Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach®

Dates: Thursday July 12th or Friday July 27th, 2018

Location: A New Day Life Skills Academy – 2820 Ridgecrest Drive SE,

Albuquerque, NM 87108

This training is by invitation only. If you did not receive an invitation and are interested in the training, please send an inquiry email to Thank you!

About: Howard Glasser, creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach describes the intervention as one that “teaches significant adults how to strongly energize the child’s experiences of success while not accidentally energizing his or her experiences of failure. It is a strategic systems approach designed to turn the challenging child around to a new pattern of success. The approach has also been found to produce substantial success in helping the average child flourish at higher-than-expected levels of functioning.”

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Participants will:

  • Learn the Principles of the Nurtured Heart Approach™
  • Learn the Tools and Techniques of NHA
  • Learn how to apply NHA in any setting or situation
  • Identify the challenges of applying NHA
  • Practice NHA via activities throughout the training

Registration is now closed. Please contact Liz Bennett to be added to the waiting list!


  • 8:15 – 8:45:  Sign-in
  • 8:45 – 9:15: Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 – 11:15: Part One
  • 11:15 – 11: 30: Break
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Part Two
  • 12:30 – 1:30: Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 – 2:30:  Part Three
  • 2:30 – 2:45: Break
  • 2:45 – 4:15 Part Four
  • 4:15 – 4:45: Closing Exercise

Trainer Bios:

Danielle Cossett, LCSW has been an Advanced Trainer in The Nurtured Heart Approach® since 2008 and Certified Parent Coach through The Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle-Pacific University in 2010. She received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 1990. She has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings with adults, children and their families for 25+ years. She is currently the Clinical Director at New Mexico Solutions in Albuquerque, an outpatient behavioral health agency, where she supervises a strong clinical team. She takes a developmental, humanistic approach in the treatment of trauma, addiction, grief & loss, parenting, as well as clinical supervision. Danielle says the most favorite part of her job is mentoring and training amazing clinical staff, at all levels, to find compassion in their work with vulnerable people using a clinically informed, person-centered frame-work.

Brooke Tafoya, LMSW has nearly twenty years of experience working with young people all over the country in a variety of settings –in the community, schools and residential environments.  Her approach to working with young people has always been strengths based and focused on developing programming that focuses on engaging and building young people’s strengths and abilities. She was introduced to the Nurtured Heart Approach eight years ago. She quickly saw that NHA helped give the HOW to positive youth development and other less specific strengths-based approaches. Brooke is now an Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach and has provided training and coaching to schools, residential settings and agencies in an effort to make organizational change. NHA has impacted her personal and professional life in a profound way and she loves to share the principles of the Approach as often as possible.    Brooke has a Master of Social Work from Washington University in Saint Louis and is a licensed Social Worker in New Mexico.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Principia College and is currently the Director of Operations for New Day Youth & Family Services.

Quinn Donnay has over nine years of experience working with young people in various settings. As Transitional Living Program Manager at New Day, she is responsible for day-to-day program implementation, assuring all policies, procedures and approaches are implemented with fidelity, supervising the TLP team, and working to uphold New Day’s values and mission. She believes wholeheartedly in a strengths-based approach to working with young people and sticking with them through their hardest moments. Quinn is an Advanced Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach, facilitating community as well as agency-wide trainings in NHA. She has a Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Women’s and Gender Studies.