The Newborn Behavioral Observations – Summer Training Programs


This summer, we are offering three options for training in the Newborn Behavioral Observations. All three sessions will take place in Boston, MA.

The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) is a structured set of observations designed to help the clinician and parent together, to observe the infant’s behavioral capacities and identify the kind of support the infant needs for his successful growth and development. It is a relationship-based tool designed to foster the parent-infant relationship. 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. While it describes the infant’s capacities, the NBO provides parents with individualized information about their infant’s behavior, so that they can appreciate their baby’s unique competencies and vulnerabilities and thereby understand and respond to their baby, in a way that meets her or his developmental needs.

The NBO training program will provide participants with the theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the NBO system in their clinical practice. Participants will first be exposed to current research on neurobehavioral development and the early parent-child relationship. Then, using film and live demonstrations, the workshop will introduce participants to the kinds of observational strategies necessary to identify newborn behavioral patterns and how to use the NBO as a way of sensitizing parents to the competencies and individuality of their newborn. Clinical guidelines on relationship-building will be discussed and demonstrated, while the workshop will also examine the use of the NBO in anticipatory guidance and demonstrate how this guidance can be provided in a way that is developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive. After the workshop, on-line mentoring will be offered to all participants to enable them to complete the training. A certificate of completion will be offered when this phase has been completed.

Workshops are designed for 20-30 practitioners, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, infancy specialists, lactation consultants, home visitors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and other allied health professionals. The NBO workshops are held at Boston Children’s Hospital. The NBO and NBO At-Risk training participants are eligible for three Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education.

Space is limited; register today!