What is Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)?
TBRI, or Trust-Based Relational Intervention, is a parenting intervention created and developed by Dr. David Cross and Dr. Karyn Purvis at Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development. TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed parenting approach that is designed to meet the complex needs of children who have experienced trauma — combining nurturing and structure to help parents correct their children’s behavior without losing vital emotional connections. This approach teaches respect and cooperation while also being loving and playful.
Through TBRI, parents are equipped with the skills needed to help their children heal from past relational traumas — and build stronger relationships with each other.
Additional TBRI Resources
TCU Institute of Child Development
The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development strives to help children suffering from the effects of early trauma, including abuse and/or neglect. The institute conducts research and provides trainings in TBRI.
TBRI 101 is a self-guided course in trust-based relationships. The format is a series of self-paced, whiteboard-style video lessons created by the TCU Institute of Child Development.
Hope Connection 2.0
Hope Connection 2.0 is a therapeutic camp for children and their families where families can learn TBRI skills and behaviors. Note: The summer 2022 session has been cancelled.
Empowered to Connect
Empowered to Connect (ETC) is a community-focused program that supports, educates and empowers caregivers through podcasts, trainings and other materials.