Date: 24 June 2021                          Time: 4.00 - 5.30 pm AEST 

Application of the Neuroaffective Assessment 

a conversation with Dr Susan Hart


Plan for emotional development in children, adolescents and adults

Dr Susan Hart and Marianne Bentzon, MPF, Denmark, are the creators of a unique and innovative assessment tool, measuring competencies and deficits at autonomic, limbic and prefrontal brain levels. This dynamic assessment tool pinpoints where a competency is undeveloped or unavailable, available to some degree with support, or is a fully developed resource.

Identifying client's competency at each level of the brain, allows therapy to target areas of developmental need, and ensure therapy is within the client’s capacities. Periodic assessment guides the course of therapy, providing real-time feedback about challenges and successes.   

In this conversation with Dr Hart, she will explain how the Neuroaffective Developmental Assessment works, outline the three levels of competencies and share examples about tailoring therapeutic strategies for adults and children.

A short video clip will demonstrate the assessment process, accompanied by an overview of the questions that explore competencies at each level of the brain.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

Explain what, and how, the Neuroaffective Developmental Assessment measures client competencies. 

Identify competencies of the autonomic, limbic and prefrontal brain systems.

Distinguish appropriate interventions for each brain system.

Formulate therapy goals through assessment of the client’s capacities.