NBO training

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

We are running our first Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System Live ONLINE Workshop on 9th to 11th August 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.

All Australian NBO workshops have been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 - 19 triennium.
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NBO System training for professionals in 2020

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System training
ONLINE Workshop  9-11 August 2020

This NBO workshop will be a three-partial day 'live' online workshop, presented from​ The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, online via Zoom and Talent Learning Management System.

The workshop will be run by a team of faculty members with an emphasis on interactive exchange and hands-on virtual practice. It will include new enhanced videos and case studies for review, small group discussions and role-playing using Zoom.

As live on-line training can be quite intense, we have developed this workshop to be held across three shorter days, with breaks and a variety of learning activities.

Pre-Training: Brief videos and questions (30mins) and optional pre-reading.
Day One: Sunday 9 August 2020, 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Day Two: Monday 10 August 2020, 12:30 to 5:30pm
Day Three: Tuesday 11 August 2020, 12:30 to 5:30pm

Post-Training certification (optional): Submit five documented NBOs including one video for supportive review by the faculty.
Attendance at all three days is required.

Ticket Prices:  General Ticket $440 (including GST) 

Learning resources: Also avaliable: Recommended book $80 (postage of $15) - Understanding Newborn Behaviour and Early Relationships - the Newborn Behavioral Observations System Handbook (soft cover) by J. Kevin Nugent, Susan O'Brien, Constance H. Keefer.

Bookings:  Book online

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

View the Example program web page or download as a PDF

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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