Using a Neuro-Developmental Framework in Child Trauma Treatment



April 26, 2022, noon-2 p.m. ET
Instructor: Stephen J. Bradley, M.S.W., M.Ed.
Live interactive webinar
Level: Intermediate
CEs: 2 CEs are available for a $10 fee
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In 2021 Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey released a collaborative book titled What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing. Their book is an excellent and accessible overview to the neuro-developmental framework that underpins Dr. Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) – an approach which is being used in a wide variety of clinical settings around the world. This introductory workshop provides a basic overview of the NMT and some of its core concepts. Of particular focus will be the critical importance of understanding the sequential nature of brain development and function in the assessment and treatment planning process when working with individuals who have experienced developmental trauma. 

  • Sequential brain development and information processing
  • Stress response/threat response systems 
  • Sensitization and tolerance 

Brief case vignette(s) will highlight the importance of sequencing interventions and incorporating sensory and somatosensory strategies to “cool and soothe” lower regions of the brain prior to implementing more traditional relational and cognitive approaches to treatment. 

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live webinar with lecture and Q&A in Zoom webinar. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are not visible or audible during this presentation and attendees can communicate with the presenter utilizing the Q and A feature in Zoom.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by February 15, 2022: $40
Regular registration by April 25, 2022: $50

CEs: 2 CEs are available for a $10 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the core concepts of “sequential brain development and functioning” 
  2. Explain differential/heterogeneous responses to threat/stress, sensitization and tolerance and/or state based functioning as key concepts in neuro-developmental treatment
  3. Describe the importance of matching interventions to the developmental needs of the child in trauma treatment. 
  4. Explain the importance of integrating somatosensory interventions into child trauma treatment. 

Outline- 2 hours:

1. Introduction and overview 
2. Sequential brain development and functioning 
3. Stress response/threat response systems 
4. Sensitization and tolerance 
5. Importance of proactive, somatosensory intervention strategies 
6. Role of therapeutic dosing 
7. Wrap up/questions 

About the Instructor:

Stephen J. Bradley, LICSW, LMHC, is an individual and family therapist and an educator with more than 30 years of clinical experience and a commitment to integrating social justice into his work. He was a fellow of the Child Trauma Academy from 2018-2021 and is presently an adjunct associate professor at Smith College School for Social Work. He’s certified in Phase I and Phase II levels of NMT and currently completing NMT™ Mentor Certification. 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 Live Webinars

Live webinars are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. 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 webinar evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

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