IDEAL Response

Toxic Stress & the Brain

Trust-Based Relational Intervention

Based on years of research by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross and their colleagues at Texas Christian University, TBRI is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention. This attachment-rich intervention is designed to meet the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma. Connection is the heart of TBRI. When children feel safe and know they have a voice, their survival behaviors: including lying, stealing and anger outbursts, are diminished.  When TBRI is applied, caregivers spend less time stressfully putting out fires and more time joyfully engaging their children. As a result, these children who desperately needed a sense of self worth, begin to discover their value. While TBRI was designed for vulnerable children, parents often find this to be the best parenting philosophy for all children.