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Jun2023.Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program

June 6, 7, & 8, 2023 12:00 PM -5:00 PM ET Each Day

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is an infant-focused, family-centered relationship building tool designed to sensitize parents to their baby's competencies, challenges, and individuality with the goal of fostering the development of a positive parent-infant relationship from the very beginning. The NBO system consists of a set of 18 neurobehavioral observations, which describe the newborn's capacities and behavioral adaptation from birth to the third month of life. The 18 NBO items include observations of the infant's:

  • the quality of motor tone and activity level

  • capacity for self-regulation (including crying and consoling)

  • response to stress (indices of the infant's threshold for stimulation)

  • visual, auditory and social-interactive capacities (degree of alertness and response to both human and non-human stimuli)

Importantly, the NBO is NOT an assessment but rather a structured set of shared observations designed to help the clinician and parent learn together about the infant's behavioral capacities and identify the kind of support the infant needs for optimal growth and development. The NBO is therefore inherently interactive and family-centered, so that parents are involved as partners in the NBO session.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinars June 6, 7, & 8, 202 12:00 PM -5:00 PM ET Each Day
This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training workshop. Workshops include a combination of lectures, interactive video case study sessions, small group breakout discussions, and hands-on practice with dolls. Following the workshops, the Brazelton Institute offers 4 monthly open mentoring sessions to all NBO trainees . To obtain certification in the NBO, trainees submit 5 NBO Recording and Parent Summary Forms for review and critique by their faculty.

# of hours:
NBO training is approved for 11.5 hours CME/CEU credit across many disciplines.

Professionals who work with infants in first months of life including medical staff (nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists, physical/occupational/feeding therapists, lactation consultants, doulas) as well as mental health workers (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, parenting coaches, home visitors).

Number of participants:
Maximum of 23


Tuition includes:

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials

  • NBO kit

  • understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook

  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom live online training workshop

  • access to Brazelton Institute monthly open mentoring sessions

  • ongoing access to faculty and other participants through our online discussion forum

  • faculty review and individualized feedback of certification materials

  • NBO training completion certificate

  • CME/CEU credit

Contact us today for more information and additional payment options: institute@childrens.harvard.edu

Clock Hour Credit: 11.5

  • Pre-Training Material
  • SHIPPING INFORMATION Survey - MUST complete to receive NBO materials
  • Pre-Training Assignments & Instructions
  • Pre-Survey
  • Pre-Training Video: Part 1
  • Pre-Training Video Part 1 - Reflection Question
  • Pre-Training Video: Part 2
  • Pre-Training Video Part 2 - Reflection Question
  • Pre-Training Video: Part 3
  • Pre-Training Video Part 3 - Reflection Question
  • Pre-Training Video: Part 4
  • Pre-Training Video Part 4 - Reflection Question
  • NBO Manual - Chapter 3 of Handbook
  • Training Information
  • Live Webinar Zoom Meeting Details
  • NBO Handouts
  • Post-Survey
  • Post-Survey
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Post-Survey"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever