Posts Categorized: Resources for Parents

The Connected Parent

  by: Ashley West We’re thrilled to announce the release of The Connected Parent, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, the Institute’s late Founder and Director. This book is Dr. Purvis’ last written work, and we at the Institute are overjoyed that families everywhere  will continue to benefit from her words and wisdom. As the release of… Read more »

Behavior is the Language of Unmet Needs

by: Amanda Purvis At the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development we strive to help children heal from trauma, abuse, and neglect. Historically, we have responded to national and international issues from the lens of healing trauma. The current unrest resulting from structural racism, institutional racism, and individual racism in America  requires us to address… Read more »

The Power of Repair: Strengthening Relationships in Times of Crisis

by: Jana Hunsley I wanted to share some thoughts with some strategies on what to do during the COVID-19 Pandemic– strategies such as how to Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) your home when you’re all stuck in it.  But then, I realized that may not actually be what you need right now, even if that’s the information… Read more »

Connected in Crisis: Families

Our work at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development is centered around connection. We study attachment between parents/caregivers and children and connections within communities. So much of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)  is based on the idea that we are hardwired to connect. But what happens when connection in the traditional sense is cut off? With… Read more »

Starting Small: Nutrition and Hydration

by: Amanda Purvis One simple way to start implementing Trust-based Relational Intervention is to empower your child’s body by meeting physical needs. Nutrition and hydration play key factors in a child’s ability to regulate, and we can help set them up for success by making sure they eating and drinking enough. 

On Being an Adoptive Sibling

by: Jana Hunsley  Not one thing in this life has affected me so deeply or changed me so profoundly as the adoption of my seven siblings.  Before adoption, my home was filled with two older sisters, a younger brother, and two parents.  Life was simple, comfortable, and uncomplicated.  After adoption, everything about life was different. … Read more »