Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI): Empowering Principles For The Adolescent Population
Helping Families Overcome Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Dual Diagnosis Challenges Through Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI Therapy)
Trauma Informed Intervention For Children and Teens
Children and teens are complex and vulnerable beings. They are often not as equipped as most adults to process and cope with the challenges and traumas they face. This often results in behavioral problems and relational difficulties.
As their caregivers, guardians, parents, teachers, therapists, and leaders, we must employ proactive strategies to address trauma responses and disarm fear-based behaviors.
Trauma-informed intervention is a holistic approach that gives caregivers insight into the experiences of a child and provides the tools to bring healing and restore healthy relationships in their lives. It’s especially helpful when working with foster children, adopted children, adoptive parents, and foster parents who require additional support to develop a healthy, trusting relationship.
What Is Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)?
Trust-Based Relational Intervention is a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. This model equips guardians and caregivers to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children and teens, especially children from hard places. TBRI is often employed with teens from foster care, who were adopted, at-risk, or who have a history of sexual abuse or physical abuse.
These adolescents need positive influences in their life who are prepared to help and are committed to their healing over a long period of time. Trust-Based Relational Intervention is guided by a set of three principles, Connecting Principles, Empowering Principles, and Correcting Principles.
These three core principles have been employed everywhere in schools, homes, orphanages, residential adolescent treatment centers, and facilities like BasePoint Academy. The purpose is to foster healthy child development and nurture an ideal response while caring for their physical needs, complex needs, attachment needs, and sensory needs.
The Connecting Principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) are attachment-based trauma-informed principles. It focuses on establishing a warm and safe connection, building trust, and building social competence.
Within TBRI’s Connecting Principles, there are two primary strategies, mindfulness strategies and playful engagement strategies. Using these Connecting Principles, caregivers can address teen attachment needs and nurture positive child development and communication.
The mindfulness strategies and engagement strategies taught within Trust-Based Relational Intervention help caregivers connect with teens nonverbally through behavior matching. Caregivers also develop an increased awareness of their interactions and learn practical ways to build a more trusting relationship.
BasePoint Academy’s Trust-Based Relational Intervention Techniques
Building trust takes intentional action and behavior matching. It’s a new skill set of practical tools that many caregivers are not naturally equipped with. Whether your teen suffers from complex developmental trauma or attachment-based trauma or is navigating complex life transitions, informed strategies facilitate the best results.
It could be as simple as making consistent eye contact and maintaining daily rituals and calm times. It could be participating in playful interactions and maintaining total voice control. It could be matching their behaviors and connecting with them over the same activity. It’s practicing gentle and healthy touch that communicates this is a safe adult.
These are just a few examples of evidence-based Trust-Based Relational Intervention techniques. Our goal is to help parents, adoptive families, and caregivers to meet the needs of the child and ensure they have the opportunity to experience felt safety.
To learn more, contact BasePoint Academy today.