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Kerri Chard

Kerri Chard

Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA

Trust Based Relational Intervention ® | Child Protection

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TBRI Practitioner

Kerri Chard is a leading authority in Child Protection with a background in psychology and over two decades of professional experience in the Non-Government and Government Sectors. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with families impacted by intergenerational trauma, abuse and neglect. Kerri has spent significant time working in the court system with these families and has also run a regional intake service to determine intervention responses to children to meet their safety needs. She has developed award winning interventions within the Education sector, and spent time assisting schools to better understand complex developmental trauma and support children in the education system as well as bringing trauma informed curriculums into the classroom.

Kerri is Queensland’s leading Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) practitioner, having studied directly with Dr David Cross and the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development team. Kerri trains residential care workers, foster and kinship support staff and also works directly with foster and kinship carers as well as biological parents using TBRI®. Kerri has spent time working in the USA with leaders and innovators helping children heal from their trauma. She is well known for her passionate yet pragmatic approach to the complex issue of Child Protection.

She is highly regarded as someone who can think differently and translate psychological theory into practical interventions that transform lives. Kerri is also a foster carer who successfully uses TBRI with children in the care system in her own home – and also on her own 3 sons (and husband!)

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Trust Based Relationship Intervention

Trust Based Relational Intervention TBRI® - Caring for Kids from 'Hard Places'

WATCH VIDEO of TBRI

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) is a whole-child, attachment-based, trauma-informed, multi-systemic, evidence-based intervention which has proven to be successful for children who have experienced relational trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence or institutionalisation).  It is a practical therapeutic model that shows professionals and carers how to provide effective support and treatment for these children.

TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviours. TBRI® interventions are based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research; however, the heartbeat of TBRI® is still connection. The approach is effective because it is founded in research on how optimal development should have occurred and applies these principles to help troubled young people to return to their natural developmental trajectory

TBRI® offers practical tools for helping professionals, caregivers, parents, and teachers who want to see the children they are working with or caring for reach their highest potential. Although the primary focus is on children cared for children, the principles and strategies of this approach are effective for any child or young person who has come from a ‘hard place’. 

This topic can be delivered as a keynote or workshop (one day), and can be tailored to your audience. 

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