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Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program

November 16, 2022 @ 9:00 am - November 18, 2022 @ 2:00 pm EST

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November 16, 17, 18 (W, Th, F) 9AM – 2PM 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 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 on November 16, 17, & 18 (W, Th, F), 9 AM – 2 PM ET each day
This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training workshops. 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 with course faculty will be offered at 1 month and 3 months after the live workshops. In addition, the Brazelton Institute offers monthly open mentoring sessions to all NBO trainees. To obtain certification in the NBO, trainees submit five NBO Recording and Parent Summary Forms for review and critique by their faculty.

Number of hours:
NBO training is approved for 11.5 CME/CEU credits across many disciplines. Learn more.

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

Number of participants:
Maximum of 23


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
  • 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
  • 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

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At a Glance

November 16, 2022 @ 9:00 am - November 18, 2022 @ 2:00 pm EST

Cost: $685