it also means finding your own. For some, this is a higher power; for others, play therapy is their spiritual path.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 61: Nutrition in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 61: Nutrition in the Playroom

    10/12/2019 Duración: 35min

    The connection between gut and brain is becoming more widely studied and gaining in increased importance. For children who struggle, this brings up the possibility that what they're eating is feeding underlying dysfunction. Diet might not be the sole answer, but it could play a vital role in finding a solution. Join Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, and Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT-S, as they explore this intriguing topic.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 60: Perfection in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 60: Perfection in the Playroom

    22/11/2019 Duración: 21min

    Perfectionism in the playroom shows up in a variety of ways. But beneath the need to be perfect sits a child's uncertainty about themselves. The key to regulating this fear and anxiety is showing the child how to come back to who they truly are.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 59: Sensory Processing Disorder in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 59: Sensory Processing Disorder in Play Therapy

    10/11/2019 Duración: 28min

    Sensory Processing Disorder is a misunderstood challenge that can show up in the playroom in a variety of ways. Often, recognizing the issue is the first step in helping the client. The second, of course, is showing these children how to regulate.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 58: Hygiene Issues in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 58: Hygiene Issues in Play Therapy

    04/10/2019 Duración: 22min

    Little kids aren't known for hygiene and inside the playroom is no different. However, a noticeable lack of hygiene may be the sign of something bigger. A child regressing in emotional age or reliving past trauma may engage in unsanitary behavior. When this happens, it's important that we leave shame at the door. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 57: Little Lessons in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 57: Little Lessons in Play Therapy

    19/09/2019 Duración: 23min

    Little kids come with little issues, issues that might grow big if we are unsure how to handle them. In this podcast, Lisa discusses the commonly asked "little questions." Tune in as she explores broken toys, food in the playroom, lying in the playroom, and what to do when a child tries to take a toy home. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 56: How to Stay Inspired as a Play Therapist

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 56: How to Stay Inspired as a Play Therapist

    23/08/2019 Duración: 25min

    The brain is a high maintenance organ, one that wants a challenge! In order to stay passionate in our careers as play therapists, we must give the brain the growth it craves. But we must give ourselves permission too – the permission to be ourselves and pursue what inspires us.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 55: Grief and Loss in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 55: Grief and Loss in Play Therapy

    08/08/2019 Duración: 27min

    When grief or loss occurs, we are culturally predisposed to expect sadness. But in and out of the playroom, children may feel a myriad of emotions ranging from heartache to happiness to suppression. How can we meet children where they are and give them the freedom to experience their loss in their own way? Tune in to explore this challenging topic.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 54 - Music Therapy in the Playroom

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 54 - Music Therapy in the Playroom

    24/07/2019 Duración: 41min

    Music plays an important therapeutic role, in the playroom and in life. It creates its own expression and its own language, allowing those who hear it to feel and react deeply. Take note: music matters. 

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 53 - Medical Trauma in Play Therapy

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 53 - Medical Trauma in Play Therapy

    17/07/2019 Duración: 26min

    Medical trauma is prevalent in the majority of children who have undergone medical procedures or experienced chronic and acute conditions. This shows up in the playroom in a variety of ways, including those that can lead the therapist to jump to conclusions. Listen in to explore how to not only help children who have experienced this type of trauma but how to minimize future trauma as well.

  • Lessons from the Playroom Episode 52 - Two Roles, One Room: When Youre a Parent and a Play Therapist

    Lessons from the Playroom Episode 52 - Two Roles, One Room: When You're a Parent and a Play Therapist

    28/06/2019 Duración: 25min

    Being a parent and a play therapist has both benefits and drawbacks. While parenthood can offer added insight, having kids doesn't translate into having all the answers inside the playroom. Why? Because like children, no two parents are exactly alike.

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