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Julie Kurtz 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 Founder and CEO of Center for Optimal Brain Integration and 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. Understanding My Brain: Becoming Human(E)! (Children ages 5-10)

  6. 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. App