Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

Information from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

What is TBRI®?

TBRI®, or Trust-Based Relational Intervention, 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 difficult backgrounds such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Due to their histories, it is often challenging 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.

Maine Children's Home (MCH) has implemented TBRI® into all of its programs. MCH has trained a select number of staff to become TBRI® practitioners on campus. For a list of these trained practitioners, check out the MCH staff page.

MCH provides 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, please contact Connected Families Project Director Tracy Lloyd at

View and Register for Trainings offered by Connected Families Project here.


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