Presented By: Robyn Gobbel,  LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S

February 21, 2020 | February 22, 2020

Cost: Early Bird Special $350 until Jan 20, 2020 

After Jan 20, 2020 $395

12 Credit Hours Will Be Awarded

Time: 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Registration Begins: 8:00AM

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Engaging the Body in Play Therapy with Movement, Rhythm, and Sensory Play


Children who have experienced complex 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" body-
based play therapy techniques involving movement, rhythm, and sensory play.
This innovative training 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 movement, rhythm and sensory play 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, including lecture, video
review, experiential play, group discussion and case conceptualization; 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 body through movement, rhythm, and sensory 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.  Movement, rhythm, and sensory play also provides clients another
medium to express their inner experience while connected to a regulated, attuned
therapist, allowing for integration and a renegotiation of implicitly held trauma. Attendees
will be able to use movement, rhythm, and sensory play 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.

What attendees have said!

...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...

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

...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...

...Robyn's style of explanation is a true gift. Combined with the experiential activities the training was fantastic. It took all of my favorite things about therapy and theory and combined them into something I now have words to use to articulate...

...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...

I enjoyed the entire training. Robyn was very open, honest and genuine in delivering this training. I am a very hands on / auditory learner. So this training was exceptional for myself. I also appreciate all of the resources, flip books and opportunity to try the various activities. THANK YOU ROBYN!!


  •  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 will be able to define sensory integration and understand how this relates to regulation.

  • Attendees will demonstrate how to incorporate movement, rhythm, and sensory play into their play therapy process to help their client become more regulated in and out of session.

  • Attendees will demonstrate how to help clients expand their skills in noticing, tracking, and tolerating sensation.

  • Attendees will be able to apply a system to teach children through play therapy to monitor (notice) and modify (change) their inner state.  

  • Attendees will be able to create play therapy treatment plans based on viewing challenging behavior as dysregulation of the nervous system as opposed to misbehavior.

  • Attendees will identify ways to approach play therapy assessment and treatment planning through a developmental, neurosequential approach.

  • Attendees will be able to demonstrate ways to invite the hypo- and hyper-aroused nervous system back into the window of tolerance using movement, rhythm, and sensory play in the play therapy room.

  • Attendees will assess how the person-of-the-therapist impacts utilizing body-based play therapy techniques, such as movement, rhythm, and sensory play.  

  • Attendees will demonstrate the ability track play therapy themes that are expressed through movement, rhythm, and sensory play.

  • Attendees will be able to identify why it is important to engage parents through parent coaching and/or family play therapy sessions.

Robyn Gobbel

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S has 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.  After earning an MSW, Robyn has continued to seek diverse clinical training including 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).