SMART Foundations Training Details
2. Course Syllabus/Learning Objectives
Foundations of the SMART Treatment Model
● Framework of SMART
● The Hierarchy of Development and the Brain
● Senses of Self
● Foundations of Somatic Regulation and Attachment Building
● Describe at least 2 ways Developmental Trauma impacts a child’s developing brain.
● List 3 bottom-up processes in the SMART Hierarchy of Development that support higher cortical functioning.
● Identify one essential function of each of the following sensory systems - Tactile, Vestibular and Proprioceptive Systems
● Describe the role of embodied play in SMART to support reworking and integration or traumatic experiences
● Define co-regulation and describe its role in somatic regulation and attachment building.
● Recognize behavioral indicators of when a child is using auto regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation
States and Regulation Tools
● SMART as a state-based approach
● SMART Regulation Map, Child Indicators of Integrated State, Traumatic States and Fluid Zones
● Introduction to the 7 Tools of Regulation
● Identify at least 2 behaviors that indicate when a child is functioning in an Integrated State or Traumatic States (Hyperarousal or Hypoarousal).
● Describe 2 indicators that help you recognize when the child is functioning in Fluid Zone on the SMART Regulation Map.
● Identify 3 Tools of Regulation (not equipment) as described in the SMART model and give an example of a child-based activity (e.g. handstand) as an example of each.
Therapist Skills and Video Reflection
● Tending to Safety in SMART
● SMART Therapists Skills
● Role of Video and Video reflection for SMART Treatment
● Describe 3 different ways to Tend to Safety from the SMART perspective.
● Explain 3 ways to adapt the physical space in a clinical setting to support Safety.
● Define 3 skills unique to SMART that reflect the importance of the body in child trauma treatment.
● Explain 2 reasons to your supervisor or program director how Video Reflection improves clinical work in the SMART model.
Assessment and Treatment for Somatic Regulation & Trauma Processing
● Application of SMART components for Assessment
● Role of video in Assessment
● Specific coaching in how to apply skills and tools for
o Enhancing somatic regulation
o Processing traumatic material
● Identify 3 behavioral indicators to Track Out for when assessing for Somatic Regulation
● Identify at least 3 examples of non-verbal or embodied forms of traumatic expression.
● Utilize the SMART Regulation Map to assess a child’s state to determine if they are reexperiencing or reworking traumatic material.
Assessment and Treatment for Attachment-Building & Integration of Course Content
● Specific coaching in how to apply skills and tools for attachment building
● Integration of Attachment Building, Trauma Processing and Attachment building in a SMART Tx through use of discussion and clinical video
● Embodied practice using multisensory equipment to support creating new rhythms of engagement
● Generalizing learning to home and community settings.
● List at least 2 forms of embodied play to support Attachment-Building and create new
rhythms of engagement.
● Describe 2 different ways to involve caregivers in a SMART therapy to support generalizing new skills to daily life.
● Describe the goal of the integrative process of weaving Somatic Regulation, Trauma Processing and Attachment-Building in SMART