Welcome to my website. My name is Matt Bennett, and I have a passion for helping people who are struggling to find hope and change their lives. This site is designed to highlight how I live my passion through my training, speaking, and writing. You will also find information about my four books Connecting Paradigms, Talking about Trauma & Change, Heart Rate Variability, and Trauma-Sensitive Early Education. If you are interested in my work of integrating heart rate variability in trauma-informed environments check out www.optimalhrv.com.

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What is Trauma Informed?

Research and scientific advancements in genetics and neurobiology have revealed the devastating power of trauma on mental, social, cognitive, and medical health. These advances also demonstrate how traditional educational, criminal justice, public health, and social services systems struggle to meet the complex needs of people with trauma. Trauma-informed schools, organizations, and systems strive to ensure people with trauma heal and thrive.

Connecting Paradigms

A Trauma Informed and Neurological Framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation

Connecting Paradigms: A Trauma-Informed & Neurobiological Framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation provides an innovative approach to helping those struggling with past trauma to make critical life changes and heal from their pain and suffering. Scientific understanding of the brain, the impact of trauma, and research around behavioral change has grown exponentially over the last several decades. This knowledge is challenging and transforming thinking around how we provide mental-health and substance-abuse education, medical care, criminal justice, and social work. Connecting Paradigms presents an integrated model, combining research in neurobiology, trauma, behavioral change, harm reduction, and Motivational Interviewing into a practical skillset easily implemented across a variety of settings and professions.

“We have been so impressed with his skill that we are searching for grant dollars to bring him back for the next three years! Don’t hesitate—you will not be sorry to have Matt Bennet and the Bennett Innovation Group on your team.”

Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director Young & Healthy

I am available for training and coaching. Contact me to discuss your needs.