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 Principles looks like when applied to teenagers. In the second part of their conversation, Sarah and Scott break down the TBRI Correcting Principles and Scott’s experience at TBRI Camps for teens. 


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, and also oversees the Hope Connection 2.0, a reimagined therapeutic camp that is based on TBRI Principles. If you are a professional who is considering a therapeutic camp, or if you’re just interested in what all goes into designing a camp, this episode is for you. The Show Notes have all of the links to the resources talked about in this episode, so please be sure to check those out for more information about TBRI Camps.



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 school day.  Our host, Sarah Mercado, sat down with Dr. Rhea to talk about LiiNK and the importance of Play. This is a two-part series.  



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 approved ten TCU classes for the coursework requirement for all students pursuing a career in child life. (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 struggles, and his experience as an adopted person.


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 Connection Camp. Today we’ll hear a little about her TBRI journey, some insights about implementing TBRI in a family setting, and a little more about her professional work. Whether you’re listening as a parent, or as a professional, this conversation has something for you today.


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 a glimpse into the real life of a foster parent and provide encouragement to thousands of foster parents. Jamie recently became a TBRI Practitioner and sat down with our host, Sarah Mercado, to chat about foster care, shifting our parenting paradigms, and TBRI. 


Kayla Thomas Receives Child Development Award

Graduating Senior, Kayla Thomas, holds the plaque which lists the recipients of the Karyn Purvis Award for Outstanding Achievement

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 education, outreach, or research and exhibits the potential to change the world for children.

Kayla Thomas presents her research at the Michael and Sally McCracken Annual Student Research Symposium

During her time in the TCU Child Development Program, Kayla volunteered for ACH Child and Family Services, predominantly in the Youth in Families Together Program by facilitating TBRI Nurture Groups. Kayla was also selected as a 2022 Departmental Senior Scholar through the TCU Department of Psychology. She is a student of the John V. Roach Honors College, a McNair Program Scholar, and a STEM Scholar. Kayla is also active in her sorority and is a hip-hop dancer.

Kayla’s contributions and achievements go beyond TCU. She founded of the mentoring program, Molding Melanin Magic, which serves minority high school students who want to attend college and enter the STEM Field. She recruited TCU student mentors and met with high school youth every month to discuss topics such as the college application process, financial aid, mental health, and healthy relationships. Kayla also developed a sustainability plan so the program can continue beyond her graduation this month.

“While Kayla is highly accomplished academically, what stands out most to me is her geniuine sense of compassion, her dedication to
helping others, and the careful detail she puts into everything,” says Dr. Casey Call, KPICD Associate Director of Education. “She is a joy to be around and inspires others to be better.”

Kayla plans to pursue medical school in the future.