The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) is designed to examine
individual differences in newborn behavior and is appropriate for infants
up to two months of age. It is the most comprehensive examination of
newborn behavior available today.
The Scale contains 28 behavioral and 18 reflex items. It assesses the
baby's capabilities across different developmental areas (autonomic,
motor, state and social-interactive systems) and describes how infants
integrate these areas as they adapt to their new environment..
The Scale can be used to study the effects of wide range of perinatal
variables such as maternal substance use, low birth weight, caesarian
section and other pre- and perinatal variables. It is also used in cross-cultural
and prediction studies.
After certification, trainees will be able to:
- Understand key concepts about newborn behavior
- Administer and reliably score the Scale to healthy full-term infants
- Assess and describe newborn behavior
- Integrate findings from an exam into a behavioral profile of the
Researchers and clinicians may explore the training and certification
aspects of the NBAS. Complete information about registration is available
(link to workshops.html). Those who plan to use the NBAS must be certified
in order to use the scale reliably and re-certified every three years.
The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) Training Dates
Pending participant level, training may be rescheduled. BI will confirm dates one month prior to training.
- October 31 - November 1st, 2013
(details coming soon )
NBAS Training Process
Beginning in 2002, trainees interested in NBAS training and certification
will be required to pass through three training phases before participating
in the final phase, the Certification Session, which is held in Boston
at The Brazelton Institute, Children's Hospital.*
These are the three stages:
1) Self Study Phase
2) Practice Phase
3) Certification Session
Phase 1: Self-Study Phase
To begin the NBAS training program, trainees need to complete the
NBAS Training Program Registration Form (PDF)
and send the form with the full payment to:
The Brazelton Institute
1295 Boylston Street, Suite 320
Boston, MA 02215
Please note that trainees are required to commit to one of the four
Certification Sessions printed on the Registration Form. As soon as
the Brazelton Institute receives the trainee's full payment and Registration
Form, a Training Packet will be sent with the all materials necessary
for training. This packet includes:
1. The Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale Manual, 3rd Edition
2. The NBAS Handbook: Supplement to the Manual (includes score forms)
3. The NBAS Testing Kit
4. The NBAS Instructional Video
5. The name and contact information
of his/her NBAS Trainer
The trainee should read the material carefully, view the videotape and make contact with the assigned NBAS trainer.
Phase 2: Practice Phase
During the Practice Phase, the trainee will administer the NBAS to
healthy, full-term newborns. To be sufficiently prepared for the Certification
Session, the Brazelton Institute strongly recommends that the trainee
use the full NBAS, including scoring with twenty-five infants. The trainee
should contact his/her Trainer during the Practice Phase. After the trainee has completed twenty-five NBAS assessments,
he/she must send her score forms directly to the trainer. Phone contact is recommended every 2 weeks.
Phase 3: Certification Session
When the trainee has completed twenty-five NBAS assessments, the trainee
is ready for the Certification Session, which is held four times a year
at Children's Hospital Boston. One of the Brazelton Institute's bilingual trainers will offer this session in Spanish and English. The specific date for certification will be determined for through agreement between the trainer and trainee.
The trainee is responsible for organizing his/her travel plans and
accommodation. The Brazelton Institute will provide each trainee with
a list of Boston-area hotels and directions to the Brazelton Institute.
During the Certification Session each trainee will be asked to administer
NBAS and then the Trainer and trainee will score the exam separately.
The Trainer assesses the trainee's exam based on the following criteria:
I. Administrative competence: the trainee's ease in handling the
infant and skill in administering the items to bring out the infant's
II. Scoring reliability: the trainee must reach a 90 percent level
of agreement on the exam scores.
With successful completion of the NBAS Training Program, the trainee
will receive a NBAS Examiner Certificate. The trainee is now a certified
The NBAS Certificate is valid for three years, after which, examiners must be re-certified. Re-certification ensures the examiners' testing skills are in line with standard NBAS practice.
* Off-Site NBAS Training Program
The Brazelton Institute also offers an off-site NBAS Training Program.
This program is especially designed for groups of two trainees or more,
interested in having the NBAS Trainer travel to their work setting.
The requirements for off-site training are as follows:
- There must be a minimum of two trainees for the Certification
- Trainees must complete the same three phases in training listed
above before the Trainer arrives for the Certification Session.
- The group of trainees must have access to a hospital Newborn Nursery
and permission to handle infants for the Certification Session.
The Brazelton Institute welcomes questions about the NBAS Training
Program. Program. Please call (857) 218-4354 or email at
NBAS Certification Prices:
Becoming certified in the NBAS:
The NBAS certification is divided in 2 parts, described as follows:
- Part I: The Training Phase includes the Self-study and the Practice Phase.
This part includes the materials and up to 10 hours of mentoring with trainer.
- Part II: consists of the certification session.
This part includes the reliability session with trainer.
Becoming re-certified in the NBAS:
- The NBAS Re-certification: includes 3 hours of mentoring with trainer and 1 day reliability session.