Since 2016, Harmony has been studying and applying the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned neuroscientist and child psychiatrist, who served as the trainer and mentor for our first year of study.
NMT is a developmentally informed model that incorporates the latest neuroscience research to help guide treatment planning and therapeutic interventions. It helps our staff to assess children’s trauma histories along with any relational supports that they may have experienced; this gives a holistic view of their overall developmental experience rather than just relying upon diagnoses alone.
The Neurosequential Network has recognized Harmony as an NMT Certified Site. The majority of our clinical and leadership staff are certified at the Phase 1 and Phase 2 levels of NMT, with additional staff certified in the Neurosequential Model for Education (NME).
Harmony is currently involved in a five-year federally funded research study using the NMT metric as an assessment tool to guide therapeutic interventions with adoptive families, many of whom adopted children through the child welfare system. The research is funded by the Children’s Bureau and has been conducted in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. To find out more about this research, please visit The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) site.