A TBRI® Video Viewing Guide

by Emmelie Pickett

One of the questions we most often receive is, “In what order should I watch the TBRI® videos?” While there’s definitely more than one way to go about watching our videos, here are a few tips for getting started:

Understand the difference between the two series

With the exception of TBRI® for Teens, our videos are categorized into two series, the Lecture Series and the Healing Families Series. Here’s a quick explanation of each series:

The Lecture Series

The Lecture Series is just that – a series of lectures. Each lecture, given by Dr. Purvis, focuses on a different aspect of TBRI® and is presented in a classroom-style lecture format. The Lecture Series videos are designed to lay a foundation for understanding the TBRI® Principles and Strategies. Here’s an example of the look and feel of one of the Lecture Series videos, Empowering Connecting & Correcting Principles:

The Lecture Series videos vary in length, anywhere from 2 – 2.5 hours.

The Healing Families Series

The Healing Families Series is designed to prompt the viewer to think about practical application. Each video is broken into chapters for easy viewing and so the examples can be easily referenced over and over again. Aesthetically, these videos look more like a documentary or news magazine piece, as they include highly produced interviews, video clip examples, and animated graphics. We often say that the Lecture Series answers the “what and why” of TBRI® and the Healing Families Series answers the “how” of implementing TBRI®. The Healing Families videos feature the Institute’s Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and also other experts in the field such as Carol Kranowitz, Dr. Tina Panye Bryson, Dr. Daniel Siegel, and more.

Here’s an example of the look and feel of one of the titles in the Healing Families Series, Children from Hard Places & the Brain:

The Healing Families videos vary in length, anywhere from 37 minutes to nearly 4 hours.

Suggested viewing order

Here are three approaches we often recommend to people who are new to our video resources.

Watch by series

Lecture Series: 

Start with the Lecture Series to lay a foundation for the TBRI® Principles and Strategies. 

Healing Families Series: 

Follow up with the Healing Families Series to see the TBRI® Principles and Strategies in action and to learn from a variety of experts in the field. 

If you have a teen in your life, we recommend watching TBRI® for Teens before Trust-Based Parenting.

Watch as a library

Need some variety in video style as you watch? Here’s a way to blend the two series together and watch the videos by topic.

  1. TBRI®: An Overview (Watch it for free on YouTube here)
  2. Empowering, Connecting & Correcting Principles
  3. Healing Research
  4. Children from  Hard Places and the Brain
  5. The Neurochemistry of Fear
  6. The Attachment Dance
  7. Attachment: Why It Matters
  8. Facilitating Behavioral Change
  9. Trust-Based Parenting
  10. Sensory Integration
  11. A Sensory World
  12. Playful Interaction 
  13. Healthy Touch 

Again, if you work with or parent teens, watch TBRI® for Teens before Trust-Based Parenting.

Watch by your greatest need

If you are new to TBRI®, we definitely recommend starting with TBRI®: An Overview. After that, think about your greatest need for information. If you parent or care for a child who has sensory processing difficulties, begin with one of our titles that address those issues such as A Sensory World or Sensory Integration.

No matter where you begin and end, it is our hope that these resources are helpful to anyone who cares for children from hard places.

Our videos are available on DVD and also for digital download.


3 Responses to “A TBRI® Video Viewing Guide”

  1. Rebekah Hunt

    I lead an elementary school in Crowley ISD, and we look forward to piloting TBRI at our campus in the 2018-2019 school year. As I have participated in TBRI training and watched videos online, I have made an observation that I feel the need to share. Students from hard places are represented through a diversity of demographics.
    However, almost always, the photos, images, and videos of happy, healthy children and babies portray Caucasian families. As my team and I look to engage our community, student parents, and co-workers in this initiative and equip them with TBRI tools, this could be an alienating factor for some target audiences. I hope this feedback is helpful for future editing and publications. Thank you for your consideration.

  2. Emmelie Pickett

    Hi Rebekah, thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback. I will certainly pass it on to our team, as we are always looking to represent diversity in our videos and products.

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