The Neurobiology of Being Human

Kalamazoo, MI

Praise from previous relational neuroscience students

WHEN:  Friday May 15, 2020

              9am to 4:45pm

WHERE: Santosha Wellness

                4341 South Westnedge Ave., Suite 213

                Kalamazoo, MI 49008

FEE:   $155 {register by March 31, 2020}

           $175 {register between April 1 & May1, 2020}

           $195 {register AFTER May 1, 2020}

CEs:   6 (social workers and LPCs***)


The relational neurosciences is an emerging field offering helper, healers, and educators a theoretical foundation that is based on the integration of the mind, brain, and relationships. Dan Siegel, Allan Shore, Stephen Porges, Lou Cozolino, and Bonnie Badenoch have pioneered the field, changing the way we conceptualize behaviors and symptoms into a deeply respectful approach that honors our individual drive for wellness. After intensely studying the relational neurosciences, my passion has become bringing an understanding of the neurobiology of being human to the helpers, healers, and educators who care for our most vulnerable children & families.

This six hour introductory training will introduce some of the core tenets and theories of the relational neurosciences, including Polyvagal Theory and Regulation Theory. As we develop a greater connection to how human are designed to be their best selves inside a coregulated relationship, we develop a greater understanding for how to best support our clients in moving toward wellness. Although the relational neurosciences apply to all humans, the focus of this workshop will be on children & families.


This training offers CEs for social workers and LPCs but is open to any professional who identifies as a helper, healer, or educator. The relational neurosciences can be applied to all ages and stages, though the emphasis of this training will be on children, offering healing through a family-lens whenever possible.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this six-hour CE event, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the primary tenants of the relational neurosciences and how these apply to working with children & families

2. Identify a treatment planning approach based on the relational neurosciences approach to symptoms and mental wellness.

3. Describe the neurobiological underpinnings for the four identified patterns of attachment

4. Describe the function of the three branches of the autonomic nervous system based on the polyvagal theory

5. Describe the concept of neuroception and how they can (and must) take steps to create an environment of felt-safety in the play therapy room

6. Demonstrate an understanding of neurosequential brain development how this relates to their child clients


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


Santosha Wellness

4341 South Westnedge Ave., Suite 213

Kalamazoo, MI 49008


$155 {register by March 31, 2020}

$175 {register between April 1 & May1, 2020}

$195 {register AFTER May 1, 2020}

***CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration is refundable minus a $25 processing fee until May 1, 2020.  After May 1, 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 my 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 beginner level workshop is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.  This workshop is open to all helpers, healers, and educators (though CEs are only offered to licensed mental health professionals), including but not limited to occupational therapists, parent coaches, teachers, school counselors.

CE Information **:

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

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:


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.


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


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.

Sponsored by:

"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 counselor or psychotherapist? 

    No way!!!  This training is for ANYONE who works with kids and identifies as a helper, healer, or educator!

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

    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.

What will this training be like?

    I pay close attention to the training experience I create for attendees by:

  • limiting the number of participants

  • creating opportunities for attendees to connect with each other and establish felt-safety

  • supporting your body needs though breaks, snacks, and movement.

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