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Optimizing the
Therapeutic Environment 

with the Neurosequential Model

Join our guest trainers Susan Andrien and Angela Harris for this in-person clinical training!

Susan Andrien

Susan Andrien, LMFT

Susan is a Phase 2 trainer in The Neurosequential Model, a neurodevelopmentally informed approach to clinical problem solving and a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. With more than 25 years of experience working with children and families heavily impacted by trauma, Susan founded Hope Reimagined, a Mental Health & Educational Support Services organization with a mission to better support communities, schools and families to be relationally rich environments informed by neurophysiology.


Angela Harris, LCSW

Angela Harris, LCSW is an independent private practice clinician with over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is currently practicing in Montana offering advanced training in mental health, social-emotional development, community collaboration, and program coordination/assessment. She is a certified Phase 2 trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, a neurobiologically informed approach, measuring effects of trauma on brain development

and functioning.


Developed by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical problem solving. It 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.

Course Objectives

Intro to the Core Concepts of NMT

  • State Dependent Functioning

  • Intimacy Barrier

  • Sequence of engagement

  • Stress Response Systems, moving from sensitized to resilient

Healing through the Therapeutic Web

  • Therapeutic Dosing and Spacing

  • Building a reserve and resilience of staff (Nature connection activity)

  • Identify and enhance the inherently healing aspects of the environment

How to Create an Optimal Therapeutic Environment

  • 6Rs

  • 5 second moment

  • 4Ps

  • 3 minute conversation

  • 2 minute touch

  • 1 minute repair



April 11th


Located in The Knowledge Center at Chaddock

$99 Per Person

5.5 CEU’s will be offered for Illinois licensed LCSW’s, LSW’s, LCPC’s and LPC’s only at no cost to participants.  

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