Staff at The Settlement Home for Children have been taking part in an exciting series of trainings on the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model. TBRI focuses on building healthy attachments through trust.
Our staff have had the privilege of learning about TBRI from Dr. Karyn Purvis, who developed the treatment model. Dr. Purvis is the Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. During her time at TCU, Dr. Purvis developed and directed (1999 – present) the Hope Connection, a research and intervention summer day camp for adopted children. She and a colleague write for scientific journals, parents magazines, and have co-authored a book. Foster and adoption issues have always been at the heart of Dr. Purvis’ work, and when her own children were small, she served as foster mother to many children.
“It has been an amazing learning opportunity for us to train with Dr. Purvis. She is a world-renown professional with decades of experience in helping children with histories of severe trauma, abuse and neglect begin to heal, grow and build healthy relationships. We have been fortunate to have her on our campus,” said Brandi Winters, Residential Treatment Center Director at The Settlement Home.
Our directors and therapists have undergone more than 100 hours of intensive training in the TBRI model, including reviewing cases, holding open discussions, gaining hands-on experience in the field and more. In addition, members of our staff will receive additional training to become TBRI educators, so that they can continue to train future staff members on this model.