Core Concepts in the Neuro-developmental Treatment of Child Trauma - Introduction to the NMT™



June 14, 21, and 28, 2021, noon - 2 p.m. ET
Instructor: Stephen Bradley, LICSW, LMHC
Live interactive webinar

CEs: 6 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $10 fee 
Level: Intermediate

Increasingly we are being called to understand the role that brain development plays in a number of key functional domains in children who have experienced developmental trauma. These domains include sensory integration, self regulation, relational and cognitive capacities. Each of these is mediated by neural networks which develop in a particular sequence and particularly rapidly during the ages of conception through 3 years. Better understanding these key aspects of brain development and the sequential nature of processing is key in relation to working with children who struggle with symptoms of developmental trauma. This workshop will introduce participants to core concepts in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) - developed by Dr. Bruce Perry - as they apply to working with children who have experienced developmental trauma in a variety of settings. Particular attention will be payed to “operationalizing the concepts” in practice and the relevance of early intervention. Descriptions of core concepts in practice will illustrate their relevance in “real life” settings and situations. Pragmatic hands-on emphasis will be a key focus throughout this training.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use chat and verbal discussions for Q and A. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by April 29, 2021: $140
Regular registration by June 13, 2021: $155

CEs: 6 CEs for social workers are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key components of a neurodevelopmentally attuned assessment 
  2. Define 6 Core Concepts of the NMT™ 
  3. Practice application through learning activities that incorporate key principles of neurodevelopmentally attuned intervention 


Day 1:

  • Noon - 1 p.m ET:  Sequential Brain Development 
  • 1 - 2 p.m. ET:  Differential Plasticity and Stress Response Systems

Day 2:

  • Noon - 1 p.m ET:  Sensitization and Tolerance / State Dependent Functioning
  • 1 - 2:00 p.m. ET:  Relationship, Reward and Regulation / Neurobiology of Attachment

Day 3:

  • Noon - 1 p.m. ET:  Intervention Fair
  • 1 - 2 p.m. ET:  Integrating Core Concepts into Practice

About the Instructor:

Stephen Bradley is a fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, who received his M.Ed. in counseling from Umass Amherst in 1992 and his M.S.W. from Smith College in 2002. He worked for 20 years in nonprofit agencies including supervising and directing intensive home based and residential programs in MA and CT. He has been on the adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work since 2010 where he currently teaches an Intro to NMT™ course. He’s been in full time private practice since 2014 where he specializes in using NMTTM with youth and families struggling with the effects of developmental trauma. He has a lifelong commitment to weaving social justice and anti-oppression frameworks into all areas of his work. He and his partner live with their blended family in Western MA.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

Social Work
  • 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, #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. 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 6 continuing education credits. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work 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 #SW-0169.


  • Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

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