Quick Overview of T.B.R.I.

A SUPER FAST overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

What is it?  TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses:

  • Empowering Principles to address physical needs,
  • Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and
  • Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.

While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection. “When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.” – Dr. Karyn Purvis

Who is it for and who should use it?  TBRI® is designed for children from “hard places” such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma (which typically describes most foster and adopted children though this kind of trauma is not limited to foster/adoptive children). Because of their histories, it is often difficult for these children to trust the loving adults in their lives, which often results in perplexing behaviors. TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his highest potential.

Why use it?  Because of their histories, children from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. While a variety of parenting strategies may be successful in typical circumstances, children from hard places need caregiving that meets their unique needs and addresses the whole child.

Where is it used?  TBRI® is used in homes, residential treatment facilities, group homes, schools, camps, and international orphanages.

How do you do it?  If you’d like to get started right away, we encourage you to start by reading the book, The Connected Child, or viewing any of the DVDs at Texas Christian University’s (www.child.tcu.edu) or Empowered to Connect’s website (www.empoweredtoconnect.org). Parents can learn to implement Trust-based parenting in a variety of ways. Empowered to Connect offers intensive parent training classes throughout North America (see Transformational Family Ministries at www.tfmnotalone.org for more information about parent training classes in the Northern California area).

Where can I read about it?  Purvis, K. B., Cross, D. R., & Sunshine, W. L. (2007). The Connected Child: Bringing hope and healing to your adoptive family. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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Learn TBRI through ETC’s Connect Training Course

If you are thinking about foster/adoption learn TBRI through ETC’s Prepare Course