Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

Sunny Glen over the past 82 years has provided exceptional care for the youth that have been entrusted to us.  The way we have provided this care has changed tremendously since the beginning.  In 2002, we decided to update our campus with new buildings to provide a safer and more stable home for the youth.  However, it’s not only the structures that make the difference but the programming and staff. In February of 2018 we began exclusively utilizing a trauma informed care program developed at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University called Trust-Based Relational Intervention®(TBRI).  

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 for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.  All of our employees receive TBRI®training as a component of their new-hire orientation as well as monthly refresher training.  Each month, our campus selects a specific skill from TBRI® to focus on as a way of implementing these concepts into the fabric of our environment here at Sunny Glen. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.  

“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.”

-Dr. Karyn Purvis