TBRI® Empowering Principles with Dr. David Cross

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 1, Episode 4

Dr. David Cross is the co-founder and Rees-Jones Director of our Institute and also the co-creator of TBRI, so it was extra special to have him on the podcast. This episode is a great overview of the TBRI Empowering Principles. Dr. Cross gives a little history of the Empowering Principles and their place in TBRI, and touches on everything from self-regulation to meeting sensory needs, to transitions, and some of the newer developments of the TBRI Empowering Principles.


Trauma, The Brain, and TBRI

We’re so excited to announce the re-launch of our podcast! The TBRI® Podcast features conversations all about Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and we’re kicking off Season 1 with a conversation about Trauma, the Brain and TBRI® with Amanda Purvis.


Child Development Majors Win Award



Dr. Casey Call, Sam Newcomb (TCU ’22), Christina Kraus (TCU ’21), and Sarah Cronin

The TCU Child Development Program is proud to announce this year’s recipients of The Karyn Purvis Award for Outstanding Achievement, Christina Kraus and Sam Newcomb! This award is given to students for significant contributions to the Purvis Institute, Child Development Program, or the child development field.

Kraus (‘21) and Newcomb (‘22)  were chosen for their work in establishing the Child Development Student Organization, Frogs 4 Children. “We saw (starting a student organization) as a way to connect with peers outside the classroom,” said Newcomb. 

Even as they worked to establish Frogs 4 Children without in-person meetings or classes, Kraus and Newcomb tackled the challenges of starting the organization during a pandemic with ease. 

Both students worked hard on establishing the organization’s constitution and by-laws, presented the organization for approval to university leadership, developed a name and logo, and recruited potential members,” said Dr. Casey Call, Associate Director of Education at the Purvis Institute. 

Frogs 4 Children will officially launch in the fall of 2021 with the following mission:

Frogs 4 Children is committed to developing a community of leaders that will inspire growth and provide necessary aid to the helping profession, relating to children. 

Even the organization’s name holds meaning of the goals and values of Frogs 4 Children. 

We are proud to be a member of the Horned Frog community at Texas Christian University which inspired the name, Frogs 4 Children,” said Kraus. “There are also four common themes that lift up our organization: professional development, campus involvement, service, and community. And finally, at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, we invite those who study child development as well as those who are interested in the helping profession to join Frogs 4 Children.”

Kraus, who graduates in May 2021, plans to attend graduate school in the fall. Newcomb, a junior, will stay on as the Frogs 4 Children President. 

“Their leadership in creating Frogs 4 Children is a legacy that will continue to positively affect students for years to come,” said Dr. Call. 

To learn more or get involved, visit the Frogs 4 Children Engage Page.

KPICD Inclusiveness Initiative

In Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) we are always striving to See the Needs and Meet the Needs of children, youth, and caregivers and the systems that care for them. We at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) recognize that there is a need to more fully appreciate and embrace the lived experiences and identities of people around the world, particularly individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. Additionally, there is a need to recognize and celebrate the diversity of individuals and systems of care impacted by TBRI.

To meet these needs, TBRI practices and strategies must speak directly and openly to the lived experiences of all children, youth, and families. We must look critically at our intervention and practices while maintaining integrity to the model and retaining the spirit of TBRI.

In an effort to more purposefully address these needs, our Institute launched the KPICD Anti-Racism & Inclusiveness Initiative in Fall 2020. This necessary and important work will be ongoing, but our first goal is to expand and update TBRI principles, practices, and strategies to speak more completely to the lived experiences of children, youth, and caregivers around the world. We strive to meet this goal in the following ways:

  1. Ensure that TBRI is relevant and appropriate in a variety of settings and populations, making adaptations where needed;
  2. Recognize and celebrate the cultural diversity present in TBRI’s global footprint and incorporate the wisdom found across cultures and traditions.

We’ve established a task force of KPICD staff members and have developed work groups to begin making changes. We are also committed to listening to and learning from voices different from our own and the unique insights these individuals bring from their lived experiences.

We will announce updates and new resources as they become available.

We often quote our beloved founder and director, Dr. Karyn Purvis, whose dream was to “help all the children of all the world.” While this dream continues to drive our work, we are committed to ensuring that our intervention and resources truly reflect that TBRI is for every person across race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and background.


Research Study on TBRI® and COVID-19 Stress

We are conducting a research study on the relationship between Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) use and COVID-19 stress symptoms.

If you watched one or more TBRI 101 videos between March and August or 2020 while they were offered for free on the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development website, you qualify to participate! If you are interested in participating please click the link below, which will redirect you to Qualtrics, our survey platform:


Participation will take approximately 10-20 minutes. If you have any questions, please contact us at KPICDEducation@tcu.edu. Thank you!