The Impact of Trauma in War with Raya Shelashska

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 4

Today’s guest is Raya Shelashska, a TBRI Practitioner and a PhD candidate and Research Assistant here at our Institute at TCU. Raya currently lives here with her family, in Fort Worth, TX, as she’s completing her PhD, but her home is Ukraine. Since the war broke out in February, Raya’s studies have shifted to helping her people through her clinical experience and trauma research background. Our host, Sarah Mercado, sat down with Raya to talk about the trauma of war and what she’s doing to help.

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Transforming Cultures of Care: Jefferson County, TX

by: Megan Austin

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) encourages caregivers and service providers to address the needs of the whole child. This means considering the behaviors, emotions, relationships, thoughts, environment, and physiology of children and youth. This holistic approach to addressing trauma naturally requires a multi-systemic approach. Ideally, all systems, institutions, organizations, and individuals that impact the life of a child would be on the same page about what that child needs to heal and thrive.

Through a project funded by the Office of the Texas Governor, the KPICD began working with the Southeast Texas community, primarily in Jefferson County, in 2018 to train various organizations and service sectors in TBRI. This 8-minute mini-documentary illustrates how various organizations can collaborate to bring TBRI to their community, and how various service sectors can utilize TBRI with different populations to ultimately change the culture of care of the community to one that focuses on effectively the meeting the complex needs of children, youth, and families.

Preoccupied Attachment with Dr. Jamie DeLuna

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 3

Today we are continuing the conversation with Dr. Jamie DeLuna about Adult Attachment patterns. Last week we talked about Dismissive Attachment in adults, and this week we’re diving into the Preoccupied/Entangled Attachment pattern. Our host Sarah and Jamie talk about what this pattern looks like in adulthood, how it shows up in caregiving, and how to become mindful about attachment and move toward security.

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Dismissive Attachment with Dr. Jamie DeLuna

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 2

Today we are excited to welcome Dr. Jamie DeLuna back to the podcast for more conversation about adult attachment.  For many years, Jamie was a research scientist for TCU’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development who specialized in administering and the Adult Attachment Interview. Dr. DeLuna has administered thousands of interviews and she speaks with so much wisdom and nuance on the topic of adult attachment. Jamie recently moved into a new role outside of the institute, but she was kind enough to join us for two more episodes. Today you’ll hear a conversation about dismissive attachment, and then next week we’ll continue with a conversation about ambivalent attachment.

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TBRI® & Autism with Family Initiative

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 1

Today we’re kicking off season three  with Anjali Van Drie and David Brown from Family Initiative, a nonprofit organization in South Florida providing clinical and support services for at-risk children and children on the Autism Spectrum. David and Anjalie are the co-founders and and President and Vice President (respectively) of Family Initiative where they work closely with individuals with autism, at-risk children, foster families, community stakeholders, provider agencies, and local and state government to develop and grow support and clinical programs for the community

Our host Sarah Mercado sat down with Anjalie and David to talk about how TBRI can be used with autistic children. If you’ve ever wondered if TBRI can or should be used with the autistic community, this episode is for you. 

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TBRI® Practitioner Training: July 2022


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The Purvis Institute is currently accepting applications for TBRI® PractitionerTraining.

This core training experience is designed to prepare professionals working with children, families, and in systems of care impacted by trauma. After successful completion of the TBRI® Practitioner Training, all TBRI® Practitioners may train within their organization using the TBRI® Caregiver Training Package.

Application Period: February 9 – 23, 20222. Notices of acceptance and regret will be sent on March 1, 2022.

Training dates: July 18-22, 2022 (asynchronous online training will occur in the 10 weeks prior to these dates)

Tuition for this training session is $3,500 USD. Please note that phase II of this training occurs in person in Hancock County, MS. 

The Connected Family Series for Foster Families

An Online Therapeutic Foster Family Intervention

Please read all of the information and criteria before applying to this study. The link to apply is at the bottom of this page. 

The University of Arizona College of Nursing in conjunction with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development is conducting research to determine if an online 4-week intervention can provide support for foster families to improve well-being and connection.

The intervention is a 4-week online, self-paced intervention aimed at the meeting the needs of each member of the family and improving well-being and connection. Each week of the 4-week series, parents watch a mini-webinar, children watch a short video, and the whole family completes two activities together aimed at improving communication and connection. Each week’s content builds upon itself with the goal that, at the end of the 4 weeks, families are set-up for success to continue using the tools learned in the intervention.

Who Can Participate?

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Transforming Cultures of Care

TBRI for Commercial Sexually Exploited Youth

A Partnership with the Office of the Texas Governor

By: Dr. Karen Furman

The problems of commercial sexual exploitation of youth and child sex trafficking are both urgent and complex; solutions are multi-faceted. Part of the solution involves transforming cultures of care in the organizations and communities that serve these youth. The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development has been in partnership with the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team since 2017.

What is Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth? (more…)

TBRI® Practitioner Training: February 2022

Update: the application period for this training session has closed.



The Purvis Institute is currently accepting applications for TBRI® Practitioner Training.

This core training experience is designed to prepare practitioners for working with children, families, and in systems of care impacted by trauma. After successful completion of the TBRI® Practitioner Training, all TBRI® Practitioners may train within their organization using the TBRI® Caregiver Training Package.

Application Period: November 9-16, 2021. Notices of acceptance and regret will be sent on November 19, 2021.

Training dates: February 7-11, 2022 (asynchronous online training will occur in the 10 weeks prior to these dates)

Tuition for this training session is $3,500 USD. Please note that this training session takes place online for Phase 1 and onsite for Phase 2 in Fort Worth, TX

Click here to apply!