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This workshop SOLD OUT in June 2017!  To see what participants had to say, scroll to the bottom of this page!

hildren 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. 

Workshop Attendees will receive:

  • Flip book (PDF) of all the movement and music activities we learn and practice in the workshop (and more!!!).  Developed by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW

  • Flip book (PDF) with clear instructions for all the games used to teach a system to monitor and modify states of arousal.  Developed by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW

  • A Trauma Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom- 10 page letter-to-the-teacher (PDF) 

  • Resource list of commonly used movement and music based props and products

  • Adjunct and optional reading

Participants from the June 2017 workshop reported that the Flip Books (created by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW) were an extremely valuable resource.



8:45- 9 am- arrival and registration

9-10:30- workshop

10:30 – 10:45- break

10:45 – 12:15- workshop

12:15 – 1:30- lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 3pm- workshop

3 – 3:15- break

3:15 – 4:45- workshop 


6301 Woodrow Ave., Austin, TX 78757 (Central Austin, Brentwood neighborhood)


$175 early bird (register before midnight on October 27!)

$190 registration AFTER October 28

***Registration is 100% refundable until October 27, 2017.  After October 27th, registration is non-refundable, though you are welcome to transfer your registration to another participant***

To create a rich training environment, seating is limited.  Register early to avoid the workshop selling out!!!  **The workshop SOLD OUT in June 2017**

Healthy and nutritious snacks (including coffee!!!) are always in abundance.  It is my priority to care for your mind and body during our time together in order to provide you with a rich and integrative experience.  


Robyn Gobbel, LCSW (RPT-S in progress, expected completion winter of 2017)

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW specializes in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption.  Robyn’s diverse clinical training includes EMDR (including EMDR adapted for children with attachment trauma), Somatic Experiencing, DEEP Experiential Therapy, and Theraplay.  She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention® Educator and a Circle of Security Parent Educator.  Robyn is a dedicated student of attachment theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology, studying extensively with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD.  She is trained in The Alert Program® and has completed Yogapeutics Aerial Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training.  Robyn brings together her clinical training and experience to create an attachment-rich, sensory-sensitive, and neuroscience-supported healing environment for children and families.  

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is an APT Approved Provider: 17-955.  Professional CEUs are provided through Gobbel Counseling & Adoption Services, PLLC, a registered Continuing Education Provider by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners; Provider #6924.  The Texas LPC and LMFT Boards have verbally confirmed that they reciprocally accept Texas Social Work CEUs.  Please verify with your board.  

Questions?!?!  Please email me!!


Praise from previous workshop participants

Taken directly from confidential evaluations completed after the workshop

...Great resources, good balance of lecture and experiential and the handouts provided afterwards are AMAZING. One of the best I've attended in a while...

...Robyn was engaging, practical and thorough creating a very effective and hands on learning experience that can be utilized immediately in a therapeutic session. Resources and copies of the presentation shared with the attendees was much appreciated...

...I cannot think of any way she could have made it better. It was the best training I have been to in a long time...

...This was one of the most useful (and fun) workshops I have attended in a long time!


Interested in a workshop you don't see scheduled?

Please contact Robyn at if you are interested in hosting a workshop.  All of our therapists have experience conducting trainings and workshops for parents and professionals.  

To learn more about inviting Robyn to speak to your organization or at your event, please visit her website  Robyn also offers webinars!  You can learn about upcoming webinars by visiting

To learn more about inviting Suzette or Jason to speak at your organization or at your event, please visit their website at

Past workshops have included:

 Robyn presenting at the 2014 Regulate, Refuel, and Reconnect Conference hosted by CTATC.

Robyn presenting at the 2014 Regulate, Refuel, and Reconnect Conference hosted by CTATC.

Keeping Kids Calm and Confident: Resiliency after Hard Moments  Parents always have their radar up after their child goes through something like 9-11, moving due to a hurricane, or a death or divorce in the family.  But what about the smaller hard moments that may impact our children more than we expected?  Things like dog bites, stitches, tonsillectomies, bullies, fender-benders, falling off the monkey bars, or losing their favorite baby-sitter?  There are lots of things parents can do before, during, and after life's hard moments in order to help our kids thrive.

Trauma Doesn't Tell Time Based on the popular article of the same name (Trauma Doesn't Tell Time) this workshop helps parents, professionals, and caregivers develop a new understanding of physiology of trauma and why kids can still be triggered even years after the trauma.  

Self Regulation for Children & Their Parents by Suzette Lamb.  This workshop will provide an insight into how the physiology of children and their parents can impact behaviors and relationships.  Participants will learn easy-to-use games, strategies, and techniques that they can implement in any environment to help themselves and their children be mindful of their regulation levels and to alter them to improve attention, decrease anxiety, and improve attunement in the child/parent dyad.

Misbehavior or Dysregulation? by Suzette Lamb.  This workshop helps professionals through at children's difficult or maladaptive behaviors through the lens of dysregulation, and offers tools and strategies to bring children back into regulation without punishment, threats, or behavior modification techniques.  These ideas will be useful in the therapy room and also help therapists support parents with managing their children's behaviors at home.  

Introduction to TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention)

The Impact of Attachment/Developmental Trauma presented at Helping Hand Home

Looking In to Move On: Examining our Own Adult Attachment Styles

Healing Preverbal Trauma & Loss

Preparing Children for Adoption

How to Talk About the Hard Truths of Adoption

Attaching After Adoption, at the Crossroads of American Adoption Conference

Behaviors in Adopted Children, at the Crossroads of America Adoption Conference

Introduction to Attachment, at the Travis County Domestic Relations Office

Navigating Openness in a Relative Adoption at an Adoption Knowledge Affiliates conference

The Home Field Advantage: Making Family Centered Home Visits

Are Adoption Issues Impacting Your Play Therapy Client?

Attaching After Adoption: Practical Tips for Infants to Teens

Beyond A Safety Assessment: Clinical Issues in Kinship Care

Kinship Caregiver Assessments: The Nuts & Bolts

Building Attachments: Strengthening the Bond with Your Foster or Adopted Child

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD After Childbirth, at the Get Babied Doula Cooperative, Austin, TX    

**CTATC is comprised of independently licensed therapists.  CTATC does not provide any clinical services or any other service that requires a clinical license.  All services are provided exclusively by the independent therapists. CTATC does not employ or contract with therapists.