Trauma Responsive Strategies with
Infants, Children, and Families

Regulate Relate Reason

Trauma Responsive Strategies with Infants, Children, and Families

Harmony Family Center and the Neurosequential Network invite you to our annual Regulate Relate Reason Conference and Experiential Learning Days

This conference is open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the impact of trauma on child development and related intervention strategies.   You don’t have to be a clinician or mental health professional to attend.  Teachers, caregivers, trainers, community services staff, medical staff, etc. are welcome. 

The Conference will feature Dr. Kristie Brandt and other experts in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Other sessions will introduce participants to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME).

You can also choose to attend one of the two Experiential Learning Days, which will feature the application of clinical concepts along with experiential sessions in Equine Therapy, Rhythm and Movement, and Sensory Intervention. [Optional, but encouraged. Limit 48 each day. Two days will be offered that have the same agenda and content; please choose to attend only one.]

OCT 14, 15, 16




Conference Agenda



Registration Opens

9:00am- 12:00pm

Kristie Brandt: Opening Plenary




Breakout Session A




Breakout Session B




Closing Remarks


Cocktail Hour

Experiential Learning Agenda

Limit 48 each day



Registration Opens




Welcome & Opening Plenary


Clinical Demonstration 1




Clinical Demonstration 2




Clinical Demonstration 3


Closing Remarks


The Neurosequential Network (NN) is pleased to offer a Boot Camp for our

NMT Training Certification - Phase I Program in Knoxville, TN on October 15 & 16, 2019. This Boot Camp is being held in conjunction with a full-day conference hosted by Harmony Family Center on October 15th.

Boot Camp participants are required to attend BOTH days of training.

This Boot Camp is an accelerated, face-to-face learning experience led by Dr. Keith Bailey and his
team of NMT Trainers at Harmony Family Center. Boot Camp will take place live, in small
classroom settings with interactive, face-to-face learning experiences with peers.

On October 15th, participants will attend the full-day conference event including a keynote

address by Dr. Kristie Brandt and afternoon breakouts offered by Harmony Family Center staff

and NMT Trainers. Boot Camp participants will attend one Boot Camp session

in the afternoon and will also end October 15 with a Boot Camp meeting.


October 16 will incorporate didactic training as well as work in smaller groups with a focus

on core concepts and skills development in completing an NMT Metric.


A "Boot Camp Only" registration is not possible for this event; the full-day training
provided on Day 1 is considered part of the Boot Camp curriculum.

Please note that participants must bring their own laptop to Boot Camp.

**VERY IMPORTANT - If you enroll in the Knoxville Boot Camp,
DO NOT also register online for the October 15, 2019 public
conference day. We will secure your registration for you.


Continuing Education

"Regulate-Relate-Reason is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886772277-9276) for 5 continuing education contact hours."  

"Experiential Learning Days is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886772277-9930) for 5 continuing education contact hours."  

Infant Mental Health Credentialing

Workshops attended can count toward In-Service Training requirements for the Association of Infant Mental Health of Tennessee (AIMHiTN) Endorsement® for all categories:

Infant Family Associate

Infant Family Specialist

Infant Mental Health Specialist

Infant Mental Health Mentor



Dr. Kristie Brandt


CEO of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute, Napa, CA

ChildTrauma Academy Fellow

Brandt is an internationally known teacher, clinician, and consultant. She is the CEO of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics VF, at U.C. Davis School of Medicine, a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow, and a national trainer with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. She was the Chief of Napa County Public Health where she developed the first therapeutic child care center based in a public agency. She’s the founder and director of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship, a state and national award winning program that has been training professionals since 2002. She has authored or co-authored numerous papers, chapters & books. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate at Case Western Reserve University. She is an Infant Mental Health Specialist endorsed through the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and by California’s Center for Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health.

Emily McNeil

LPC, BC-DMT, EDMR-tr, IMH-E Clinical Mentor

Emily McNeil is co-owner of The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment in Denver, CO and co-developed the model of therapeutics used there – Neuro-Relational Creative Arts Therapy. She specializes in infant and maternal mental health, trauma, adoption/foster care, medical fragility, and developmental delay. In addition to clinical work, Emily provides mental health consultation and reflective supervision to organizations across Colorado. Emily holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University. She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and is Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor. She holds advanced training in EMDR, Infant Massage, and The BABIES Model for premature and medically fragile infants. Emily teaches nationally regarding creative arts therapy and trauma, infant mental health, secondary trauma, and reflective practice. For more information click here.


Jennifer Platt


Jennifer Platt is co-owner of The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment in Denver, CO. She is a licensed professional counselor, registered dance/movement therapist, and EMDR therapist with more than 15 years of professional experience working with children and families. Utilizing Dr. Bruce Perry’s model and research, she has created unique trainings on the therapeutic benefits of the creative arts to support healthy development in children. She is the co-author of Doodles, Dances, and Ditties: A Trauma-Informed Somatosensory Handbook. For more information click here.

Dr. Diana Morelen


Dr. Morelen is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University and is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in infant mental health, child/adolescent mental health, and perinatal mental health. Dr. Morelen is a co-founder of the Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance and a member of the Association for Infant Mental Health in TN (AIMHiTN) Infant Mental Health Endorsement® Leadership Cohort. Dr. Morelen is actively seeking to support families in the Northeast TN region through training and supporting community partners as they implement Mom Power. Mom Power is a relationship-based and trauma-informed parenting and self-care skills group designed for mothers and their young children (ages 0-6). For additional information about Dr. Morelen’s program of research, please see her website for the Affect, Regulation, Coping, and Health Lab website.


Kindal Akers


Kindal is the Clinical Training Manager in Harmony’s Adoption Support and Preservation program. Kindal received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Religion from Carson-Newman University, and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Childhood and Adolescence from Richmont Graduate University. Kindal has over 13 years of experience in working with children and adults and who have a history of complex trauma. She has served children and families in residential treatment centers, outpatient therapy, therapeutic family camp and day camp, and in-home therapy settings. Kindal is a HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming facilitator, and leads drumming and rhythm activities for wellness and regulation. She has completed the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Phase 1 and Phase 2 certification.

Sinead Doherty


Sinead Doherty  is Family Therapist with Harmony's Adoption/Guardian Support and Preservation program, and is  certified in Phase 1 of the Nurosequential Model of Therapeutics. 

Sinead is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with experience conducting individual, group and family therapy with children, adolescents and parents. She has received training in child centered play therapy and has worked as a school counselor in elementary and middle school settings, providing individual and group counseling, guidance lessons, career and college preparation.  She holds a Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling with a Certificate in Grief, Trauma & Loss from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Allison Cooke Douglas

Allison Cooke Douglas is the Resource Center Manager at Harmony Family Center.  She has been a teacher for over 15 years.  Allison began her career working with children as a Montessori certified early childhood educator but shifted to parent training and education, after serving as a foster parent herself.  She was the lead Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) training specialist in Knox County, TN facilitating classes for all prospective foster families, the regional representative to the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association, team member on a Breakthrough Series Collaborative focusing on trauma assessment and treatment for children under 4.  Allison a trainer for Tennessee’s Building Strong Brains: ACEs Initiative.  She is certified in both The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Phase II) and The Neurosequential Model in Education.  She and her husband Jonathan are grateful to share their lives with their four children, adopted via foster care.


Dr. Keith Bailey


Keith is the Training Director for Harmony Family Center and has over 30 years of experience working with children and families.  He has served children in residential treatment and foster care and has worked as a Consultant for the University of Tennessee’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service, where he trained child welfare staff and foster parents, developed curricula, and offered technical support.  He has trained and consulted across the U.S. and Canada as an independent consultant and on behalf of the Child Welfare League of America and the National Technical Assistance Center.

Keith earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee Wesleyan College, an M.Div. from Duke University, and an M.S. in Child Development and Ph.D. in Human Ecology, with a concentration in Child and Family Studies, from the University of Tennessee.  He is a Professionally Certified Trainer for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow. 




Bridgewater Place

205 Bridgewater Road

Knoxville, TN 37923

Bridgewater Place is the location of the main conference. It spans 33,000 square feet of distinctive event space. Centrally located in West Knoxville and easily accessible from I-40, Bridgewater Place is ideal for corporate, social, non-profit and arts-related events.

Harmony Family Center

at Montvale

4901 Montvale Road
Maryville, TN 37803

Montvale is the location of the Experiential Learning days. It is a picturesque camp nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain and adjoins the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 2008, Camp Montvale has been the site of therapeutic family camps and camps for children who have been adopted or are in foster care from Tennessee.


Hotels & Transportation

If you are attending the Conference ONLY and are traveling in from out of state, please feel free to make hotel arrangements at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Knoxville-Cedar Bluff. It is about 1.2 miles from the venue.

If you want to call to make a reservation, please use the code HFC. (865) 693-1101.

If you want to make a reservation online, use the button below.


**Please check back for transportation and shuttle information.

If you are attending the Conference AND one of the Experiential Learning Days and are traveling in from out of state, please feel free to make hotel arrangements at the Hilton Knoxville Airport. It serves as a central location for both venues which are about 45 minutes apart.

If you want to call to make a reservation, please let them know you are with Harmony Family Center. (865) 970-4300.

If you want to make a reservation online, use the button below.

**Please check back for transportation and shuttle information.


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