Durable & Effective Outcomes for Youth with Trauma Histories

Since 2010, SaintA has been providing a comprehensive array of services to support children, youth and adults who have experienced trauma in more than 25 Wisconsin counties.

These Neurosequential Model™ (NM) Assessment, Consultation and Implementation Services are an effective set of tools for achieving durable, effective outcomes to support higher-risk youth who:
  • Have trauma histories.
  • Have been involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems.
  • Are at risk for out-of-home placement in residential/group home settings.
  • Have histories of aggressive and/or sexualized behaviors.
  • Have experienced or are at risk of school suspensions or expulsions.

Make a Referral

If you are interested in requesting NMT services through SaintA, please download and complete one of the New Patient Referral Forms below. Email completed forms to clinic@sainta.org.

Benefits of the NM Model

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with children and adults who have experienced trauma. SaintA is 1 of only 9 organizations in the world with NMT™ Flagship Status.

The NM approach is an effective solution for families, systems and providers who seek:
  • Streamlined interventions that address the impact of adverse experiences and current neurodevelopmental functioning to provide more realistic solutions and expectations.
  • Effective early interventions and prevention services geared to support children and youth before crisis situations occur.
  • Ways to prevent failed interventions and placements.
  • A psycho-educational approach that ensures all participants in the client’s care plan understand and can fully act on the recommendations of care plan.
  • A flexible approach that supports a wide range of interventions and supports for clients.

Menu of Services

SaintA has over 10 years of experience partnering with Parents, Families and Caregivers, as well as providers like School Districts, County Human Services (CCS, CLTS, Child Welfare) Agencies, and Juvenile Justice Services.

We provide a flexible, comprehensive array of solutions designed to help you achieve your treatment and care goals.

• Targeted Assessments drive streamlined, effective interventions and measure progress over time.
Learn More about Targeted Assessments
  • Comprehensive Clinical Assessments gather a summary of adverse events, relational supports, and current functioning to generate a neurodevelopmentally-informed Recommendations Report to guide youth and their care team.
  • Time Series Reports completed 6 – 18 months post Initial Report can highlight progress made and areas that require ongoing interventions and supports.
  • Caregiving Challenge Estimator is a complementary tool to assist with determining the level of a caregiver’s current demands and identify internal and external resources to help manage caregiver fatigue and burnout, allowing for identification of supports to minimize risk for failed placements.

• Consultations offer guidance to ensure Interventions deliver the best possible outcome.
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  • Dosing Meetings within the home and school setting can assist with implementing a detailed plan of appropriately timed, proactive, regulatory, and sensory respectful interventions to facilitate maintaining a more regulated state for the youth.
  • Stability Meetings with NMT Specialists encourage ongoing implementation planning, troubleshoot urgent needs and prioritize ongoing supports to maintain stability and support service planning.

• Workshops & Trainings offer general and targeted skill-building to support county and school staff, group homes, local youth centers, and other caregiving teams.
Learn More about Workshops & Trainings
  • Common Behavioral Concerns include regressive behaviors, sexualized behaviors, self-regulation concerns, maladaptive behaviors (lying, stealing), irregular sleep and food habits, hoarding issues, toileting challenges, socialization and social engagement delays, aggressive behaviors, running away.
  • School Supports include consultation, coaching, modeling, and observation services to support school-related functioning and behavioral supports for both individual students and whole classroom settings.
  • Core NM Concepts trainings on specific topics like understanding stress response and why an individual may react as they do; caregiver reactions to stressors and the alignment of their stress response with their youth; preferences with healthy and unhealthy forms of coping, regulation strategies, attachment and relational templates to provide a general framework and foundation of the Neurosequential Model’s core concepts.
  • Universal Level Supports offer school, business or agency-wide training, consultation and coaching on implementation.

• Implementation Services work directly with children, youth and families to build skills for success
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  • Individual Skill Development has Clinicians working directly with youth and their team to model, prompt and coach skills that encourage regulation and healthy relational connections within a trauma responsive approach.
  • Youth Specific Psychoeducation is provided to the youth’s team members to address behavioral functioning and support service planning. This service can be tailored to the individual needs of youth to help them manage challenging behaviors, such as sleep and eating behaviors, regressive and aggressive responses to stress and toileting concerns.

• Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services provided to Milwaukee and surrounding counties include evaluation, assessment and treatment of body coordination, internal organization, regulation, and sensory processing needs.
Learn More about Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
Our OT generalist practitioners have experience in a wide variety of modalities including but not limited to:
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • D.I.R.Floortime® Model
  • Sensory Integration utilizing a Primary Coach Approach To Teaming (PCATT) model in community and home settings with Families
  • Therapeutic Listening™
  • Interactive Metronome ®
  • Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique
  • Brain Gym
  • Grapho-Motor, Feeding and Sensory, and Visual-Spatial Techniques

Funding Sources

Funding sources include state funding through Comprehensive Community Services (CCS), Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver, Child Protective Services (CPS), school district budgets, and private pay.

Meet Our NM Therapists

Kathleen Ayala, MSW, APSW, uses her experience working within treatment foster care and her knowledge of NM to educate families and teams about the impact of adverse events on current functioning. A believer in relationship building, Kathleen provides strength-based strategies that support the stability and well-being of youth, caregivers and their support teams.

Tori Bates, MSW, has experience in child welfare, specialized foster care and family drug court systems and believes a transparent communication approach with families preserves trust in the working relationship. Tori’s further expertise include infant and early childhood mental health and incorporating this knowledge within her consulting role, supporting the notion of prioritizing early intervention supports for best outcomes for children and families.

Sarah Morschauser, APSW, has both personal and professional experience in the child welfare and foster care systems, which allows her to understand the value of healing through relational connections. Sarah works with all team members to obtain the information that is critical to creating a comprehensive assessment that supports youth, caregivers and team members.

Julie Scott, MS, LPC, NCC, focuses on the impact of early life experiences on brain development. NMT Assessments provide a road map for services and therapeutic supports to best enhance a child’s current functioning. Julie works with families, schools and teams to enhance a child’s ability to regulate, relate and reason. Julie also consults and presents on the Neurosequential Model and helping children in home and school environments. Julie has been certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT) and has completed Phase II/Train-The-Trainer certification.

The Clinic at SaintA

SaintA, Inc. 8901 W. Capitol Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53222

*The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ was developed by Dr. Bruce Perry and is a trademark of the Neurosequential Network (formerly, ChildTrauma Academy.)
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