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The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system Training Workshops

The NBO Training Workshop

The NBO training program will provide participants with the theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the Newborn Behavioral Observations (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 Brazelton Institute also offers workshops off-site (please read the section on Off-Site NBO Training Workshops).

NBO Workshop Training Objectives:

The objectives of the program curriculum include:

  1. Participants will become familiar with current findings on neurobehavioral development and early parent-infant relationship development
  2. Participants will become familiar with the content and uses of the NBO
  3. Participants will learn how to administer the NBO to make behavioral observations of newborn behavior and identify newborn behavioral patterns
  4. Participants will learn how to interpret these observations from a developmental point-of-view and will learn how to communicate this information to parents as a form of guidance
  5. Participants will learn to use the NBO in the context of building a relationship with parents

There are five training phases. These phases are:

  1. Attend the NBO workshop.
  2. Study the Handbook and participate in the distance learning (Including on-line mentoring with Brazelton Institute faculty).
  3. Continue to practice the NBO in order to become familiar with the administration and recording.
  4. Then complete five NBO sessions with five infants and their families. Return the completed forms (including the Parent Questionnaire) to the Brazelton Institute.
  5. Forms are examined and if complete certificate of completion is awarded.

CEUs Awarded for NBO Training

Three Continuing Education Units will be awarded through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education on completion of the NBO training program.
Criteria for NBO Training CEUs from the University of Massachusetts (PDF)

All trainees who sign up for the NBO training program are eligible to apply for continuing education credit, which will be awarded upon completion of the program. All trainees also receive a certificate of completion, issued by the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children's Hospital and signed by faculty members.

Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) Training Dates


Pending participant level, training may be rescheduled. BI will confirm dates one month prior to training. $595/participant

Two-Day Training - for full term infants
  • February 18-19, 2016 at Boston Children's Hospital Closed
  • April 22-23, 2016 at Boston Children's Hospital Register
  • June 23-24, 2016 at Boston Children's Hospital Register

Two-Day Training - for EI professionals working with parents and at-risk infants. $595/participant

  • July 8-9, 2016 at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Register
Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Please send the registration form with full payment to:

The Brazelton Institute
1295 Boylston Street, Suite 320
Boston, MA 02215

Phase I: Two day Seminar and Skill-building Session
The NBO system training is an interactive learning process. Lectures on newborn behavior and development, live baby demonstrations with families and group discussions are included. On-site workshops are conducted at Children's Hospital, Boston. The faculty at the Brazelton Institute also offers off-site workshops across the country*. NBO kits, assessment tools, and reading materials will be provided and are included in the cost of training.

Phase II: Distance Learning
As part of the training process, each participant will be expected to perform the NBO with five families soon after the workshop. Follow-up guidance and on-line mentoring by the Brazelton Institute Faculty will be available to participants during this phase.

Phase III: Completion of Assessment Forms
Participants are required to perform the NBO with five families return the completed assessment forms and parent questionnaires to the Brazelton Institute.

Phase IV: Certificates of Completion
Once five NBO assessment forms are completed and either faxed or mailed to the Brazelton Institute, each participant will be awarded an official Brazelton Institute "NBO Certificate of Completion".

*Off-Site NBO Training Program
The Faculty at the Brazelton Institute offers off-site NBO Training for trainees interested in having Brazelton Institute Faculty members travel to their work setting. The requirements for off-site training are as follows:

  1. There may be up to 30 participants. If there are more than 30 participants, arrangements need to be discussed with the Brazelton Institute.
  2. The site hosting the NBO training must pay the travel expenses and accommodations of the Brazelton Institute faculty (including airfare, transportation, meals and hotel accommodations).
  3. The site hosting the NBO training may need access to newborn infants and families for the training session (to be discussed with the Brazelton Institute faculty involved in the site training). The group of participants will need access to newborns and their families to complete their NBO training.

If you are interested in Off-Site NBO Training, please contact the Brazelton Institute to discuss possible dates.

The Brazelton Institute welcomes questions about the NBO system Training Program. Please call (857) 218-4354 or email at

NBO Training for Early Intervention Professionals
Training programs are also offered for Early Intervention Professionals. This two-day workshop is specifically designed to meet the needs of Early Intervention professionals.

NBO Training Fees:

Two-days training:
$ 595/person

Off-Site NBO Training Fee:



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