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Understanding TBRI® Empowering Principles

Understanding TBRI® Empowering Principles

Trust-based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is a care model designed to help meet relational and developmental needs of children and youth impacted by 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: Create connections which disarm fears, build trust and enhance learning.

Empowering Principles: Strengthen learning and regulation by meeting a child’s physical and environmental needs. 

Correcting Principles: Children will feel empowered and safe if you can influence their beliefs and behaviors.

Empowering Principles’ goal is to provide children and youth with the environment and physical support they need in order to achieve their full potential.

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