Reviews By Play Therapists!

  • Awesome class!

    Lauri Levitt

    This class was so informative with great concrete tools.

    This class was so informative with great concrete tools.

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  • Tackling Transitions in Play Therapy

    Kari Papagikos

    I love all of LIsa's work and enjoyed learning from Susan too!

    I love all of LIsa's work and enjoyed learning from Susan too!

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  • Really Good Training

    Fernando Gonzalez III

    This was very helpful in allowing to learn ways to integrate neuroscience and transitions to help promote regulation for the child!

    This was very helpful in allowing to learn ways to integrate neuroscience and transitions to help promote regulation for the child!

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⚡ Attention Play Therapists ⚡

This course is for you if you want to...

  • Help children through divorce

  • Process death & loss

  • Help a child transition to a new school

  • Help children learn emotional balance & regulation

  • Help kiddos with sensory challenges

What's included?

  • 3 CE Hours & Certificate (with survey & passing quiz grade)

  • Learn at your own pace. The training videos will be here waiting for you!

  • No Expiration Date (you'll have 24-hour, 365-Days access to the content). Rewatch them anytime!

  • Closed Captioning

  • High Quality, 4K Interactive Video & Clear Audio

Will this suite me?

  • Beginner play therapists wanting a solid foundation helping children with transitions.

  • Intermediate play therapists looking for extra tools and resources for their play therapy toolbox.

  • Advanced play therapists looking to expand their neurobiological research and understanding of the autonomic nervous system.



Course Description:

Transitions are everywhere, in the expected and the unexpected. As a play therapist, it's important to be prepared to help our clients with transitions such as divorce, death, a move, new sibling, sensory challenges that often bring them to our playroom.  

 In this course, Lisa Dion and Susan Stutzman will explore how to navigate transition and change in the play therapy setting.  Participants will walk away having gained an understanding of current neurobiological research that supports an understanding of how transitions can trigger a threat response in the brain causing activation of the autonomic nervous system.  

From a neurobiological lens, the therapist will gain knowledge on how to best navigate the challenges of transitions that bring clients to play therapy and learn ways to navigate change and transition that happens during the therapeutic play process itself. Clinical applications for working through transitioning within professional working relationships will be touched on.


Course Objectives: 

Objective #1 Participants will be able to describe the 4 threats of the brain that lead to activation of a nervous system in order to aid ethical treatment for play therapy clients where struggle with transition is a main source of treatment.

 Objective #2 Participants will be taught 2 ways to recognize activation and arousal in a play therapy session caused by the threat of change or transition.

Objectives #3 Participants will discuss 3 best practices to navigate expected and unexpected transitions that can arise during the play therapy process.  

Objective #4 Participants will discuss 5 best practices for facilitating closure with a child client from a Gestalt and Synergetic Play Therapy lens. 

Objective #5 Participants will be able to explain 2 best practices to implement with the parents during the closure phase of the play therapy process. 

Objective #6 Participants will be able to explain 3 ways to help facilitate transition when the child leaves the playroom at the end of their play therapy sessions.

Play Therapy Toolbox. is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider #18-533).  

Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed.

Get the confidence that you're helping children with transitions that's healthy & lasting.

Enroll Today! $127.97

Your Instructors

  • Lisa Dion


    Lisa Dion

    Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S is an international teacher, supervisor, and author. She is the founder and President of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series. She trains and supervises play therapists worldwide in play therapy and business creation.
  • Susan Stutzman


    Susan Stutzman

    Susan Stutzman, LCPC, RPT-S, is the founder and owner of Kid Matters Counseling in Hinsdale, IL. Susan is the co-owner of Play Therapy Toolbox, a digital resource to help support, train, and equip the next generation of play therapists and play therapy supervisors. She is the past president of the Illinois Association for Play Therapy, a mother of 3 children, and lives in Hinsdale with her husband of 17 years.