Rosie Mann is an experienced local and national trainer of families and professionals regarding neurosequential interventions for behavior. She is a certified trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Education and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Additionally, she is certified by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative in the “Brain Story“.
She has testified before the Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee on the need for more individualized and cost-effective approaches for students with complex needs. Some of Rosie’s other credentials include:
- Registered Nurse Case Manager
- Educational advocate
- Member of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Health Care Work Group, Trauma-Informed Care Subcommittee
- Developer of the trauma-informed parenting program, “Healing Homes” for the Trauma-Informed Care Subcommittee
- Former Member of Pennsylvania State Leadership and Management Team
- Former Member of the Pennsylvania Citizen Review Panel for Child Protection
- Mother of 5 children, 2 biological daughters, and 3 adopted sons
The First Steps On a Journey of Advocacy
Rosie’s experience in trauma-informed services began while providing direct advocacy and support to families with children with special needs, specifically focused on those with the most challenging behaviors. After several years of advocacy and support work, she saw a pattern. The behaviors of these children were following the same predictable pattern as those of her son. The behaviors were severe and seemingly unrelenting and the typically prescribed behavioral treatments were not working.
So the mission began. What was causing these severe, aggressive, and defiant behaviors in children, including her son, and why was typical treatment not working? The answer soon became clear. The answer was because their brains were organized differently than most children. Their brains were exposed to toxic stress at some point in their young lives. Stress so toxic that it changed the way their brains functioned.
Relentlessly she worked directly with her son, day in and day out. Her son was no longer being exposed to the behavioral treatments that were causing more harm than healing. Slowly the shield of hurt and anger began to melt. Slowly he gained control of his emotions and his behavior. Her son began to speak, engage, learn, and love like he never had before. What was the treatment that organized and changed her son’s brain? A neurosequential model of interventions and her present, attuned, no-matter-what relationship with him.
She now works directly with youth, families, and professionals to bring the same calm, connection, and hope to others.