PD OPPORTUNITY: FREE Trainings for Teachers and School Counselors/Social Workers/Psychologists on Trauma and Effects on Students Available!

Published: January 8th, 2019

Hello Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce a partnership with AHCCCS and the Neurosequential Model Network to present an amazing professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s schools. The following trainings will assist schools in dealing with trauma and its effects on students.


The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) draws upon the neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning to help educators understand student behavior and performance. The goals of NME are to educate faculty and students in basic concepts of neurosequential development and then teach them how to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process. NME is not a specific “intervention;” rather, it is a way to educate school staff about brain development and developmental trauma and then to further teach them how to apply that knowledge to their work with students in and outside the classroom, particularly those students with adverse childhood experiences. This is for classroom teachers and is a trainer of trainers model, and participants will be equipped to bring strategies back to their schools.


The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children and is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists, and related professionals best meet the needs of the child. (This training is for Master’s level school social workers, school counselors, or school psychologists.)


There is no fee for participants! However, registration is first-come, first-served and based on statewide representation. Candidates selected to attend the NME training will be required to provide at least one training at their site upon completion of the program, and candidates selected to attend the NMT training will be required to participate in ongoing training activities and to report data as needed upon request.

Please see this flyer and hyperlinked application forms for more details. If you have questions, please contact Aanya Rispoli at [email protected].