Posts By: Emmelie Pickett

TBRI® & Teens

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 4, Episodes 4&5 One of the questions we are most often asked is if TBRI® works with teenagers. In this series of episodes, Scott Watters and our host, Sarah Mercado, talk about the teenage brain, the needs of teens vs. those of younger children, and what each set of TBRI… Read more »

TBRI® Camps with Dr. Casey Call

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 4, Episode 3 Today we are talking all about TBRI Camps! Dr. Casey Call is the assistant director of education at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and has seen the evolution of our therapeutic camps over the years. Dr. Call not only leads our undergraduate and master’s programs,… Read more »

The Power of Play with Dr. Debbie Rhea

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 4, Episodes 1 & 2 Today’s guest is Dr. Debbie Rhea. Dr. Rhea is the creator and director of the LiiNK Project. LiiNK, or Let’s Inspire Innovation N Kids, is an initiative to address the needs of the whole child by incorporating more unstructured, outdoor play as part of the… Read more »

TCU Courses Approved for Child Life Specialist Career Path

TCU Child Development Students who wish to pursue a career in Child Life will benefit from a recent update. Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction, and overall experience. The Association of Child Life Professionals has… Read more »

Yohannes’ Story

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 7 Last week we heard from Dr. Melody Aguayo about parenting in the trenches. Today, we hear from her son, Yohannes Aguayo. Yohannes is an alumnus of our Hope Connection Camp and joins us on the podcast today to share his experience growing up in his family, his… Read more »

Seeing the Real Child with Dr. Melody Aguayo

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 6 Dr. Melody Aguayo is a wife, a mom, and a parent consultant for overwhelmed parents who are looking for support and solutions to navigate their parenting journey. Melody is a longtime friend of the Institute. She is both a TBRI Practitioner and an alumnae of our Hope… Read more »

Foster the Family with Jamie Finn

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 5 Today’s conversation is just in time for National Foster Care Month. Jamie Finn is the author of the book, Foster the Family, founder of the Foster the Family Organization, and a sought after speaker for foster and adoption conferences and events. Her popular social media accounts offer… Read more »

Kayla Thomas Receives Child Development Award

Graduating Senior Kayla Thomas (Child Development, BS and Biology, BA) is the 2022 Recipient of the Karyn Purvis Award for Outstanding Achievement. Established in 2020, the Karyn Purvis Award for Outstanding Achievement is given to an undergraduate and/or graduate student who has made significant contribution to the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) through… Read more »