Step 3: Assess and Address Strengths and Vulnerabilities in 4 Brain Systems
STEP 3: The Branches
Identifies the sources of protective factors (strengths) and stressors (vulnerabilities) in 4 brain systems. Identifies interventions that will strengthen protective factors, reduce toxic stress, and build resilience.
The NeuroRelational Framework conceptualized the four brain systems from the work of M. Marsel Mesalum, a behavioral neurologist at Northwestern University.
The NRF is detailed in an academic text called Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-based Therapies: A Neurorelational Framework For Interdisciplinary Practice by Connie Lillas and Janiece Turnbull. This text is included in the Daniel Siegel-founded Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology found here.