Registration for 2019 Training

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO)™ Training Program

The NBO training program provides participants with the theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system in their clinical practice. NBO workshops are open to all professionals who have the opportunity to work with infants and their families in both low-risk and high-risk setting. 

Workshops are designed for up to 30 practitioners, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, infancy specialists, lactation consultants, home visitors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, early intervention specialists, social workers and other allied health and education professionals. The NBO workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Brazelton Institute also offers workshops off-site (please read section on Off-Site NBO Training Workshops).

During the two-day training program, participants will first be exposed to current research on neurobehavioral development and the early parent-child relationship. Then, using film and/or 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 participants have completed all the requirements for certification. 

There is also an Advanced Level II NBO training program for people who have already been trained in the NBO and wish to enrich their practice by deepening their understanding of this approach through reflective practice and by reflecting on underlying clinical and research themes in greater detail.  


 NBO training in Hong Kong and Boston

There are five training phases. These phases are:

  1. Participants will become familiar with current findings on neurobehavioral development, the transition to parenthood and early parent-infant relationship development and the theoretical foundations on which the NBO is built.
  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 support and guidance in a way that is individualized, non-judgmental, non-prescriptive and culturally sensitive.
  5. Participants will learn to use the NBO in the context of relationship-building.

Off-Site NBO system Training Program:

The NBO Off-Site Training Program is designed for 25-30 participants interested in having Brazelton Institute Faculty members travel to their work setting. The requirements for off-site training are as follows:

  1. There must be between 20-30 participants.
  2. The group hosting the training must pay for the travel expenses (including airfare, transportation, and hotel accommodations) of The Brazelton Institute Faculty.
  3. If you are interested in off-site NBO training, please contact the Brazelton Institute to discuss possible dates:


NBO Training Fee - $595/person. To register, please click on the NBO Registration Form (see below).  Please send the registration form with full payment to:

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

Pending participant level, training may be rescheduled. BI will confirm dates one month prior to training. The Brazelton Institute welcomes questions about the NBO Training Program.  Please call Mai Nguyen 857-218-4354 or email us at


NBO 2019 Training Dates at Harvard Medical School

August 12-13, 2019 (Mon-Tues): Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, Ballard Room

October 7-8, 2019 (Mon-Tues): Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, Ballard Room

June 13-14th, 2019 (Th-Fri): Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, Ballard Room 

NBO 2019 Off-Site Training Dates

  • Copenhagen, Denmark: The NBO Denmark Training program was inaugurated with an NBO training session held at Dansk Resources-Denmark, Copenhagen, January 28-29th 2019. Inge Warren and Merethe Winter led this historic training. 
  • San Salvador, El Salvador: Alex Harrison conducted NBO training at the Hospital Centro Ginecológico en Medicos de El Salvador, San Salvador on Feb 21-22nd 2019.
  • Lima, Peru: Alex Harrison led NBO training at Maternidad, Lima, Peru, Feb 26-27th, 2019
  • Shanghai, China: NBO training was organized by Root Medical China and conducted by Lise Johnson and Kevin Nugent at Shanghai First Hospital, Shanghai, China, March 25-27th, 2019
  • Beverly, Massachusetts, USA: In the “Moms Do Care” Project at Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Mass., Jayne Singer and Beril Bayrak conducted NBO training on May 1-2, 2019.
  • Plymouth and Greenfield, Massachusetts. USA: Perinatal Substance Use Initiative, Division of Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition. MA Department of Public Health. Cohorts 1 and 2 NBO Training to be conducted in Plymouth and Greenfield Mass, respectively, by Jayne Singer and Claudia Gold, May and June, 2019.
  • Oslo, Norway: NBO – Nasjonalt vedlikeholdsseminar, May 22. Mentoring of NBO Trainers, with Kevin Nugent, Kari Slinning and Unni Tranaas-Vannebo, May 23rd..
  • Tipperary, Ireland: The first NBO training to be conducted in Ireland, will be sponsored by Tipperary Infant Mental Health Project, under the direction of Katherine O’Daly. The NBO faculty consists of Deanna Gibbs, Emily Hills and J. Kevin Nugent and the training will be held in Clonmel, Ireland on May 28-29th, 2019.
  • Brest, France: NBO training to be conducted at the NIDCAP Training Centre, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), Brest, France, June 3-4, 2019. Training will be led by Yvette Blanchard.
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: NBO training will be led by Lise Johnson and Kevin Nugent at Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi, September, 2019.
  • Pittsfield, Mass. “Hello it’s Me Project”, Pittsfield, Mass. Sept 14-15th, 2019. NBO training to be led by Claudia Gold and Aditi Subramaniam.

***** NBO Enrichment Training will be scheduled for 2019 *****

The Advanced Level II NBO program is an enrichment program for professionals who have been using the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system in their work with infants and families.  The multidisciplinary certification program will synthesize knowledge about theories and research relevant to the NBO and is designed to enhance NBO practitioners' understanding of the complex developmental and dynamic aspects involved in parent-infant mental health and early parenting competence.

The specific aim is to enable practitioners to refine their expertise in the use of the NBO and to be re-certified in the NBO at an advanced level. Building on the lessons learned from over a decade of NBO training, research and practice, the Advanced Level Program will provide a setting for practitioners to critically analyze their practice by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on their professional practice and to re-evaluate their assumptions and feelings about their practice with infants and families. The course will therefore be collaborative and participatory so that participants can interact with an engaged community of NBO-practicing colleagues and be mentored by course faculty in an atmosphere of mutual support and validation. 

For further information on NBO training please call Mai Nguyen at 857-218-4354 or email us at

CEU (Continuing Education Units) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst now included in NBO Training