Caring for Kids from 'Hard Places'

What is Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI)?

Trust Based Relational Intervention® (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.

Why use it?

Because of their histories, children from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. While a variety of parenting strategies may be successful in typical circumstances, children from hard places need caregiving that meets their unique needs and addresses the whole child.

Where is it used?

TBRI® is used in homes, residential-care, schools, camps, and international orphanages.



The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development has published many peer reviewed journal articles which provide evidence for the success of the intervention. Trust-Based Relational Intervention® is rated as being “highly” relevant in the child welfare system based upon the program being designed to meet the needs of children, youth, and families receiving child welfare services and caregiver training (CEBC registry). 


“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.”

Dr. Karyn Purvis


Practical & Easy to Learn

The one day introduction offers a thorough overview of the approach

Learn when & how to use the core techniques and tools through detailed demonstrations, skills practice, discussions & videos.


In-house Training

We can send are trainer to your workplace for groups of staff and carers

Email Compass to discuss your workforce needs