NFI Vermont has grown to become a leader in statewide treatment, training and consultation. In addition to training our own staff, each year we help many hundreds of social service providers, educators, and caregivers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to serve children, youth and families with the most complex needs.
Within our own programs NFI Vermont works with many children and caregivers who have experienced trauma. In the last decade, as we learned more about neurodevelopment and how toxic stress impacts the brain, we have evolved our own practice to reflect the latest thinking around how to help people with histories of early maltreatment. As we have developed our own clinical expertise and train within NFI programs, we also are committed to sharing these learning opportunities with our community partners.
NFI Vermont has committed to bringing international experts to Vermont. At least twice annually NFI hosts community day-long learning opportunities with these skilled presenters. In recent years we have brought renowned practitioners such as Bruce Perry, Bessel van der Kolk, Dan Siegel, and Alicia Lieberman. If you would like to be informed of upcoming conferences, contact Kaitlyn Moore.
NFI staff are in the community teaching providers, educators, and caregivers in large and small groups throughout the state. We provide part and full day trainings, while emphasizing an on-going consultation partnership to ensure the best implementation of new practices.
- Trauma-informed schools – NFI continues to work with scores of Vermont schools to help them meet the needs of all students, including those with social and emotional challenges. We provide training at all levels of a school community – from full staff inservices to individual student consultation.
- Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC) – NFI began training with Dr. Margaret Blaustein, the co-creator of the evidence-based ARC model, in the early 2000s. As we have embraced this model within our own programs, NFI clinicians are now recognized as statewide trainers of this approach.
- Wraparound – The principles of Wraparound have been and remain at the heart of NFI services since our very beginning. NFI staff trainers help other community providers to establish or rekindle Wrap philosophy into their own menu of services.
- Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) – NFI Vermont is a Phase II certified agency in the ChildTrauma Academy NMT approach. We use this knowledge in applying the NMT metric in clinical practice, and also as a foundation of our developmental trauma training. More information about NMT can be found at www.childtrauma.org.
- Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) – NFI is excited to be partnering with Easter Seals VT to bring a statewide learning collaborative for this evidence-based practice for young children to Vermont beginning in April 2017.
NFI is honored to be part of the UVM Placement Stability Project’s Trauma-Informed Practice training. NFI Family Center staff Dave Melnick, Tina Bleau, and Pete Cudney each has contributed to the learning modules that are available online for free. A link to the entire course is at www.training.vermontcwtp.org. For more information about all services at the NFI Family Center go to www.nfivt-familycenter.org.