Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) ONLINE Training - November 2020

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NBO Australia Workshop, Melbourne

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Due to COVID, this NBO Workshop will be changed to a live online format presented across three part days:

  • ​Day One: Sunday 22nd November 2020, 1:30pm-5:00pm
  • Day Two: Monday 23rd November 2020, 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Day Three: Tuesday 24th November 2020, 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Optional Post: Monday 14th December 2020, 4:00pm-5:00pm ​

This online workshop will be run by two or three faculty with an emphasis on interactive exchange and hands-on practice.

Presented by NBO Master Trainers:

A.Prof Campbell Paul, Royal Children’s Hospital & Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Dr Susan Nicolson, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Live Online via Zoom and Learning Management System.

Ticket Price:  $449 AUD (including GST).

Cost includes:

  • NBO Kit and postage,
  • Access to Pre-Workshop Module with PowerPoint, Videos and optional further reading,
  • Three Partial Day Workshops (12+ contact hours) of Live Online Workshop,
  • Printable handouts for each workshop day,
  • Printable NBO Forms for use during and after the workshop,
  • Post-Workshop Zoom (optional) on Monday 14 December, 6:00pm to 7:00pm NZDT(4:00pm to 5:00pm AEDT)
  • Post-Training Supervision, Record five interventions on the 'NBO Recording Form' (including one videoed intervention) for review by the faculty

Not included (but available via online stores):

  • Recommended Book: "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

What is the NBO system?

The Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) system is a relationship building tool that fosters a postive parent-infant interactive relationship. A supportive, nurturing relationship that is sensitive and responsive to the infant’s needs is a sign of parents' successful adaptation to parenting and optimises their infant's neurological and psychological development.


The NBO consists of a set of 18 neurobehavioral observations, which describe the newborn's capacities and behavioral adaptation from birth to the third month of life. It is designed to be easy to use and is a helpful tool for obstetric, midwifery, mental health, paediatric and general practice professionals who work with parents during the perinatal period. In the NBO session, the clinician and parent observe and interpret together the infant's behavioral communication and identify the kind of support the infant needs from their parent for their successful growth and development. The NBO provides parents with individualized information about their infant's behavior, so that they can appreciate their baby's unique competencies and vulnerabilities and thereby respond to their baby, in a way that best meets her or his developmental needs.

The NBO can be flexibly administered with a view to promoting a positive bond between parent and child and between clinician and family. It is inherently interactive and family-centred, because parents are involved as partners in the NBO session throughout. 

What does NBO training constitute?

NBO Australia at the Women’s provides NBO training workshops at various venues around Australia and New Zealand. Typically two of the training faculty members work with groups of 35 clinicians.Training to become a certified NBO provider constitutes three steps:

  1. An initial three hour afternoon or twilight training workshop
  2. Followed by a full-day training workshop session
  3. Followed by the clinician conducting and writing up five NBO sessions by themselves (including one videoed intervention) and providing these to the trainers.

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

Cancellations and refundsIf you book a training 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.For further information please visit our webpagehttps://www.thewomens.org.au/health-professionals/clinical-education-training/nbo-australia/ 

Email queries to Jacinda Soussan (Jacinda.soussan@thewomens.org.au)

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