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Movement & Music- a workshop for therapists

May 22, 2017

Are you looking for ways to weave movement and music into your therapy work with children?

You know about the importance of movement and music for lower brain healing, but aren’t sure how to bring it into the therapy room?







WHEN: June 30, 2017

WHERE: Sol Center for Healing & Wellness; 13805 Ann Pl., Austin, TX 78728

FEE: $145 (register before midnight on June 15)

$160 (registration after June 15)

CEUs: 6, including APT

Ready to register?!?!  CLICK HERE!


Children who have experienced developmental trauma often present with unusual behaviors- both in and out of the play therapy room. This workshop will help play therapists feel comfortable leaning into nervous system dysregulation, reframing misbehavior as opportunities to soothe the limbic system through “bottom up” play therapy techniques involving movement and music.

This innovative and introductory training that will guide the attendees through the most current neuroscience research (including Bruce Perry, MD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Stephen Porges, MD, Peter Levine, PhD, and Daniel Siegel, MD) and demonstrate how to put theory into practice. Examples of creative ways to use music and movement in play therapy to shift the child’s emotional state, maintain regulation, and renegotiate traumatic associations without overwhelming the client will be explained and demonstrated. Participants will learn a framework (based on the Alert Program and Zones of Regulation) to help children develop the capacity to monitor (notice) and modify (change) their state of regulation or dysregulation.

This training will include didactic and experiential learning; participants should dress comfortably and be prepared to move and play. Activities will allow the participants to experience ways to incorporate music and movement into the play therapy process with children. Attendees will leave this training with practical tools, strategies and applications that enhance the client’s capacity to connect with others, process trauma without becoming overwhelmed, and facilitate healing.

Intentionally engaging the brainstem through movement, music, and play provides valuable practice coming back into a regulated state from a dysregulated state, deepens connection and attunement between therapist and client, models for the parent how to help their child through dysregulation, brings high level brain functions back online, and enhances learning. Attendees will be able to use music and movement in play therapy in a purposeful way that leads to more enjoyment in their play therapy sessions and works toward therapist goals of improved regulation and ultimately trauma healing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to explain the importance of working through a client’s dysregulation in the play therapy room with connection and attunement instead of limits and consequences.
  • Attendees with learn how to incorporate music and movement into their play therapy process to help their client become more regulated in and out of session.
  • Attendees will develop play therapy treatment plans based on viewing challenging behavior as dysregulation of the nervous system as opposed to misbehavior.
  • Attendees with learn ways to invite the hypo- and hyper-aroused nervous system back into the window of tolerance using music and movement in the play therapy room
  • Attendees will learn a system to teach children through play therapy to monitor (notice) and modify (change) their inner state.

Ready to register?


Don’t hesitate to email me with questions!!!!  I’d love to see you there!  We are going to have tons of fun!





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Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Austin, Texas specializing in adoption, trauma, and attachment counseling. She is the founder of the Central Texas Attachment & Trauma Center.

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