2017 Child Welfare Conference Keynote Speaker


headshot of Robyn GobbelRobyn Gobbel, LCSW

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Robyn Gobbel is the founder of Central Texas Attachment & Trauma Center and specializes in adoption, attachment, and trauma. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #40735). Robyn works with children and their families, ages 0–9, as well as adults. Robyn has specialized training in helping children with early developmental trauma, including adapting EMDR to help children (and adults!) heal from their earliest negative experiences. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing (beginning level) as well as DEEP (Dynamic Enriched Experiential Psychotherapy). Robyn is a Trust Based Relational Intervention® educator, Circle of Security Parent Educator, and has completed the Alert Program® training. Having completed Level1 Training in Theraplay, Robyn has a Theraplay informed practice. In 2017, Robyn (along with her colleague Suzette) has been studying intensely with Bonnie Badenoch, MFT, PhD- a leader in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. Robyn specializes in helping children and families after complex, early, developmental trauma like abuse, neglect, or orphanage care.  Additionally, Robyn works with adults interested in deepening their relationships with themselves and others. Many of Robyn’s adult clients are parenting children impacted by trauma, or experienced a difficult childhood themselves, particularly emotional abuse or emotionally absent parents.

Robyn was honored to be awarded the 2012 Austin Birth Award title of “Best Pre/Perinatal Therapist in Austin” for her work helping women heal after a traumatic birth, as well as the 2013 Austin Birth Award title of “Best Adoption Resource.”

Robyn is the Past-President, Vice-President, and Board Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, an adoption triad support and education group. She regularly offers workshops on parenting, connection, trauma and adoption and has spoken at conferences and trainings in Texas, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Iowa, Colorado, Michigan, and Indiana. To gain more information about workshops, webinars, or inviting Robyn to speak at your event, visit her website.


Keynote Session Description:

Resilience through Relationships

Those of us privileged to be entrusted with the responsibility of connecting with at-risk youth have the potential to enhance resilience and ultimately shift their trajectory.  Out of the 14 questions on the RESILIENCE Questionnaire (Rains & McClinn), 12 are directly related to relationships  As child welfare workers, we can confidently trust in the power of those relationships to build resilience. Drawing from the latest research in the fields of Interpersonal Neurobiology and attachment research, we will explore ways to harness the power of even the most limited or short-term relationships with at-risk youth.


See the rest of the schedule here!