What is TBRI


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. (Taken directly from The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development www.child.tcu.edu)

TBRI intervention is designed specifically for children who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect. It is also helpful with typical children and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Empowering Principles look at the child’s physical and environmental needs and seeks to be attuned to those needs, to empower the child to be able to make positive decisions and exhibit healthier behavior. This includes empowering them through food, water, times of rest and regrouping, preparing for transitions, etc. When a parent becomes attuned to these needs in their children, parents can usually report positive changes in their children’s behavior and ability to operate on a higher level in their daily life.

The Connecting Principles are the heart of TBRI.  We believe that in order for a child to heal, they need to develop a secure attachment with their safe parent(s)/caretaker(s), which can take 3 years for a child who has suffered from trauma, abuse and/or neglect.  The child needs to learn how to trust, how to relinquish unhealthy and harmful coping strategies (manipulation, control, violence) and to use their voice to communicate what they need and what they are feeling. For a child who has come from a hard place, this is an arduous process, but it is worth it!

Correcting Principles are structured ways to disarm fear-based behavior.  When parents learn to look beneath the behavior to what the child is communicating, the parent can then move into his/her child and use the experience to correct and then connect back with the child. Karyn Purvis states that correcting is never done until the parent has connected back with the child. Correcting strategies include both proactive and responsive strategies, and they guide you as to when to lower the bar and how to balance structure and nurture in any situation.

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