Registration for 2019 Training

CEU (Continuing Education Units) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst now included in NBO Training 

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

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. 

There 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:

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 and reading materials will be provided and are included in the cost. 

 NBO training in Hong Kong and Boston

There are five training phases. These phases are

  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., 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
  • Alexandra Harrison, MD,  Cambridge Health alliance, Cambridge. Mass. and Harvard Medical School. 


NBO Training Fee - $595/person. To register, please click on 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

Pending participant level, training may be rescheduled. BI will confirm dates one month prior to training. The Brazelton Institute welcomes questions about the NBO Training Program.  Please call Mai Nguyen 857-218-4354 or email us at

NBO 2019 Training Dates at Harvard Medical School

March 4-5, 2019:

Off site NBO Training 2018-2019

Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Mass. March 30-31st, 2019.

Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February/March 2019.

Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 12th and 13th, 2018. 

The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth, NJ, March 14-15th.

Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Mass. April 14-15th, 2018

Stagelese, Denmark May 3rd-4th

UMASS Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program, Boston, May 11, 2018

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities - Early Intervention in Cleveland, Ohio, 8/14/18-8/15/18.

Ohio Department of Mental Health – Early Childhood Mental Health in Cleveland, Ohio, 8/16-8/17/18 

Helsinki, Finland, Sept 11-12th, 2018.

Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, Sept 20th-21st

New Zealand Association for Infant Mental Health, Aukland, New Zealand, October 25-26th, 2018

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities - Early Intervention Hamilton, Ohio, cohort, October 22-23, 2018

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention Franklin cohort, Franklin, Ohio, October 24-25, 2018

University of New Mexico - FOCUS Program, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov 9-10, 2018.

Brest, France, June 2019.

***** NBO Enrichment Training will be scheduled for 2019 *****

The Advanced Level II NBO program is an enrichment program for professionals who have been using the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system in their work with infants and families.  The multidisciplinary certification program will synthesize knowledge about theories and research relevant to the NBO and is designed to enhance NBO practitioners' understanding of the complex developmental and dynamic aspects involved in parent-infant mental health and early parenting competence.

The specific aim is to enable practitioners to refine their expertise in the use of the NBO and to be re-certified in the NBO at an advanced level. Building on the lessons learned from over a decade of NBO training, research and practice, the Advanced Level Program will provide a setting for practitioners to critically analyze their practice by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on their professional practice and to re-evaluate their assumptions and feelings about their practice with infants and families. The course will therefore be collaborative and participatory so that participants can interact with an engaged community of NBO-practicing colleagues and be mentored by course faculty in an atmosphere of mutual support and validation. 

For further information on NBO training please call Mai Nguyen at 857-218-4354 or email us at

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: