Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)®

Connect with, empower and correct your child using the TBRI parenting approach — designed to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma.

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.

Therapy Services for Adoptive Families and Adoptees in Illinois


Pam Shepard, LCSW

Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has over 25 years of experience in child welfare and is extensively trained to provide therapy for adopted children, teens, adult adoptees, adoptive parents and families. Pam has been trained in Theraplay, DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy), RMT(Rhythmic Movement Training), EMDR (Eye Movement,Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brainspotting and is also a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner.


For more information or to a schedule a consultation, contact [email protected].

Sign up for our Fall 2022 TBRI Workshops!

Parent workshops are led by Pam Shepard, LCSW, and Jason Bentsen, founder and director of Love Moves Us (and an adoptive parent). Both Pam and Jason are certified TBRI® practitioners. Fall 2022 sessions will take place via Zoom on September 24, October 22, November 19 and December 10 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT).

Sign up below on Eventbrite! Families only need to pay once to be registered for all four sessions. Our team will email a Zoom link to all participants before the first session.

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

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.

FAQs About TBRI