Nurtured Heart Approach
What is the Nurtured Heart Approach?
The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) is a relationship-based model that consists of 3 Stands™: Absolute No, Absolute Yes, and Absolute Clarity. The approach aims to build Inner Wealth ™ and resiliency by teaching how to:
- Emphasize an individual’s agency to choose to give less energy and relationship to negative emotions, thought patterns, and circumstances, while
- Investing more energy and relationship into their own strengths and success and the strengths and success of others.
- Encouraging reflection and communication around perceptions, expectations and limits.
As a result, the Nurtured Heart Approach empowers children and adults to direct their emotional and intellectual intensity towards achievement and self-actualization.
Visit the Nurtured Heart Institute website to learn more about the parent organization that maintains and advances the work of the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach
In this six hour training offered in full day and two three-hour day options, participants in the interactive online sessions will learn to use the Nurtured Heart Approach to grow connection and clarity in their personal and professional relationships.
See upcoming trainings below.
The following agencies have staff trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and offer training to the community:
Practice and Evaluation Tools
The Nurtured Heart Approach is a promising practice with a growing body of research supporting its effectiveness. CYFD-BHS and The Nurtured Heart Institute are currently developing a survey tool to assist in measuring changes in Inner Wealth. Click the button below to access tools for the evaluation of NHA implementation.
About the CYFD-BHS
In 2018, Children Youth and Families Department Behavioral Health Services was awarded a New Mexico State Opioid Response Grant to expand the implementation of the Nurtured Heart Approach within the child welfare and behavioral health system with the goal of improving workforce development and preventative services.
Through the grant, CYFD-BHS began growing its application of the Nurtured Heart Approach lens internally and within the behavioral health community. The vision of the project is to encourage a paradigm shift within child welfare that results in prioritizing relationships over reacting to deficits.