Helping therapists embody and integrate attachment theory into their work with children & families, through experiential and didactic learning

Embodying the Neurobiology of Attachment in Play Therapy

Austin, TX

WHEN:  Friday/Saturday/Sunday

              March 1, 2, & 3, 2019

              9am to 4:45pm

WHERE: Sol Healing & Wellness

               13805 Ann Place

               Austin, TX 78728

FEE:   $495 {register by December 31, 2018}

           $525 {register between December 31 & Feb. 10, 2019}

           $545 {register AFTER Feb. 10, 2019}

CEs:   18***, including APT (Association for Play Therapy). 

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is an approved CE provider with the Association for Play Therapy. Please read CE information specific to the Austin training carefully below.


John Bowlby’s dramatic impact on theories of human development has continued to grow throughout the decade of the brain, leading us toward a greater understanding of the neurobiology of attachment. This intermediate/advanced three-day workshop will deepen your relationship with attachment theory, moving a left-brain categorical understanding into a whole-brain embodied experience. We will explore the foundations of attachment theory and then move into what happens neurobiologically when attachment goes wrong.


Attendees will develop a felt sense for the way pockets of attachment (secure and insecure) become alive in the play therapy room, both with and without parent involvement.  We will discuss ways to harness the power of attachment during individual and parent/child dyadic play therapy sessions while inviting play therapists to use their own creativity and intuition when engaging in both directive and non-directive play therapy.  During our three days together, participants will be invited to lean into their own felt sense of attachment through experiential activities.

Attendees should be prepared for a rich and experience of self-exploration.  Both Marshall and Robyn are fully committed to the truth that cultivating a grounded, dynamic, and mindful presence in the therapy room is the most important work we do as therapists.  This three-day retreat style training is designed to create felt-safety so participants can lean into their own felt-sense of attachment.  We will do this through didactic lecture & discussion and experiential activities involving art and journaling.  Attendees will participate in partner pairs to deepen their felt-sense of the resonance and presence we are working to cultivate through exploring our own experiences of attachment.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the history of attachment theory and its relevance to play therapy theory

  2. Participants will be able to describe the attachment experiences that lead to the four identified categories of attachment

  3. Participants will be able to identify attachment driven behaviors observed during parent/child play therapy sessions

  4. Participants will be able to distinguish between attachment as a theoretical orientation and a clinical model of play therapy

  5. Participants will be able to identify the key points in the history of play therapy and evaluate congruence with attachment theory.

  6. Participants will be able to apply attachment theory concepts to the use of play therapy skills of tracking and reflection

  7. Participants will be able to apply attachment theory to conducting effective parent consultations as part of a play therapy treatment plan

  8. Participants will be able to apply attachment theory to conducting effective parent/child dyadic play sessions

  9. Participants will be able to execute play therapy techniques that demonstrate how Regulation Theory is an Attachment Theory

  10. Participants will be able to identify the neurobiology of the four identified categories of attachment as demonstrated through play behaviors

  11. Participants will be able to develop criteria for assessing attachment-based appropriateness before beginning parent/child dyadic play therapy.

  12. Participants will understand ways to develop neural nets of attachment when the parent is available for participation in play therapy

  13. Participants will understand ways to develop neural nets of attachment when the parent is NOT available for participation in Play Therapy

  14. Participants will experience attachment theory as an embodied experience- not a left brain list of classifications




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 


8:45- 9 am- arrival and check-in

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



8:45- 9 am- arrival and check-in

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 


Sol Healing & Wellness

13805 Ann Place

Austin, TX 78728

Sol Healing & Wellness is located on beautiful and quiet acreage inside the city limits, giving us both the tranquility of a retreat with the convenience of being easy to access.  


$495 {register by December 31, 2018}

$525 {register between December 31 & Feb. 10, 2019

$545 {register AFTER Feb. 10, 2019}

***CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration is refundable minus a $35 processing fee until Feb. 10, 2019.  After Feb. 10, registration is non-refundable, though you are welcome to transfer your registration to another participant.***

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

Target Audience:

This intermediate/advanced training is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.  Pre-licensed therapists must provide the name and contact information of their supervisor.

This training may be a good fit for you if...

  • You have a good foundation with attachment theory and are excited to move past lists and categories and into the felt sense of attachment.

  • You are curious about how to your own attachment experiences come alive in the therapy room.

  • You are open to individually exploring your own felt sense of attachment through both experiential and introspective processes.

  • You are willing to work with a partner to practice both the experience of witnessing and being witnessed

This training may NOT be a good fit for you if...

  • You prefer to learn through lecture and power point presentations.

  • You want to stay focused on skull-brain learning (facts) and less on heart/body-based learning.

  • You are not interested in using your own body-based felt-sense to support your work in the therapy room

  • You will feel frustrated with slower-paced learning that is intended to allow for optimal integration of the material

  • You are focused on learning as many new techniques for play therapy as possible.  

CE Information **:

18 APT (Association for Play Therapy) Contact CEs.  Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is an approved CE provider with the Association for Play Therapy.

Continuing Education credit for this program is in review with Commonwealth Educational Seminars.  We anticipate approval for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologist.  

Requirements for Attendees:​

This workshop is for licensed and prelicensed mental health professionals, as well as other professionals working with children impacted by complex trauma INCLUDING (but not limited to) speech therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, school counselors, and professional parent coaches.  If you have a question about eligibility, please contact Robyn or Marshall directly.  

Grievance Policy:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S at 512-565-8357 or


Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S 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.  

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDR Consultant

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, 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 hear more about how Marshall's trauma therapy career has been shaped into its present state, go to his website at

**This training is sponsored by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S.  Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is an APT Approved Provider: 17-508.  

Texas Social Work CEs are provided through Gobbel Counseling & Adoption Services, PLLC, a registered Continuing Education Provider by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners; Provider #6924.  

People say we've got a good thing going when we teach together!!!

Both presenters were amazing and I would've loved to have picked their brains all day.

I loved how the trainers openly discussed with one another and flowed so beautifully back and forth. I also felt like the trainers genuinely cared about us. 

....The playfulness of the trainers throughout.

I also really loved how Robyn and Marshall really create a beautiful balance of content and experience.

The presenters were engaging and made the material interesting and easy to follow.

Robyn and Marshall were hilarious and down to earth. It made the training enjoyable.

I loved the warmth brought in by both instructors. It made the environment safe and enjoyable for learning.

The leaders (Marshall & Robyn) were so clearly knowledgeable.

Praise from previous Embodying the Neurobiology of Attachment

I really enjoyed how relaxed and comfortable the environment was. I attend many trainings, and most will just stress you out more at the end! I felt very relaxed and at ease with the atmosphere here. The outdoor setting was also very welcome and peaceful.

I loved and appreciated the opportunity to learn while being myself and having "all my parts" completely accepted. I also found the experiential format of the training invaluable.

I really appreciated the that the training was broken up with multiple breaks and opportunities for more right-brained connection instead of being solely left-brained lecture. Usually I leave trainings feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, even if I loved the information. But I left THIS training feeling better than I had in the days leading up to it.

I loved the format of taking time to learn and then pausing for the non-dominant hand drawings and reflection. As a person who generally processes things a bit slower, this format really allowed me to sink into what we were learning and gave me a much deeper connection to the material than any other training I can remember! Also, I loved how much laughter and joy was shared over the two days, and the authenticity of both Robyn & Marshall!

I most enjoyed the activities and application. I really enjoyed learning how attachment patterns can show up in the room, including our own attachment patterns.

I utterly loved your approach of putting us in touch with facets of our own attachment. That was brilliant! I learned an enormous amount about myself. The playroom activities at the end were deeply appreciated, as well. The amount of experience and deep understanding that you each brought to the training was evident in all of the work we did. I'm starting to incorporate that understanding with my clients already. Many thanks.



Do I have to be a play therapist? I work with kids but am not a play therapist.

    No way!!!  This training is for ANYONE who works with children in a therapeutic setting!  You definitely do not need to be a play therapist to benefit from this training!


This training sounds different than most. Why so much focus on ourselves??

    Both Marshall and Robyn are deeply passionate about helping therapists lean into the truth that they are the most important "tool in their toolbox."   Tracking ourselves while tracking our clients is an important therapeutic skill that can be learned!  But first we have to get deeply in touch with ourselves!

EEK!  That sounds like an intense training!   

    You know- it's interesting because yes it IS intense but overwhelming participants have told us how they have never felt so energized and grounded at the end of a training.  We are thoughtful about creating felt-safety, identifying boundaries, and communicating that all parts of welcome. 

I like to go to trainings with lots of information on full power point slides- is this training for me?

    While I can promise you that you will receive a LOT of information (about neurobiology, attachment, play therapy, AND yourself) the content of this training will be delivered in a slower and more experiential manner, designed to support integration and application.  

What does 'retreat style' mean??

    Who knows!  To us, it means a smaller group, no power point, freedom to move, lots of healthy snacks, and a focus on creating relationship, connection, and felt safety.  Sol Healing & Wellness is a beautiful location with beautiful grounds.  If the weather cooperates, you'll have lots of opportunities to be outside.  


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Gobbel Counseling