Training, Consultation and Therapy

Julie Kurtz, Founder and CEO

Center for Optimal Brain Integration

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Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Relationship-Based Approaches that Support Healing and Build Resilience in Young Children. Nicholson, J., Perez, L., & Kurtz, J.  (found on amazon and kindle)


Culturally Responsive Self-Care for Early Childhood Educators. Nicholson, Shimpi D., Kurtz J.,  Márquez D., and Wesley L. (found on amazon)

Creator of the Smart Phone/Tablet APP

Trigger Stop: Sensory and Emotional Check-In for Children Ages 3-8 ( found on apple and google play stores)

Credential Highlights

  • In 2011, honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as 100 Most Influential Woman 

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA LMFT #33427) since 1996

  • Executive management and coaching

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology

  • Certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). This assessment is the best-known and most trusted personality assessment tool available today. As many as 1.5 million assessments are administered annually to individuals, including to employees of most Fortune 500 companies.

  • Certified to administer the Judgment Index™.  Judgment is the key to success.

  • Endorsed as a Reflective Practice Supervisor and Infant, Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

  • EMDR Trained (Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy) by EMDR International Association



"I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the information, energy, and passion you brought to our leadership team meeting this past Wednesday at the County Office of Education. Your topic is SO important for all of us to be aware of! The numbers of us impacted by traumatic experiences is simply staggering. Your presentation was very powerful and highlighted the importance of us needing to educate ourselves around trauma-informed care. As someone who has worked in the field of Early Learning Special Education for the past 20 years (and a big proponent of the Teaching Pyramid!), I thank you and salute you for the important work you have been doing to elevate all of us! Keep talking and spreading your message! THANK YOU!!!!!"


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