About Me

Julie Kurtz, Founder and CEO

Center for Optimal Brain Integration

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Julie Kurtz is the Founder and CEO at the 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 youth who have experienced trauma and toxic stress - in group homes, psychiatric facilities, residential treatment programs, foster care, refugee programs, early childhood, clinically as a therapist and K-12 educational settings.


She is a 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 (2020)

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


In 2011, she was named as one of the most 100 Influential Women of Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Julie has provided over 20 keynotes and thousands of trainings for organizations from small to large across the nation.


Julie is also a licensed marriage family therapist providing counseling and consulting services throughout the United States.


She travels to Thailand each year working with youth who have experienced refugeeism from Myanmar (Burma), supporting the students emotionally and through college scholarships by way of the Brackett Refugee Education Foundation.

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