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WAFCA-CE Resilience through Relationship: Cultivating Post-Traumatic Growth through Connection, Movement, & Play
Friday, August 07, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

Workshop Description: There’s no denying that early trauma and toxic stress changes the brain.  But if toxic stress changes the brain, healing changes the brain too!  Resilience is about our brain and nervous system’s ability to recover after adversity.  Of the 14 questions on the Resilience Questionnaire (Rains & McClinn, 2013), 12 of them are related to relationship!  Although some aspects of resilience are temperament based, parents and professionals can take specific steps to nurture a child’s resilience for future stress and adversity.

With a focus on using connection, movement, and play as ways to cultivate resilience in children and families, this session will weave together didactic teaching with experiential activities.  Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of:

1)      How a nervous system impacted by toxic stress and trauma can move toward healing, growth, and resilience.
2)      How to cultivate their connection with a child and family, regardless of the amount of contact they have with their client.
3)      Ways to support families in cultivating resilience in their children and families while also growing their awareness for monitoring their own nervous system and their ability to send ‘cues of safety’ to their child & family clients.  
This session is based on the cutting-edge research of Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Jaak Panskepp, Dr. Stuart Brown and Dr. Kelly McGonigal (and more!).

About the Presenter:


Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-Shas over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy experience, specializing in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption.  Robyn is a therapist, trainer, and consultant who recently relocated to Grand Rapids, MI from Austin, TX.  Robyn’s diverse clinical training includes EMDR (including EMDR adapted for children with attachment trauma), Somatic Experiencing, Theraplay, Trust Based Relational Intervention®, Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Alert Program® and Yogapeutics Aerial Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training.  Robyn has integrated these training modalities with a foundation of attachment theory and the relational neurosciences to create an attachment-rich, sensory-sensitive, and relational neurosciences supported healing environment for children and families.  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.  She has recently joined the working board of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS).


This training is being provided with funding support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

For additional training and resources available through the MHTTC, visit their website.

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 


 Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 


Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939