What is TBRI?

When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible
— Dr. Karyn Purvis

Understanding the needs behind the behaviors

TBRI is an evidence based model developed by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross, which trains caregivers to provide support for at-risk children.  TBRI has been used in homes, schools, and residential treatment facilities.  You can learn how to use TBRI in your home as well!

What is TBRI®? We are pleased to present a new video resource that answers that very question. It is our hope that the TBRI Animate will inspire parents and professionals across the world to bring deep healing to vulnerable children.
Young children use their attachment figure as a secure base for exploring understanding the world around them. The relationship between child and caregiver lays the groundwork for interpersonal connections throughout the lifespan. When attachment is derailed, children may display confusing behaviors and struggle to trust even loving, safe caregivers.
From the time we are born, our brains have 100 billion neurons and begin to form synaptic connections that make up who we are and how we function. Tragically, severe or prolonged abuse or neglect manifests in toxic stress which derails brain development and can even affect the immune system.