Upcoming training April 12 - 13, 2019

Neurobiology and Attachment in the Play Room

For ALL mental health professionals who want to cultivate true connection through resonance with their clients.

Presented by: Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S and Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

via live, interactive Webinar

12 CEUs available  (Approved by A4PT)   

There are multiple ways to access the training!


- In-Person Locations for webinar (snacks, networking, and door prizes!)

             - Anchorage: TBD

             - Wasilla: Playful Journeys,

                1261 S Seward Meridian Pkwy l, Wasilla, AK 99654

             - Soldotna/Kenai: Frontier Community Services

                43335 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna, 99669


- Attend independently online through Zoom at a location that is convenient for you

Day 1- “Cultivating Resonance- Embracing the WE in the Therapy Room” based on the theory of relational neuroscience with an emphasis on play.


Learning Objectives:

1) Define resonance as informed by play therapy theory and the relational neurosciences. 

2) Describe how the felt-sense of resonance allows for integration in the play therapy client. 3) Use the concept of resonance into play therapy treatment planning.

4) Describe the impact of person-of-the-play-therapist when cultivating resonance.

5) Create a plan for staying therapeutically present when practicing play therapy.

6) Identify the relational opportunities presented during inevitable play therapy “rupture” moments.

7) Establish a “repair” plan for response to play therapy ruptures.

8) Explain the importance of helping families cultivate connection and attunement.

9) Prepare for play therapy parent consultations so that the concept of resonance can be introduced to intergenerational play sessions.

10) Use “we” moments with parents in dyadic play therapy to aid parents in creating “we” moments with their children

Day 2- “Neurobiology/Play Therapy. “Play Therapy from the Heart with the Brain in Mind”

Learning Objectives: 

1) Participants will demonstrate an understanding of brain development when working with play therapy clients and how this relates to their play therapy client.

2) Participants will increase their knowledge and apply playful ways to teach play therapy clients about their brain.

3)  Participants will explain how to use co-regulation as a building block to self-regulation in the play therapy room.

4) Participants will discuss brain-based strategies with play therapy clients to invite cooperation and connection during challenging play room moments, including transitions.

5) Participants will analyze symptoms, diagnoses, and challenging play room behavior through the lens of relational neuroscience and learn treatment interventions that focus on connection and co-regulation with play therapy clients.

6) Participants will demonstrate ways to work with parents to increase their capacity for connection and co-regulation with play therapy clients and in the playroom.

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW has 10 years of practice in family and play therapy experience, specializing in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption.  Robyn’s diverse clinical training includes EMDR (including EMDR adapted for children with attachment trauma), Somatic Experiencing, 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 consults, teaches, and trains extensively throughout the US, including as an instructor for the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program at Portland Community College and with the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate Program offered by Portland State University and Oregon’s Department of Human Services. 


Please find more information about her amazing work at  https://www.gobbelcounseling.com

Registration Fees: 

Early Bird before March 15, 2019 - A4PT members $250. Non-members $275

After March 16, 2019 - A4PT members $275. And non-members $300

Students $60.  


Groups of 5-9:  $225. per person.   Groups of 10+: $200 per person.

Register before March 15th for

a $25 discount!

Questions? Need help registering? Send us an email at mail@akapt.org

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDR Consultant.   Marshall has 15 years of practice in family and play therapy. He has extensive speaking and training experience and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Most of Marshall’s clinical practice has focused on attachment trauma and its effect on family relationships. Marshall conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals and leads training in both parenting and professional settings; much of his consultation and training focuses on the use of sandtray therapy within a trauma-informed context. He is EMDR-certified and TBRI-trained and uses these with foster and adoptive families. To learn more about Marshall's trauma therapy career, go to his website at www.marshalllyles.com