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].

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

2022 Journey of Hope Camp in Illinois

father wearing Journey of Hope TBRI camp shirt with arm around daughter

Journey of Hope is Holt’s TBRI day camp for adoptive families!

This three-day family camp will equip families with TBRI tools and strategies. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and EAGALA equine therapy.

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10, at the Ranch of Hope Reins in Hampshire, IL, and is $200 per participant. There are ten spots available for children ages 6 to 12. See more information in our camp brochure.

Applications are due on April 29. For questions, email Pam Shepard at [email protected]. Please note that all campers and camp staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they arrive at camp.