Announcing Fall 2015 TBRI® Professional Training Program
October 19 – 23, 2015
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Developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development, Trust-Based Relational Interventions® (TBRI®) is an emerging intervention model for a wide range of childhood behavioral problems. It has been applied successfully in a variety of contexts, and with many children for whom numerous other interventions have failed (e.g., medications, cognitive-behavioral therapies.) TBRI® is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect. For the past ten years, Drs. Purvis and Cross have been implementing and evaluating TBRI® , and their strategies have proven extremely effective in creating healing environments for children who have come from “hard places.”
The primary goal of our training is to present research-based interventions models for our professionals to help our at-risk children reach their full potential. Pragmatic and intensive application of research-driven intervention is the fundamental focus of this training, with the goal of empowering professionals to become healers for at-risk children on a micro and macro level. Our years of research and intervention have convinced us that much aberrant behavior is driven by fear. We have worked in the context of children’s camps, family camps, home programs, and residential treatment facilities applying these principles – and have seen dramatic successes by teaching professionals how to recognize and respond to fear states and how to proactively intervene utilizing the TBRI® Model.
Advanced-level training is designed for professionals only who have comprehensive knowledge and background in working with at-risk children and families.
• Early Childhood & Developmental Specialists
• Adoption/Post-Adopton Counselors
• Psychologists and Psychiatrist
• Judges and Attorneys
• Speech and Language Therapists
• Guardian Ad Litems
• Family and Play Therapists
• Occupational Therapists
• Pediatricians
• Social Workers
• Nurses
• CASA Representatives
• Teachers
• Counselors

The training will be conducted in three phases:

Phase I – Pre-training Coursework
  There will be five modules of pre-training materials to be completed by every participant beginning 10 weeks prior to the on-site training. The modules will be mailed to participants in two-week intervals (one module every two weeks). Each two-week module will consist of a topic outline, learning objectives, DVD lecture, supporting research papers, and a brief assignment. We anticipate approximately four hours of your time for each module to complete the readings, DVD lectures, and assignments. This pre-training coursework is designed to encourage participants to gain a better understanding of the topics and research that will be explored in depth during the on-site training, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Training modules include:
• Module 1: Healing Research
• Module 2: Neurochemistry of Fear
• Module 3: Sensory Integration
• Module 4: Facilitating Behavioral Change
• Module 5: The Attachment Dance

Phase II – Five Day On-site Training in Fort Worth, Texas
Phase III – Post-training Follow up
Registration and Training Fees Information

The October Open session will not have an early bird. The total program fee is $3500 which includes a $500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit. There will be two installments of $1500 each that will be due July 24, 2015 and September 11, 2015. You may pay as much as you choose of the training fee at registration, but your payment must be at least the $500 deposit. The program training fee of $3000 is non-refundable, but is transferable to another person or future training. However, the $500 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cancellations and Refunds
Individuals submitting written cancellations prior to receiving the pre-training coursework will receive a full refund of any program fees paid. If written notification of cancellation is received after receiving the pre-training coursework, refunds will be issued at the discretion of the TCU Institute of Child Development. Program fees may not be transferred between individuals after receiving the pre-training coursework. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the on-site training, but program fees can be credited towards a future TBRI® training.

All notifications must be submitted to the TCU Institute of Child Development via fax at
(817) 257-0630, email at, or mail: TCU Institute of Child Development, Department of Psychology, TCU Box 298920, Fort Worth, TX 76129.

CEUs are available for Texas Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists,
Professional Counselors, and Educators.
There is an average of 30 clock hours available for the TBRI® on-site training.



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