NMT/NME Communities of Practice
The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiologically informed approach to clinical problem-solving. Developed by Dr. Bruce Perry in partnership with the ChildTrauma Academy, the model is currently being implemented locally, nationally and internationally, and has been identified as an evidence-based practice. There are two phases of training for NMT. Phase I allows individuals to use an online mapping tool for assessment and planning. Phase II allows for within-agency certification and external agency training.
The Bay Area has seen robust interest in NMT due to its focus on encapsulating the whole child when considering therapeutic assistance. It also has provided agencies a paradigm with which to approach some of their most complex cases. Although NMT certification can be costly, the online training and train-the-trainer model for large agencies has been utilized by agencies in the Bay Area with success in sustainability and practice.
In 2013, San Mateo County became the first public health system to implement NMT. Since its inception, San Mateo County has had more than 50 staff certified in Phase I NMT and more than 280 staff trained in NMT concepts. The county also has implemented sensory sensitive spaces at multiple sites. San Mateo serves as a model of both implementation and sustainability, with plans to further expand use of the model. Santa Clara County also has many of its clinical providers certified in NMT.
Many community –based organizations have joined the NMT community. One such CBO- A Better Way — a local community-based organization (CBO) — has been utilizing NMT concepts to educate both staff and clients on trauma. In the past 6 months, they have begun the process of becoming a certified NMT site.
Trauma Transformed is committed to creating communities of practice that bring together current NMT providers and those implementing or interested in being an NMT provider. We hope that sharing training dates, learning tools and best implementation practices will assist those interested in utilizing or sustaining their NMT practice.