Methodist Children’s Home has been named as an inaugural TBRI® Ambassador Organization by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University.
TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. According to a news release from the Institute of Child Development, TBRI® Ambassador Organizations “are identified as key partners who have long-term relationships with the Purvis Institute and are furthering its mission at a systemic level using Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI).”
Previous MCH president Tim Brown first explored TBRI® through his interest in neuroscience and early brain development in children and established a relationship with Dr. Purvis and Dr. David Cross, co-founders of the Institute of Child Development at TCU. In 2011, MCH formed an official partnership with the Institute to implement TBRI® in its residential and MCH Family Outreach programs.
“Our ministry has benefited in many ways from this valuable relationship as we strive to equip our staff with the knowledge to meet the ever-changing needs of children, youth and families who have experienced trauma,” said Trey Oakley, MCH president. “This designation recognizes our long-standing relationship and unique experiences in the trauma-informed field. This is a high honor as we are one of only four organizations globally to be recognized with this distinction.”
“As MCH offers hope to children, youth and families, KPICD continues their mission to equip providers and practitioners to meet the needs of clients,” said Traci Wagner, vice president for programs. “MCH is proud to have been selected to be among the first TBRI® Ambassador Organizations. We are eager to continue our use and understanding of TBRI as one of our many tools in service delivery and case management.”
While the work of the Purvis Institute has evolved over the years, the mission has remained the same: changing the world for children. The Institute has trained more than 4,000 professionals worldwide as TBRI® Practitioners, individuals who spread TBRI® within their scope of work through training and implementation.
Joining MCH in being named as the inaugural group of TBRI® Ambassador Organizations are All God’s Children International in Vancouver, Wash., Crossroads NOLA in New Orleans, La., and Global Impact International/Restoration Rome located in Rome, Ga.