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During the months of May and June alone this year, there were NBO trainings in Australia, China, France, Norway, South Africa, UK and US. Below are accounts of many of these trainings.  


Conference Celebrating 20 years with the Brazelton Centre UK on September 21st, 2017.

See for information on the 20th anniversary Conference to be held at the The Møller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Speakers include Dieter Wolke, Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Topun Austin, Helen Sharp, Catherine Mei and Kevin Nugent will be the Keynote Speaker.  

To submit an abstract for the poster presentations, please click here:  The deadline is August 1st.  


The demand for NBO training shows no signs of diminishing in Norway. Nina Cheetham reports that she has conducted her first NBO training group of 10 healthcare workers. "They were very dedicated and happy users of the NBO".  In August the Norway group will have a NBO network meeting at Uni Tranaas Vannebo’s home on the island Jøa in the middle of the country. The network Spedbarn og småbarn (Infants and Toddlers) is a E- platform launched in November 2016 for healthcare workers in the northernmost region of Norway. Jorunn Tunby, Inger Pauline Landsem and Nina Cheetham edit the site, which is supported financially by Helse Nord (Health region of northern Norway)The network now has approx. 110 members who are working with infants and toddlers across the northern region of Norway. A network meeting will be organized in the city of Bodø in October 2017. Here is the Link to network :


Two new groups were certificated recently.  The first group training (on the left) took place in western Norway and the training was led by NBO trainers, Unni Tranaas Vannebo and by Nina Cheetham.  The second group of NBO practitioners come from Oslo and were trained by Unni Tranaas Vannebo and Rakel Greve. Nearly all in this group were public health nurses and physiotherapists from a public health unit in Oslo and the group also included two trainees from a Child Protection Center in Sweden.  Below are the group photos. 


The Brazelton Gomes-Pedro Foundation for Baby and Family Sciences is organizing the International Conference “Addressing and Supporting Family and Child Wellbeing | 15 years of Touchpoints in Portugal”, in November, 9th and 10th | Lisbon.

The Call for Papers is opened until the July 9th (



NBO training tool place at Harvard Medical School in June 2017.  The training was led by NBO trainers Claudia Gold and J. Kevin Nugent with Alex Harrison. Participants came from a wide range of disciplines and settings from across the United States.  In addition, Ahmad Suryawan,Developmental Pediatrician, came all the way from Indonesia for the training, while Maria Kuoppamaki Herzig, a physiotherapist from Finland participated, and mother and daughter, Fatima Zanotto and her daughter, Mariana Alves, both Doulas from Brazil added a rich international cross cultural presence to the discussions.  Among the professionals who came from the United States was a cadre of six nurses from Fairview Hospital in western Massachusetts, who are part of the Human Development Strategic Initiative developed at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts.  Below is the group photo taken outside the Harvard Medical School. 


L'empreinte de T. Berry Brazelton sur le monde des bébés et de leur famille. Les Jeudi 11 et Vendredi 12 Mai 2017, Maison des Associations (MAS), 10 rue des Terres au Curé Paris 13e. The Scientific Committee for this celebration of Berry Brazelton's contribution to the field consists of: Yvette Blanchard (USA), Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern (Switzerland), Drina Candilis-Huisman (France), Alain Caron (Belgium), Marie-Paule Durieux (Belgium), Marie Fabre-Grenet (France), Nathalie Ratynski (France), Jacques Sizun (France), Claire de Vriendt-Goldman (Belgium). 

Click here for the complete Brazelton Celebration program. 

Following the symposium in Paris, Yvette Blanchard and Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern offered an NBO training in Brest on May 15-16 to 30 participants working with families of young children (pediatricians, kinesitherapists, lactation consultants, nurses, midwives and “psychomotriciennes”). The training took place at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Brest, located in Brittany. The NBO training was hosted by Jacques Sizun, MD, chief neonatologist and founder of the NIDCAP France center in Brest in collaboration with his wife, Nathalie Ratynski, MD. (Below are photos of Yvette Blanchard and Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern and the NBO trainee group in Brest)


Kevin Nugent presented the keynote address at the Finland Association for Infant Mental Health which took place in Helsinki on May 11 – May 12, 2017.  Among the 65 participants were: Pälvi Kaukonem, Latva Reija, Minna Sorsa, Merja-Maaria Turunen, Puura Kaija and Reima Santala (in the photo below). Catarina Furmark (Sweden) also presented a lecture on The Circle of Security. Below is a group photo of the participants. 


An innovative Human Development Strategic Initiative developed at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts will apply their relational view of early development to a community-based preventive model of care, with the NBO at its core.  Dr. Donna Elmendorf announced the launch of this new initiative, saying that "the primary aim of this new endeavor is to support infant, child, and family mental health in Berkshire County, while also bringing a deeper understanding of the developmental process to the Riggs Staff and patients".  The Human Development Strategic Initiative is designed to apply the Austen Riggs Center relational view of early development to a community-based preventative model of care.  In the initial phase of the project, training was provided for maternity nurses, pediatricians, early intervention clinicians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and home visitors to learn the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system as a way of helping parents recognize and respond to their newborn’s unique qualities and capacity for communication.  Over thirty practitioners participated in the training which took place at the Austen Riggs Center on April 8th and 9th, 2017.  J. Kevin Nugent joined Riggs’ staff member, Claudia Gold, in providing the NBO training.  The training offered a theoretical framework, exposure to current research, and practical guidance for clinical intervention. The training also featured live NBO sessions with parents and their two-week-old and six-week old babies respectively.  Mentoring will continue across the next three months as part of the certification program. For more information on the Austen Riggs Center, please click here:

The Austen Riggs NBO trainees

Read the Riggs Blog by Claudia Gold about the NBO training and the next steps in this unique community initiative:

For the 13th year running, on March 24th, 2017, NBO training led by Drs. Keefer and Nugent, was presented by Dr. Kristie Brandt's Napa-based Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, the University of California Davis Extension.  The multidisciplinary fellowship program draws participants from California and from all over the US and abroad. For more information on the program click here:


The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Brazelton Centre UK featured the first national UK Touchpoints Training course, which was delivered by Ann Stadtler and Jayne Singer at the Moller Centre, Cambridge UK on 21st and 22nd March, 2017. 

On March 23rd 2017, a Conference took place at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, organised by the Maternity and Newborn Forum in association with the Brazelton Centre UK.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Jayne Singer, from Brazelton Touchpoints.  Other speakers included Penelope Leach, Elizabeth Meins and Vicky Leong.  A reception was held afterwards to celebrate the Brazelton Centre UK's 20th anniversary. 

On 3rd May, 2017, in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords, an evening reception was hosted by Baroness Masham, who gave the welcome address and thanked all those who worked with and supported the Brazelton Centre UK since 1997.  This was followed by a talk by Eileen Hayes, MBE, Chair of the Brazelton Centre Board of Trustees, who described the work and achievements of the Brazelton Centre since its inception in 1997.  President of the Royal college of Midwives, Professor Lesley Page, CBE, also praised the work of the Brazelton Centre and its impact on midwives. Joanna Hawthorne, CEO and co-founder of the Brazelton Centre UK (with Betty Hutchon) paid tribute to all who those who have participated in the life of the Centre over the 20 years and singled out the NBAS and NBO trainers for their dedication and commitment.  Finally, Joshua Sparrow spoke about Touchpoints and J. Kevin Nugent spoke about work of the Centre, describing the Brazelton UK Centre as the "jewel in the crown" of NBO and NBAS sites around the world.   (Below is the group photo with the Thames and the London Eye in the background)

The 20th anniversary Conference of the Brazelton Centre UK will take place on 21st September, 2017, with Professor Kevin Nugent, Director, Brazelton Institute, Boston - celebrating the work of the Brazelton Centre in the UK. Speakers will include researchers, clinicians, and parents who have used the NBO and NBAS in the UK.

Babies in Mind Seminar – (Mums and Babies in Mind is a Maternal Mental Health Alliance project).  In partnership with the Brazelton Centre UK. Mums and Babies in Mind is a Maternal Mental Health Alliance project, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.  Sally Hogg, Strategic Lead, Mums and Babies In Mind, invited the Brazelton Centre to join them in order to highlight the NBO and its impact.   Sally Hogg introduced the event, one of several seminars planned for 2016-17.  Joanna Hawthorne , CEO of the Brazelton Centre, described the NBO (and NBAS).  She also presented Catherine Mee’s talk about the Perinatal and Infant mental Health pathway in Tameside.  Deborah O’Dea presented a moving case study using the NBO with a depressed mother in Blackpool, and Catherine Whitcombe from Gloucestershire described the introduction of NBO training to Gloucestershire and gaining funding to train all health visitors there.     The Q&A session highlighted the need to disseminate information about baby behaviour widely to other professionals who we are not reaching at the moment.  The Brazelton Centre UK will be offering two hour Seminars to interested groups in 2017.  Please contact to register your interest in a Seminar for your colleagues.


NBO and NBAS training was offered in Shanghai, China for the first time on March 6-8th. 2017 by Lise Johnson and Kevin Nugent. This training was organized and presented by ROOT Medical and Research and Development and was conducted at the Pudong Health Care Hospital for Women and Children. 

   Shanghai NBO group

Pediatricians, nurses and midwives - predominantly from Shanghai but from other parts of China also - attended the training at Pudong Health Care Hospital for Women and Children.  At an organizational level, simultaneous translation and pre-training translation of all the materials into Chinese were a distinguishing mark of this training and created an optimal learning setting for NBO and NBAS training.  While 18 trainees participated in the NBO session, five trainees took part in the NBAS session.  The live sessions were a highlight of the program and demonstrated the strength-based family-centered approach on which the NBO is based.  The first follow-up videoconference calls took place on April 13-14th and another will take place in July, 2017, to ensure trainees reach the required standard of practice.  


Brookes Publishing Co. has announced that Understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook will be translated into Norwegian. The publisher, Gyldendal Akademisk, is based in Oslo and the book should be available in approximately 24 months.


NBO training, led by Campbell Paul and Susan Nicolson, was held in Hobart, Tasmania, in February 2017.  Below is the group photo.



Claudia Gold and Kevin Nugent presented NBO training in Boston in December 2016.  Below is a photo of the group, with Claudia and Kevin.  

NBO Training was again conducted at the University of Wisconsin Capstone Certificate Program in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health in October 2016.  NBO training has been an integral part of the program since it was inaugurated seven years ago. The program, founded in 2009 by Dr. Roseanne Clark, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and by Dr. Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, who has contributed to early childhood professional development for almost 35 years, continues to flourish.  This year, NBO training was presented to the Capstone fellows and a group of home visitors by Dr. Constance Keefer and Kevin Nugent (photos below taken from the training).  Michele Meier, Amber Evenson and Sarah Strong are also assisting in the on-going mentoring element of the NBO training.  For further information on the UW program see:


Occupational Therapist Danielle Atkins from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand is the new NBAS trainer for Australia and New Zealand.  She joins Beulah Warren who has been the lead NBAS trainer in Australia for many decades.  Indeed, it was Beulah and her colleagues who invited Berry Brazelton to Sydney in 1984 to introduce the NBAS to Australia in the first place.  Beulah has taught the NBAS to infant mental health workers and post graduate students at the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry over the years, where Danielle was enrolled.  Danielle completed her NBAS training at the Brazelton Centre in the UK under Betty Hutchon and is now ready to join Beulah as an NBAS Trainer for Australia and New Zealand. (Photo below, taken during Danielle's training with Beulah, shows Danielle interacting with a 5 week-old-baby during the NBAS).

Danielle has already participated in an Orientation to the NBAS training weekend conducted by Beulah in April 2016 and they are planning to present NBAS training in Aukland in 2017.  Danielle is also preparing to become an NBO trainer and joined Campbell Paul and Susan Nicolson in delivering NBO training in Christchurch this year.  She also joined Beulah, Campbell and Susan for NBO training at the Tresillian Family Care Centre in Sydney in November of this year.


The Norwegian NBO trainers team (Kari Slinning, Unni Tranaas Vannebo, Inger-Pauline Landsem, Nina Cheetham and Hege Sandtrø) recently gathered for a 4-day workshop to continue their work on the development of an E-learning platform for the NBO, an initiative by NBO trainer, Rakel Greve.  They spent the first two days in the office in Oslo and then moved on to the Norwegian mountains for "walking and talking". (From left: Hege Sandtrø, Nina Cheetham Bøhle, Kari Slinning & Unni Tranaas Vannebo)

The E-learning platform will feature the core NBO training topics, such as "The language of the baby", "The NBO - Step by Step" etc..  For each segment, there will be a short introduction by the NBO trainer outlining the learning goals and featuring an oral presentation with short video clips, text, practice supported by video-clips and pictures. The learning objectives will be structured into three categories: "need to know"; "good to know"; "nice to know".  The content of the platform will be in Norwegian in this first version. However, the Norway trainers hope to share their experiences with the International NBO network and will welcome feedback as they hope to develop a product that could be valuable across many countries. 

A second major goal of the Norway NBO team is refine their NBO at-risk training program curriculum. Several NICUs in Norway have requested training in NBO to meet their goals for more family-centered care.  This work has high priority in the National Network for Infant Mental Health in Norway, but the Norway group believe that the NBO training curriculum needs some significant adjustments to meet the needs of high-risk infants and families in neonatal units. Since the members of Norway trainers team have extensive experience working in Norwegian NICUs and work with high-risk infants and parents, they are are enthusiastic and excited to proceed with this work and will test out these adjustments in Norwegian NICUS in close collaboration with the staff members who work in these units. 

The Norway group have also developed a leaflet for parents describing infant states, which has been very well received by parents and professionals alike in Norway. Working along with Australia NBO trainer, Susan Nicolson, the Norway group have now translated the leaflet into English and Susan is working on translating it into other languages.  This will be made available for all NBO trainers upon request.

The Newsletter from the Norwegian NBO trainers team, Autumn 2016, describes the goals and progress of their discussions. Click here to read the full newsletter: The Newsletter from the Norwegian NBO trainers team, Autumn 2016

NBO trainers Unni Tranaas Vannebo and Rakel Aasheim Greve presented NBO training to nurses in the district of Romsdal area on the north west coast of Norway. The NBO training was covered by the Romsdals Budstikke newspaper.  Click here to see November 10th 2016 edition and to see additional photos in the same newspaper click here: (Romsdals Budstikke) NBO report

NBO Training was also presented in Norway by Unni Tranaas Vannebo and Hege Sandtrø - photo shows Hege and Unni with the group of new NBO trainees on the left, and Hege and Unni with two very responsive Norwegian newborn participants on the right. 


The first NBO Training to be held in Japan was conducted by Professors Campbell Paul and Kevin Nugent, with the assistance of Drs. Mariko Iwayama and Eiko Saito as Associate faculty.  (See Tokyo NBO group training photo below). Not only was this the first NBO training held in Japan, but it was the occasion when the first NBO training center was established under the direction of Professor Shohei Ohgi, with Drs. Saito and Iwayama as trainers.   While NBAS training has been conducted in Japan for almost 30 years by Drs. Akiyama, Ohgi, Kawasaki and Tsurusaki and more recently by Drs. Ohgi, Nagai and Nagata, this was the first NBO Training to take place in Japan.  Thirty trainees participated in NBO training in Tokyo at the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing on September 12-13th. For further information on NBO Japan see 

Thirty participants also joined the Nagoya training later that week at the Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital.  The training was hosted by Dr. Masako Nagata and Dr. Yukio Nagai (See photo below).    

Front row from left: Yukiyo Nagai (Pediatrician & NBAS trainer), Kevin, Campbell, Masako Nagata (Clinical psychologist & NBAS trainer)

Back row from left: Kayo Nomura (Clinical psychologist, Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital), Eiko Saito (Midwife & NBO trainer), Yumi Kubota (Head Nurse of NICU, Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital), Mariko Iwayama (Clinical psychologist & NBO trainer).

A special Open Lecture took place on Sunday September 18th at Nagoya University, Higashiyama Campus, which featured lectures by Professors Paul, Nugent and Nagata (See additional photos below from left: Professors Ohgi, Nugent and Paul).  


The first NBO training to take place in Hong Kong was presented on September 9-10th, 2016.  The training was hosted by the Hong Kong Association for Infant Mental Health (HKAIMH) and was coordinated by Joyce MOK, President of HKAIMH, assisted by K.H. Chung, from the Executive Committee of HKAIMH. Trainers were J. Kevin Nugent and Campbell Paul.  Thirty participants from a range of professions including midwives, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers, physical therapists & occupational therapists took part.  The evaluations of the training were extremely positive and trainees were excited about the possibility of learning to integrate the NBO into their respective settings.  For all participants the live NBO sessions, which were facilitated by Joyce Mok and her colleagues and took place at the United Christian Hospital in Kowloon, were especially revealing in that they highlighted the strength-based relational character of the NBO philosophy and the importance of including the parents as partners in the NBO session.  The mentoring process is already in progress.  

(Photo below on the left shows the Hong Kong trainees during the training).


Hanne Kronberg, MPH., Ph.D., from the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University is leading a Randomized Controlled Trial designed to examine the effects of the NBO in a preventive primary care setting.  The study will be carried out in six medium sized municipalities in Jutland in northern Denmark.  The training of the Health visitors is being carried out by NBO trainers, Inge Nickell and Merethe Vintner.  Recently, Merethe Vinter (on the left) became an NBO Trainer and is seen here receiving her Trainer's certificate from Inge Nickell in front of the Little Mermaid bronze statue in Copenhagen.


A meeting of Nordic Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) practitioners was organized by NBO Trainers Unni Tranaas Vannebo and Kari Slinning in Oslo in March, 2016. Kevin Nugent was the primary speaker at the meeting, while eighty-five NBO practitioners from all over Norway reported on their logs and described their work with the NBO. Many speakers reported that learning the NBO has been “life-changing” for them and has transformed their practices, so that they cannot “take off their NBO glasses”. Others discussed the challenge of “unlearning being and advice-giver and telling people what to do” and “bringing forward the baby’s voice” and “making parents more visible and allowing parents to take the lead”. All participants reported on the strong sense of community and camaraderie that exists between all the NBO practitioners and added that the NBO has made a significant contribution to their confidence in their work. 

New NBO Trainers in Norway

Three new Norway trainers received their NBO Trainer certificates in March. The new trainers are Nina Cheetham Bøhle, Rakel Aasheim Greve and Hege Sandtrø. Congratulations! The photo below includes Kari Slinning and Unni Tranaas Vannebo and new NBO trainers Nina Cheetham Bøhle (on the left) and Hege Sandtrø (on the right). 

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The total number of certified NBO trainees in Norway so far is 252. Training is also taking place in Trondheim with 33 participants and another group in Haugesund began in late January. In addition, a new group started in Oslo in the end of March, and another will begin training in Oslo in September, 2016.

Kevin Nugent was also the keynote Speaker at the 25th Nordic Infant Mental Health (NFSU) Jubilee Conference in Oslo, Norway on March 10th, 2016. Unni Tranaas Vannebo, NAIMH President and NBO Trainer introduced the conference. The title was: Beginning in the Perinatal Period – a unique opportunity for preventive intervention and support for parents. Participants came from all over Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. Other speakers included Professor Emeritus Lars Smith, Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth and Mette Sund Sjøvold. 


Beth McManus and Kevin Nugent received a research grant to test the effectiveness of the NBO as a model of care in a large sample of infants served by Early Intervention programs for infants with developmental disabilities or delays in the State of Massachusetts. The purpose of this randomized controlled study is to determine the effects of the NBO on infant cognitive and social-emotional function and maternal depression. Trainer Yvette Blanchard is a consultant on the grant and Trainer Jayne Singer is involved in the advanced training of the EI practitioners who are participating in the study. The study began recruiting in February 2016.


Two NBO trainings took place in Boston in April 2016 (one with the Dulce group) with Connie Keefer, Kevin Nugent and new NBO trainers Nancy Deacon and Aditi Subramaniam and Trainer-in-training Carmen Noruna. (Nancy Deacon appears in the front row on the right, while Carmen Noruna and Connie Keefer are on the right of the photo in one of the trainings).

On March 18th, 2016, NBO training led by Drs. Keefer and Nugent took place at the University of California Davis Extension's Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program in Napa, CA, which is directed by Dr. Kristie Brandt. This first NBO training to be offered in the Napa-based Fellowship program was offered over 12 years ago and the multidisciplinary program draws participants form all over California and from all over the US and abroad. 

Drs. Keefer and Nugent also offered NBO training to participants in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Fellowship/Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston onMarch 4th, 2016. Professor Ed Tronick is the Faculty Chief and Dr. Dorothy Richardson is the Program Director. Participants from many countries include psychologists, physicians, social workers, marriage-family therapists, educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, speech/language & communication therapists, and other professionals.

NBO Training took place in Chicago, Illinois with Claudia Quigg and Ann Stadtler as faculty on September 22-23rd. 2015. Connie Keefer and Kevin Nugent presented NBO training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Infant Mental Health Fellowship on Sept 17-18th 2015.  Participants included Fellows in the University of Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program and guests from many of the Home Visiting Programs in Wisconsin. Drs. Roseanne Clark and Linda Tuchmann coordinated the training.

Congratulations to both Nancy Deacon and Aditi Subramaniam, who completed their training to become NBO trainers for the US region! 


Professor Joao Gomes Pedro and the Fundaçâo Brazelton/GomesPedro presented an International conference, The Love Synapses: Building Strong Children, Families and Communities in Lisbon, January 2016. Over 800 health care and education professionals from all over Portugal attended the three-day conference. Speakers included: Ana Teresa Brito, Joao Gomes Pedro, Maria do Céu Machado, Charles Nelson, Kevin Nugent, Emilio Salgueiro, Adriana Sampaio, Danile Sampaio, Jorge Sampaio, Isabel Soares, Joshua Sparrow. (Photo below of Joao Gomes Pedro on the right, with former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, centre). 

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Professor Kevin Nugent gave theKeynote Address at the 45th Annual Meeting Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, Friday November 13th, 2015. He was awarded the 2015 Presidential Citation by Dr. Paul D’Alton, outgoing President of the Psychological Society of Ireland. The citation read: “To Professor Nugent - in recognition and deep appreciation for your significant contribution to infant mental health and the resulting betterment of the human project”. 

Kevin was also invited to testify before the National Parliament of Ireland (Oireachtas) Joint Committee on Health and Children, Government Buildings, Leinster House, Dublin, Thursday November 12th. The main thrust of the address to the Senators and House Members was that was the first three years of life are a time of massive brain development, with lifelong implications for the child and society and that the first months of life present us (through the NBO) with a remarkable opportunity to promote the development of early parent-infant relationships from the very beginning.


The first Swiss NBO training took place at the Bern University of Applied Science in the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland, Nov, 19-20th, 2015. Trainers were Drs. Kari Slinning and Kevin Nugent, while the trainees were made up of nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians, Physiotherapists, home visitors and infant specialists. Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern joined as guest faculty. Professor Eva Cignacco and Natascha Schuetz Haemmerli convened the training. The mentoring of the new trainees is still in process.

At dinner

From left: Kari Slinning, Natascha Schutz, Eva Cignacco and J. Kevin Nugent



Brazelton training group photo (Barry & Kevin)

The International NBAS & NBO Trainers Meeting took place at Harvard Medical School Nov. 2-4th, 2015. The meeting was organized by Drs. Nugent, Hawthorne, Johnson and McManus and included NBO and NBAS trainers and prospective trainers from 21 countries across the world. This was the 30th anniversary of the first Trainers meeting which took place at the Free University of Berlin in 1985 and was also organized by Dr. Nugent. The Harvard meeting was undoubtedly memorable, and deemed a spectacular success by all who participated. As one participant said, “It was an inspiring occasion”, while another reported that “it was a fabulous networking opportunity, an invaluable time was spent getting feedback and input on our clinical practice, research endeavours and training pathway…..”.

The meeting was launched by a series of brilliant lectures by some of the great minds in the field today. Speakers included Harvard faculty members, Professor Heidelise Als, Jerome Kagan, Terrie Inders, Charles Nelson, Leonard Rappaport, Jack Shonkoff. Berry Brazelton also participated in the panel discussion. Professor Nugent opened 

the proceedings (See photo above) and this was followed by Professor Rappaport who gave the opening address. Professor Als spoke on “NIDCAP and Neuroscience” and this was followed by Professor Kagan’s presentation on “The Tapestry of Temperament.” In her presentation, Professor Inder discussed her research on the brain, “Inside the Newborn Brain – Imaging Insights”. “Driving Science-Based Innovation to Achieve Breakthrough Outcomes for Babies Facing Adversity” was the title of Professor Jack Shonkoff’s address. Finally, Professor Nelson’s presentation was entitled, “The effects of early adversity on brain and behavioral development”. These presentations were followed by a panel, “A vision for the future”, which included Heidelise Als, Berry Brazelton, Terrie Inder, Jerome Kagan, Jack Shonkoff, Lenny Rappaport. In the afternoon of the first day, Dr. Lise Johnson facilitated the “Around the World in 5 Minutes” session, which featured the participants from all countries describing their work with the NBAS and NBO and their plans for the future. The following two days consisted of break-out groups and mini workshops. 


Dr. Susan Nicolson conducted the first NBO training with Aboriginal workers in Northern Victoria, Australia, in June 2015. For further information on NBO Australia, click here:


The first NBO training to take place in Africa took place at the Ububele Parent Infant Programme in Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2015. The NBO training team consisted of Drs. Campbell Paul and Susan Nicolson. Ububele is an educational and psychotherapy trust providing training and services to improve the emotional development of children under 7 years. Ububele's training in mental health focuses on preventative strategies for children under the age of seven, their parents, families and other caregivers, so that the NBO will be used in this context. The program is directed by Katherine Frost and Tony Hamburger, who hosted the NBO training. For more information see:


The first NBO Training to take place in Brazil took place at the Department of Pediatrics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte on March 27-28th, 2015. The trainers were Drs. Lise Johnson and Beth McManus, while the facilitators were Prof. Claudia Regina Lindgren Alves, MD, PhD and Profa. Titular Lívia C.Magalhães.


An international conference presented by Professor Gherardo Rapisardi, NBAS trainer for Italy, tool place in Rome on March 13-14th, 2015. The conference title was: "MI Fido di Te - I trust you- A tribute to T. Berry Brazelton. Speakers included Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, C. Calzone, S. Facchini, S. Federici, L. Migliaccio, G. Nebbiosi, J. Kevin Nugent, Joshua Sparrow, G. Tamburlini, G. Valeri, Colwyn Trevarthen. Professor Nugent’s opening talk was entitled, “The Development of the Sense of Trust and the Gift of Hope: the contribution of T. Berry Brazelton”. This was followed by Dr. Bruschweiler-Stern’s lecture on “Supporting Early Relationships and the Birth of the Family”. Dr. Luca Migliaccio spoke on co-parenting and the use of video feedback as an intervention, while Dr. Sergio Facchini spoke on the use of video intervention therapy in a primary care setting. Fabia Banella also spoke on procedural communicative behaviors and the mother-infant relationship.


The Møller Centre, Churchill College at the University of Cambridge was the setting for a special meeting of UK NBO Trainers, convened by Brazelton Centre Director, Dr. Joanna Hawthorne which took place on 29th - 31st January, 2015. Kevin Nugent joined this special Trainer of Trainers Meeting, convened by Dr. Hawthorne (assisted by Betty Hutchon and Maggie Redshaw) and included workshops and discussions on the NBO. Among the other Trainers and Trainer Associates were: Jeanette Appleton, Megan Eccleson, Melanie Gunning, Inge Nickell, Emily Hills, Deanna Gibbs, Lisa Hodge, Libi Deller, Maureen Lancaster, Guillermina Marquine, Maggie Wood, Alison Pritchard and Christine Bartram.

Each Trainer discussed her experience both as a user and as teacher of the NBO in her own particular setting. These individual presentations and the discussion that followed offered a picture of a vibrant training program that, according to the data presented, is making a significant difference in the lives of the practitioners and the infants and families whom they serve across England, Scotland and Wales. Many of the themes which were introduced at the Edinburgh International meeting in June were discussed in an effort to carve a vision for the expansion and refinement of the training process and the facilitation of research using the NBO (and NBAS) in the UK.

The two days were crowned by a formal dinner in honor of Professor Nugent at Churchill College, where tributes were paid to all the trainers and to Dr. Hawthorne especially, for all she has done to make the UK Training Centre what it is today - the largest in the world. A Joint meeting with the Brazelton Centre UK & The Cambridge Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience then took place on Saturday Jan 31st at the Seminar Room 5, Clinical School, Cambridge University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge. Speakers included: Professor Kevin Nugent, Director, Brazelton Institute, Boston;Professor Jonathan Hill and Dr. Helen Sharp (Universities of Reading and Liverpool), Dr. Susan Pawlby, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Pauline Lee, Clinical Psychologist, Tameside and Glossop and Drs. Topun Austin, Cristine Costa and Cheun Wai Lee from the Cambridge Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience. Click here for the full program: Brazelton meeting 31st Jan. 2015.


The first NBO training program in Denmark was conducted in Thisted in North Jutland by NBO Trainers Jeanette Appleton and Inge Nickell (UK) on October 1st-2nd., 2014. The sessions were conducted in Danish and Inge translated the NBO materials into Danish. The success of the program was due in no small part to Convener Merethe Vinter's "enthusiasm, knowledge and passion", according to Jeanette and Inge's report. Group photo above includes Merethe Vinter, seated second from the left with Jeanette Appleton on her right and Trainer Inge Nickell standing behind on the far left, with all the new trainees. Merethe is now training to be an NBO trainer. 


Brazelton Institute faculty members, Drs. Lise Johnson and Yvette Blanchard conducted NBO Training in Iceland on Sept 18-19th., 2014, in Reykjavik. This is the second NBO training to be held in Iceland and once again the training was facilitated by our dynamic and dedicated colleague, Stefanía Birna Arnardóttir. Last year, it was Drs. Johnson and Hawthorne who made up the faculty and this year Dr. Blanchard joined Dr. Johnson, who reported that the training was very successful.


The first NBO and NBAS Training to be presented in China took place in Xi'an Children's Hospital, Affiliated Medical School at the Xi'an JiaoTong University on November 3-4th. Drs. Susan Nicolson (Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia) and Kevin Nugent, the Brazelton Institute were the instructors on this auspicious occasion. Thirty neonatologists, pediatricians, nurses and social workers from all over China participated. NBAS training was also offered on Nov 5th by Professor Nugent. The training was facilitated by Professor Hui Li, MD., Ph.D., Division of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Xi 'an JiaoTong University and First Affiliated Hospital, Medical School, Xi'an Jiaotong University.  The NBO training was preceded by an International Conference entitled Neonatal Behavioral Observation system applied in the family and medical rehabilitation, which was held on Sunday November 2nd. in Xi'an. Invited speakers include Chuen Wai Lee (UK), Shohei Ohgi (Japan), Susan Nicolson and J. Kevin Nugent. Attendees at the conference included neonatologists, pediatricians and nurses from Xi'an and other medical centers from across the country, including Shannxi Province, Zhejiang Province, Shandong Province, Beijing and Hong.