According to the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development, Trust-Based Relational Intervention or TBRI is:
“An Attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.”
Yes, it is directed to children who come from hard places, but I am finding in my practice that is very impactful for adults whom as children were traumatized which led them into a life of crime and violence. These are the men and women I work with. TBRI helps them understand their behaviors and most importantly, can help them change their behaviors, addictive and otherwise so they can realize their full potential in their lives and in the lives of their families. One of the goals of TBRI is to help give voice to a child to express need. I have found this to be true with the parolees I work with. These are adults many of them incarcerated for years, who have had few opportunities to give voice to their pain. This is one of many reasons for their maladaptive behavior. Once given voice, the possibility of healing and rehabilitation is real.