TBRI® 101: A Self-Guided Course in Trust-Based Relationships

TBRI® 101 is now available! Click here to purchase. 

To purchase an organizational license for TBRI 101, click here.

TBRI® 101: A Self-Guided Course in Trust-Based Relationships is a series of self-paced, whiteboard-style video lessons. This course offers an informal, yet thorough approach to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, an evidence-based intervention for children from hard places of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Over nearly eight hours of instruction, Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross guide the viewer through the principles and strategies of TBRI® and offer practical tips for implementation. Topics include Understanding Trauma, TBRI® Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting Principles, as well as real-life examples and testimonials from caregivers and professionals who use TBRI®.

Originally developed as the “TBRI® Online Caregiver Package,” this course served as an online learning option for a research study which measured the effectiveness of TBRI®. This course earned evidence-based practice status and is ranked Highly Relevant on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse For Child Welfare website.

We are pleased to offer TBRI® 101 as a self-paced learning option for anyone who cares for children, whether they come from hard places or not.

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TBRI® 101 Trailer

TBRI® 101 Lesson 1: Understanding TBRI®








TBRI® 101 FAQs:

Q: Can I purchase TBRI® 101 for my organization?

A: Yes! More information about organizational licenses is available here.

Q: What is the format of TBRI® 101: A Self-Guided Course in Trust-Based Relationships compared to other KPICD videos?

A: TBRI® 101 is available exclusively as a digital video. This course was originally designed as a distance training for professionals. Drs. Purvis and Cross created the videos on their own to send periodically to the individuals participating in that training. If you’re familiar with our other videos, you’ll notice that TBRI® 101 has a less produced, more casual look and feel. It’s as if you’re sitting down with Dr. Purvis or Dr. Cross in a casual setting to learn about of TBRI®.

To get an idea of the look and feel of TBRI® 101, you can view the course trailer and Lesson 1 on our YouTube Channel.


Q: What topics are covered in TBRI® 101?

A: A comprehensive menu of the different eLessons in TBRI® 101 is available here.


Q: Is this similar to the online pilot class I took in 2014? 

A: It is! We offered these videos as part of a research study we conducted in 2014 with parents. As part of that study, these videos, then called the TBRI Whiteboards, were used as an online training option for parents in the study. Parents who participated in the online training reported significant improvements in their children’s behavioral problems (including emotional and conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, and peer problems) and trauma symptoms (including anger/aggression, post-traumatic stress problems, and dissociation). These findings provided the credentials needed for this training to gain evidence based practice status. To learn more about our evidence based practice rating, view the details of the published research here.


Q: How long is TBRI® 101?

A: The video content in TBRI® 101 is 7 hours and 19 minutes.


Q: How is TBRI® 101 different from TBRI® Practitioner Training? 

A: TBRI® 101 is a series of training videos. It does not have an interactive component, and is individually accessed through a computer or device. TBRI® Practitioner Training is highly interactive, more rigorous in content, and is designed for professionals. TBRI® Practitioners also earn the ability to train within their organization using the TBRI® Caregiver Training Package at the completion of TBRI® Practitioner Training. Those who take TBRI® 101 are not licensed to train in TBRI®.


Q: How is TBRI® 101 different from the TBRI® Caregiver Training? 

A: TBRI® Caregiver Training is taught by TBRI® Practitioners who have successfully completed TBRI® Practitioner Training. It is an in-person, interactive training with curriculum designed by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and includes corresponding workbooks for each session. TBRI® 101 is a series of training videos developed and taught by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. It does not have an interactive component.


Q: Will I receive a certificate of completion at the end of TBRI® 101?

A: The Purvis Institute will not issue certificates of completion or continuing education credits for those who purchase the course.


Q: May I use TBRI® 101 to train others?

A: We ask that you do not use TBRI® 101 to train others. If you are interested in training others in TBRI®, consider becoming a TBRI® Practitioner.


Q: How do I purchase TBRI® 101?

A: Please visit icddigital.tcu.edu to purchase TBRI® 101.