Event Calendar

May
24
Tue
Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – May 26 @ 5:00 pm

May 24, 25 & 26 (T, W, Th) 12 PM 5 PM ET Each Day

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 infants’:

    • 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 Webinars on May 24, 25 & 26 (T, W, Th) 12 PM – 5 PM ET Each Day

This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training workshop. 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 with course faculty. In addition, the Brazelton Institute offers monthly open mentoring sessions to all NBO trainees. 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 infants in the first months of life including medical staff (nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists, physical/occupational/feeding therapists, lactation consultants, doulas) as well as mental health workers (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, parenting coaches, home visitors).

Number of participants:
Maximum of 23

Price:
$685

Tuition includes:

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials
  • NBO kit
  • understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook
  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom live online training workshop
  • post-training follow up reflective practice/mentoring sessions with faculty at 1 and 3 months post training
  • access to Brazelton Institute monthly open mentoring sessions
  • 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

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

Jun
1
Wed
A View from All Sides: Perspective Taking to Support Family Engagement
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 2:00 PM ET

When interacting with families, finding common ground is critical. Taking multiple perspectives on a situation can help providers identify a common place where we can join with families. This requires reflecting on all points of view: one’s own, the child’s, and that of their family members. In this webinar, you will learn how to use perspective-taking to connect with families around their child’s care and development.

Live Spanish Translation Available!

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

# 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, and more.

What you will learn:

    • How perspective-taking supports relationship-building with families
    • Strategies for taking all perspectives: one’s own, the child’s, and their family members’

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Jun
6
Mon
LGBTQ2+ Families Then and Now
Jun 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

April 11- June 20. Every other Monday

Through conversations with a diverse range of parents who identify as LGBTQ2+ at different stages of family life (from those with young children to those whose children have “grown and flown”), we will explore the changing landscape of LGBTQ2+ parenting during the last several decades.

Together, we will explore the experiences of families living in a diverse range of social contexts. By listening to the stories of each family, we hope to broaden and deepen our vision of family to be far more inclusive and to embrace the diversity of who families truly are in America today.

All are welcome to join the conversation!

This series is being facilitated by Laura Benkov, Ph.D., Author, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents

All webinars have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

Dates:

Webinar 1: Monday, April 11, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 2: Monday, April 25, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 3: Monday, May 9, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 4: Monday, May 23, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 5: Monday, June 6, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 6: Monday, June 20, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

 

Featuring:

Laura Benkov, Ph.D.Author, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents

Laura is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has worked with children, adults, couples, and families for decades in a variety of community mental health, private practice, school, and hospital settings, providing supervision/training, psychotherapy, and psychological/neuropsychological evaluations.

She has been on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and is formerly the Clinic Director at Think: Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she worked at Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, focusing on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ family formation. She is the author of one of the first books (and several subsequent articles) on the subject of lesbian and gay parenthood, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents (Crown, 1994).

 

Questions? Contact Eva Rivera at Eva.Rivera@childrens.harvard.edu

Thank You to our Sponsors

Mind in the MakingVroom. Brain Building Moments

Cambridge Trust

Berkshire Bank

 

Jun
8
Wed
Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strengths-Based Family Assumptions
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:00 PM ET

Providers’ assumptions and emotions can sometimes get in the way of effective engagement with families. For example, when a family doesn’t follow through on a recommendation, the provider can become frustrated. Choosing to adopt strength-based family assumptions supports providers in discovering the strengths of the families with whom they work, which leads to improved relationships. In this webinar, you will learn how to use strengths-based assumptions in our interactions with families. You will learn about family engagement strategies for using the Strengths-Based Family Assumptions that you can immediately apply to your work.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

# 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, and more.

What you will learn:

  • What a strength-based family assumption is
  • How to use strength-based family assumptions to focus on the strengths in a family

Number of participants:

Maximum of 500

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Jun
15
Wed
I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2:00 PM ET

Learning from families about what is happening in their lives is crucial to being able to support them. However, sometimes it takes time for families to tell us what is going on. This is where active listening can help. When we listen to understand what is most important to the family, we can join with families in their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child. In this webinar, we explore some specific listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with families.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

# 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, and more.

What you will learn:

  • Active listening skills, including being present, paraphrasing, and offering engaging questions and statements
  • How active listening supports effective two-way communication

Number of participants:

Maximum of 500

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Jun
20
Mon
LGBTQ2+ Families Then and Now
Jun 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

April 11- June 20. Every other Monday

Through conversations with a diverse range of parents who identify as LGBTQ2+ at different stages of family life (from those with young children to those whose children have “grown and flown”), we will explore the changing landscape of LGBTQ2+ parenting during the last several decades.

Together, we will explore the experiences of families living in a diverse range of social contexts. By listening to the stories of each family, we hope to broaden and deepen our vision of family to be far more inclusive and to embrace the diversity of who families truly are in America today.

All are welcome to join the conversation!

This series is being facilitated by Laura Benkov, Ph.D., Author, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents

All webinars have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

Dates:

Webinar 1: Monday, April 11, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 2: Monday, April 25, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 3: Monday, May 9, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 4: Monday, May 23, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 5: Monday, June 6, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 6: Monday, June 20, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

 

Featuring:

Laura Benkov, Ph.D.Author, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents

Laura is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has worked with children, adults, couples, and families for decades in a variety of community mental health, private practice, school, and hospital settings, providing supervision/training, psychotherapy, and psychological/neuropsychological evaluations.

She has been on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and is formerly the Clinic Director at Think: Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she worked at Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, focusing on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ family formation. She is the author of one of the first books (and several subsequent articles) on the subject of lesbian and gay parenthood, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents (Crown, 1994).

 

Questions? Contact Eva Rivera at Eva.Rivera@childrens.harvard.edu

Thank You to our Sponsors

Mind in the MakingVroom. Brain Building Moments

Cambridge Trust

Berkshire Bank

 

Jun
21
Tue
High Risk Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm

June 21, 22, 23 (M, T, W) 11 AM – 4 PM ET Each Day

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 infants:

    • 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 Webinars June 21, 22, 23 (M, T, W) 11 AM – 4 PM ET Each Day
This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training workshop. 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 with course faculty. In addition, the Brazelton Institute offers monthly open mentoring sessions to all NBO trainees. 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 infants in the first months of life including medical staff (nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists, physical/occupational/feeding therapists, lactation consultants, doulas) as well as mental health workers (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, parenting coaches, home visitors).

Number of participants:
Maximum of 23

Price:
$685

Tuition includes:

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials
  • NBO kit
  • understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook
  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom live online training workshop
  • post-training follow up reflective practice/mentoring sessions with faculty at 1 and 3 months post-training
  • access to Brazelton Institute monthly open mentoring sessions
  • 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

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

Jun
22
Wed
The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:00 PM ET

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 webinar, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

# 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, 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

Number of participants:

Maximum of 500

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Jun
23
Thu
Exploring the “Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap”: A Tool for Talking w/Families
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT

We all know how critical early identification and intervention is to promote a child’s optimal development. Yet, developmental screening results and concerns can be anxiety-provoking for families and providers. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has developed a new tool to help family-facing providers have collaborative and productive conversations with families about developmental screening results. The Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap facilitates these conversations with seven simple steps to enhance the provider-parent partnership and engage parents and other caregivers in planning for their child’s developmental needs.

This 3-hour, interactive workshop introduces participants to the Roadmap and its focus on honoring families’ knowledge of their child. We will explore why providers and families sometimes have differences of opinion about children and screenings. We will practice strengths-based ways to invite all perspectives into the conversation and move ahead with equitable shared decision-making.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore the seven steps in the Roadmap tool
  • Learn strategies to engage parents and families in the developmental screening process
  • Practice having conversations about developmental screening results that honor families’ perspectives, cultures, and values
  • Learn strategies to elicit parents’ observations of their children’s strengths, as well as their concerns about their children’s behavior and development
  • Practice sharing their own observations of children’s behavior with parents
  • Practice next steps when a developmental screener yields reason for concern

Course Format:
Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT
Live, interactive online workshop via Zoom, with small-group activities in breakout rooms
Live Spanish Translation Available!

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

Audience:
This workshop is for all family-facing providers — and their supervisors — who engage with families of young children around developmental screening, including early care and education professionals, home visitors, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, early interventionists, and more.

Presenters/Facilitators:

  • Jayne Singer, Ph.D., IECMH-E®, Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dewana Thompson, Ph.D., Director of the National Facilitator Team, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$75
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $71
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Jun
27
Mon
Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) Training to Reliability
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day

This course starts with the one-day Introduction to the NBAS (described elsewhere in the catalogue) and continues with a second day to begin to refine administration and scoring skills. Following the two-day workshop, trainees meet with their trainer for up to three two-hour meetings for coaching in administration and scoring skills. Most trainees require practice with approximately 20 infants to be prepared for certification. Trainees must submit a videotape of themselves administering an NBAS along with a completed scoring form which is reviewed by their trainer.

Audience:
Individuals planning to use the NBAS in research settings (training to reliability) and clinicians wanting to increase their knowledge and competency in understanding or assessing infant neurobehavioral functioning in the clinical setting.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 15

Tuition: $1600
Tuition includes up to one additional videotape submission if reliability is not achieved on the first submission. There is an additional fee of $300 per submission if reliability is not achieved after two attempts.