NBO training

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) training in Australia and New Zealand 

We are running our next Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) Live Online Training for multi-disciplinary professionals, including those working with vulnerable infants and their families on 22nd to 24th November 2020.

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Participants in the NBO Hobart workshop

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) training is offered by NBO Australia based at the Women’s, the official training centre in Australia and New Zealand for Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) developed by the Brazelton Institute, Boston.

NBO training is available for a range of professionals working with families with newborn and very young infants including midwives, maternal and child health nurses, paediatricians, neonatologists, obstetricians, social workers, perinatal psychiatrists, infant mental health clinicians and family support workers.

NBO System training for professionals in 2020

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) Live Online Training
for multi-disciplinary professionals, including those working with vulnerable infants and their families

LIVE ONLINE Workshop  18-20 October 2020

Pre-Workshop Introduction 

60-90 mins in your own time

Workshop Day One

Sunday 18 October, 3:30pm to 7:30pm NZDT (1:30pm to 5:30pm AEDT)

Workshop Day Two

Monday 19 October, 2:30pm to 7:30pm NZDT (12:30pm to 5:30pm AEDT)

Workshop Day Three

Tuesday 20 October, 2:30pm to 7:30pm NZDT (12:30pm to 5:30pm AEDT)

Post-Workshop Zoom (optional)

Monday 9 November, 6:00pm to 7:00pm NZDT (4:00pm to 5:00pm AEDT)

Presented by:
Campbell Paul, Royal Children’s Hospital & Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 
Susan Nicolson, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 

NBO Workshop format:
Presented Live Online via Zoom and our Learning Management System.

The half-day sessions are tailored to the on-line environment and include whole group presentations, rich video material, small breakout group discussions, case studies, role-play in pairs, mini-breaks and a longer break midway each day- to maximise group enjoyment and learning and minimise screen fatigue.​

Registration: SOLD OUT, waitlist full

Ticket Price:  $449 AUD (including GST).

Cost includes:

  • NBO Kit and postage,

  • Pre-Workshop preparatory materials including learning module, videos and optional further reading

  • Live Online Workshop over three half days (15 contact hours) and learning materials

  • Printable handouts for each workshop day

  • Printable NBO Forms for use during and after the workshop,

  • Post-Workshop Zoom meeting (optional) on Monday 9 November, 6:00pm to 7:00pm NZDT (4:00pm to 5:00pm AEDT)

  • Post-Training mentoring and accreditation as NBO practitioner (optional)

Not included but highly recommended: Understanding Newborn Behaviour and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations System Handbook (soft cover) by J. Kevin Nugent, Susan O'Brien, Constance H. Keefer. ISBN:9781557668837

Unfortunately, with the closure of Footprint Books and an on-line training format, we cannot currently order the handbook in bulk and pass on the savings to workshop participants. However, the handbook is available from on-line book suppliers. We recommend you order your copy early.  

LIVE ONLINE Workshop  22-23 November 2020

Pre-Workshop Introduction 

60-90 mins in your own time

Workshop Day One

Sunday 22 November, 1:30pm to 5:30pm AEDT (3:30pm to 7:30pm NZDT)

Workshop Day Two

Monday 23 November, 12:30pm to 5:30pm AEDT (2:30pm to 7:30pm NZDT)

Workshop Day Three

Tuesday 24 November, 12:30pm to 5:30pm AEDT (2:30pm to 7:30pm NZDT)

Post-Workshop Zoom (optional)

(optional): Monday 14 December, 4:00pm to 5:00pm AEDT​ (6:00pm to 7:00pm NZDT) 

Presented by:
Campbell Paul, Royal Children’s Hospital & Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Susan Nicolson, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

NBO Workshop format:
Presented Live Online via Zoom and our Learning Management System.

The half-day sessions are tailored to the on-line environment and include whole group presentations, rich video material, small breakout group discussions, case studies, role-play in pairs, mini-breaks and a longer break midway each day- to maximise group enjoyment and learning and minimise screen fatigue.​

Registration: Register online 

Ticket Price:  $449 AUD (including GST).

Cost includes:

  • NBO Kit and postage,

  • Pre-Workshop preparatory materials including learning module, videos and optional further reading

  • Live Online Workshop over three half days (15 contact hours) and learning materials

  • Printable handouts for each workshop day

  • Printable NBO Forms for use during and after the workshop,

  • Post-Workshop Zoom meeting (optional) on Monday 9 November, 6:00pm to 7:00pm NZDT (4:00pm to 5:00pm AEDT)

  • Post-Training mentoring and accreditation as NBO practitioner (optional)

Not included but highly recommended: Understanding Newborn Behaviour and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations System Handbook (soft cover) by J. Kevin Nugent, Susan O'Brien, Constance H. Keefer. ISBN:9781557668837

Unfortunately, with the closure of Footprint Books and an on-line training format, we cannot currently order the handbook in bulk and pass on the savings to workshop participants. However, the handbook is available from on-line book suppliers. We recommend you order your copy early.  

Across Australia and New Zealand

To be notified of upcoming NBO workshops in your local region, please email the NBO Australia training faculty at the Women’s with your name, city or regional area, and ask to be added to the event mailing list.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, we can provide NBO training for your work or professional organisation. Please email us for further information.

Email us to register EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Download the NBO Flyer and Example Program

Cancellations and refunds

Refunds can be provided up to 7 days before the event. If you book a training session but do not attend, no refund will be given. A refund will only be available if cancellation is made at least one week prior to the first booked session.

If for any reason the scheduled training is postponed or cancelled, registrants will be contacted and a refund of registration fees will be arranged.

To be notified of upcoming NBO workshops in your local region, please email the NBO Australia training faculty at the Women’s with your name and nearest city, and ask to be added to the event mailing list.

Essential reading

Understanding Newborn Behaviour and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System Handbook by Kevin Nugent et al, published by Brookes, Baltimore

Training materials and purchased books will be supplied at the commencement of Day 1 of the workshop.

What is the NBO?

The NBO is a structured session designed to help the parent to observe, together with the clinician, their infant's behavioural capacities and to identify the kind of support their infant needs for successful growth and development. It is a relationship-based tool designed to foster the parent-infant relationship. 

It consists of a set of 18 neurobehavioural observations, which describe the infant’s capacities and behavioural adaptation from birth to the third month of life. The 18 items include observations of the infant's:

  • capacity to habituate to external light and sound stimuli (sleep protection)
  • the quality of motor tone and activity level
  • capacity for self-regulation (including crying and consolability)
  • visual, auditory and social-interactive capacities and preferences (alertness and responsiveness to human and non-human stimuli

While the NBO aims to reveal the full richness of the newborn's behavioural repertoire, the clinical focus is on their individuality, on the aspects of behavior that make this baby a unique person. In other words, the NBO provides the baby with a "voice", with a "signature". It gives the baby an opportunity to tell their parent who he or she is, what her preferences are, what her vulnerabilities might be and in what areas she may need support. By providing a behavioural profile of the infant's strengths and challenges, the NBO provides clinicians with the means to offer individualized guidance to help parents meet their baby's needs. This, in turn, helps parents develop the kind of confidence they need to support their baby's development and enjoy the experience of being a new parent.

The ease of use of the NBO makes it a helpful tool for professionals working clinically with parents in the perinatal period. It is flexible and can easily integrated into routine home visits. It is inherently interactive and family-centered, because parents are involved as partners in the NBO session throughout. The NBO fosters both positive parent-infant interaction, and a positive relationship - a partnership- between clinician and parents.

What does the training constitute?

NBO Australia at the Women’s provides NBO trainings at various venues around Australia and New Zealand.

Typically two to three of the training faculty members work with groups of 35 to 45 clinicians.

Training to become a certified NBO provider constitutes three steps:

  1. An initial  hour afternoon or twilight training session,
  2. Followed by a full-day training workshop 
  3. After the workshop, and to complete the accreditation process, undertake and record five NBO sessions on the NBO Recording Form (including one of these session videoed) and providing these to the trainers.

Try and incorporate just one NBO session a week and you’ll be there in no time.

The NBO Australia Training Faculty Includes Associate Prof Campbell Paul, Dr Susan Nicolson, Ms Danielle Atkins, Dr Naomi Thomas, Dr Megan Chapman, with more trainers currently being trained.

Where can I get more information?

Contact us for further information on NBO training in Australia.



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