Led by founder and Senior Fellow, Dr. Bruce Perry, ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) is a Community of Practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. CTA “recognizes the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumtized children.”

CTA trains organizations in the the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical problem-solving.  According to CTA, NMT is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention.  It is an approach that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live.  The approach has three key components – training/capacity building, assessment, and specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual.

Additionally, NME was developed to educate all school faculty; counselors, administrators, teachers, and students, in basic concepts of neurosequential development and how to apply this knowledge to teaching and learning processes. Like NMT, NME is not a specific “intervention”, it is a way to educate school staff about brain development and developmental trauma and then to further teach them how to apply that knowledge to their work with students in and outside the classroom, particularly those students with adverse childhood experiences.

The National Council wants to ensure that all organizations, systems and communities across the country have the necessary tools and skills to assess and address the impact of trauma on the people they support. Opportunities include participation in year-long learning communities that include two in-person summits, a series of coaching calls, webinars and a listserv of peers and experts to help develop resources that respond to  organizational and community needs.

In addition to the learning community model, the National Council offers custom consulting and training on trauma-informed integrated health, mental health and substance use care. For more information, contact Jody Levison Johnson.