Trust Based-Relational Intervention (TBRI) Caregiver Training 2020

Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Parents, Ministry workers, Teachers, Social Workers, Childcare providers, and anyone who intersects with Children from Hard Places, we invite you to our TBRI® Caregiver Training Series!

TBRI® is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, attachment-centered, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of children from “hard places”, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence.

TBRI® uses connecting principles for attachment needs, empowering principles to address physical needs, and correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. The principles are designed for use with children and youth of all ages and all risk levels.

Each eight-hour class offers in-depth training for caregivers of children with trauma-based behavioral issues. The class will introduce caregivers to the research and methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleague Dr. David Cross, the founders of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. Dr. Purvis has coined the phrase “children from hard places” to describe children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or trauma in early development. The class will use the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) through problem-solving scenarios to provide practical skills to caregivers so they can build a stronger caregiver-child connection, which leads to better behavior. Offered by TBRI ® Practitioner Renae M. Dupuis (

Classes take place at
Online via Zoom

Please see a description of each session and register soon to save your spot!

Session #1 – TBRI Introduction & Overview

Saturday, July 18 – 9am-5pm

As an overview, this will:

  • Lay the foundation for understanding the impact of a child’s history on their long-term development
  • Create a framework for practical intervention and application
  • Enhance participant understanding of how to interpret behavior and respond appropriately.

Session #2 – Empowering Principles

Saturday, August 15 – 9am-5pm

This session focuses on addressing physical needs and will:

  • Enhance participant understanding about physiological/internal roots of children’s behavior
  • Provide tools for making the environment feel safe and predictable
  • Address the practice of meeting sensory needs
  • Create a bridge between theory and application of principles.

Session #3 – Connecting Principles

Saturday, September 19 – 9am-5pm

This session focuses on addressing attachment needs, and will help participants to:

  • Gain knowledge and insight about what secure attachment looks like between children and caregivers
  • Learn helpful ways to build connection with children who do not have secure attachment
  • Understand the impact of attachment history on behavior
  • Gain insight and awareness of how one’s own attachment style influences the way we care for children
  • Learn appropriate proactive strategies to empower children with behavioral tools

Session 4# – Correcting Principles

Saturday, October 10 – 9am-5pm

This session focuses on addressing fear-based behaviors and will:

  • Lay the foundation for understanding how to balance structure and nurture during interactions with children
  • Enhance understanding of the TBRI IDEAL Response and Levels of Response
  • Communicate that, after behavioral episodes, children should:
    • Be Content
    • Feel Connected to their caregiver
    • Have Changed behavior

TBRI Skills Lab

Saturday, November 14 – 9am-5pm

After you have taken the four sessions above, join us for a practical skills lab, where parents bring their toughest issues and questions about TBRI application to seasoned TBRI practitioners to practice and hone their skills!