Becoming Trauma Informed: An Introduction to the Neurosequential Models

Presented by:  Nathan Swaringen, LCSW

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
9AM-11:00AM Documentary Screening (0 contact hours)
11:15AM-12:45PM Continuing Education Workshop (1.5 contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813



All Attendees: FREE



The first two hours will be a screening of the documentary film , Paper Tigers, which depicts the educational journey of teens with traumatic histories. [No continuing education credit for watching the documentary.] The 1.5 hour workshop following the screening focuses on providing an overview of the core concepts and various methods of practical application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and Neurosequential Model in Education (NME). NMT is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiologically-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 (Perry, 2006). The Model explains how traumatic experiences during different stages of development result in impaired functioning in various areas of the brain, offering a treatment approach to “target” impaired areas in a sequential manner to heal trauma from the “bottom-up” (Perry, 2006).


Nathan Swaringen, LCSW is trained in The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME), and is currently leading a trauma-informed schools program (It’s About T.I.M.E.) at Beach High
School, training school staff and implementing NME principals. Nathan has 12 years of experience studying the effects of trauma on the developing brain while providing direct clinical practice to traumatized and at risk youth. Nathan has provided trainings on the topic of trauma to numerous children’s mental health and foster agencies.


Learn more about Paper Tigers HERE.