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Introduction to Safe and Sound Protocol with Music, Play, and Theraplay

February 21, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:15 pm EST

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Introduction to Safe and Sound Protocol with Music, Play, and Theraplay®

Trainer: Cindy Perkins

This interactive play-based workshop will provide an introduction to the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).  The Safe and Sound Protocol is based on over two decades of research conducted by Stephen Porges.  This workshop will provide play therapists the information needed to take the next steps to becoming a SSP provider.

During this workshop practitioners will be provided examples of how music and play therapy impact emotional states. Practitioners will learn play-based activities that can be used while listening to the SSP, either as an individual or as a group.  These activities will use rhythmic and play-based activities drawn from Theraplay® both in large group discussions and in breakout rooms.

Participants should have a basic understanding of Polyvagal Theory and Theraplay® to benefit most from this course.


  1.  Introduce the Safe and Sound Protocol
  2.  Show populations that SSP has helped
  3. Introduce and experience Theraplay activities that can be done while listening to SSP
  4. Define Neuroception
  5. Provide information on how to become trained in administering the protocol to clients


  1. Describe the Safe and Sound Protocol
  2. Identify three types of clients that may benefit from the SSP combined with play-based interventions
  3. Demonstrate 3 Theraplay activities that could be done with a child during the SSP


9:00-11:00 Welcome, Introductions (including Theraplay activities) Music/rhythm:  Why are these important. How do they impact our moods and our Social connections. Slides and Break out room Experiences. Define SSP

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15- 1:15 Continued SSP definition, Neuroception, SSP populations, more experiences with break out rooms, where to go from here. How do I get trained. Discussion and Questions


Dana, D. (2020). Polyvagal Flip Chart, Understanding the Science of Safety. W.W. Norton and Co..

Hiles Howard, A. R., Lindaman, S., Copeland, R., & Cross, D. R. (2018). Theraplay impact on parents and children with autism spectrum disorder: Improvements in affect, joint attention, and social cooperation. International Journal of Play Therapy, 27(1), 56-68.

Levitin, D.J. (2016). The World in Six Songs. Dutton.


February 21, 2022
9:00 am - 1:15 pm EST
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