Trust Based-Relational Intervention (TBRI) Caregiver Training 2022

Parents, Ministry workers, Teachers, Social Workers, Childcare providers, and anyone who intersects with people who have experienced trauma, 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 and adults who have experienced developmental adversity, 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 OC United TBRI® Practitioners (Renae M. Dupuis, Casey K. Clark, Amy Gaw, Stacie MacDonald, Heather MacLeod, Brandon Morales, Caleb Parker, Gaby Garcia, Daniel Ramos, and Fernanda Santisteban).

Sessions are $15 each, with a discount for group registrations. Scholarships are available.

Classes take place Online via Zoom or Onsite (please note options next to the dates). Zoom link and room locations will be sent the week of the training.

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


Session #A – TBRI Skills Lab

DATE TBD

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!


Session #B – TBRI Skills Lab

DATE TBD

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!


Session #C – TBRI Skills Lab

DATE TBD

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!


Session #D – TBRI Skills Lab

DATE TBD

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!

January Session – TBRI Introduction & Overview

Saturday, January 15 – 9am-5pm (via Zoom)

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.

February Session – Empowering Principles

Saturday, February 19 – 9am-5pm (viz Zoom)

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.

March Session – TBRI Introduction & Overview

Saturday, March 19 – 9am-5pm (Location TBD)

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.

April Session – Connecting Principles

Saturday, April 16 – 9am-5pm (Location TBD)

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

May Session – TBRI Introduction & Overview

Saturday, May 21 – 9am-5pm (Location TBD)

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.

June Session – Correcting Principles

Saturday, June 18 – 9am-5pm (Location TBD)

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