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Dr. Mark Vander Ley and his guests discuss topics relevant for parents that desire to build a deep connection with their children and loved ones.

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Dr. Mark Vander Ley and his guests discuss topics relevant for parents that desire to build a deep connection with their children and loved ones.

    Interpersonal Neurobiology for Parents and Partners with Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S

    Interpersonal Neurobiology for Parents and Partners with Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S

    Dr. Mark Vander Ley and Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S Discuss the basic concepts of Interpersonal Neurobiology for Parents and Partners.  Robyn offers an overview of the important concepts as well as implications in a variety of situations.  We are challenged to look beyond behaviors and understand what is happening on the inside of our family members. 
    Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S has over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy experience, specializing in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption.  Robyn is a therapist, trainer, and consultant who recently relocated to Grand Rapids, MI from Austin, TX.  Robyn’s diverse clinical training includes EMDR (including EMDR adapted for children with attachment trauma), Somatic Experiencing, Theraplay, Trust Based Relational Intervention®, Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Alert Program® and Yogapeutics Aerial Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training.  Robyn has integrated these training modalities with a foundation of attachment theory and the relational neurosciences to create an attachment-rich, sensory-sensitive, and relational neurosciences supported healing environment for children and families.  Robyn consults, teaches, and trains extensively throughout the US, including as an instructor for the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program at Portland Community College and with the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate Program offered by Portland State University and Oregon’s Department of Human Services.  She has recently joined the working board of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS).
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    Raising The Challenging Child with Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW

    Raising The Challenging Child with Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW

    Dr. Mark Vander Ley and Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW discuss the new book "Raising the Challenging Child". The book harnesses Karen's 25 years of experience serving children with attachment disorders and complex trauma.  Mark and Karen discuss the tried and true strategies outlined in the book that will help parents minimize meltdowns, reduce conflict, and increase cooperation.  
    Karen has more than 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families, the last 25 of which she has been at Chaddock. She has co-authored journal articles and book chapters as well as articles which have appeared in Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today Magazines. Her first book, Attachment Theory in Action, edited with Debbie Reed was released in 2017 and she also hosts the Attachment theory In Action podcast. Her second book co-authored with Debbie Reed and Wendy Lyons Sunshine, Raising the Challenging Child published by Baker Books, will release in January 2020.  Outside of work you will find her hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Carolinas.
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    Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace with Dr. Scott Keith

    Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace with Dr. Scott Keith

    Dr. Mark Vander Ley speaks with Dr. Scott Keith about his book Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace.  In this episode Dr. Keith explains the connection between the story of the prodigal son and fatherhood.  He describes fatherhood as a shadowy representation of God's grace and explains how fathers can point their children to salvation through Christ.
    Dr. Scott Keith is the Executive Director of 1517 and adjunct professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine. He earned his doctorate from Foundation House Oxford, under the sponsorship of the Graduate Theological Foundation, studying under Dr. James A. Nestingen. Dr. Keith’s research focused on the doctrine of good works in the writings of Philip Melanchthon. He is a co-host of The Thinking Fellows podcast, contributor to 1517, Christ Hold Fast and The Jagged Word blogs, and author of Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace. Dr. Keith resides in California with his wife, Joy and family, dividing his time between the mountains and the beach.
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    Building Connection with Your Spouse

    Building Connection with Your Spouse

    Dr. Mark Vander Ley and Michelle Robison, MSW, LCSW discuss the topic of "Building Connection with Your Spouse".  Listeners will get an introduction to the work of renowned couples therapist Susan Johnson and an introduction to attachment patterns in the marriage relationships.  Mark and Michelle discuss the patterns or "dance" that often develops between couples and how to recognize these patterns.  They also discuss ways to handle conflict that draws you closer to your spouse as opposed to creating more distance.  
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    Domestic Spiritual Abuse: The use of the Bible to Oppress Women with Sarah Elmore, MA, LPC

    Domestic Spiritual Abuse: The use of the Bible to Oppress Women with Sarah Elmore, MA, LPC

    Domestic Spiritual Abuse (DSA) is the use of the Bible, its principles, or institutions to justify the mistreatment of another.  Sarah Elmore, MA, LPC shares her personal experience with DSA as well as the lessons she has learned serving as a professional counselor to those who have experienced it.  Sarah and Mark discuss how the misinterpretation of Scripture may lead to abuse and Sarah describes how DSA may be perpetuated in certain religious contexts.  Sarah explains how difficult it can be to escape the abuse and gives suggestions on how to help those who may be in an abusive situation.
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    How to Talk to your Kids about Sex with Michelle Robison, MSW, LCSW

    How to Talk to your Kids about Sex with Michelle Robison, MSW, LCSW

    Dr. Mark Vander Ley and Michelle Robison, MSW, LCSW discuss the importance of talking about sex and sexuality with your children.  Mark and Michelle cover the value of talking about sex early and regularly with your children, as well as the drawbacks of avoiding the conversation.  The conversation uses personal and professional experience to help parents overcome the sometimes awkward and difficult roadblocks to discussing these difficult topics.
     
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