Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

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.


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.

We have implemented Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) into all of our programs at Maine Children's Home. We have trained TBRI® practitioners on staff at 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.


For more information, or if you would like to schedule a training for your organization, please contact Lindsay Bragdon,  MCH Adoption Program Director at (207) 873-6350.

Training Schedule at Connected Families Project

December 2021

TBRI® Principles: Correcting

TBRI Principles CorrectingDecember 6, 7, 13, & 14 (must attend all four)
8 – 9:30 p.m. (ET)

The Correcting Principles include Proactive & Responsive Strategies to shape beliefs & behaviors by disarming fear while maintaining connection.

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TBRI® Primer: Trust-Based Relational Intervention – Intro & Overview

TBRI PrimerDecember 10
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Foundation for insights on how a child’s history impacts long-term development; enhancing understanding of behaviors & appropriate responses.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Trainings at MCH: [click here]


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.