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NMT Provincial Presentations
Al Azhar Shriners Temple
Calgary, AB
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NMT Provincial Presentations
Introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a revolutionary evidence-based practice based on the understanding of neuroscience and brain development.  This model, developed by Dr. Bruce Perry and his team at The ChildTrauma Academy, has deepened our understanding of how we work with traumatized children and adults.  By better understanding the core concepts of the NMT, and utilizing that as the framework in which we understand our children and youth, we have increased our capacity to work with our clients, seeing a decrease in restraints and critical incidents, and increase in relational engagement, self regulation, and staff satisfaction.   By helping these children build the capacity to self-regulate using this approach, the children and youth have shown better access to higher-order thinking (executive function skills) and have increased retention and learning potential both in the classroom and in their home environment.  

This session, which is being provided by one of 8 Flagship Sites for the ChildTrauma Academy, will provide an overview of the Core Concepts of the NMT approach.    

Learning Objectives:

1.Gain an understanding of how trauma impacts brain development and the stress response system.

2.Gain an understanding of how this approach can be utilized in different settings to help manage the stress response system, improve a childs capacity for self regulation and develop healthy relationships.

3.Provide an overview of what the NMT approach looks like for caregivers across different program settings and using different Evidence Based Treatment modalities.  

4.Provide an overview of how the NMT has decreased restrictive practices and improved outcomes.    

Speakers Bios:
Emily Wang, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Dr. Wang is the Director of Trauma Informed Services and NMT Site Supervisor at Hull Services, a Flagship Site with the ChildTrauma Academy.  Hull Services is a non-profit organization that works with children and families in areas of early intervention and prevention, school based services, community services and residential care.  Dr. Wang has been responsible for overseeing the implementation of the NMT across all 28 programs at Hull.  Her responsibilities include training, program development, clinical consultation and mentoring both within Hull and externally as requested. Dr. Wang is a Fellow with the ChildTrauma Academy (CTA), and is currently completing a Fellowship with the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program through the University of California Davis Extension Program. Dr. Wang holds a Masters of Science in Educational Psychology, a Masters of Art and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.  Her extensive training in the NMT and the Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship has had a significant impact on both her professional life as well as her personal life as a mother of two.  

Denise Manderson, M.C.

Denise Manderson is the Program Director for William Roper Hull School at Hull Services. She holds a Masters of Counselling and a Bachelors degree in Human and Social Development. Denise has been at Hull for 20 years. She has spent the majority of her time in the school program working in a variety of roles. The school has been working closely with Preadolescent Treatment Program as the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics pilot programs at Hull Services. Both programs work collaboratively to provide education and training to front line staff, families and persons served around the impact of trauma on brain development. The two programs use the NMT approach for case conceptualization, treatment planning and milieu activity programming.


Al Azhar Shriners Temple (View)
5525 - 101 St NW
Calgary, AB T3L 1S4



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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