Julie Kurtz

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The Center for Optimal Brain Integration trains, coaches, and consults on trauma-responsive practices and strategies that build resilience for all ages.  We strive to give every child and adult a voice through a wide range of trauma-responsive services that are uniquely designed for your community.

The Center for Optimal Brain Integration® (COBI), launched in 2019 is built on over 30 years of experience in the field of trauma-responsive, engaging, strength-based and resilience-building practices.  When we launched COBI, there was a single objective, and that is to give a VOICE to all children and adults who have experienced trauma.

We wanted to offer an approach that is based on research and evidence-informed.  It is an approach that holds high-quality standards (we call it a North Star approach) without losing the core purpose (we call it the Heart of our work), helping children and adults find a path for healing.  We can’t afford to wait to build tools in our toolbox of responsive, engaging, and healing practices.

Our CEO and Founder Julie Kurtz is the co-author of 4 books on trauma creating a specialty of  enriching training and consultation for early childhood providers:

  • Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Relationship-Based Approaches that Support Healing and Build Resilience in Young Children
  • Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators
  • Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Creating and Sustaining Healing and Engaged Organizations (2021)
  • Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood: Practices for Equity and Resilience (2021)

At the Center for Optimal Brain Integration® (COBI), we offer many platforms for adult learning for smaller programs to larger counties.


We provide a wide range of training and consultation for:

  • Educators K-12
  • Infant, Toddler and Preschool Early Educators
  • Community Funders and Advocates
  • Parents and Caregivers
  • Foster and Resource Parents
  • First Responders
  • Administrators and Leaders
  • Clinicians
  • Social Service and Therapeutic Providers
  • Organizations
  • Supervisor and Leaders
  • Medical Professionals
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Early Interventionists and Intellectual and Disability Coordinators
  • Family Engagement Specialists

Some examples of services that can be provided might be:

  • Training Virtually and Onsite
  • Coaching Virtually and Onsite
  • Strategic Planning
  • Foster and Resource Parent Support
  • Trauma-Responsive and Resilience Learning Circles
  • Book Club – Specialized Learning and Reflecting
  • Office Hours for Consultation
  • Asynchronous Learning Platform
  • Family Engagement and Parent Training
  • Training of Trainer Institutes for Authorization


Contact: https://www.optimalbrainintegration.com/


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