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2016 Training Workshops

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program

The NBO training program provides participants with the theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system in their clinical practice. During the two-day training program, participants will first be exposed to current research on neurobehavioral development and the early parent-child relationship. Then, using film and/or live demonstrations, the workshop will introduce participants to the kinds of observational strategies necessary to identify newborn behavioral patterns and how to use the NBO as a way of sensitizing parents to the competencies and individuality of their newborn. Clinical guidelines on relationship-building will be discussed and demonstrated, while the workshop will also examine the use of the NBO in anticipatory guidance and demonstrate how this guidance can be provided in a way that is developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive. After the workshop, on-line mentoring will be offered to all participants to enable them to complete the training. A certificate of completion will be offered when participants have completed all the requirements for certification. 

NBO workshops open to all professionals who have the opportunity to work with infants and their families in both low-risk and high-risk setting. 

nbo-training-programThere is also an Advanced Level II NBO training program for people who have already been trained in the NBO and wish to enrich their practice by deepening their understanding of this approach through reflective practice and by reflecting on underlying clinical and research themes in greater detail.

Target Audience

Workshops are designed for up to 30 practitioners, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, infancy specialists, lactation consultants, home visitors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, early intervention specialists, social workers and other allied health and education professionals. The NBO workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Brazelton Institute also offers workshops off-site (please read section on Off-Site NBO Training Workshops).

NBO system Training Process:

The NBO training is an interactive learning process. Lectures on newborn behavior and development, live baby demonstrations with families and group discussions are included in the training sessions. On-site workshops are conducted at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Brazelton Institute offers off-site workshops across the country and abroad* (See below for further information on off-site training). The NBO Handbook, NBO kits, assessment tools, and reading materials will be provided and are included in the cost. 

There are five training phases. These phases are: 

  1. Attend the NBO workshop.
  2. Study the Handbook and readings and participate in the distance learning (including on-line mentoring with Brazelton Institute faculty). 
  3. Continue to practice the NBO in order to become familiar with the administration and recording. 
  4. Then complete five NBO sessions with five infants and their families. Return the completed forms (including the Parent Questionnaire) to the Brazelton Institute.
  5. Forms are examined and reviewed and if satisfactory, the NBO certificate is awarded.

Objectives of the NBO Training Workshops

  1. Participants will become familiar with current findings on neurobehavioral development, the transition to parenthood and early parent-infant relationship development and the theoretical foundations on which the NBO is built.
  2. Participants will become familiar with the content and uses of the NBO
  3. Participants will learn how to administer the NBO to make behavioral observations of newborn behavior and identify newborn behavioral patterns
  4. Participants will learn how to interpret these observations from a developmental point-of-view and will learn how to communicate this information to parents as a form of support and guidance in a way that is individualized, non-judgmental, non-prescriptive and culturally sensitive
  5. Participants will learn to use the NBO in the context of relationship-building.


  • Yvette Blanchard, Sc.D., P.T., Professor, Sacred Heart University, Hartford, Conn.
  • Kristie Brandt, CNM, MSN, DNP, Director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute, Napa, CA.
  • Nancy S. Deacon, D.O., F.A.A.P, Shore Touch Pediatrics, Toms River, NJ
  • Claudia M. Gold, M.D. Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.
  • Lise Johnson, M.D., Director, Well Newborn Nurseries, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School
  • Constance Keefer, M.D., Brazelton Touchpoints Program, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Beth McManus, P.T., M.P.H., Sc.D. Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, School of Public Health, University of Colorado.
  • Susan Minear, M.D., Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine.
  • J. Kevin Nugent, Ph.D., Director, Brazelton Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Claudia Quigg, B.A., M. Ed., Director, Baby TALK, Decatur, ILL.
  • Jayne Singer, Ph.D., Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
  • Ann C. Stadtler, RN, CPNP, DNP, Director, Touchpoints Site Development and Training, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, The Trauma Informed Collaborations for Families with Young Children, Boston Public Health Commission


To register, please complete the NBO Registration Form (see below). Please send the registration form with full payment to:

The Brazelton Institute
1295 Boylston Street, Suite 320
Boston, MA 02215

NBO Training Fee - $595/person

NBO 2016 Training Dates

A new NBO training has been added for December 8-9th, 2016, at Harvard Medical School.  For further information please call 857-218-4354 or email us at

NBO 2017 TRAINING DATES will appear shortly.

Pending participant level, training may be rescheduled. BI will confirm dates one month prior to training. 

Off-Site NBO system Training Program

The NBO Off-Site Training Program is designed for 25-30 participants interested in having Brazelton Institute Faculty members travel to their work setting. The requirements for off-site training are as follows:

  1. There must be between 20-30 participants.
  2. The group hosting the training must pay for the travel expenses (including airfare, transportation, and hotel accommodations) of The Brazelton Institute Faculty.
  3. If you are interested in off-site NBO training, please contact the Brazelton Institute to discuss possible dates.
The Brazelton Institute welcomes questions about the NBO Training Program. Please call 857-218-4354 or email us at

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