WHAT: LIVE!!! Parenting Conference

WHERE: West Des Moines, IA

   The Training Room at Colony Park

WHEN: Saturday May 9, 2020

 9am to 4:45pm

HOW MUCH: $85 per person

                       $140 per parenting partners

                          (before April 11, 2020)

What will this be all about?!?

The human brain is an inherently relational organ.  We are all always seeking connection and safety.  When children develop in traumatic or overwhelming environments, their attempts at finding connection and safety are overwhelmed by terror, isolation, or helplessness.  Rapid advances in the relational neurosciences are helping us understand how these overwhelming experiences impact a child’s whole self.  In this day-long workshop, we will first dive into a basic understanding of brain development, laying the foundation for the paradigm shifting belief that "Regulated, connected children who feel safe (and know what to do) behave well." 


After deeply studying the relational neurosciences, studying with experts in our field, and curiously watching the healing process unfold in my therapy office, I believe this down to my core.  


We'll walk through: 

  • The definitions of regulation, connection, and felt safety

  • Concrete ways to increase regulation, connection, and felt safety OUTSIDE the moment of challenging behaviors for children with histories of toxic stress or complex trauma. 

  • Responsive, in-the-moment parenting behaviors that will address the behavior based on the level of dysregulation, with a focus on regulation, connection, and felt-safety instead of punishments, threats, or the feeling of helplessness.  


Attendees will leave understanding the importance of cultivating presence and regulation in themselves first in order to invite their children into connection and regulation. 

Creating spaces for the adults who care for children impacted by complex trauma and behavior dysregulation (parents, teachers, teachers, therapists, case workers, baby-sitters, grandparents, CASA, EVERYONE!!!) to come together, experience connection, feel seen, known, and GOTTEN, and maybe even learn a few things about how to help their child experience a bit more regulation is basically my favorite thing ever.  Well, except maybe that all inclusive resort I went to once in Mexico...that might have been my favorite thing ever....

ANYWAY.  I love it so much I decided I was just going to host my own event.  I LOVE bringing you all together.  I love the friendships that bloom.  I love watching strangers at a table just 'get' each other the second they sit down.  I love the laughter.  I love the realness.  I love being an example of how to show up completely raw and completely real because we just ain't got time for anything else.  


So!  I do hope you'll come!!

All the Details


8:30 - 9am ~ Check-In

9am ~ Conference Begins

12:15pm ~ Lunch (on your own)

1:30 ~ Conference Resumes

4:45 ~ Conference Ends

Event Location

The Training Room at Colony Park

3737 Woodland Ave. Suite 620

West Des Moines, IA 50266


All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.  Please note that this is NOT a CE (continuing education) for any professional licensing board.

This training has been approved for SIX (6) Foster Parent Training Hours in Service Area 5 (Boone, Story, Dallas, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne)


***If you are traveling from out of the area or out of state, please check specifically with your agency to determine if they will approve training hours for this six hour training.***

Child Care

Unfortunately this event does not provide child-care

QUESTIONS?  Please don't hesitate to email me! 

Please note the cancellation policy: All tickets are refundable until April 11.  After that time, no refunds will be issued.  Tickets can be transferred!!!

What others have had to say about this training!

"Thank you again for an AWESOME conference. Hands down, Robyn is the best workshop presenter I’ve ever seen. She was knowledgeable, engaging and hopeful. Everything she said resonated. I left feeling inspired to be the best parent I can be.”

"Even as an adult with complex trauma, I have never felt so understood. A part of me wishes I could be a kid again in the hands of people that have attended your conference and really want to help them!" 

"Your style took complex subject matter and made it understandable." 

"Thank YOU for being such a great speaker! We are thrilled  beyond words with the content!" 

"This is fantastic. It has given me hope, understanding and practical things to do."  


“Robyn is truly the best presenter I’ve ever experienced.”

“Robyn was excellent - she spoke to my soul!”

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COVID-19 UPDATE 03/20/2020

Registration for this event is currently ON HOLD while decisions are made about in-person events.  If you are registered for this event, you will receive updates via email as decisions are made.  Thanks for your patience!

​© 2015 Robyn Gobbel, LCSW

Gobbel Counseling