TBRI Trauma Training


We are excited to offer a newly required training for all child-facing volunteers on the topic of trauma-informed care, presented by Katie Chandler. This training will be offered twice annually, beginning with August 12th and then with a session following in the spring. Katie is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner with a passion for helping families who work with vulnerable children and their families. Katie has been practicing the TBRI Principles since 2015 and can personally testify that it works! She has led TBRI trainings, coached caregivers, and supported adoptive and foster children and families in the US as well as overseas. In her own experiences, Katie has noticed parallels between TBRI and the gospel, how our Father in Heaven “parents” us in a manner similar to that of TBRI. It is her great joy to share TBRI with others and come alongside children and families.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to practically meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. Ongoing, all child-facing volunteers will be required to complete this training sometime in their first year after they begin serving in their new role. Our hope is that all current child-facing volunteers will be able to take this newly required training within the year, beginning with this August 12th offering. We invite you to register today!

In this TBRI training we will:

  • Learn more about the evidence-based research that led to TBRI
  • Examine how risk factors affect brain growth and child development
  • Discuss the effects of fear on behavior, and how to build felt-safety for a child or teenager
  • Learn about the attachment cycle
  • Explore different methods to build connection and trust
  • Brainstorm ways you can meet a child’s physical, sensory, and environmental needs
  • Discover how to be a “detective” with a child’s perplexing behavior
  • Gain tools to navigate challenging interactions with a child or teenager
  • Practice how to respond to a child’s challenging behaviors
  • Become equipped to bring hope and healing to vulnerable children and their families

“We’ve found that any child benefits from a nurturing, trusting relationship with a safe adult.” -The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, TCU