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Healing Families Series

Attachment Why It Matters
This video explores the critical role of attachment in a child’s development. Most of us think of attachment as a loving bond between parent and child. But, what happens if a child doesn’t get nurturing, consistent care from a loving parent early in life? Can a parent love a child or a child love a parent, but still not feel securely connected? And what are the consequences of insecure attachments? In this video, adoptive parents share their struggles and successes in pursuit of these answers. They say their willingness to make sense of their own attachment histories has helped them become better parents. Experts share fascinating and encouraging research, particularly in the field of neuroscience, that reveals how secure attachments can help counter the effects of early trauma. Secure relationships can promote new brain growth and biologically improve a child’s ability to regulate his or her emotions and behavior. Secure attachments dramatically shape a child’s sense of security and how well a child learns to trust – for the rest of his or her life.
  Main Portion: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes - Extras: 43 Minutes - 2 Disk Set

Trust-Based Parenting Creating Lasting Changes in Your Child's Behavior
This offers in-depth training for parents of children with trauma-based behavioral issues. The Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is a unique intervention model created by developmental psychologists Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, founders of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. It is based on more than a decade of research and hands-on work with vulnerable children and their families. Dr. Purvis coined the phrase “children from hard places” to describe children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or trauma in early development. Their survival behaviors can be confusing, frustrating and difficult to manage even for the most patient and loving parents. This nearly four-hour video features Drs. Purvis and Cross coaching families through real-life, problem-solving scenarios. They demonstrate proven, practical skills and strategies for applying TBRI® Empowering, Connecting and Correcting Principles to everyday life to build a stronger parent-child connection, which leads to better behavior. Parents from around the world praise TBRI® for giving them hope in times of crisis and lifelong solutions that can benefit the entire family.
  Approximately 4 Hours - 2 Disk Set
Now Available in Spanish!

A Sensory World Making Sense of Sensory Disorders
This educational video offers insights about how sensory processing disorders make it difficult for many children to function at home and school, and can be the underlying cause of behavioral problems. Parents and professionals will learn to recognize signs of sensory disorders and will learn practical strategies for coping with them. Child development researchers Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, and Carol Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child, provide a number of playful activities to help children improve their self-esteem and overcome everyday struggles that hamper their success.

This is the best educational video on dealing with sensory deficits I’ve seen. TCU’s Institute of Child Development has produced a high quality, informative DVD lasting over 90 minutes chocked full of useful insight and techniques. Drs. Purvis and Cross share their personal and professional experience in working with children in their program which will serve to mentor others who want to establish their own programs. Incorporating the wisdom and experience of Carol Kranowitz in this project is the delicious icing on the cake! Ms. Kranowitz, author of "The Out-of-Sync Child" and multiple sensory books, lends her expertise and demonstrations to round out this wonderful production.  I will highly recommend this resource to my readers and audiences every time I speak!
-Kathleen Morris, MS, CCC/SLP/publisher S.I. Focus magazine

Playful Interaction
Play puts the fun in fundamental - central to a child's well-being now and in the future. Through play, children learn to develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in life. Playful Interaction, featuring child development experts, Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, along with other child development experts, outlines the importance of play and provides practical examples of playful interaction from The Institute of Child Development's Hope Connection Summer Camp.
  Main Portion: 30 minutes - Extras: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Healthy Touch
Touch is a universal language - more dynamic and powerful than any other form of communication. More than an integral part of everyday life. Touch is essential to our very existence. Healthy Touch features child development experts, Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, along with other renowned experts. It explores research about touch and provides practical applications for adding healthy touch into our daily lives.
  Main Portion: 40 minutes - Extras: 11 minutes

Children From Hard Places and the Brain
This video explores the impact of trauma on a developing brain and explains how fear, chronic stress and various types of trauma damage the structure, wiring and chemistry of the brain, putting the child at risk for a lifetime of social, learning and behavioral problems. It also offers practical advice and tips for leading children of all ages – even teens – to new levels of healing through new and positive experiences and trusting relationships with consistently nurturing caregivers.

TBRI® An Overview Putting the Pieces Together
This video explains the principles and concepts behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents and their families.
Dr. Karyn Brand Purvis, Ph.D. and Dr. David Cross, Ph.D., founders of the TCU Institute of Child Development, created TBRI® as a holistic approach for meeting the needs of "children from hard places," a term coined by Dr. Purvis to describe children who have suffered harm early in life. Whether you're a parent, a teacher, or a professional working with children in your home, a classroom or a facility, TBRI® provides a roadmap for creating an environment where a child can learn to feel safe, loved and attached. Building healthy relationships is what TBRI® is all about.
In this 37-minute video, you will learn how early trauma shapes a child's brain development. Trauma can impair language, sensory processing and coping skills, and can lead to perplexing behaviors that are often mistaken for aggression or mental illness. In this video, world-renowned experts share research that documents how consistently positive experiences with loving caregivers can literally re-wire a child's brain for lasting change. And, these experts explore and explain the critical role of attachment in the healing process.

Lecture Series

Empowering, Connecting & Correcting Principles
In this nearly two-hour presentation, Dr. Purvis, a developmental psychologist, explains her research-based approach with children who come from what she calls “hard places.” These are children who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol in utero or suffered abuse, trauma or neglect early in life. She explains how harm during these critical stages of brain growth causes significant disruptions in a child’s development and behaviors and offers strategies to overcome these deficits. Through research and years of experience with children throughout the world, Dr. Purvis offers a path of healing through a trust-based, relationship-based holistic approach. She explains the principles and tactics for reconnecting with these children to meet their needs and help them reach their highest potential.

The Attachment Dance
The attachment relationship between parents and their children is one of the most cherished experiences of our lives. In The Attachment Dance, developmental psychologist and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, Dr. Karyn Purvis, explores the attachment experiences of neuro-typical children and children with histories of harm. Dr. Purvis explains how to recognize features of the attachment relationship and teaches parents and caregivers how to explore their own attachment styles to facilitate healing for the children in their care. In this lecture, Dr. Purvis aims to deepen understanding of attachment issues, both theoretically and practically, and provide a solid foundation for parents and their children.
  Lecture: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Facilitating Behavioral Change
One of the most commonly asked questions for the staff at the TCU Institute of Child Development is how to deal with "problem behaviors". Tragically, children with histories of abuse, neglect, or trauma are more likely to display these behaviors that are often driven by fear. In Facilitating Behavioral Change, Dr. Karyn Purvis, a developmental psychologist and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, explores the concepts of Connecting and Correcting Principles, key elements in the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), the unique approach developed by Dr. Purvis and her team. This lecture provides practical insights and tips on how to use TBRI® tactics in real-life situations.
  Lecture: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Healing Research
For decades, scientists have studied how children's brains and behaviors are impacted by prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol, trauma, abuse, and neglect. In this nearly 90-minute lecture, Dr. Karyn Purvis, developmental psychologist and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, reviews a wide range of research that gives insights into developmental deficits that drive many behaviors of at-risk children. Dr. Purvis explains the science in easy-to-underdstand terms to help parents and caregivers understand how physiological changes in children can be induced by early harm. Dr. Purivs helps parents and caregivers see the "real child" beneath their child's behavior.
  Lecture: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Sensory Integration
A key element of typical development is the capacity to process and regulate environmental input. Sadly, children who have experienced prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, early trauma, abuse, or neglect are at high-risk for sensory disorders. In this lecture, developmental psychologist and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, Dr. Karyn Purvis, explains risk factors and warning signs for Sensory Processing Disorders and offers practical interventions for parents and professionals. This DVD features a Q & A session that explores common questions about sensory disorders.
  Lecture: 1 hour, 24 minutes - Q & A: 46 minutes

The Neurochemistry of Fear
The fundamental goal of this seminar is to empower parents and professionals to become healers in the lives of at-risk children and to discuss interventions developed through our work with families of at-risk children. Tragically, children who have been harmed, neglected, and/or abused are at significantly increased risk for behavioral disorders, relationship failures, and early onset mental illness. In this 2-disc DVD, developmental psychologist and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, Dr. Karyn Purvis, presents specific skills and insights garnered from research with at-risk children on how to disarm fear responses that drive their aberrant behavior. Dr. Purvis explains concepts to help caregivers and parents understand a child's brain chemistry and how neurotransmitter testing can be used to enhance therapeutic approaches.
  Disc 1: 1 hour, 3 minutes - Disc 2: 1 hour, 17 minutes


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