Intergenerational Trauma and the 5 B’s (Podcast Episode)

The TBRI® Podcast | Bonus Episode

Today’s conversation is with Katie Maitland, a recent graduate of our Master’s of Developmental Trauma program here at Texas Christian University. Katie began her career as a middle school teacher in New York, and eventually learned about TBRI through the KPICD online course, TBRI and Trauma-Informed Classrooms. She began using TBRI principles and strategies in her classroom, focussing on connection and felt-safety, and marveled at the changes she saw with her students as they became more confident self-regulators, communicators, and learners. While earning her master’s, Katie’s research focus was Intergenerational and Transgenerational Trauma and how they impact the 5 B’s in TBRI, which is the focus of this conversation.

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About Our Guest:

Katie Maitland began her career as a middle school special education teacher in August 2013. She loved her job but felt something was missing. In early 2019 she found what was missing. From her home in NY,  she watched a presentation on TBRI and Trauma Informed Classrooms hosted by the KPICD and fell in love! Everything Dr. Casey Call and Sarah Mercado said was everything she wanted for her students. She began using TBRI principles and strategies in her classroom, focusing on connection and felt-safety. She marveled at that the changes she saw in her students as they became more confident self-regulators, communicators, and learners. In June 2022 she made the move to Texas to pursue the Developmental Trauma Master’s program from TCU. Katie graduated with her master’s degree in August 2023 and now works with a local organization to serve children and teachers in economically disadvantaged schools. As she continues her personal and professional journey, she looks forward with hope that her past and present will inform a future full of authentic care and compassion for those she will serve in years to come.

About Our 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.


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