Trust-Based Relational Intervention

Trust-Based Relational Intervention [TBRI] is an attachment based, trauma-informed approach designed to meet the needs of vulnerable children. It can be used by parents and caregivers with all children. 

Due to trauma, such as abuse and neglect, it is difficult for children to trust the adults in their lives. This often results in challenging behaviors.  TBRI offers practical tools for caregivers or those serving children from hard places.

Benefits of TBRI

Decreased behavioral and attention problems

Lower stress hormone levels for kids and reduced caregiver stress

Improved social relationships and attachment behaviors

Fewer psychiatric and trauma symptoms

Adult Students
Caregivers Training

TBRI Caregivers Training is a group, in-person parent training program. TBRI is a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, and attachment centered.


TBRI consists of 3 sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting. They are designed to be used by parents and caregivers of children of all ages and risk levels. TBRI is based upon how optimal development should have occurred. 


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TBRI Family Services

While Caregivers Training is beneficial for all parents, it is most effective when paired with individualized family services. 


AGAPE has 4 TBRI Practitioners trained to facilitate twice monthly family Nurture Groups which will take place at AGAPE's office and:

  • identify target behaviors

  • create a plan tailored to the family's needs

  • provide family counseling and parent education


*these services are offered for families who are currently or have participated in TBRI Caregivers Training. 

Frequently asked questions

Who can benefit from TBRI?

TBRI is specifically designed to meet the needs of children who have experienced complex developmental trauma. However, TBRI principles are applicable to all children of all risk levels. Principles of TBRI have been used in homes, schools, residential facilities, and orphanages all around the world.

What behaviors and issues can be addressed with TBRI?

TBRI has been proven to be effective in dealing with social, behavioral, and emotional challenges in children. Principles target trauma behaviors, examples include: poor peer relationships, manipulation, lying, disrespect, power struggles, emotional outbursts, tantrums, disobedience, and others. Although TBRI is beneficial for many, it is not designed to replace psychiatric care and may have limited effectiveness with certain diagnoses. Please call and speak with a Practitioner to discuss TBRI and your child's specific needs.

What evidence supports TBRI's effectiveness?

During the past 14 years, the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development has published many peer reviewed journal articles which provide evidence for the success of the intervention. Trust-Based Relational Intervention is currently listed on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare registry, and is rated as being "highly" relevant in the child welfare system based upon the program being designed to meet the needs of children, youth, and families recieving child welfare services.

What is the cost for AGAPE's TBRI service?

For information about the cost of TBRI services please contact an AGPAE Social Worker at 256-859-4481.

Does AGAPE provide TBRI training for groups?

For more information about TBRI training for groups please contact an AGAPE Social Worker at 256-859-4481.

Can I recieve family services without participating in TBRI Caregivers Training?

No, Caregivers Training is essential for families to learn the concepts and techniques that will be utilized in family services. Families can participate in Caregivers Training without recieving family services, though there is a reduced cost for families participating in both.