Robbyn Peters Bennett
Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC, CMHS is a psychotherapist, educator, and child advocate who specializes in the treatment of mental health problems due to early abuse and neglect. She has served as Clinical Director of Catholic Community Services Residential Treatment Center in Bellingham, WA where she was privileged as a Child Mental Health Specialist. She also served as Clinical Director for Presbyterian Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric program in Albuquerque, NM. She has worked extensively with families involved with child protective services, the foster care system and adoption support. Her therapeutic modality is grounded in depth psychology having trained with the North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology. She is also 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.
The neurodevelopmental model opened her eyes to the central significance of lower brain dysregulation on functioning and prognosis. She was able to recognize the need for educating parents on a neurodevelopmentally-informed parenting model that is born from and inextricably aligned with the principles of nonviolence. Robbyn then became a certified trainer in Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting.
Robbyn lectures nationally on the topic of trauma and the effects of harsh punishment and practical ways to help children who suffer from chronic dysregulation. 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 StopSpanking.org, 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 banning spanking in the US. READ MORE…