Hopeful Connections Parenting Services


Hopeful Connections Foster Parent Academy

services coming just for you in October 2019

  • A community of foster parents seeking hope and healing for children from hard places

  • Training on demand and at your own pace

  • Resources designed with the foster parent in mind

  • Practical steps to apply TBRI® strategies in your home

  • Input from experts from around the country

  • Live group meeting Tuesday, 8pm (MT) - available now!

TBRI® Caregiver Training for Foster and Adoptive Parents

  • Developed by Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

  • Customized to your needs

As a TBRI® Educator I have access to the TBRI Caregiver Training curriculum. I will develop a customized plan for your needs. Whether it is a school, a behavioral health team, or parents, I can help you gain understanding of how to provide trauma informed care. I always include a brainstorming session to identify specific ways to put TBRI® into action right away. 

Parenting Coach Sessions for Foster and Adoptive Parents

  • Meeting on the phone or in person

  • Personalized TBRI Training

  • Access to Video Library

As a TBRI® Educator ACPI Parenting Coach I will come alongside you to help you navigate this difficult journey of parenting a child from a hard place. During our scheduled sessions we will explore challenging behaviors while using TBRI® principles to understand the need behind your child's extreme behaviors.  Most families choose to talk on the phone for an hour weekly.  As well you will have access to my video library during our time working together.   

TBRI® Play and Learn Family Group

  • Conducted in the safety of your home

  • Personalized TBRI® training for the entire family

  • TBRI® principles and skills taught through play

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children (Purvis, et al, 2013).  Unfortunately, much of the training is often provided through videos or counseling services and often results in a knowledge base without a practiced skill set to carry into the home. In response to difficulty parents have gaining essential TBRI® skills, Hopeful Connections has designed a Family Play and Learn Group which allows practice and mastery of TBRI® parenting.  Currently I am only able to do this locally in Boise, Idaho, and the surrounding Treasure Valley areas.

Through playful learning, children and parents develop a skill set to draw on when it is necessary to negotiate needs and correct behaviors. As a result, parents can more effectively utilize TBRI® to create a healing environment.

I offer the Family Play and Learn Group (TBRI® skills mastery) in weekly hour and a half sessions. During 8 weeks, essential skills of empowerment, connection and correction, three key principles of TBRI®, will be taught and practiced through structured play activities.  Weekly goals will be defined for both the parent and child to integrate into daily activities.

The Family Play and Learn Group sessions are structured so that parents and child are led by a trained TBRI® Educator. Learning occurs through play in a safe environment during intentional and structured activities.  Parents are able to experience real time opportunities to watch TBRI® in action as the TBRI© Educator leads and demonstrates.  As for the child, play is a natural way to learn new ways to interact.  Play is children's way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, and get close to those they care about, working through stressful situations (Cohen, n.d.).  Providing in home service additionally creates safety for families.  Learning new skills in a familiar setting allows the TBRI® Educator to create necessary safety for learning. The shared parent-child experience gives the family common language and allows for experiential learning through play connecting knowledge gained in other learning environments to the home setting. 

If the family chooses to continue after 8 weeks, new activities will be used to review and strengthen the parents’ TBRI skills. 


Purvis, K. B., Cross, D. R., Dansereau, D. F., & Parris, S. R. (2013, October). Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI): A Systemic Approach to Complex Developmental Trauma. Retrieved January 24, 2017, fromhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3877861/

 Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD. (n.d.). Retrieved January 24, 2017, from http://www.playfulparenting.com/a-about.htm