A Front Porch Conversation with Daren Jones and Troy McPeak – Part I

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 1, Episode 6

On this episode, we pass the mic to Daren Jones and Troy McPeak for a “front porch” conversation about their TBRI journeys and how that experience has shaped the way they see the world, their work with vulnerable children and youth, and also how they reflect on their own histories.


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About our guest:

Troy McPeak is a TBRI Practitioner, TBRI Mentor, and the Associate Director of the Texas Model at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD). In his role, he serves as a subject matter expert for implementing the Texas Model, a trauma-informed care corrections model focusing on youth and staff safety, connection, empowerment, correcting and individualization as needed. The Texas Model is deeply rooted in the principles of TBRI. Prior to TJJD, Troy served as a Supervisor in the post adjudicated residential treatment facility and JJAEP program at Williamson County Juvenile Services in Georgetown, TX. At WILCO Troy was instrumental in changing the culture from a highly punitive and military focused facility to one based on connection and other TBRI Principles. He is passionate about helping adolescents learn to self-regulate, or as Troy puts it, “building up the resiliency needed to combat the stressors life will continue to throw at them.”

About the host:

Daren Jones is the Associate Director of Training & Consultation services with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) at TCU. Since Daren joined the Purvis Institute in 2014, he has been an integral part of teaching and spreading TBRI® across the U.S. and throughout the world.

Daren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting.

After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Daren spent 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor and trainer, before beginning his work with the KPICD.

Daren is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where he resides with his wife Katie Jones, daughter Ruby, and son Finn.

15 Responses to “A Front Porch Conversation with Daren Jones and Troy McPeak – Part I”

  1. Thomas J Pinkton

    I feel that every adult with any kind of influence, friends, family should take advantage of what the TBRI podcast has to offer whether they have experienced trauma or not.

  2. Rita Blanken

    I have been dealing with children for a while and this has been new info.

  3. Tanissa May

    I really enjoyed listening to the show especially the fact its two men doing great things with the kids

  4. Anna Sullivan

    Hearing these men talk about how these young people have to be taught how to deal with inner conflict. And also how to self regulate.

    Youth need to be taught how to Effectively managing your emotions.

  5. Anna Sullivan

    Enjoyed listening to these men talking about
    1. How the young people have to learn how to manage and regulate their emotions

    2. How to think before you act

  6. Anna Sullivan

    Commented on your 2 Podcast : A Front Porch Conversation. And never received a response

  7. Cody Parsons

    Thank you for your passion for this important matter!

  8. Ramona L Shelton

    This was interesting to hear how you have to learn to get on the kids level to start helping them

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