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Join APSAC for a Zoom Chat: Advice from a Child Trauma Specialist: Creative Ideas to Help Families S

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Join APSAC Board Member and child psychiatrist Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC on Wednesday, May 20 at 2 pm eastern, as she shares lessons learned from her experiences serving families during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these lessons can help us support the families in our community.


  1. Describe the three sequential ways to help a recover from a tantrum

  2. Recognize varying states of arousal and/or dissociation

  3. Discuss how states of arousal effect functioning


Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory, 2017

Dr. Bruce Perry, ChildTrauma Academy, 2016

No Drama Discipline, Drs. Tina Payne Bryson and Dan Seigel

About Robbyn Peters Bennett

Robbyn is a psychotherapist, educator, and child advocate who specializes in the treatment of mental health problems due to early trauma. She has worked extensively with families involved with child protective services, the foster care system and adoption support. She is Phase II certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a neurodevelopmentally informed assessment process useful in working with traumatized children through the Child Trauma Academy.

Robbyn lectures nationally on the topic of trauma and the effects of harsh punishment. In her TED talk, she addresses the long-term effects of spanking and other forms of domestic violence on long-term health. Her life’s work is aimed at ending child abuse and all forms of violence against children. She is the founder of, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of spanking and on positive parenting alternatives. She is VP, with the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, an organization dedicated to supporting the movement to end spanking in the US.

All presenters, planners or anyone in a position to control the content of this continuing education activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/legally recognized domestic partner has any financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of this activity.

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