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 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.


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.

Current offerings: 

October 2020

TBRI® Empowering Principles
October 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th 8-9:30 pm via zoom-Registration Link:

Making Sense of Your Past Worth
October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 11 am -1pm
(held at MCH, 93 Silver St, Waterville, 04901)-Registration Link:

Connected Parenting Check-in Support Group (monthly)
October 29th, 8:30-9:30 pm via zoom

November 2020

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®)-Intro and Overview
November 20th 8 am-12 pm via zoom- Registration link:

TBRI® Connecting Principles
November 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 8-9:30 pm via zoom- Registration link:

Making Sense of Your Past Worth
(Final 4 sessions from October group) November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Connected Parenting Check-in Support Group
(monthly, changed to 3rd Thursday due to Holiday)
November 19th, 8:30-9:30 pm via zoom

December 2020

TBRI® Correcting Principles
December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th 8-930 pm via zoom- Registration Link:

Connected Parenting Check-in Support Group
(monthly, changed to 3rd Thursday due to Holiday)
December 17th, 8:30-9:30 pm via zoom

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.