Our Approach


Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), a holistic model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross of TCU, has achieved world-wide recognition as a leading evidence-based practice for working with children.

In 2007, Dr. Purvis and Dr. Cross of TCU published “The Connected Child” with McGraw-Hill. This book clearly laid out strategies to help parents cope with challenging parenting issues.  The strategies outlined in the book make up the components of what was later named, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (2009).

Essentially TBRI empowers:

  • better and trustful bonding between child and caregiver

  • improved management of learning and behavioral issues

  • loving discipline that avoids the child perceiving the adult to be threatening or unsafe.                     

TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.