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.

Our Role in the Nurtured Heart Approach

The Center of Innovation makes the Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach training available to the community through monthly offerings. The COI also partners with national and local experts to assist practitioners in the application of the Nurtured Heart Approach in personal and professional settings.

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.

Current Providers

The following agencies have staff trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and offer training to the community:

Upcoming Nurtured Heart Trainings