Trust-Based Relational Intervention® is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of individuals who have experienced relational trauma. TBRI® has three sets of principles: Empowering Principles for meeting self-regulation needs, Connecting Principles for meeting relational needs, and Correcting Principles for meeting fear-based behavior needs. Because TBRI® is a principles-based approach, grounded in attachment and neuroscience research, it is effective across cultures in virtually any community or system of care and practice.
While TBRI® was originally used in adoptive families, it is important to note that it is currently being used worldwide in settings such as, but not limited to:
- Residential treatment facilities
- Institutional care (orphanages)
- Care communities for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation
- Juvenile justice
- Biological families
- Law enforcement
- Child welfare
- Foster care
Because TBRI® is designed to meet the basic need of connection shared by all humans, it is truly for everyone. In particular, we believe that TBRI® can, and should be, applied regardless of any person’s age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, or any other basis. TBRI® is not a faith-based intervention, and we invite anyone serving children, regardless of their religious affiliation, to explore TBRI® as a path to healing.
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