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Clinical Director Named a CTA Fellow by The ChildTrauma Academy

DENVER, Colo., January 7, 2013 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of treatment and education for children who suffer from abuse, neglect, or mental illness, announced that its clinical director, Kirk Ward, has been named a CTA Fellow by The ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Fellows are nominated based on their recognized capacity to work well in cross-institutional settings and their ability to communicate effectively across disciplines. Ward joins the ranks of 30 people around the world who are specialists in the treatment of children who suffer from the effects of trauma, often due to physical or sexual abuse.

The Child Trauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children through service, research and education, primarily through the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). The model was developed by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned child trauma expert and founder of the CTA. Perry’s techniques focus on stimulating brain development to help children overcome the debilitating effects of abuse and neglect.

The CTA created the Child Trauma Academy Fellows Program to establish a community of experts who have a common desire to improve the lives of high-risk children and their families. The program identifies professionals from a diverse range of professional disciplines who have a history of excellence, and provides them with opportunities to work together for specific CTA program or training activities, services, and projects.

Ward holds BA degrees in psychology and history from the University of Colorado and an MSW from the University of Denver. Ward is also a certified NMT trainer.

“Kirk’s well-deserved recognition as a leader in trauma-informed care builds upon Mount Saint Vincent’s recent designation as a flagship site for NMT,” said Executive Director Sister Amy Willcott. “His knowledge of NMT and its impact on brain development is extensive, and we are seeing marked improvement in our children as a result of the application of these innovative techniques.”

About Mount Saint Vincent

Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and those with significant mental health issues. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education, a K-8 school, community early learning center, and therapeutic early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.

About The Child Trauma Academy

The Child Trauma Academy (CTA), founded by renowned child trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry, is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. The academy works to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems. For more information, visit childtrauma.org.

Contact: Elizabeth Roberts, Marketing & Communications Specialist
E-mail: eroberts@msvhome.org
Phone: 303-458-7220 ext. 241

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Mount Saint Vincent Named as Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Flagship Site by The Child Trauma Academy

DENVER, Colo., October 12, 2012 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or suffer from mental health issues, announced The Child Trauma Academy of Houston, Texas, granted its prestigious Flagship Program designation to Mount Saint Vincent Home, making it the fourth treatment facility in the world to earn the distinction.

Mount Saint Vincent’s clinical team was required to complete the Child Trauma Academy’s extensive Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Training Certification Program in order to earn the designation. The NMT techniques focus on stimulating brain development to help children overcome the debilitating effects of abuse and neglect.

The clinical staff at Mount Saint Vincent uses the NMT assessment to evaluate each child’s specific needs and which therapeutic modalities and treatment techniques are most appropriate.

“NMT is a developmentally sensitive approach to trauma treatment,” said Kirk Ward, Mount Saint Vincent’s clinical director. “It’s an intuitive model that focuses on the elements that make people human and expands on innate instincts and skills. These include very natural activities like rocking and soothing kids, praising kids—actions that are simple to do but have profound impacts on brain development.”

“We are honored to have earned this important designation,” said Mount Saint Vincent Executive Director Sister Amy Willcott. “The use of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics allows us to more effectively treat the children under our care.”

About Mount Saint Vincent 

Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and those with significant mental health issues. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education, a K-8 school, community early learning center, and therapeutic early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.

About The Child Trauma Academy 

The Child Trauma Academy (CTA), founded by renowned child trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry, is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. The academy works to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems. For more information, visit childtrauma.org.

Contact: Elizabeth Roberts, Marketing & Communications Specialist
E-mail: eroberts@msvhome.org
Phone: 303-458-7220 ext. 241

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