Meet Dr. Danica Knight!

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 5, Episode 1

This episode not only kicks off a new season of the podcast, but also the start of new era at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU. Effective January 1, 2023, Dr. Danica Knight stepped into the role of Rees-Jones Director of KPICD. In this episode, you’ll hear all about Dr. Knight’s journey to the Institute, her connection to Dr. David Cross, and what she hopes for the future. 


Raise the Future becomes TBRI Ambassador Organization

Raise the Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth and families touched by foster care and adoption, was recently recognized as a TBRI® Ambassador Organization from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU. 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®. (more…)

Transforming Cultures of Care: CSEY Advocacy


Noun: a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause

Verb: to recommend or support

Transforming Cultures of Care: CSEY Advocacy by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development features individuals who use Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) in their unique roles as advocates for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

Restoration of a survivor’s physical and psychological health involves a long journey through protection, recognition, recovery, supporting healing, and ultimately bringing justice.

CSEY stands for commercially sexually exploited youth. The role of the CSEY advocate is to engage with the child or youth immediately upon recovery and to maintain a supportive, trust-based relationship and contact throughout healing and aftercare. Some CSEY advocacy organizations in Texas use TRBI as a tool for doing this work, emphasizing connecting and empowering principles to promote survivor restoration of personal health.

Many agencies and organizations comprise the continuum of care for survivors of trafficking. Advocates are the face of all those efforts for the survivor – they personalize the intent of the collective to bring a trauma-informed approach to accompanying these youth on their personal journey toward freedom and healing.

This is a glimpse into their story.

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…)