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Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™)

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

Looking for a trauma-informed, developmentally-sensitive way of understanding a young person’s therapeutic needs?

Berry Street’s Take Two service is the leading trauma-specific therapeutic service for vulnerable infants, children and young people in Victoria.

Take Two is site-certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™). It uses clinical assessment and intervention-planning tools to support practitioners working with infants, children and young people who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumas.

NMT™ has a holistic and ecological approach to interventions – targeting not only the child or young person, but their caregiver relationships, broader family networks, school and community. The approach builds resilience through safe, enduring relationships and daily experiences of success.

What is NMT™?

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)™ is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical problem solving. 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 Neurosequential approach has three key components:

1. training/capacity building

2. assessment

3. specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual.

Participants completing and maintaining NMT™ Phase 1 certification are certified to use the NMT™ clinical practice tools (NMT™ Metrics) and they have ongoing access to the resources provided by the Neurosequential Network.

NMTTM Certification – Expressions of Interest for 2024

Key information

NMT™ Phase 1 certification is a 12-month process. It involves a curriculum (set by the Neurosequential Network™) comprising self-directed learning (articles, webinar recordings and case-based training) alongside monthly 2-hour study groups facilitated by an NMT™ Mentor and NMT™ Trainer.

The monthly study groups will comprise a maximum 10 individuals and will occur during business hours (day and time TBC) via Zoom.

We anticipate that they will commence early 2024.

NMT™ Phase 1 certification costs USD $4000 (this includes the monthly study groups facilitated by NMT™ Mentors).

Post-certification, an annual NMT™ Maintenance fee is payable to the Neurosequential Network™, and there are annual Maintenance requirements to continue to access the NMT™ Clinical Practice Tools and associated resources.

Expressions of interest have now closed.

About NMT™ secondary consultations

Take Two offers NMT™-informed secondary consultations across Australia. The consultations include:

  • completion of the NMT™ Practice Tool and generation of the NMT™ Report
  • a written report outlining the key results in the NMT™ Report and recommendations for the young person based on identified priority areas from the NMT™ Report
  • feedback and advice to care teams.

How the NMT™ Report will enhance your interventions

The NMT™ Report is a tool to inform intervention-planning based on an understanding of the young person’s developmental experiences on their current functioning. It draws on principles of trauma research, neurodevelopment and relational neurobiology.

The NMT™ Report organises a young person’s history and current functioning into a snapshot of their:

  • developmental risk
  • current developmental functioning
  • executive functioning
  • quality of current relationships.

The NMT™ Report:

  • identifies the sequence of interventions needed to meet the young person’s therapeutic needs
  • recommends the types of interventions likely to be effective at each stage of the sequence.

The NMT™ Report should be used as part of a comprehensive clinical assessment and planning process, not as a stand-alone assessment.

The recommendations from the NMT™ Report should always be considered in the context of the young person’s circumstances, strengths and preferences, and the relationships available to them.

Contact us

For more information about NMT™, please contact

Berry Street’s Take Two service is site-certified the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™).

Take Two’s NMT™ Mentor-certified staff are excited to offer study groups and support to individuals and organisations seeking to undertake NMT™ Phase 1 certification (for full details please access the Neurosequential Network™) and we are currently seeking expressions of interest.