About Robbyn

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Robbyn Peters Bennett is a mother and very blessed grandmother who lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon where she has a private psychotherapy practice.

She has practiced as a psychotherapist since 1998 after earning a Masters degree in Counseling Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.  She was privileged as a Child Mental Health Specialist while serving as Clinical Director of Catholic Community Services’ residential treatment center for mentally ill children and adolescents.  Robbyn worked extensively with families involved with Child Protective Services. She enjoyed living in Albuquerque, New Mexico several years where she served as Clinical Director of Presbyterian Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric program and an outpatient psychotherapy clinic.  During this time she worked to develop the Parental-Child Foundations Program treating early mother-child attachment failures.

Robbyn has studied Jungian Analytic theory with the North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology.  She is Phase II certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT),  a neurologically and biologically informed assessment process useful in working with traumatized children through Child Trauma Academy. She is devoted to ending child abuse and toward that end works to raise awareness of cultural acceptance of violence against children. She is founder of StopSpanking.org, an online evidenced-based resource on the dangers of spanking and nuero-developmentally informed alternatives. She is on the board of the US Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, groups, and organizations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment against children. Robbyn is a certified trainer in Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting.

Robbyn co-authored award winning Article of the Year, research in the International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect demonstrating that spanking is a stand alone adverse childhood experience.

2017 Article of the Year in Child Abuse & Neglect The official journal of The International Society of the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN). This paper was chosen as Article of the Year out of the 238 manuscripts published in Child Abuse & Neglectin 2017. The criteria for the award are: a) novel nature of the paper, b) potential to advance the field, and c) high academic quality. Afifi, T.O., Ford, D., Gershoff, E., Merrick, M., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Ports, K.A., MacMillan, H.L., Holden, G.W., Taylor, C.A., Lee, S.J., & Peters Bennett, R. (2017). Spanking and adult mental health impairment: The case for the designation of spanking as an adverse childhood experience, Child Abuse & Neglect, 71, 24-31.

Spanking and adult mental health impairment: The case for the designation of spanking as an adverse childhood experience. Afifi, T.O., Ford, D., Gershoff, E., Merrick, M., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Ports, K.A., MacMillan, H.L., Holden, G.W., Taylor, C.A., Lee, S.J., & Peters Bennett, R. January, 2017.

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