Event Calendar

Touchpoints Community Level Training @ Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm

Monday, October 13, 2014 – Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


We offer the Touchpoints Community Level Training program for teams in communities that have made the commitment to become a Touchpoints Site.

The Touchpoints Community Level Program is a five-day intensive training offered to communities that want to bring Touchpoints to their family care system. A team of three or more providers from each community complete Touchpoints training in Boston and one year of ongoing mentorship that includes monthly contact, a site visit and a follow up meeting. This team delivers training to other professionals in their community in the Touchpoints Approach, with the support of Brazelton Touchpoints Center® faculty.

For existing Touchpoints sites, we offer additional training to add or replace existing Touchpoints Team members. Participants must have completed Individual Level or Early Child Care and Education Training.

Register today!

Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) for Early Intervention Professionals – Two Day Training @ Boston Children's at Waltham
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day

This session of Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training is designed specifically for Early Intervention professionals working with parents and at-risk infants.

We are pleased to announce that three Continuing Education Units will be awarded through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education on completion of the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training program.

All trainees who sign up for the NBO training program are eligible to apply for continuing education credit, which will be awarded upon completion of the program. All trainees also receive a certificate of completion, issued by the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and signed by faculty members.

The Brazelton Institute is a training institute for clinicians and researchers, which provides training on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system.  The NBO is a clinical relationship-building tool used by pediatricians, nurses, infant mental health specialists, physician and occupational therapists, social workers, early intervention providers, home visitors, and other allied health professionals, to help parents understand their baby’s language and promote a positive relationship between parent and child from the very beginning.  The NBAS, now in its fourth edition, is the most comprehensive examination of newborn behavior available to researchers today. It used by researchers to study the effects of wide range of perinatal variables such as prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and other drugs, low birth weight, environmental toxins, caesarian section and other pre- and perinatal variables.

For further information and to register, please visit:  www.brazelton-institute.com.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center Fall Training Institute: Family Connections Training Program for Touchpoints Trained Providers & Leaders @ Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Oct 17 – Oct 18 all-day

Family Connections Training Program for Touchpoints Trained Providers & Leaders

Join us for this exciting professional development opportunity!

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a two-day training program as a resource for Touchpoints trained mental health practitioners, family service workers, directors, program managers and others working with young children and their families to implement Family Connections and Touchpoints into practice in community settings.

Family Connections, developed with the support of a US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start Innovation and Improvement Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital, provides an evidence-based model for mental health consultation and professional development specifically focused on supporting providers, promoting mental health in young children and working with families facing depression and other adversities.

Objectives of the Family Connections Training Program

  • Present the Family Connections practice framework, goals, objectives and outcomes.
  • Illustrate the Family Connections and Tell Me A Story training modules for providers and parents through presentations, case vignettes and interactive exercises. Touchpoints principles and assumptions will be highlighted to illustrate the power of using these tools to implement the Family Connections intervention and training.
  • Explore how blending Family Connections and Touchpoints further enhances mental health services to young children, their families and early childhood staff.
  • Explore how blending Family Connections and Touchpoints supports further professional development for early childhood providers.


What participants are saying about the training program:

“Touchpoints gave my ideas and feelings a voice and meaning. Entering the classrooms with the children and teachers has been a joy. But, I have been wondering about direction and methods to be effective with mental health consultation. Thank you for providing exactly those.”

“You have brought me hope, tools & refreshed my enthusiasm to cope with/help in the one area I get most questions around Touchpoints: But what do I do when there are real mental health issues? This has been powerful for me and I can’t wait to share it with others as I know it will help them in the difficult challenges that they face on a daily basis.”

Location: Brazelton Touchpoints Center – Boston, MA

Fee: $500 includes two-day training and three post-training group consultation calls; Optional $100 for printed manuals (or available online at no additional cost)

Prerequisite: Touchpoints training

Registration: Register here. Attendance is limited to 20 participants. For additional information contact: Debra.Sosin@childrens.harvard.edu

Touchpoints Individual Level Training @ Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am – Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm

This three-day professional development opportunity is designed for multidisciplinary providers to incorporate elements of the Touchpoints approach into their practice setting. In this training, practitioners explore the key elements of Touchpoints including: developmental framework, systems theory, relational framework, cultural sensitivity and reflective practice.

Click here to register!