Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

My husband and I have 2 boys age 7 1/2 and 4 that we adopted at birth. We love our boys, but were at a low with parenting and didn't know which way to reach out. We had been dealing with certain behaviors, sibling rivalry and other challenges. Many of our family members, friends and even teachers that don't have adopted children could not understand what we were going through. I heard the ad on the radio and gave her a call right away! Jodi is trained in something called TBRI®. We had learned the basics of this years ago and the course is life giving for families like ours with adopted or foster kids, but I believe is perfect for any family. We had never found a person in the area that was familiar with this until we found Jodi. She was able to come into our home and teach us practical ideas and help set some foundational ground rules with our family. The kids were able to participate as well. Jodi is someone that is very down to earth, listens and is available in the future whenever questions pop up. She is a great resource, but most of all she gave us hope for the future with our family. I look forward to taking a course with her in the near future to dive deeper into this journey - Jolene and Jake

What is Trust-Based Relational Intervention®?

Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

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. 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.

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

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