What is the 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 – training/capacity building, assessment and then, the specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual.


Is the NMT an Evidence-based Practice?

Yes. The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics currently meets criteria for Level III, Level II-3, Level II-2 and Level II-1. Several of the NMT Certification Sites have plans for studies that are randomized, controlled trials (see the NMT as Evidence-based practice).


Where is the NMT currently being used?

The NMT is being used with a wide range of clients – ranging from early childhood to adults.  There are currently hundreds of NMT certified clinicians across the world.  These clinicians are practicing in various organizations (more than 30) and individually.  Please see our interactive NMT Partners GEO Map.


How is the NMT model brought into a program?

Introducing the NMT or NME involves a process of capacity building and training for the primary groups of adults working with the target population of children. There is an NMT certification process that involves didactic, self-guided and case-based training elements. For more information about NMT Certification, see below.


Can individuals become certified in the NMT approach?

Yes.  Please read our NMT Individual Training Certification program.


Can organizations become certified as a site in the NMT approach?

Yes.  Please read the  NMT Site Training Certification overview

and peruse a set of NMT Site Certification FAQs.


How can I apply for Individual or Site Certification?

Please complete our NMT Training Certification Application.


Where can I get more information about the NMT?

A broad introduction to the concepts is provided in The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a book by Dr. Perry and Maia Szalavitz published in 2007. A set of NMT-related publications can be found in the “CTA Library” section of this website.

The best way for an individual or program to learn more about the NMT is to participate in the ongoing CTA NMT Case-based trainings that are offered every quarter. In these 90-minute long web-based conferences, clinicians from across the US, Canada and abroad present children they are struggling with and a clinical teaching conference model is used to help better understand the child and suggest specific interventions based upon the NMT approach.

A special NMT DVD (Introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) is now available to help introduce the NMT and its core principles to clinical and non-clinical settings. Visit the online store for more information.

Special program project, training and general inquiries regarding the NMT  please email us or call 281-932-13759.