I have been sitting in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics case‐based training series led by Dr. Bruce Perry and hosted by The ChildTrauma Academy. The aims to aid practitioners better understand the neurodevelopmental principles involved in primary symptoms as seen in the children they serve. This has been an immensely valuable teaching when working with and examining long-term effects of trauma in children, adolescents, and adults as well as describing how traumatic events in childhood change the biology of the brain.
For those not familiar with this, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics is an approach to clinical work that is informed by neuroscience. The primary assumption is that the human brain is the organ that mediates all emotional, behavioral, social, motor, and neuro-physiological functioning.
Three central elements of the model:
- Developmental history
- Current assessment of functioning and
- Recommendation for intervention
The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of the child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists and related professionals best meet the needs of the child.