Posts By: Emmelie Pickett

The Connected Parent

  by: Ashley West We’re thrilled to announce the release of The Connected Parent, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, the Institute’s late Founder and Director. This book is Dr. Purvis’ last written work, and we at the Institute are overjoyed that families everywhere  will continue to benefit from her words and wisdom. As the release of… Read more »

Behavior is the Language of Unmet Needs

by: Amanda Purvis At the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development we strive to help children heal from trauma, abuse, and neglect. Historically, we have responded to national and international issues from the lens of healing trauma. The current unrest resulting from structural racism, institutional racism, and individual racism in America  requires us to address… Read more »

To the TCU Child Development Class of 2020

Dear 2020 Child Development Graduates, Congratulations on earning your college degree, I am so proud of you! Now, I have two questions for you. What is your stress level on a scale from 1 to 10? With 1 being low and 10 being high AND What are you doing for self-care? I asked you these… Read more »

Thanking the Caregivers

Beyond the threat of contracting COVID-19, the ripple effects of the virus impact every person, including the most vulnerable among us: children who are at-risk. Shelter-in-place orders have been established to keep us safe from the virus, but sadly, for many children this means staying home with an abuser. Samantha Singer, TCU Child Development alumna… Read more »

The Power of Repair: Strengthening Relationships in Times of Crisis

by: Jana Hunsley I wanted to share some thoughts with some strategies on what to do during the COVID-19 Pandemic– strategies such as how to Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) your home when you’re all stuck in it.  But then, I realized that may not actually be what you need right now, even if that’s the information… Read more »

Connected in Crisis: Families

Our work at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development is centered around connection. We study attachment between parents/caregivers and children and connections within communities. So much of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)  is based on the idea that we are hardwired to connect. But what happens when connection in the traditional sense is cut off? With… Read more »

On Staying Connected in Crisis

Editors note:This post is from our Founder and Director, Dr. David Cross in light of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We hope you are all staying healthy, safe, and connected during this strange and uncertain time.  Connected in Crisis by: Dr. David Cross When I was a child, we were asked to crouch under our desks during nuclear… Read more »