Trust-Based Relational Intervention
October 3, 2013

You may have received a few out-of-office responses from America World last week.  Several AWAA staff members recently returned from an intense, week long training given by the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, called Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI is a research and evidence based emerging intervention model for at-risk children who have experienced relationship-based traumas. Through Dr. Karyn Purvis’ and Dr. David Cross’ research and practice, they have never seen a child unable to progress towards a place of hope and healing. Their research has led them to believe that much of children’s aberrant behavior is driven by fear in the brain and not willful disobedience.

Dr. Purvis & Cross note: “It has been applied successfully in a variety of contexts, and with many children for whom numerous other interventions have failed (e.g., medications, cognitive-behavioral therapies.) TBRI® is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect. For the past ten years, Drs. Purvis and Cross have been implementing and evaluating TBRI® , and their strategies have proven extremely effective in creating healing environments for children who have come from ‘hard places’.”

Over the last several years America World has sent numerous staff members, residing both overseas and within the United States, to attend TBRI training and certification. America World believes TBRI education to be of prominent importance to do adoption well. We believe that education builds compassion, and compassion and empathy are key to successful relationships. To learn more about these principles or the intervention, visit Empowered to Connect and TBRI Training.

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AW social workers, program staff, and director of post adoption with Dr. Karyn Purvis

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