International Speaker Tour

A two-day workshop with Lisa Dion

Brain based trauma informed applications in action

Revolutionising Play in Therapeutic Practice with Children and Young People

Lisa Dion is the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy – a researched-informed model of play therapy based on nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. It aims to replicate the delicate dance of attunement that occurs between a caregiver and an infant. It focuses on ensuring that the practitioner’s verbalizations and non-verbal activity are congruent during the play therapy sessions in order to transmit trust and safety. In doing so, the approach maximizes right-hemisphere to right-hemisphere communication and acts as an external regulator for children’s dysregulated states as they arise in the therapeutic process.

Lisa defines the therapist as the most important toy in the playroom. Her approach is applicable to all children, as the basis for her theory is rooted in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology.  Her work is also effectively applied to work with children and young people who express aggression in their behaviour during the therapeutic process. This is a vital new area that has rarely been conceptualised. Lisa’s approach highlights how a compassionate and relational orientation is critical to be aware of the multiple layers of meaning that occurs in the exchanges between therapist and child/young person.

Where are these workshops being held?

We are thrilled to facilitate Lisa Dion's return to Australia for a two-day workshop in 2019

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You can register and pay for Lisa’s workshop on its own or save even more by buying it as a package of workshops across the four international expert speaker tours in 2019. Scroll down to see your options.

Purchase your registration before 19 December 2018 to save the most. Only limited seats are available for each workshop. Register early and do not miss out.

Our other speakers are

Martin Teicher 

Lou Cozolino

Bonnie Badenoch

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Workshop Content

Using hands-on and practical techniques, Lisa will assist the group to trace the moment by moment shifts in regulation between therapist and child, providing a level of insight which supports the transformation of aggression into ways of connecting and mutual trust.

 

Why have we invited Lisa Dion to conduct a speaking tour?

Hear from Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci as he shares what he anticipates the workshops will deliver for attendees.

About Lisa Dion

Lisa Dion is a new breed of therapist at the cutting edge of application of neurobiology of attachment, trauma and relational disruption, in particular with children and young people. She has woven the knowledge base developed by Schore, Porges, Tronick and others to develop an innovative model of therapy using play and action.

An international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast, she is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.

Lisa is the author of a new book (to be published in November 2018) entitled Aggression in Play Therapy. It explores a new understanding of aggression and destructive play that is based on brain function and neuroscience. It presents therapists with a framework to authentically work with the intensity of aggression and destructive play without causing their own nervous systems to start to shut down.

About Lisa Dion

Lisa Dion is a new breed of therapist at the cutting edge of application of neurobiology of attachment, trauma and relational disruption, in particular with children and young people. She has woven the knowledge base developed by Schore, Porges, Tronick and others to develop an innovative model of therapy using play and action.

An international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast, she is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.

Lisa is the author of a new book (to be published in November 2018) entitled Aggression in Play Therapy. It explores a new understanding of aggression and destructive play that is based on brain function and neuroscience. It presents therapists with a framework to authentically work with the intensity of aggression and destructive play without causing their own nervous systems to start to shut down.

About Lisa Dion

Video excerpt from Lisa Dion’s paper presentation at the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will come away with a range of new skills and strategies that include:
    • Being able to describe how play therapy works from a neurobiological perspective
    • Learning how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting down the child
    • Learning how to make aggressive play therapeutic
    • Understanding how to work with the intensity of aggressive play without the therapist’s own nervous system shutting down resulting in compassion fatigue and burn out
    • Learning how to become the external regulator in a session to deepen children’s ability to integrate the challenging experiences they are working through

     

Who should attend?

These workshops are ideal for all practitioners who engage with children, young people and adults who have experienced trauma, providing knowledge and skills that have direct application to both education and therapeutic practice settings.

What's the investment?

Package pricing list

In 2019 the Australian Childhood Foundation are running four separate International Speaker Tours; Dr Martin Teicher, Lisa Dion, Lou Cozolino and Bonnie Badenoch.  We have arranged our pricing to support your investment. The more you buy, the more you save!

Early Bird Package
– Until 19th December 2018
Standard Package
– Until 12th June 2019
2 Speakers $960 $1040
3 Speakers $1440 $1560
4 Speakers $1920 $2080

*All prices listed are exclusive of GST

Single session pricing information

Super Super Early Bird
– $500

Super Early Bird
– $550

Early Bird
– $590

Standard
– $660

Lisa Dion Until 19/12/2018 20/12/18 – 28/03/19 29/03/19 – 13/05/19 13/05/19 – 13/07/19
Lou Cozolino Until 19/12/2018 20/12/18 – 31/05/19 01/06/19 – 08/07/19 08/07/19 – 08/08/19
Bonnie Badenoch Until 19/12/2018 20/12/18 – 15/07/19 16/07/19 – 30/08/19 30/08/19 – 30/09/19

*All prices listed are exclusive of GST

For registration support or more information about these pricing structures and groups, please contact our event support team on 1300 792 466 or email speakertour@icms.com.au.

For group bookings of five or more, please contact our event support team on 1300 792 466 or email speakertour@icms.com.au.

For technical support during or after your registration – including confirmation email details, please contact our event support team on 1300 792 466 or email speakertour@icms.com.au.

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