Event Calendar

Dec
1
Wed
High-Risk Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm

NBO trainings for professionals working with high-risk infants share the same basic curriculum, theoretical content, and certification process as standard NBO trainings. The faculty for the NBO training for high-risk infants are both pediatric physical therapists with particular expertise in infants in EI and NICU settings. These trainings are therefore especially suited to professionals working specifically with high-risk infants.

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 workshops on December 1 & 2, 2021, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET each day

This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training. Workshops include a combination of lectures, interactive video case study sessions, small-group breakout discussions, and hands-on practice with dolls. Following the workshops, two mentoring sessions will be offered at 1 month and 3 months after the live workshops. 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.

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

Number of participants:
Maximum of 25

Price:
$650 for non-physicians
$750 for physicians

Tuition includes:

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials
  • NBO kit
  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom live online training workshops
  • post-training follow-up reflective practice/mentoring sessions with faculty at 1 and 3 months post-training
  • 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

Understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook is highly recommended for all trainees. The handbook is readily available through online booksellers or the publisher, Brookes Publishing or can be purchased HERE for an additional $47 (Incl. US shipping!).

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

Dec
7
Tue
The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Finding ways to connect with families of young children can be challenging. When providers share with families specific details of what they notice about their child—such as their interests or temperament—they open the door to connecting. In this workshop, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, and more.

What you will learn:

  • How using the child’s behavior supports family engagement
  • Strategies for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family

Price: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family.

In this series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

Dec
8
Wed
Indigenous Wisdom for Listening to Children and Families
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, will share some of her reflections as a Māori child and adolescent psychiatrist, with the aim of broadening our focus in order to foster and maintain well-being for families.

Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, is of Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, and Ngāpuhi nui tonu descent. She is an advocate for Te Reo Māori — the Māori language and the cultural knowledge the language embodies. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Elder works clinically in community, inpatient, and forensic settings, and has conducted research grounded in Māori methodology and ways of knowing and being on traumatic brain injury in young people, and dementia from a Māori perspective. A Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Elder received the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for services to Māori and Psychiatry. She is the Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) and is on the working group for child and adolescent psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association. Before beginning her medical career, Dr. Elder hosted a a live daily children’s television program in Aotearoa. In 2021, her best-selling book, Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet, became listed on the Oprah Winfrey Book Club.

Dec
14
Tue
Valuing Passion: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Families show us a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, as they navigate through their ever-changing experiences (e.g., routines, new skills, discipline, feeding) with their child. The negative emotions that families sometimes show can be challenging for providers to manage. Reframing these emotions as coming from a family’s passion for their child can strengthen our partnerships with families. In this workshop, we explore ways to value families’ passion as an engagement strategy.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, and more.

What you will learn:

  • How to recognize what a family cares about
  • How to reframe a family’s passion for the benefit of the family partnership

Price: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family.

In this series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

Jan
10
Mon
Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement
Jan 10 all-day

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong  family-provider and family-child relationships from before birth through age 5. Providers who implement Touchpoints in their practice partner with families to lay the vital foundation for children’s early learning and healthy development.

Course Format:
This course includes nine weekly online modules, including a 1-hour live introduction/orientation and eight 1.5-hour live sessions. The live sessions begin on Thursday, January 13, at 4 pm ET, and continue weekly through March 10. Each module takes about 3 hours to complete and includes the live, synchronous webinar session; online discussion; and reflection activities. The modules are followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at live sessions. Sessions are not recorded.

Click here for Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist.

# of hours:
28

Audience:
All professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, and more.

What you will learn:

  • Strategies for building partnerships with parents that promote family strengths
  • A framework to understand why children’s behavior can sometimes be challenging and confusing
  • Techniques for talking with families about child development concerns
  • How to actively listen to families and collaboratively solve problems related to child development or a child-family relationship

Number of participants:
Minimum of 10
Maximum of 18

Price:
$750

CEUs:
This course is approved for 20.35 Continuing Education Credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. Click here for details.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

Our facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information.

Jan
26
Wed
Innovating Partnerships with Families in Recovery: National Substance Use Disorder Summit
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Save the Date! Registration opening soon!

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center will host the first virtual National Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Summit on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 11 am – 5:30 pm ET / 8 am – 2:30 pm PT, focused on whole families and communities in recovery.

With a predicted record-breaking overdose death toll of over 100,000 in 2021, it is more urgent than ever that we prevent and repair the hurt and harm that whole families and communities are experiencing, and partner with them as they build on their strengths and recover hope.

Titled “Innovating Partnerships with Families in Recovery,” the summit will begin with a short documentary featuring the voices of mothers living with SUD, followed by conversations on:

  • Peer-to-Peer Supports: Featuring recovery coaches with lived experience of equitable and inclusive SUD recovery interventions
  • Comprehensive Systems Approaches: Featuring leaders innovating organizational, community, county, and state-based system change
  • Transdisciplinary Collaboration: Featuring frontline providers and parents building therapeutic relationships based on safety, trust, and hope
  • Closing: Transforming Mental Models to Transform Stuck Systems

Summit Goals

  • Give voice to diverse perspectives on the opioid epidemic’s intergenerational impacts
  • Reimagine the breadth of comprehensive services needed to address SUD’s impact on individual and family functioning, and heal whole communities
  • Shine a light on the unique potential for healing that resides within
    • newborns and young children,
    • the attachment process they catalyze, and
    • powerful parental urges to nurture that endemic stigma – whether overt or implicit – obscures, and too often crushes.

Audience

All are welcome to this summit, including frontline providers, families living with SUD and their relatives, clinical intervention researchers or developers, philanthropists, and policymakers. The summit will bring together all of the sectors that families in recovery engage with, including prenatal, perinatal, pediatric, and mental health; home visiting; child welfare, courts, and the law; and early childhood education and child care.

Save the Date!

Registration for the summit will open soon! Please save the date on your calendar, and sign up today to be notified when registration opens.

And please consider making a donation to support urgently needed efforts like this one!

Questions? Contact us today.