NBO training program - Women’s & Children’s Hospital Adelaide

Helping parents getting to know their baby

NBO System Training Program for Professionals

Presenters: Campbell Paul
  Susan Nicolson

Strongly Recommended Reading:

"Understanding Newborn Behaviour and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System Handbook" By K. Nugent et al, Brookes: Baltimore, pg 51-130 

Day one

Twilight session

Date Sunday 17 September 2017

3.30pm - 7.00pm

Venue Women's & Children's Hospital Adelaide


3.30 - 3.45pm Pre-NBO-training questionnaire completed at the venue
3.45 - 4.15pm Introduction to the NBO practitioner training program (ppt 1)
4.15 - 4.55pm Foundations of the NBO as a relationship building tool for parents and their babies (ppt 2)
4.55 - 5.35pm Watching the baby: refining your observational skills (ppt 3)
5.35 - 5.55pm Break
5.55 - 6.45pm The NBO step-by-step 1: Video demonstration (ppt 4)
6.45 - 7.00pm ‘Take-home’ concepts, homework and planning for Day two (ppt 5)

Day two

Full day workshop

Date Monday 18 September 2017
Time 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue Women's & Children's Hospital Adelaide


9.00 - 9.15am Introduction and aims for the workshop
9.15 - 9.45am Small group work including review of homework 
9.45 - 10.30am The NBO step-by-step 2: Introducing and recording the NBO and providing anticipatory guidance  (ppt 6)
10.30 - 10.55am Administering the NBO (practice with dolls)
10.55 - 11.15am Break
11.15 - 12.00pm Using the NBO to build relationships: in families and with families (ppt 7)
12.00 - 12.30pm Using the NBO with families from different cultural communities (ppt 8)
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 2.30pm Role-play with dolls and complete NBO video
2.30 - 3.15pm Working with at-risk infants and their families (ppt 9 and 9A)
3.15 - 3.30pm Break
3.30 - 4.30pm Live demonstration of NBO and discussion
4.30 - 5.00pm Wrap up: steps to certification, post-training questionnaires (ppt 10)
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