Episode 7 of our Connected Educators series features a conversation with Amy Abell, who is a TBRI Practitioner, TBRI Mentor, and the owner of HopeAlight, LLC. This conversation is full of compassion for teachers, administration, students, and parents as we all try to navigate the start of school this year. Amy gives practical tips on how to apply trust-building, connected strategies with every person in the school system, resulting in a cohesive, trauma-informed learning environment.
Linked references from this episode
- Hanover College
- Indiana University
- Empowered to Connect
- The Engine Plate
- Name it to tame it
About Our Guest:
Amy Abell, owner of HopeAlight LLC, attended Hanover College for undergrad and Indiana University for graduate school. She practiced as a school psychologist in Indianapolis, IN for 10 years prior to beginning the work of sharing TBRI with parents and professionals in 2017. HopeAlight LLC has provided district level training and consultation in multiple school districts throughout Indiana, as well as with several community agencies that support children from hard places. Amy’s work has been recognized by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, where she serves as a TBRI Practitioner and TBRI Mentor. Amy resides in central Indiana with her husband, Ryan, and their four sons. Thanks to one of her children, who was adopted from China, not only has their family experienced deeper healing and wholeness, but hundreds of people have been forever changed by Trust Based Relational Intervention.
About the Host:
Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.
Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.