TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms Training

TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms is a 1-day seminar designed to equip educators to help children from ‘hard places’ of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Join us before the start of the school year to learn  how to disarm fear, optimize learning, and facilitate healing for vulnerable children in the classroom. This 1-day training will include an overview on the impact of trauma and sessions on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting Principles as they relate to a school setting. Our goal for TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms is to equip educators to meet the needs of every child in his or her classroom.


Training Details:

Onsite Event:

August 7, 2018

The Riley Center

1701 W Boyce Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76115

9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT

CEUs available for those who attend the live event only

Live Stream:

August 7, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT

link will be provided on Wednesday, August 1 to the primary email address listed on the registration form. 


Please note that all times listed below are Central Standard Time. 

8:30 - 9:00 amRegistration and Breakfast*
9:00 - 10:15 amTrauma and the Brain: The Impact of Trauma at School
10:15 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 - 11:45 amEmpowering our Students: Meeting Physical Needs
11:45 am - 12:45 pmLunch
12:45 - 2:00 pmConnecting in the Classroom: Creating Relationships that Matter
2:00 - 2:15 pmBreak
2:15 - 3:30 pmCorrecting Behavior: Rethinking Classroom Management
3:30 - 4:00 pmCreating a Trauma-Informed Classroom: Putting It All Together

*onsite event only


Dr. Casey Call is the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). She serves in various capacities at the Purvis Institute including research, training, and outreach connected to Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Casey also teaches, advises, and mentors TCU students in the Child Development undergraduate and graduate programs. Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and is a registered Circle of Security® parent educator. She has also received training in Theraplay® Level One and in scoring the Strange Situation Protocol.

Casey earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of North Texas in 1997 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 educational systems.

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 KP ICD, Casey combines her passions of serving children and families from hard places and bringing trauma-informed interventions into systems of care.


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 girls, Scout and Bella.



What is TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms Training?

TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms is a 1-day conference designed to equip educators to meet the needs of children from hard places in a school setting.


What is the cost of TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms Training?

Here are the attendance and pricing options for TBRI® & Trauma Informed Classrooms Training:

  • Individual Registration, Onsite Event in Fort Worth, TX: $40
  • Individual Registration – Live Stream: $25
  • Organization Registration – Live Stream: $100

Payment is due upon acceptance to TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms Training.


Will Continuing Education Credits be Available?

Continuing Education Credits will be available for to those who attend the live event in Fort Worth only. We offer CE awards for the following licensure boards:

Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners, Texas Education Agency Professional Education


Why is there an application to attend the Live Event? Is there a chance I won’t be accepted to the Live Event?

Due to space limitations at our venue, we must limit the number of people who attend the live event to 150. Applications of those who wish to attend the Live Event will be reviewed by a selection committee. Not everyone who submits an application will be accepted to the onsite training. A maximum of six participants from any single campus will be accepted. Onsite applications will be accepted through June 21, 2018. Applicants will be updated on their live event application status on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.


If I my application is not accepted for the Live Event, may I still sign up to access the Live Stream?

Yes, you may register for the Live Stream up to July 24, 2018.


What are the options for Live Streaming the training?

You can register to watch the training on your own, or organizations can register to provide this training for their staff.


Will the Live Stream be available for later viewing?

The Live Stream will only be available on August 7 from 9 am to 4 pm.


What if my plans change and I am no longer able to attend the Live Event?

Please contact Robin at r.shelander@tcu.edu as soon as possible so we may accommodate someone on the waitlist.


Is TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms a faith-based training?

TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms is not a faith-based training.


Is TBRI® & Trauma-Informed Classrooms training for younger children or teenagers?

TBRI® & Trauma Informed Classrooms will include information that applies to a wide variety of ages. This training can benefit teachers of children and youth of all ages.