The NeuroSequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a lens that helps us understand a child’s behavior from a neurodevelopmental perspective. This perspective recognizes that children self regulate truly through co-regulating with trusted adults and that we must prioritize their needs by first helping them to regulate, then relate, and then reason.

NMT Phase II Trainer

The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC, CMHS has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II/Train-the-Trainer (TTT) level.

About the NMT

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology- informed approach to clinical problem solving developed by The ChildTrauma Academy. NMT is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention, as much as it is an approach that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform the work. The Neurosequential Approach has three components – training/capacity building, assessment, and then specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational, and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual.

This clinical approach helps professionals determine the strengths and vulnerabilities of children and their families, and helps them create individualized intervention, enrichment, and educational plans to match each child’s unique needs. The goal is to find a set of therapeutic activities that meet the child’s current needs in various domains of functioning (i.e., social, emotional, cognitive, and physical).

The ChildTrauma Academy has developed an NMT Training Certification process for individual clinicians and organizations. This training process provides the necessary exposure to core NMT concepts, practical applications, and the use of the web-based NMT Metrics as part of the clinical evaluation package. Clinicians may complete an introductory-level certification program (Phase I) or an advanced- level program (Phase II).

The NMT is widely applicable to a variety of clinical and educational environments and has been integrated into a variety of settings across the full life cycle – infants through adults. Numerous organizations, public and private, as well as outpatient clinical professionals have become certified and routinely use the NMT in their practices.

The NMT Assessment Process

The NMT Assessment is designed to complement other clinical assessment models. An NMT Trained clinician will collect a complete developmental history as well as assess a client’s current functioning. The clinician will use this information to complete the NMT
Metric Report (including a “Functional Brain Map”). The NMT Assessment process helps identify domains of functioning that are either undeveloped or dysfunctional, which, in turn, helps guide the selection and sequencing of developmentally-sensitive, neurobiologically-guided interventions.

*NMT Certification does not comprise a clinical “endorsement” – it merely implies that the clinician or organization has completed the necessary training elements required to use the NMT Assessment Process with acceptable fidelity. Any results and/or recommendations made by an NMT Certified Clinician or organization are solely the responsibility of the clinician or organization making them.

Learn More about the NMT Perspective

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD is a child psychiatrist and senior fellow with the NMT Network and ChildTrauma Academy

What is an NMT Assessment?

The NMT is an Evidence-Based Practice. Click the image below to read more.