Trust-Based Relational intervention® (TBRI) was developed to meet the developmental and relational needs of youth and children who have experienced trauma. TBRI considers the whole child—his or her brain, biology, behavior, body, and beliefs—and provides parents and caregivers with practical tools and insight to help their child(ren) reach his or her highest potential. And, perhaps most integral, TBRI has connection at its core—the truth that connection builds trust, and trust builds healthy relationships.
The TBRI Model was developed by Dr. Karyn purvis and Dr. David Cross at the Karyn-Purvis Institute for Child Development (KPICD), TCU. It is based on three guiding principles.
Connecting principles: Establish connections that reduce fear, build trust and improve learning.
Empowering Principles: Strengthen learning and regulation by meeting a child’s physical and environmental needs.
Correcting Principles: Help children to feel secure, protected and empowered by changing their attitudes and behaviors.
Goals: Help children to understand how to communicate effectively and learn effective strategies to meet their needs.