SMART Workshop: Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment

PLEASE NOTE: The SMART workshop is now full and registration is closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email your name and contact information to

Dates: November 3 & 4, 2016

Times: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Location: Holiday Inn, Brookline, MA

Presenter: Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D. and Heather Finn, LICSW

Rates: Early Bird Individual $350 ; Regular Individual $370; Early Bird Student/Group $315; Regular Student/Group $333. Please note that Early Bird rates expire September 30th.


SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment) was initiated to explore and expand the repertoire of regulating experiences for children and their caregivers with the aim of nurturing healing and growth. For children with complex trauma in their background, regulation of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal life is exceedingly difficult. Thus, they find it difficult to live peacefully with their families, to make friends, and to learn in school. By adding a new array of strategies to the standard mental health therapy repertoire, we can better help children become more organized, playful, and expressive in their everyday lives. Caregivers can learn these strategies in the context of the therapy, while they work in tandem with the therapist.

Our mental health team draws on expertise from the worlds of trauma-focused psychotherapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, sensory integration, play therapy, attachment and family therapy, developmental psychology and human development. In the room developed especially for this purpose, children can playfully use big pillows, weighted blankets, balance beams, art materials and other equipment that call for full engagement of the whole body and mind.

This therapy approach for treatment of trauma is designed to be helpful to children and caregivers alike. Caregivers often have their own needs to learn how to be present and calm as parents because of personal history or current stressors. Often strategies learned with their children are useful to adults. Either through participation in the child's therapy, or through private parent guidance work, caregivers can benefit from this approach.


  • Participants will be able to describe a model for identifying and understanding difficulties in arousal regulation, a psychoneurobiological legacy of trauma, in children.
  • Participants will demonstrate early proficiency with an easily accessible framework and practical tools that help regulate the arousal of children such that the child is better able to socially engage, regulate and integrate affect, and participate in / access more traditional mental health therapies.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate 5 specific skills that equip the therapist to better use the self as a tool of co-regulation for the child, an essential first step to helping traumatized children develop effective self regulating capacity.

About the Presenters:

Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D. is a Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, and member of the Research Team at the Trauma Center. She is the SMART Project Director, and co-author of SMART: Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment Manual, a manual for therapists working with children and adolescents - a "Bottom Up" approach to treatment of complex trauma.

Heather Finn, LICSW is the Assistant Clinical Director, clinician, supervisor and trainer at the Trauma Center. Heather specializes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma, and has particular interest in the areas of adoption/foster care, attachment and resiliency. She is trained in EMDR (level 2), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A) approaches to treatment. Heather is also a trainer and consultant for the SMART and ARC programs at the center.

PLEASE NOTE: The SMART workshop is now full and registration is closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email your name and contact information to