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 Thank you!

TBRI® Practitioner Training: August 2021

Update: The application period for the August 2021 TBRI® Practitioner Training Session has closed. Please reference our training calendar for upcoming TBRI® Practitioner Training dates and application deadlines. 

The Purvis Institute is currently accepting applications for TBRI® Practitioner Online 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: March 2-19, 2021. Notices of acceptance and regret will be sent on March 31, 2021.

Training dates: August 2-6, 2021 (asynchronous online training will occur in the 10 weeks prior to these dates)

Tuition for this training session is $2,500 USD. Please note that this training session takes place exclusively online.

Connected Educators: Episode 11

Jenna and Bill Lewis

We wrap up our series on Connected Educators with Sarah Mercado, and Jenna and Bill Lewis. This episode focuses specifically on parents and their part in education as school continues to adapt with COVID-19. Jenna and Bill share their heart for TBRI as well as some strategies that have worked well for their family with children in school.


Connected Educators: Episode 9

Jeni Franks

We continue our series on Connected Educators with Sarah Mercado, and Jeni Franks, a TBRI Practitioner and second grade teacher in Cour d’Alene, ID. Jeni’s passion for her students is so evident in this episode, and she gives wonderful tips for creatively connecting with her students, even through distance-learning or in a socially-distanced classroom.


TBRI Rated as “Promising” by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

We are pleased to announce that TBRI® has received a rating of ‘Promising’ by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, developed in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). Both the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Caregiver Training Package and TBRI® 101 are now listed by the Clearinghouse as Promising Practices for Mental Health Prevention and Treatment.

We understand the importance of identifying evidence-based practices to effectively support children and families and the particular significance of this process for Title IV-E service agencies. It is our sincere hope that the inclusion of TBRI in the Prevention Services Clearinghouse will enable us to further support these agencies. As always, we remain committed to bringing hope and healing to children, youth, and families through trauma-informed care grounded in nurturing, trust-based relationships.

For information on TBRI® Practitioner Training and the TBRI® Caregiver Training Package, click here.

For information on TBRI® 101, click here.

For a summary of TBRI® research, click here.