Representatives from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) at Texas Christian University visited Methodist Children’s Home in Waco on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, to hear how MCH utilizes Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) in its training and program service implementation.
TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. MCH partnered with KPICD, a leader in the field of TBRI, in 2011. MCH was named an inaugural “TBRI Ambassador Organization” by KPICD in 2021 for being a longtime partner and advocate of TBRI.
“Our collaboration with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development enhanced the legacy of MCH and how we serve children, youth and families,” said Traci Wagner, vice president for programs at MCH.
KPICD representatives included David Cross, director of KPICD; Daren Jones, associate director of training and consultation services; and Henry Milton, training specialist. Wagner and Trey Oakley, MCH president and CEO, were joined by Brooke Davilla, associate vice president for programs; Dorothy Phillips, residential services program administrator; Marissa Smith, program administrator for MCH Family Outreach; and John Warren, community engagement and training specialist.
MCH actively engages with community partners, other nonprofits and churches to offer no-cost trainings of a variety of programs, including TBRI. The strategy is in response to an action step in the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan challenging MCH to share knowledge and expertise.
“All areas of our ministry agree with the need to repurpose our talents and resources to be who our communities are calling us to be,” Oakley said. “Fostering a culture of learning is one of our strategic commitments at MCH. When we are serving, we are also learning.”