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 (2019)

  2. Culturally Responsive Self-Care for Early Childhood Educators (2019)

  3. Trauma Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Creating and Sustaining Healing and Engaged Organizations (2021)

  4. Trauma Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Family Engagement with a Strength-Based and Trauma Informed Lens (2022)


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