TBRI® Camps with Dr. Casey Call

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 4, Episode 3

Today we are talking all about TBRI Camps! Dr. Casey Call is the assistant director of education at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and has seen the evolution of our therapeutic camps over the years. Dr. Call not only leads our undergraduate and master’s programs, and also oversees the Hope Connection 2.0, a reimagined therapeutic camp that is based on TBRI Principles. If you are a professional who is considering a therapeutic camp, or if you’re just interested in what all goes into designing a camp, this episode is for you. The Show Notes have all of the links to the resources talked about in this episode, so please be sure to check those out for more information about TBRI Camps.


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Show Notes

About our guest:

Dr. Casey Call is the Associate Director of Education at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the TCU Department of Psychology. She leads the Education Team at the Purvis Institute. The Education Team is responsible for academic programming including a BA, BS, and minor in Child Development, as well as a MS in Developmental Trauma. The Education Team is also responsible for the Hope Connection 2.0 in which Casey serves as the Director. Casey teaches, advises, and mentors TCU students in the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well.

Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified School Counselor and Teacher. She has received training in Theraplay®  and the MIM Level One and Level Two, the Adult Attachment Interview, the Strange Situation Protocol, Circle of Security Parent Training, and the Brazelton Touchpoints Community and Individual Trainings.

Casey earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of North Texas and then worked as a milieu therapist in the in-patient psychiatric unit at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas before returning to school. She earned a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from TCU and worked as an elementary school teacher in Coppell and Ft. Worth. After teaching for several years, Casey returned to TCU to earn her M.Ed. in Counseling and then worked as a middle school and high school counselor in Birdville I.S.D. Through these experiences in the education field, Casey developed a passion for teaching, learning, and improving systems of care for children.

Captivated by the work of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Casey returned to TCU once again and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology under the direction of Drs. David Cross and Karyn Purvis. Through her work at the KPICD, Casey combines her passions of serving children and bringing trauma-informed interventions into systems of care.

Casey is married to Brian, a lieutenant in the Fort Worth Fire Department. They have two children, Beckett and Betsy.

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. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.

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