REGULATE, RELATE, REASON – A Developmental Approach to Healing Trauma

October 2 – 3, 2018

Harmony Family Center and The Child Trauma Academy invite you to join us for our two-day event Regulate, Relate, Reason: A Developmental Approach to Healing Trauma.


Day 1 will take place at The Mill & Mine, a state-of-the-art event venue nestled in historic downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Breakout sessions will be held across the street at the beautiful Historic Southern Railway Station built in 1903.

Day 2 will take place at Harmony’s Montvale property. Camp Montvale is a picturesque camp nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain and adjoins the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 2008, Camp Montvale has been the site of therapeutic family camps and camps for children who have been adopted or are in foster care from Tennessee. It also is an ideal setting for staff development and retreats. The 364-acre camp has cabins for up to 150 campers and staff, a meeting lodge with dining facilities, and open-air pavilions. The camp is home to miles of hiking trails, a small lake, playgrounds, a pool, a low ropes course, a climbing tower, volleyball and basketball courts, and equestrian facilities.

Tuesday October 2, 2018**
Day 1 – Conference at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN

Price: $150
Dr. Bruce D. Perry, an internationally recognized expert on child psychiatry and the impact of trauma on children’s development, will lead the morning plenary session. This will include a presentation on the impact of trauma on the developing child, and implications for interventions by clinicians, educators, and the community based on the Neurosequential Model – a neuroscience based and developmentally respectful approach to clinical, educational and caregiving challenges. Afternoon workshops will explore how the Neurosequential Model can be used for the assessment and treatment of trauma. These workshops will feature presenters and panel discussions on the application of this Model for therapeutic intervention – the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in education settings – the Neurosequential Model of Education (NME), and community and caregiving environments – the Neurosequential Model of Caregiving (NMC).

Wednesday October 3, 2018**
Day 2 – Experiential learning at Camp Montvale*

Price: $225
This day of experiential learning at Harmony’s Camp Montvale is limited to 30 participants and will be more clinically focused on the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) for children and their families in both in-home and alternative settings. Participants will be in small groups led by Harmony’s Family Counselors, who will demonstrate how the NMT theory, assessment and recommendations inform therapeutic strategies, such as:

  • SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention)
  • ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency)
  • Circle of Security
  • Theraplay
  • PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy (Equine and Canine; Equine based EMDR)
  • Experiential Therapy (i.e. yoga, art, music, drumming, ropes course, and nature-based)
  • TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)

*Availability is limited, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis

**Lunch and snacks will be provided for both days


The Mill & Mine
227 W Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

4901 Montvale Road, Maryville, TN 37803


Crowne Plaza*
401 W Summit Hill Drive SW, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 522-2600
*walking distance from conference location

The Oliver Hotel
407 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 521-0050

Hyatt Place
530 S Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 544-9977

Holiday Inn
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 522-2800

501 W Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 523-2300

The Tennessean
531 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 232-1800

Four Points
1109 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916
(865) 971-4663


Registration opens July 6th and closes on September 17th or when spots are filled.

Regulate, Relate, Reason Cancellation Policies:

Full refunds less $50 USD per registration fee granted until midnight EST September 10, 2018. No refunds granted post midnight EST September 10, 2018.

For questions and more information, please send an email to or call 865.982.5225.

Published on June 11, 2018 by .
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Shea Watts

Shea Watts, ASAP Family Therapist

Since coming to Harmony in 2006, I have been fortunate to work with some of the best Resource Parents in the country. These parents are committed to making a difference in the lives of children across the state of Tennessee, and always going above and beyond the call of duty for these children. Harmony recognizes the tremendous, personal sacrifices of these parents and is dedicated to helping these caregivers receive the services they need in order to continue the healing work of parenting adoptive and foster children. This being said, I often ask the parents I work with what they need in order to be the best parent they can be for these precious children and I always receive the same type of answers:

“Time to recharge my batteries so that I am better able to help my children”.
“The opportunity to meet with other parents to share ideas and be a support to one another”.
“New information regarding parenting adoptive/resource children”.
“New tips and techniques that I can learn quickly and will make a difference in my home”.

Based on these above needs, Harmony recently hosted the first R.E.S.T. Initiative at Buckberry Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, located within the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. True to its name, this unique and innovative retreat provided a weekend of Respite, Education, Support, and Training to sixteen adoptive/ resource families in the East Tennessee region. This retreat provided a weekend of rejuvenation, relaxation, and shared learning for these couples who have created forever families for approximately fifty children in East Tennessee. Buckberry Lodge provided the ideal location not only for caregivers to relax and spend time focusing on replenishing their depleted energies, but also for meeting and interacting with other resource parents and expanding their support circles. In addition to supplying respite, Harmony provided three trainings: the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program, Circle of Security, and Respite Development over the two-day period. Each couple reported of tremendously enjoying their experience and had the following comments to say about the R.E.S.T. Initiative:

• This has been the BEST respite we’ve had
• This was a much-needed, perfectly-timed opportunity
• Great way to recharge & reconnect with spouse
• Nice balance of REST with training
• Very relaxing, one of the best places we have ever stayed
• Taking time for each other & yourself enables you to be better for your family
• Very relaxing
• Education is a cornerstone for successful fostering and adoption
• Presenters & information was relevant and not drawn out
• Critical time to focus on each other & to get great training, too!
• Thank you so much for this opportunity. This has really benefited our family & I have learned about some great resources that I will implement in my family
• Had a wonderful time, met wonderful people, gained lots of helpful info for the future

Published on May 10, 2012 by .
Posted in Advocacy and Support, Training


Shea Watts

Shea Watts, ASAP Family Therapist

A little over a year ago, I gathered together a group of Harmony’s clinicians in order to decide which professional we would like to ask to be our speaker for our annual Cycles of Healing conference. At Harmony, we pride ourselves for bringing the best of the best to our families we serve, and we strive to always remain up to date on the leading research and interventions being developed by the top professionals in the fields of adoption and foster care. So, several of us got together for lunch and I asked the question, “If we could invite anyone to be our guest presenter, who would it be? Let’s dream BIG- if we could have ANYONE come, who would we ask?” To my surprise, each and every clinician at that table had the same answer: Dr. Karyn Purvis.

Dr. Purvis is the Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University and is known worldwide for her work with children who have come from ‘hard places’; children who have experienced trauma, such as abuse and neglect. We were fortunate to have her colleague, Dr. David Cross, present at our Cycles of Healing conference a few years ago, and it was then that we became familiar with TCU’s work and the unprecedented impact their interventions were having on families across the globe. What drew our clinicians to the work of Cross and Purvis is that it was not only intervention-based, but that it promoted attachment and healing within the context of the family. Through Harmony’s relationship with Dr. Cross, my colleague Pam Frye and myself were afforded the incredible opportunity to be one of the first clinicians in the country to receive training in Purvis’ and Cross’ newest treatment modality, Trust-Based Relational Intervention © or TBRI. Working alongside Dr. Purvis is an indescribable honor. Both Pam and myself were not only amazed by her knowledge of the impact and experience of trauma, but also the treatment model she and Dr. Cross had developed. We knew that Dr. Purvis was, without a doubt, the speaker our families deserved, and that each and every participant would leave that conference armed with the skills necessary to parent these precious children who come from the ‘hard places’.

This past Tuesday, I joined over 150 parents and professionals gathered at Cokesbury Center for our 2012 Cycles of Healing conference. From the moment Dr. Purvis walked on stage, she captivated the audience’s attention to the very end. During breaks, numerous families came up to me and commented on how “magnetic”, “energizing”, “remarkable”, “enlightening”, and “refreshing” they found Dr. Purvis to be. Two families said to me, “This is exactly what we needed”, and one parent commented on how she was “so grateful that Harmony brought this angel to us”. Colleagues spoke of how concise the material was and how they could see why we chose Dr. Purvis to be our guest speaker, calling her “the total package”. Innumerable participants asked to have her back and wanted to know where they could purchase her materials and find out more information regarding TBRI. The praise for Dr. Purvis, TBRI, and the conference was amazing.

Cycles of Healing 2012 was a tremendous experience with profound impacts on all participants who attended. As I sit here and type this, I have no doubt in my mind that each and every participant left better parents or professionals because of ‘Cycles’. I know that I am better at both because of it and Dr. Karyn Purvis.

Published on April 27, 2012 by .
Posted in Advocacy and Support, Training