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Parenting Like a Neuroscientist: Application of the Neurosequential Model in Post Adoption Support

Dr. Bruce Perry's Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics is a neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning that assists parents and professions in understanding children's behaviors, development, and learning. This course introduces the basics of the Neurosequential Model, including principles of neurodevelopment and the effects of childhood trauma on the brain. Utilizing Perry's "6 R's" (Relational, Relevant, Repetitive, Rewarding, Rhythmic and Respectful) the speaker examines how to meet children's needs through neurodevelopmentally-informed parenting and interventions. The review of the structure and implementation of Harmony Family Center's ASAP (Adoption Support and Preservation) program illustrates practical application of these principles.

Allison Cooke Douglas, MS – Resource Center Program Manager, Harmony Family Center

Course length: 60 minutes

After attending this course, professionals will be able to:
• Describe the neurobiological basis of the Neurosequential Model.
• Explain the “6 R’s” of healthy development.
• Identify how adoptive families can incorporate NMT principals into parenting practice.
• Use NMT principles and examples from Harmony Family Center’s ASAP program to identify ways to strengthen post adoptive support systems.

Course level: Intermediate

Cost to register: $15
If you are a NCFA member, look for your discount code in the membership portal.

National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2023 – 04/13/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

This course does not offer credit for NJ or NY social workers. For more information on receiving CE credit please visit the FAQ tab. For additional information on the instructor please visit

Recorded on June 16, 2022.
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Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever