Awakening the theories of the relational neurosciences for child & play therapists - focusing on both BEING and DOING in the therapy room.

Play Therapy from the Heart...

with the Brain in Mind

LIVE Virtual Training

Praise from previous relational neuroscience students

COVID19 UPDATE 03/20/2020: This two-day training, originally scheduled for Minneapolis, MN, will now be offered as a live virtual training!  We will attempt to reschedule the Minneapolis training ASAP, though it is unknown when that will be possible. 


I hope you'll join me for this live, interactive online training instead!!

WHEN:  Thursday & Friday

              April 23 & 24, 2020

              10am to 5:30pm EASTERN (9am central, 8am mountain, 7am pacific) 

WHERE: ONLINE!  Anywhere you want :)

FEE:   $325 {register by April 3, 2020}

           $355 {register AFTER April 3, 2020}

CEs:   12***, including APT NON CONTACT (Association for Play Therapy). 

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is an approved CE provider with the Association for Play Therapy. 


The Relational Neurosciences (including Interpersonal Neurobiology- IPNB) offers play therapists an important framework for understanding the brain in the context of relationships, bringing greater understanding about why play therapy works.  As child and play therapists, we can harness the power of interpersonal neurobiology in order to confidently lean into allowing the relationship to facilitate the power of play therapy.  This 12-hour, two-day workshop will place some of the key concepts from the field of relational neuroscience into the context of play therapy. 


Together we will explore the Nine Domains of Integration as identified by Dr. Dan Siegel (founder of IPNB), learning interventions and ways-of-being to support vertical (body/brain, as well as lower/higher brain), horizontal (left/right hemisphere), memory, narrative, state, consciousness, and interpersonal integration.  This workshop will contextualize important theories from the relational neurosciences for child & play therapists, including Polyvagal Theory, Regulation Theory, Neurosequential Brain Development, Memory Reconsolidation Theory, and Attachment Theory (through the lens of neurobiology). 


Play Therapy from the Heart….with the Brain in Mind brings together the work of Dan Siegel, MD, Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, Stephen Porges, MD, Allan Schore, PhD, Bruce Perry, MD, PhD and more, offering play therapists new tools and new understanding about how to facilitate integration, connection, regulation, and behavior change in children and their families. 

Learning Objectives:

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

  2. Participants will identify a treatment planning approach to play therapy based on the relational neurosciences paradigm for symptoms and mental wellness (regulation, chaos, rigidity etc.)

  3. Participants will demonstrate at least three different interventions to use co-regulation as a building block to self-regulation in the play therapy room

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

  5. Participants will describe why children with a history of complex trauma need an increased amount of presence, co-regulation, and therapist-led approaches in play therapy  

  6. Participants will describe how memory reconsolidation theory identifies the agent of change in play therapy

  7. Participants will describe a play-based intervention that encourages memory integration after a traumatic experience

  8. Participants will demonstrate a play-based intervention to help children track the three different autonomic nervous system states

  9. Participants will articulate the concept of neuroception and how they can take steps to create an environment of felt-safety in the play therapy room

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





9:45- 10am- Login & figure out tech

10-11:30- Workshop

11:30 – 11:45- break

11:45 – 1:15- Workshop

1:15 – 2:15- Lunch Break

2:15 – 3:45pm- Workshop

3:45 – 4- break

4 – 5:30- Workshop


9:45- 10am- Login & figure out tech

10-11:30- Workshop

11:30 – 11:45- break

11:45 – 1:15- Workshop

1:15 – 2:15- Lunch Break

2:15 – 3:45pm- Workshop

3:45 – 4- break

4 – 5:30- Workshop


ONLINE!!  From where you want!

This workshop will be offered LIVE TIME.  Participants will be expected to participate live using their webcams ON and microphones (muted when not speaking). 

Approximately one week prior to the training, you will receive an email with a list of needed materials for experiential activities.  These will be typical child/play therapy materials, including art supplies, paper, and paper bags (for puppets!).


$325 {register by April 3, 2020}

$355 {register AFTER April 3, 2020}

***CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration is refundable minus a $35 processing fee until April 3, 2020.  After April 3, registration is non-refundable, though you are welcome to transfer your registration to another participant.***

Target Audience:

This intermediate/advance workshop 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.

CE Information **:

It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. ​

12 APT NON-CONTACT (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 is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:



Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.


Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Social Workers:


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


If applicable: Social Workers – New York State


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Requirements for Attendees:​

This workshop is for licensed and prelicensed mental health professionals, as well as other professionals working with children in a professional capacity 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 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 at 512-565-8357 or

Please note- this is an ONLINE training.  There are no facilities.  


Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, 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.  

Robyn is an instructor for the Portland State University/DHS Therapy for Foster/Adopted Children & Families Certificate program.  She is also an instructor, teaching the Science of IPNB, for the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program offered by Portland Community College.  Robyn is the Secretary for GAINS- the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology.

**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.  

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

"I wanted to express my deep, deep gratitude for you and the ways in which you've shown up through this process. Your willingness and ability to speak in a way that passes no judgment or recrimination on self or others has really helped me to shift my language towards myself and with my community. The content itself is hugely useful in the healing process of course, but your approach and your energy in sharing it has begun a transformation in me and my relationships."

"...You are clearly a thoughtful, empathetic, intelligent human and I trust you to integrate this information about me as just one of many stories about my life."

"You did a GREAT job of making the material accessible and pertinent to what each of us is wanting to do in this field."

Robyn - Thank you for your authentic presence throughout our course! 

Thank you for truly embodying IPNB and everything we learned.  I felt safe to be myself, believing all parts really were welcome.



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!

I need to leave early/arrive late/miss some part of the training.  Is this OK?

    This is a highly interactive, experiential training.  You'll work closely with other participants and your presence matters!!  Please make arrangements to attend the training in it's entirety.

    No partial CEs will be awarded. You must attend the entire training in order to receive CEs.

    In this live, online training, attendance will be tracked.  You will be required to keep your webcam whenever we are not taking a break.

I'm not in eastern time- how do I make this time-zone adjustment?


    Click here! 

What will this training be like? I've never done a live, online training!

  I have taught online a LOT!  It has surprised me how we can still feel connected and have an excellent learning experience, even online, especially if we are conscientious about a few specific things.  


   Attendees will be required to have their webcams on the entire time and to be present at their devices.  This will be monitored.  Attendees will be asked to forego distractions, such as answering the telephone, in the same way you would in a live training.  Microphones will be muted to reduce background noise but can easily be unmuted to ask questions.


   Throughout our two days together, attendees will occasionally break up into small groups, just like we would in person.


   A list of materials to have available for experiential activities will be provided approximately one week before the training.  Materials will be typical child/play therapy materials, including art supplies, paper, and paper lunch bags (PUPPETS!!)  

Will I be able to easily implement the ideas I learn?


    YES!!!!  We will have plenty of time to allow for integration and application!  We will practice together and you'll develop a felt-sense of the different interventions.  

What type of tech requirements are there?

    The webinars will be hosted on Zoom- you can download Zoom here:

and read about Zoom here:

You need high speed internet and should be able to login from your laptop, tablet, or even SmartPhone with the Zoom app.  

You MUST use a webcam and a microphone.  Most computers have built in webcams and microphones. 


Not sure if yours does?  See if the information in this article helps:

How will I access the training?

   You will receive a link- on the morning of the training, you will just click on the link!!

I cannot attend live- can I receive the recording?

   This two-day training will not be available by recording only BUT it is my intention to turn this into an on-demand, digital download training so STAY TUNED!

This two-day training was originally scheduled for Minneapolis, MN on the same dates it is now being offered virtually.

With the social distancing requirements for COVID-19, it made sense to transition this to a virtual training instead of canceling!  I'm very grateful for my experience in teaching online, as this will be an easy pivot for me!

This global crisis is impacting all parts of us...including our financial and economic stability.

If you'd love to attend this training but need some financial assistance, feel free to choose the discount code that you need.

If you are able to attend the training at the full-free, you are helping me make discounts available to those who need them AND helping me continue with my teaching & training schedule.  I appreciate you :)

For a $75 discount, please use promo code: COVID75

For a $125 discount, please use promo code: COVID125

I have always been passionate about spreading the relational neurosciences and IPNB to the whole world...especially play therapists.  As we move through and recover from this crisis, we will need the tenets of IPNB even more.  I'm grateful to be able to still offer this training.


​© 2015 Robyn Gobbel, LCSW

Gobbel Counseling