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Providing cutting edge trauma-responsive services to those who have been impacted by trauma

Harmony provides training on trauma responsive care in our local and regional communities, throughout Tennessee, and across the nation. In addition to providing training for thousands of foster and adoptive parents in Tennessee each year, Harmony has trained the majority of the education staff for Maryville City Schools and Blount County Schools as well as school psychologists, counselors, and social workers for Knox County Schools. In 2019, Harmony trained over 1,100 staff for the Children’s Defense Fund - Freedom Schools, a national summer literacy and civic engagement program.

Harmony staff are regularly invited to present at state and national child welfare conferences as well as the International Neurosequential Model Symposium in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Harmony hosted the first ever Neurosequential Model College in partnership with The Neurosequential Network in Knoxville, TN and held an additional day of experiential learning events for sensory intervention strategies at Camp Montvale for child welfare staff from around the country and Canada.


Annually, Harmony hosts one of the largest Foster Parent Conferences in the country and has hosted the ASAP National Conference (2015) and the National Permanency Conference (2017).

Our staff also provide consultation and technical support on trauma responsive care to community organizations, faith-based and civic groups, schools and child welfare agencies.


Our training and consulting services include:

· ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)– (Building Strong Brains Tennessee curriculum)

· Beyond ACEs - Trauma Responsive Care Strategies and Techniques

· Building a Trauma Responsive Community

· Introduction to The Neurosequential Model (non-certification):

       o The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)

       o The Neurosequential Model of Education (NME)

       o The Neurosequential Model of Sports (NMS)

· Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)

· Custom Training

       o Harmony can create customized training to meet the unique needs of your organization or school

       o Conference workshops and keynote addresses

· Consultation and Technical Support for implementing Trauma Responsive Care

· Monthly Webinars on Trauma Responsive Care for Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals

· Adoption and Guardianship Preparation

· Foster Parent Training


For more information about our training and consulting services, please contact Keith A. Bailey, Ph.D., Training Director.

For more information about Harmony’s programs and services, please contact Nicole E. Coning, Chief Executive Officer.

The Neurosequential Model

Since 2016, Harmony has been studying and applying the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Perry, 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 I and Phase II levels of NMT, with additional staff certified in the Neurosequential Model for Education (NME). 

Harmony has been 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 was 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.

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