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Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) secondary consultations

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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 Dr Bruce D. Perry’s 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.

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.
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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 taketwo@berrystreet.org.au.

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