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The Science of Safety- Understanding Polyvagal Theory

November 5, 2019

The polyvagal theory has probably been the most impactful- and the most challenging- theory I’ve studied. Polyvagal theory applies to everything- therapy, parenting, humaning…all relationships!  It’s exciting to see Dr. Stephen Porges’ work make it’s way into so many different fields of study.

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But I pretty consistently hear from other therapists that the clinical applications of the polyvagal theory feel out of reach, confusing, and overwhelming.  I get it- I have felt that way too!  I’ve also had the great fortune of studying with some of the leaders in the field, which has allowed me to really needle on how to apply polyvagal theory in the therapy room and also how to more effectively TEACH how to apply polyvagal theory on the therapy.  A theory isn’t super useful if no one knows how to apply it!!

What I can do is show you how I’ve applied it.  Neuroception, creating safety, and conceptualizing symptoms…these feel like the most important pieces to tackle in a short, introductory webinar- Understanding Polyvagal Theory for Child & Play Therapists.  

You can join me Wednesday November 13th at 12pm ET and we’ll dive into polyvagal together.  Can’t make it live?  As always, everyone who registers will receive access to the recording so you can watch it whenever and wherever!!

Head over to my website for all the details and registration!  CLICK HERE!!!

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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S  is a blogger, teacher, trainer, and consultant for therapists and professionals working with children with a history of complex trauma.  

Cultivating Resonance- another webinar :)

October 17, 2019

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been reallllly focused on webinars that integrate the relational neurosciences with child/play therapy!  I’ve been doing one webinar a month, linking one topic from the relational neurosciences to child/play therapy- an intro webinar, complex trauma, memory processing…and coming up is polyvagal theory and the neurobiology of attachment.

Those are fun, short, introductory webinars.  And I decided I wanted to do something with a little more depth this winter-season, too!

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Marshall Lyles and I taught a four-part webinar series in 2018 on Cultivating Resonance- Embracing the WE in Child/Play Therapy.  We had a BLAST- and one sweet participant sent me this love-letter:

This webinar series seriously blew my expectations out of the water. I have a skeptical part that wondered if I would learn anything new, but I felt so grateful that I decided to sign up. The way you and Marshall spoke and taught resonated with so many parts of me, and your presence (it’s no wonder you speak and teach on presence–you really DO embody it!) came through via the webinar, which is really wild. Maybe it has to do with neuroception, but something that sometimes happens to me during trainings in which the trainer presents with such empathy and authenticity is that I get emotional (even if not related to the material), and that is something I experienced again. Your warmth comes through so clearly, and I look forward to future opportunities to learn from you.

This four-part webinar series will cover:

  1. Cultivating Resonance: Embracing the WE of Play Therapy
  2. The “ME” in “WE”- Bringing our Whole Selves into the Play Therapy Room
  3. Celebrating the Ongoing Opportunity for Ruptures & Repairs in Play Therapy
  4. Supporting the WE Between Parents and Children through Play Therapy

You can attend live (definitely more fun!!!) or register to receive the recordings.

You can read all the details and register by clicking here: https://www.gobbelcounseling.com/cultivatingresonance

Be sure to reach out if you have any questions!

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Understanding Memory Processing Theory ::: Webinar!!!

October 16, 2019

Hip hip hooray!  Another webinar is coming your way!!

Y’all- memory is literally EVERYTHING.  EVERY. THING.

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When we understand memory processing theory, we can do a better job with treatment planning.  We can be on alert for those magical moments in therapy that if we notice and HARNESS we can potentially prompt real, lasting change for our clients.  We can explain to our clients…and their parents….why these symptoms are emerging, why progress is slow, why triggers still exist…after all this time.

This is an introductory webinar for child & play therapists- at the end of this one hour webinar, you’ll be able to:

1. Articulate the difference between implicit and explicit memory

2. Articulate how traumatic experiences impact memory processing and how play therapy can encourage memory integration

3. Describe how memory reconsolidation theory identifies the agent of change in play therapy

Sound good?!  FUN!!!  Come join me!  Attend live on October 30th at 12pm eastern OR register to receive the recording.  Only $25!!!

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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S  is a blogger, teacher, trainer, and consultant for therapists and professionals working with children with a history of complex trauma.  

 

All Parts are Welcome…

September 24, 2019

Perhaps the single most important thing I’ve ever come to understand about the neurobiology of humans, connection, and behaviors is the neurobiology of parts of self.

We ALL have parts of self.  This is not pathological or weird or eyebrow raising!  I have a mom part, a therapist part, a writer part, my speaking-on-stage part, my friend part.  These different parts aren’t more or less authentic than the other.  I bring my authentic self to the stage, but believe me, that part doesn’t show up in the world exactly the same way as my ‘hanging on the back porch at the pool in the summer time with best friends’ part.  Neither are more or less authentic 🙂  Just different!!

But we all also have protective parts.  Parts that have been developed to protect our inner world from pain.  Or at least protect our inner world from FEELING pain.  Shame.  Loneliness.  Not-good-enough.  These parts might have behaviors that SEEM useful out in the real world.  People pleasing, a focus on ‘being the best,’ being successful at work…may all be protecting from feelings of abandonment or shame.  Some parts seem a little less…let’s say socially acceptable or even safe…out in the real world.  Raging.  Addiction.  Dangerous compulsive behavior.  THESE ARE STILL PROTECTIVE PARTS OF SELF.  All parts believe they are needed and that they are doing an important job.  These parts aren’t maladaptive!  They are simply overworked and confused- blending the past with the present.  But in the moment the part emerges- that part believes it is needed.  It is trying it’s best to keep us safe.

If we can come to understand this about our children, our clients, OURSELVES…what would change????!!!!!  (For me, it was everything).

 

Robyn

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Neurodevelopmental Approach to Treating Complex Trauma with Child & Play Therapy ~ webinar

September 10, 2019

Treating complex trauma is well…inherently complex.  WAAAY more complex that we could ever dream of covering in a one-hour webinar but here I go anyway 🙂

Early in 2019 I wrote a blog post that was shared ultimately thousands of times on taking a neurodevelopmental approach when treating children with complex trauma with child & play therapy.  This is my PASSION- supporting therapists to integrate into a comprehensive treatment approach the various modalities that are healing to the brain, mind, and relationships of children impacted by complex trauma.

As part of my Integrating the Relational Neurosciences with Play Therapy webinar series I’m running throughout the end of 2019, it only made sense to include this as one of the topics!

This is a one-hour introductory webinar that will air live (OR you can watch the recording) on September 18 at 12pm noon eastern time.

At the conclusion of this one hour webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the neurosequential approach to brain development and how this relates to play therapy assessment, treatment planning, and intervention
  2. Articulate the different modalities of play therapy that target different regions in the brain
  3. Articulate why children with a history of complex trauma need an increased amount of presence, co-regulation, and therapist-led approaches in play therapy.

Interested in APT CEs?  This training is approved for one CONTACT APT CE (if you participate live- attendance will be verified) or one NON CONTACT APT CE if you view the recording and take a quiz.

This training is sponsored by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S.  Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is an APT Approved Provider: 17-508.  

Not a play therapist?  I think you’ll love these anyway.  Because my guess is if you work with children, you are being quite playful.  🙂

Head over to my website to read the full description, see an important list of FAQs, preview the upcoming 2019 webinars by CLICKING HERE.

Robyn

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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S  is a blogger, teacher, trainer, and consultant for therapists and professionals working with children with a history of complex trauma.  She maintains a small private practice outside Grand Rapids, MI, seeing children under age 7 and their families, as well as consulting with therapists world-wide.

Webinar! Integrating the Relational Neuroscience with Child & Play Therapy

August 9, 2019

I’m kicking off a new webinar series for child & play therapists focused on integrating the theory of the relational neurosciences, including Interpersonal Neurobiology, with our clinical theories and modalities.  So far, I have outline five different webinar topics and will be offering one a month each month until the end of 2019.  Who knows what 2020 will bring 🙂

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We are starting next Wednesday with “Integrating the Relational Neurosciences with Child & Play Therapy,” and introduction to looking at how to embrace the relational neurosciences as a theory of human development- which could drive your clinical practice as a child or play therapist.  We will give homage to the pioneers in this field, link the core concepts to child & play therapy, and consider how the lens of the relational neurosciences impacts treatment planning based on the conceptualization of symptom development and reduction.

And I’ll do my best to present this all in a relational, embodied way the truly represents the heart of the relational neurosciences.  But hey, we write training descriptions and objectives in largely a left-brain way to satisfy the powers at be 🙂

CLICK HERE to read all the details and to register!

The last time I led a training, a delightful therapist who smiled much of the time, really embodying a playful and curious approach in her existence, came up to me and said “You know, I really appreciate how REAL you are.”

You know, I really cannot imagine any other way of being at this point.  It’s too exhausting to be not-real. AND it doesn’t help therapists be better therapists.

So you can plan on a heavy dose of real-ness, probably laughter, and maybe an AHA moment or two as you consider some of these complex theories in a new way.

You can attend LIVE for contact APT CE (Wednesday August 14 at 12pm eastern) or just receive the recording (which will provide a non-contact APT CE).  Unfortunately these short one-hour webinars aren’t eligible for licensing CEs.

***This training is sponsored by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S.  Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is an APT Approved Provider: 17-508.  

Not a play therapist?  I think you’ll love these anyway.  Because my guess is if you work with children, you are being quite playful.  🙂

Head over to my website to read the full description, see an important list of FAQs, preview the upcoming 2019 webinars, and register for “Integrating the Relational Neurosciences with Child & Play Therapy.

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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S  is a blogger, teacher, trainer, and consultant for therapists and professionals working with children with a history of complex trauma.  She maintains a small private practice outside Grand Rapids, MI, seeing children under age 7 and their families, as well as consulting with therapists world-wide.

IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology) as a theoretical orientation for working with children (& everyone)

July 31, 2019

Consider a field of study that recognizes the power of relationship…a field in which disciplines are integrated.  Minds come together.  To recognize the power, as well as the simplicity, in what emerges when fields, ideas, people, thoughts, beliefs come together instead of remaining apart.

Then bring together the brilliant minds of Dan Siegel, Lou Cozolino, Stephen Porges, Allan Schore (oh, and so so so many more…).  Watch in awe as the science is woven together like poetry through the words and heart of gentle souls like Bonnie Badenoch.

What a safe and connected place to land.

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Discovering Interpersonal Neurobiology, and then moving into the vast and diverse field of the relational neurosciences has been not unlike discovering a map that I didn’t know would take me home…yet knowing all along that it would.

I’ve read and read and read.  I’ve listening to audiobooks.  I’ve plowed through the Mindsight Institute’s course.  And then when I began to work deeply and bravely with Bonnie Badenoch through her immersion program, as well as my own brilliant therapist who also ferociously studied and embraced the relational neurosciences, I really began to understand.  No not understand.  Experience.

And it changed me.  As a person.  As a therapist.

The relational neurosciences offer simple truths that allow me to stand unwavering in my beliefs as a therapist.  It brings me back to my foundation- that everyone’s true self is loveable.  When I’m struggling to find someone’s goodness, I can be confident that their true self is…in that moment…needing protection.  And next I can believe that this person’s inner-world knows exactly what it needs.  Which allows me to be curious, and also deeply grateful for these layers of protection that keep their true self unknown in the moment.

Ahhh.  What a deep deep sigh of relief.

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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S  is a blogger, teacher, trainer, and consultant for therapists and professionals working with children with a history of complex trauma.  She maintains a small private practice outside Grand Rapids, MI, seeing children under age 7 and their families, as well as consulting with therapists world-wide.

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