Armed with a strong desire to develop a therapeutic foster care agency, we searched the world (literally) to find an evidence-based framework to work with children who have suffered complex developmental trauma.
Our searching lead us to the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU University in Texas, USA and to their Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed, multi-systemic, whole-child, and evidence-based intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Connecting Principles for attachment needs, Empowering Principles to address physical needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviours. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.
TBRI® is an intervention model for a wide range of childhood behavioural problems. It has been applied successfully in a variety of contexts, and with many children for whom other interventions have failed (e.g., medications, cognitive-behavioural therapies). TBRI® is based on a solid foundation of neurodevelopmental theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a caregiver-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect.