Pressley Ridge integrates a trauma-informed perspective into all of our services, which provides the foundation for a basic understanding of the psychological, neurological, biological, and social impact that trauma and violence has on individuals. This mindset leads our staff to ask "What happened to that child?" rather than "What's wrong with that child?". Learn more about Pressley Ridge's Trauma-Informed Care practices here.
We believe that a trauma-informed perspective needs to be supported by specific trauma-informed practices. To this end, Pressley Ridge’s clinical leadership is in the process of becoming certified in the The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) through the ChildTrauma Academy.
NMT is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology 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.
The Neurosequential Approach has three key components – training/capacity building, assessment and then, the specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual. The catalyst for this process is the creation of a “Brain Map”. This map is a metric of brain development that is complete by a skilled NMT clinician. This map is not a visual of the actual brain itself but, a heuristic tool that guides quality treatment. As a result, NMT will allow our programs to better serve those who have experienced trauma and adversity, as well as, support caregivers, the child protective system and the judicial system to make decisions are in the child and families best interest.
Pressley Ridge is excited to announce plans to build a new School for Autism and Deaf on our main campus in Pittsburgh, PA. This $12 million project, slated to break ground in the spring, has been designed through the help of autism and deaf experts to serve our unique population of students with enhanced learning experiences that include:
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