Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

We have implemented Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) into all of our programs at the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. We have trained TBRI® practitioners on staff at the Maine Children's Home. For a list of our trained practitioners, check out our staff page.

We provide community education and collaboration as requested to populations such as parents, caregivers, community providers, schools and any interested parties who interact with children, especially those from hard places. If you would like to schedule a training, please contact Lindsay Bragdon, Adoption Program Director at (207) 873-6350.

What is it?

Information from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

 

“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.” – Dr. Karyn Purvis

Who is it for and who should use it?

TBRI® is designed for children from “hard places” such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Because of their histories, it is often difficult for these children to trust the loving adults in their lives, which often results in perplexing behaviors. TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his highest potential.

Why use it?

Because of their histories, children from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. While a variety of parenting strategies may be successful in typical circumstances, children from hard places need caregiving that meets their unique needs and addresses the whole child.

Where is it used?

TBRI® is used in homes, residential treatment facilities, group homes, schools, camps, and international orphanages.

Services

COMING SOON: documentary viewing showing how TBRI® can transform children and families. ALL RISE: For the Good of the Children takes you inside the courtroom of an unconventional judge in East Texas who takes a trust-based, trauma-informed approach to healing broken families in the child welfare system. Two families share how their lives were transformed through the support and intervention offered by Judge Carole Clark and her team of lawyers, mental health experts and child advocates.

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