Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) - Online Caregiver Training

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents (e.g., birth parents, foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, etc.) and caregivers of children who come from ‘hard places,’ such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

TBRI Online Caregiver Training is a program available via 18 modules on a website that can be accessed in the home or any other location with Internet availability. The training presents the Trust-Based Relational Intervention, a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. It is a trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from ‘hard places,’ such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence, but can be used with all children. TBRI consists of three sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting Principles. These principles have been used in homes, schools, orphanages, residential treatment centers and other environments. They are designed for use with children and youth of all ages and risk levels. By helping caregivers understand what should have happened in early development, TBRI principles guide children and youth back to their natural developmental trajectory.

Program Goals:

The goals of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) - Online Caregiver Training are:

  • Create an environment of physical, social, and psychological safety
  • Recognize and meet children's physiological needs (e.g., hydration)
  • Structure experiences to enhance emotional and behavioral self-regulation
  • Enhance caregivers' mindful awareness and mindful caregiving
  • Build and strengthen secure attachments between caregivers and children
  • Build and strengthen resilience in caregivers and children
  • Help caregivers master the use of proactive strategies for behavioral change
  • Help caregivers master the IDEAL Response (Immediate, Direct, Efficient, Active, Leveled at behavior, not child)
  • Help caregivers master Levels of Response (Playful, Structured, Calming, Protective)

Contact Information

Casey Call, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, TCU
Phone: (817) 257-4283
Fax: (817) 257-0630

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2016