The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development is a research-based institute with a primary focus on training professionals who work with children from hard places. While we don’t provide any type of clinical services, we offer many resources that are designed for families.

How do I help my child?

While no two situations or families are alike, here are some of our favorite general resources for families seeking guidance:

The Connected ChildRead:

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family (Purvis, Cross, and Sunshine) Click here to download chapter four.

The Connected Parent

The Connected Therapist


Karyn and sad boy originalSeek:

Insightful professionals who deeply understand attachment theory and children form hard places.

TBRI® Practitioners

Theraplay Trained Professionals


TBRI® An Overview (37 minutes)

An Introduction to TBRI® video (1 hour)

Video shorts from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Devleopment

Video shorts from

DVDs produced by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development