KPICD Welcomes Five New TBRI® Ambassador Organizations

Five organizations in the child welfare space were recently inducted as TBRI® Ambassador Organizations by TCU’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD).

CASA of Montgommery County, CASA of South Mississippi, HALO Project, Immerse, New Zealand, Presbyterian Childrens Home and Services were recognized for their commitment to helping children, families, and communities thrive through Trust-Based Relational Intervention®.

TBRI® Ambassador Organizations are identified as key partners who have long-term relationships with the Purvis Institute and are furthering its mission at a systemic level using TBRI®, or Trust-Based Relational Intervention.

Dr. Danica Knight, Rees-Jones Director, said, “After careful review, it is clear to us that these organizations embody and are committed to KPICD’s vision – to bring hope and healing to children around the world. They help make this vision a reality by amplifying our impact and doing so with integrity, creativity, and tenacity.”

TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses empowering principles to address physical needs, connecting principles to address relational needs, and correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. TBRI® prioritizes connection as a path to healing for children and families who have experienced trauma. It has been used across a variety of contexts, and TBRI® Ambassadors have the distinction of using TBRI® to bring deep change in systems of care and practice.

Talking TBRI® with Amanda Purvis (Podcast)

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 6, Episode 1

Today Amanda Purvis joins us on the podcast to share a bit about her work as a Training and Consultation Specialist, as well as her journey to TBRI. Amanda has been on the podcast before, so be sure to go back and listen to her previous episodes if you haven’t yet. This is part of our mini-series with the members of our team who train during TBRI Practitioner Training Sessions, and also travel globally to teach, learn from, and support organizations who are implementing TBRI on a systemic level.


Intergenerational Trauma and the 5 B’s (Podcast Episode)

The TBRI® Podcast | Bonus Episode

Today’s conversation is with Katie Maitland, a recent graduate of our Master’s of Developmental Trauma program here at Texas Christian University. Katie began her career as a middle school teacher in New York, and eventually learned about TBRI through the KPICD online course, TBRI and Trauma-Informed Classrooms. She began using TBRI principles and strategies in her classroom, focussing on connection and felt-safety, and marveled at the changes she saw with her students as they became more confident self-regulators, communicators, and learners. While earning her master’s, Katie’s research focus was Intergenerational and Transgenerational Trauma and how they impact the 5 B’s in TBRI, which is the focus of this conversation.


Show Hope Recognized as a TBRI® Ambassador Organization

Show Hope, a faith-centered non-profit based in Franklin, TN, was recently recognized as a TBRI® Ambassador Organization from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU.

Founded in 2003, Show Hope exists to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption. Its founders, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, started Show Hope with the goal of helping reduce financial barriers for families who longed to adopt. (more…)

A TBRI® Coffee Chat, Part I (Podcast Episode)

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 5, Episode 7 & 8

This 2-part conversation is a continuation some of our most popular episodes to date – a TBRI Coffee Chat with Sarah Mercado and Kimberly Glaudy. Sarah of course, is our host here on the TBRI Podcast and a training specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and Kim a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a TBRI Practitioner, and a previous training specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute. We asked listeners to submit questions through social media over the last couple of weeks, and today Sarah and Kim are answering a handful of those questions.


TBRI® & the Deaf Community (Podcast Episode)

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 5, Episode 6

Our guest today is Becky Lloyd Founder and Director of Signs for Hope. Since it was established in 2009, Signs for. Hope has evolved into an all-encompassing ministry of adoption surrounding Deaf children. Our host, Sarah Mercado, sat down with Becky to talk about her work with Signs of Hope and about how TBRI is adapted when working with the deaf community. Whether you are a hearing parent of a deaf child, a deaf parent of a deaf child, a professional working with deaf children, or someone who just wants to know more about best practices in adoption of deaf children, there is something for you in this conversation today


TBRI® in the Home (Podcast Episode)

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 5, Episode 5

Today’s episode is one family’s story of TBRI Application in their home. Cory & Lori Pepiton are parents to 4 forever kids (young adults), 2 through birth and 2 through adoption, and have had the privilege of fostering another 6 or so. Cory is Student & Campus Coordinating Pastor while Lori is Children’s & Families Pastor for Rabbit Creek Church in Anchorage, Alaska where they’ve been for the last 13 years. They learned about TBRI during training to begin their Alaskan foster parenting journey, and today they’re sharing what they’ve learned along the way.


TBRI® and Coaching with Troy McPeak (Podcast Episode)

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 5, Episode 4

Today’s episode is all about TBRI in the context of coaching. If you have kids in youth sports, or have ever coached youth sports, this episode is for you. Please enjoy this conversation with KPICD Training Specialist, Troy McPeak.


The Research Behind TBRI® (Podcast Episode)

Today we are taking a look into a very important aspect of the work of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development – our research! Several months ago, our host, Sarah Mercado sat down with two members of the KPICD research team, Dr. Danica Knight, and Dr. Erin Razuri. If you have ever wondered about the research behind TBRI or what research we’re currently conducting at the Institute, this episode is for you!  (more…)