Event Calendar

May
10
Mon
Introduction to the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS)
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Comprehensive Overview of Neonatal Neurobehavior

In this one-day course participants are introduced to the history, conceptual framework, and the content of the NBAS, providing a thorough overview of the neurobehavioral repertoire of the young infant, its developmental trajectory, and the individual differences that may be observed from the very moment of birth.

Audience:
This course is well suited for clinicians of all disciplines who wish to gain a deep understanding of neurobehavior. It is also highly recommended for clinicians trained in the NBO who would like to further hone their observational skills.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 15

Tuition: $295
Tuition includes the NBAS Manual and NBAS Kit. There is an additional $50 shipping charge for foreign trainees.

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Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) Training to Reliability
May 10 @ 9:00 am – May 11 @ 5:00 pm
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.

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May
12
Wed
WEBINAR: Uniting Worldviews to Advance Relationships in Indigenous Communities
May 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Returning for a third season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields exploring the current and emerging issues facing children and families today.

Each webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Registration is free and live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations. 

Uniting Worldviews to Advance Relationships in Indigenous Communities

This virtual presentation will examine how NICWA has used the intersection between the linear worldview of Western culture, helping, and research, and the relational worldview of Indigenous peoples and organizations to advance the interests of Indigenous children and families. NICWA’s success as a community development, training, and advocacy organization has been built on its culturally-based approach. The speaker will share the story of this process as an example of decolonizing relationships between mainstream service providers and researchers and Indigenous communities.

Terry (Ha-ne-ga-noh) Gross, MSW, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, received his master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is the founding executive director of NICWA, now serving as a senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 47 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years of direct practice.

May
13
Thu
WEBINAR: Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strength-Based Family Assumptions
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation 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, 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:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar 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 webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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May
20
Thu
WEBINAR: I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Learning from families what is happening in their lives is crucial to being able to support them. However, sometimes families don’t come out and 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 in that moment, we can join with parents in their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child. In this webinar, we will explore some specific listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with parents. You will learn about family engagement strategies for listening actively that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation 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, 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:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar 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 webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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May
24
Mon
Newborn Behavioral Observations System (NBO) Training Program
May 24 @ 9:00 am – May 25 @ 5:00 pm
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 Webinars May 24 & 25, 2021 9 AM – 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. 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 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 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 workshop
  • 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

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May
27
Thu
WEBINAR: The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Connecting with families of young children can be challenging. They are busy, the children are busy, and providers are busy. 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. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Connecting with Families through the Child’s Behavior that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 27, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation 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, 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:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar 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 webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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Jun
3
Thu
WEBINAR: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 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 webinar, we will explore ways that providers can value families’ passion. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Valuing Passion that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation 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, 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

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar 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 webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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Jul
12
Mon
Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm
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 Webinars July 12 & 13, 2021 9 AM – 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. 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 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 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 workshop
  • 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

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Jul
15
Thu
Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement
Jul 15 all-day

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth through 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 modules begin on Thursday, July 15, at 4 pm ET, and continue weekly through September 9. Each module 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, 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 more 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: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu