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     November  2018 Newsletter
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In response to recent tragic events in the US, coupled with an expanding timeline of school shootings in recent years, we open this month's newsletter by revisiting a piece that Dr. Perry wrote in response to the Columbine shooting in 1999 on coping with violence: 

"Experts in crime, mental health, education, and social sciences have all been trying to understand the pathways to [violence]. A few common observations emerge. The first, and most disturbing, is that human beings, like few other species, are pervasively aggressive, violent and murderous to each other. The major predators of humans are other humans.   The second important point is that all violence is not the same....How any individual comes to kill is a complex combination of circumstances, and it is almost impossible to know exactly "why" for any given act of violence.  Yet this should not stop us from trying to understand and prevent violence. We know that not all humans kill. And some societies are more violent than others.... we do know that we can help prevent more violence. We are not helpless." 

Click Here for full article. You may also be interested in a recent interview with Dr. Perry on the PBS series WTCI's Explore Health. Learn more about our work demonstrating the power of connectedness.

CTA Welcomes New Fellow Stephen Bradley
Stephen J. Bradley, LICSW, LMCH is an accomplished individual and family therapist and educator with 28 years of clinical experience and a commitment to integrating social justice into his work. He  graduated with his Bachelor of Arts, High Honors in 1989 - and went on to complete his M.Ed. in Counseling in 1992 - both at UMass Amherst.  He worked as a child and family therapist in agency settings and as an Outward Bound instructor until the late 90's when he volunteered with Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. 
Stephen is a lifelong learner, completing extensive post graduate training in Narrative therapy before returning to get his MSW from Smith School for Social Work in 2002.  During the following 10 years, he worked in agency settings as a supervisor for MST (Multi-Systemic Therapy) and IICAPS (Intensive In Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services) teams in Hartford, CT and as a Residential Program Director in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  In 2010, Stephen began as an Adjunct Faculty at the Smith College School for Social Work where he has taught since.  His classes have included Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Intern Seminar for Field Students, Family Therapy Theory and an elective that incorporates NMT™ Core Principles, Wraparound and Cultural Humility approaches. 
In 2014 Stephen transitioned into full time private practice and consultation.  Since then he has become certified in Phase I and Phase II levels of NMT and is in the process of becoming an NMT™ Mentor.  He integrates NMT into his work with families, agencies and schools, providing assessment, training, consultation and advocacy for families and children (particularly adoptive families).  He also uses NMT™ principles in his work with couples where one or more of the partners has been affected by childhood trauma.  Stephen has an ongoing commitment to applying NMT™ in the context of understanding and working with traumatic forms of oppression including racism, homophobia and transphobia. 

San Mateo County Completes NMT Program Expansion including Adult Programs

On July 11, 2018, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services graduated 12 clinical staff in the Phase I level of NMT.  Of specific note is that s even of these staff are from San Mateo's adult system - the first adult clinical group to implement NMT Metrics and interventions for an adult SMI population.   Additionally, four more adult system staff will be completing Phase I training in the next few weeks.
During the celebration event, one graduate shared a success story of an adult client receiving NMT recommended interventions at their local clinic.  Her story was an example of what San Mateo's adult team is starting to see at other sites as well.  Both the response of adult clients to interventions never before offered and the shift of how whole clinical teams is beginning to engage adult clients differently is making significant positive changes for these clients.
In August, San Mateo county began NMT Phase II Training program for a new group of clinicians including five staff from their youth system and five from their adult system.  Through this expanded capacity, SMC BHRS will continue to offer a variety of NMT trainings for their system and community partners working with individuals and families, and that effort will now include more sustainable NMT-implementation with their adult clients as well as children and youth.
And, after having implemented NMT for seven years, San Mateo County has just promoted Cindy Donis, one of their original NMT Trainers, to the position of Program Specialist for the NMT Program.  Her role will be dedicated to supporting the continued growth and implementation of NMT throughout the SMC BHRS system of care.  Cindy joins Tony DeMarco, SMC BHRS Deputy Director and longtime NMT Site Coordinator, in leading SMC's extremely successful NMT implementation and expansion journey.  CTA is grateful to have SMC as an amazing partner site!

New NM-Sport Introductory Training Series Begins Nov. 5th 

This new training initiative is an outgrowth of the Neurosequential Model in Education's success and a series of conversations with Megan Bartlett, a leader in youth development and sports.  Steve Graner, a longtime coach and project Director of NME programs, and Dr. Perry, a former athlete, know the value of sport in helping create developmental, educational and therapeutic experiences.  In turn, the core concepts of the NM, in application, can inform effectiveness in coaching, performing, training, and a host of key skills needed for success in sport. The NM-Sport initiative will explore these intersecting concepts with the goal of integrating sport into the healthy therapeutic web of children, youth and families. The initiative also aims to help individuals and programs involved in sport improve their effectiveness in providing healthy developmental experiences and improved performance.
The focus of this unique, introductory 5-session series is the set of core concepts related to brain organization, the stress response and neuroplasticity (how the brain changes) applied to the coaching, training and performance context. This basic overview provides immediate, practical applications as well as the necessary background required to benefit fully from future, more in-depth training opportunities that focus on the advanced applications of the NM-Sport. 


1: Nov. 5 - Brain Basics:  Structure, Processing Sensory Input & the Roots of Rhythm *
2: Nov. 19 - Understanding the Power in Stress:  The Stress Response, Resilience, Focus and Flow
3: Nov. 26 - Neurosociology:  The Neuroscience of "Team" - Connecting and Competing
4: Dec. 3 - State-dependent Functioning:  Keeping Fear from Destroying Performance
5: Dec. 10 - Understanding the Power Differential:  Creating a Sense of Safety & Other Powers of Leadership
ALL LIVE SESSIONS take place on Mondays from 2 to 3 PM Eastern Time * except Session 1 which will begin at 12pm ET.  

Enroll as an individual or as a group.  All subscriptions include recordings of each session that can be viewed at your convenience.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

Please note that the dates of our upcoming event in Denver (co-sponsored by Mount Saint Vincent Home) has been updated to April 1 and 2, 2019.  This event, titled An Introduction to Developmental Trauma: Implications for Clinical Work, Education, and Caregiving, is being offered in conjunction with both NMT and NME Boot Camps.  Stay tuned for registration info coming soon!

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Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. 
The ChildTrauma Academy