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Julie Kurtz is the Founder for Center for Optimal Brain Integration®. She is an author, therapist, national speaker and expert consulting and training internationally on trauma and social-emotional resilience. She has over 30 years of experience working with adults, youth and families who have experienced trauma and toxic stress.


She is the Co-Author of:

  1. Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Relationship-Based Approaches that Support Healing and Build Resilience in Young Children 

  2. Culturally Responsive Self-Care for Early Childhood Educators 

  3. Trauma Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Creating and Sustaining Healing and Engaged Organizations 

  4. Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood: Practices for Equity and Resilience 

  5. Supporting Young Children to Cope, Build Resilience and Heal from Trauma through Play: A Practical Guide for Early Childhood Educators

  6. Coming in 2024: Reducing Stress in Schools (Harvard Education Press)

She is the Co-Author of the award winning children's books:

  1. Understanding My Brain: Becoming Human(E)! (Children ages 5-10)

  2. Understanding My Brain: Becoming Human(E)! (Children ages 4-8)

Julie Kurtz is the creator of the phone/tablet Application (APP) Trigger Stop: Sensory and Emotional Check-In designed specifically for children ages 3-8 years to promote sensory and emotional literacy and to support self-regulation. 

You can find these products and others on COBI’s product page.

1. Books

2. Trigger Stop Phone and Tablet App for Children Ages 3-8


Children's Book Award Best Brain Book

Coming Soon for K-12 Educators!

Reducing Stress in Schools: Trauma-Responsive Strategies to Support Teachers and Students
(Harvard Education Press)

Mathew Portell, Julie Nicholson, Julie Kurtz and Ingrid Cockhren

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