Registration for Upcoming Training


Updated News on NBO Training at the Brazelton Institute

The Brazelton Institute is now proud to offer NBO Training online. Trainings are team taught by two faculty with an emphasis on interactive exchange and hands-on practice.

NBO Training fee:

  • $650 for non-physicians
  • $750 for physicians

Upcoming trainings


  • November 9-11 (three partial days): Register here.
  • February 3-5 (Wednesday-Friday): 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day
  • March 25-26 (Thursday-Friday): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
  • May 17-19 (Monday-Wednesday): 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day
  • July 12-13 (Monday-Tuesday): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
  • September 20-22 (Monday-Wednesday): 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day
  • November 4-5 (Thursday-Friday): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

High risk:

  • January 26-27 (Tuesday-Wednesday): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
  • April 26-27 (Monday-Tuesday): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Tuition includes:

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials
  • NBO kit
  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom training
  • post-training follow up reflective practice sessions with your faculty at 1 and 3 months post training
  • ongoing access to faculty and other participants through our online discussion forum
  • faculty review and individualized feedback of your certification materials
  • NBO training completion certificate
  • CME/CEU credit

Understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook is highly recommended for all trainees. The handbook is readily available through online booksellers or the publisher, Brookes Publishing.

Which training is right for you: standard or high-risk infant?

Standard NBO trainings are typically team taught by a psychologist and a medical professional to allow for focus on both an understanding of newborn behavior and on the relationship-building aspects of the NBO.

NBO trainings for High-Risk Infants share the same basic curriculum, theoretical content, and certification process as standard NBO trainings. The faculty for the NBO training for high-risk infants are both pediatric physical therapists with particular expertise in high risk infants in EI and NICU settings. These trainings are therefore especially suited to professionals working specifically with high-risk infants.

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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 to 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 and 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: $750 per person for MDs and $650 for all others. 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 857-218-4354 or email us at