Trauma-informed care is an essential part of both the culture of our ministries and the services they provide. Taking a trauma-informed approach to care means looking beyond the behaviors of the children and families we serve and finding the meaning behind that behavior. Once we know what they need, we can help develop strategies that meet that need in order to encourage healing and changed behavior.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® is an approach that is designed for children from “hard places” such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Because of their histories, it is increasingly 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, to meet them in their need, and to help that child reach his/her highest potential.

TBRI® was developed by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU and our ministries began adopting the practice in 2014.

The 3 main components of implementing TBRI® are the empowering principles, connecting principles, and correcting principles. We’ll start exploring each of these 3 categories in detail next week, but for now, here’s a great video with more information about TBRI®!