TBRI Camp Coming to Oregon, Returning to Illinois!

By Marissa Robello, LMSW, CSWA and Pam Shepard, LCSW Holt International’s branch office in Illinois, Holt-Sunny Ridge, ran its first therapeutic TBRI-based camp — the Journey of Hope — in 2017.  We are happy to announce that we will be… Read More

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is a term that we toss around quite a bit, especially in the mental health profession. But what does it REALLYmean? The dictionary definition is: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an imminent event… Read More

Finding Hope Through TBRI ®: The Journey of Hope Family Camp

I looked over and he was asleep on the floor, his arm wrapped around a teddy bear. Watching Michael* sleep, I began to cry. Finally, a breakthrough, I thought. Finally, Michael felt safe. This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge offered… Read More

Balancing Structure and Nurture

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you were provided with a handy flow chart and manual when you became a parent? Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. And so as parents, we just keep trying — making mistakes and… Read More

Adoption-Competent Therapy vs. Regular Therapy; What is the Difference?

Often, adoptive families are appropriately vigilant about their child’s development. They will seek out therapy when their child’s emotional or behavioral issues get in the way of their child’s typical development or if they become socially disruptive among… Read More

A Conversation Overheard

Last Saturday, I was at a parent training by a new therapist in town. I wanted to check out her parentingphilosophy before referring our parents to her. (By the way, she was right on target with brain development,… Read More

Parenting the TBRI Way

“Charlie, I need you to turn off the TV and head upstairs to do homework!” No response. Repeat the command. No response. Repeat the command.  Take away the remote control and turn off the TV yourself. Charlie now… Read More

Helping Your Child: Meditation for Our Kids

Most folks think that meditation is something that “new age” adults turn to when they are stressed. Now, however, meditation is commonly used for children as young as 3 or 4 and even younger. The benefits of meditation… Read More

You Ain’t Crazy

Since our last newsletter, Holt hosted Jayne Schooler, author of “Wounded Children, Healing Homes,” in an excellent webinar about understanding the impact parenting traumatized children has on adoptive parents. I want to provide you with a review of… Read More

You Ain’t Crazy – The Impact of Parenting a Child from a Hard Place

April 23rd at 5PM PST Holt is excited to bring you Jayne Schooler, MSB, author, educator, child advocate, project coordinator and her enlightening webinar based on her book “Wounded Children, Healing Homes.” When a child with a history… Read More