Using a Neuro-Developmental Framework in Child Trauma Treatment



ONLINE COURSE | Instructor: Stephen J. Bradley, LICSW, LMHC
CEs: 1.5 | Level: Intermediate

Date of original webinar: November 6, 2019, noon - 1:30 p.m. ET

In March 2018, 60 Minutes ran a  story on child trauma that featured Oprah Winfrey talking with Bruce Perry about his Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) and its approach to treating child trauma. Oprah has said of this approach "it has definitively changed the way I see people in the world" from "what's wrong with you?" to "what happened to you?" According to the Child Trauma Academy, “the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical problem solving.  NMT is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention. It is an approach that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live.”

This workshop will briefly introduce participants to the NMT™ developed by Perry with an emphasis on some of its core conceptual frameworks including:

  • Brain functioning including sensory integration, self regulation, relational and cognitive domains.
  • Stress response / threat response systems
  • Sensitization and tolerance

Case discussions will illustrate the application of these concepts in ways that are clinically relevant for participants. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of sequencing intervention approaches for maximum efficacy, and the critical inclusion of sensory and somatosensory approaches in the treatment of developmental trauma.

Target Audience:

Social workers and other social service providers 

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define differences between "lower brain" and "upper brain" functioning.
  2. Describe the importance of matching interventions to the developmental needs of the child in trauma treatment.
  3. Explain the importance of integrating somatosensory interventions into child trauma treatment.
  4. Describe the basic functioning of the stress / threat response systems and their relevance to working with traumatized children.

Instructor Biography: 

Stephen J. Bradley, LICSW, LMHC, is an individual and family therapist and an educator with 28 years of clinical experience and a commitment to integrating social justice into his work. He is a fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College for Social Work. He’s certified in Phase I and Phase II levels of NMT and is in the process of becoming an NMT™ Mentor. Stephen has a particular interest in using neuro-developmental principles and understandings to work effectively with trauma in a variety of forms including oppression based trauma and its impact on diverse communities, families and individuals.

Completion Requirements for Recorded webinars and online courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

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