KP ICD Research Opportunity – TBRI® Counselor’s Manual

The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) is looking for (1) agencies offering counseling for foster and adoptive families and (2) licensed practitioners in private practice who are interested in participating in a test trial of a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) counselor’s manual.

The TBRI® Counselor’s Manual was developed by Cindy Lee, LCSW, LADC (Executive Director of the HALO Project) with contributions from Dr. David Cross (Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development), Dr. Casey Call (Assistant Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development), Amber Given, LPC (HALO Project Clinical Team), Heather Askew, LCSW (HALO Project Clinical Team), Katie Hayden, LCSW, LADC (HALO Project Clinical Team), and Scott Watters (Arms of Hope Home Life Supervisor).

The manualized intervention includes:

  • An intake session
  • Nine family sessions
  • Four caregiver sessions
  • Therapeutic Life Book sessions
  • Supplementary sessions

 

Who may be able to participate in the research project?

  • Agencies with licensed professionals (or interns who are working on licensure) who provide direct counseling services to foster and adoptive families that
    • are NOT already using TBRI® heavily in their program (if your program is designed around TBRI or uses it heavily, you are not eligible for this study), AND
      • have licensed professionals who have not been TBRI trained (either by you or the KP-ICD), OR
      • have families on a wait list for care that is 18-sessions long or longer (e.g., if your agency sees families once a week, this is 18 weeks; if your agency sees families twice a week, this is 9 weeks),
    • see families for 18 sessions or longer as standard practice.
  • Private Practitioners who are licensed (or interns working on licensure) and provide direct counseling services direct counseling services to foster and adoptive families who
    • are NOT already TBRI® trained, AND
    • sees families for 18 sessions or longer as standard practice.

 

Factors that may exclude participation

  • The Purvis Institute will not be able to include professionals in the study who work for an agency that does not approve of or support the study.
  • The Purvis Institute will not be able to include agencies in the study that are part of a parent organization that does not approve of or support the study.
  • There may be other practical factors that would exclude an agency or professional from participation.

 

The study would involve

  • Having one or more counselors attend either (a) TBRI® Practitioner Training AND 3 days of training for the manualized intervention (for professionals who have not been trained as TBRI® Practitioners), or (b) 3 days of training for the manualized intervention (for professionals who have been through TBRI® Practitioner Training). Financial assistance may be available to help cover training.
  • Collecting agency or practice information (e.g., size of the agency, organizational functioning, attitudes toward trauma-informed care, standard operating procedures).
  • Collecting practitioner information (e.g., licensure, length of time in practice, exposure to and attitudes about trauma-informed care).
  • Collecting assessment and treatment information with identifiers removed (assessments will include the Child Behavior Checklist, Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children, and the Trauma Response and Restorative Record).
  • Collecting samples from caregivers for cortisol testing (optional).
  • Using the TBRI® counselor’s manual as prescribed and completing post-session fidelity checklists.
  • Working with Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development researchers to collect and share data as the study progresses.

 

How many families would be impacted?

  • For an agency where half of the counselors are using the manual (the treatment condition) and the other half are not (the control condition), the goal is to collect data from 50 or more families per condition (about 100 families total).
  • For an agency where the counselors are using the manual (the treatment condition) and there are families on the wait-list for services (the control condition), the goal is to collect data from 50 or more families per condition (about 100 families total).
  • For a practitioner in private practice, the goal is to collect data from 50 families prior to TBRI training (control condition) and then 50 families using the TBRI manualized intervention (100 families total).

 

Benefits of participating

  • Participating agencies and private practitioners would be among the first to receive training for and use the TBRI counselor’s manual.
  • Reduced pricing and/or scholarships may be available to cover the cost of TBRI® Practitioner Training if needed.
  • Scholarships will be available to cover the cost of the 4-day manual training.

 

What to do if you have questions or you’re interested in the study:

 Visit our website at https://child.tcu.edu/about-us/research

 or contact the research team at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development:

Rachel Crawley, Ph.D., LPC

r.d.crawley@tcu.edu