Trust-Based Relational Intervention® and Us

Posted - February 4, 2020


Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is a foundational part of the NEW Roots program, as every family in the program goes through TBRI’s Caregiver Training. We believe this training equips parents and caregivers with incredible tools to build strong and enduring relationships with their children.



Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is an attachment-based, evidence-based, and trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® was developed by dedicated professionals who have spent years studying attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, all with the mission of serving children who have experienced trauma. These brilliant minds and compassionate hearts have broken the program down into three principles: Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting.



The Empowering Principles of TBRI® address physical needs of children who have experienced trauma. In the TBRI® Caregiver Training at NEW Roots, this will look like discussing a child’s eating and exercise habits, identifying any problem areas and finding solutions. For example, a child who hides food in their bedroom can be very frustrating for a parent constantly cleaning up after the child. That said, we would love to explore why the child is doing this. Does he/she know food will always be available? Has the child experienced food insecurity? We at NEW Roots want to troubleshoot alongside your family and empower you.



The Connecting Principles of TBRI® are grounded in attachment theory. At NEW Roots, we want to use these principles to help you develop deep connections with your child. An individual’s attachment style is formed early in life and will continue to influence how your child interacts in close relationships throughout his or her life. We are thrilled to provide tools that support the basis of connection



So often, the behaviors we call wrong, bad, and unacceptable, are behaviors ultimately fueled by fear, whether the fear is reasonable from our adult view or not. The Correcting Principles of TBRI® are intended to help caregivers guide a child’s behavior. It is important that when correcting a child, he/she still feels just as safe and cared for as they would when having fun with you! NEW Roots is so excited to partner with you as we identify the “why” behind children’s behavior, celebrate their positive actions, and actively fight fear-based behaviors.    



NEW Roots is ecstatic to have TBRI® as a strong foundation for our program. At NEW Roots, we will use the language of TBRI® in every area: Nurture, Equip, and Wellness. While parents go through TBRI® Caregiver Training, children will engage in Nurture Group, another evidence-based TBRI® resource. The consistency of TBRI® terminology and structure for both children and adults provide a foundation for emotional growth to continue at home. We are thrilled to dig deep and solve problems well below the surface using Trust-Based Relational Intervention® at NEW Roots and would love for you to join us.

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All information regarding Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) in this article is taken from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development website,, with permission granted January 2020.


Author: Elizabeth Reese