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Theraplay and TBRI: Combining Attachment-Focused Interventions to Treat Trauma

September 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

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*No APT credit available

This is a 1 day training
September 22, 2021
9:00am -12:15pm CST

Trainer: Casey Call & Samantha Farris

Have you ever wondered what other interventions might pair well with Theraplay?  What is an intervention that focuses heavily on working with parents?  Is there an intervention that heavily incorporates sensory processing into treating trauma?  Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) might just be the intervention you seek.  In this workshop, you will learn about the history of TBRI and how it was developed by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross.  You will gain insight into how TBRI’s three pillars of trauma-informed care are aligned with Theraplay’s four dimensions of parent-child relationships.  Building strong attachment and empathy are hallmarks of both interventions and this course will help you understand the basics of how to marry the two.


9:00-9:30 Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) History, Development, and Connections 

9:30-10:00 Trauma & the Brain

10:00-10:45 TBRI: Connecting Principles & Theraplay

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 TBRI: Empowering and Correcting Principles & Theraplay


  • Understand the history of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Theraplay. 
  • List the three principles and six strategies of TBRI. 
  • Explain how TBRI and Theraplay promote healing through relationships and regulation. 
  • Describe five ways that TBRI and Theraplay are compatible within a clinical setting.


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Cassidy, J. (2001). Truth, lies, and intimacy: An attachment perspective. Attachment & Human Development, 3(2). 

Felitti, V.J., Anda, R.F. … (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14(4).  

Purvis, K.B., Cross, D.R., Dansereau, D.F., & Parris, S.R. (2013). Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI): A systemic approach to complex developmental trauma. Child & Youth Services, 34. 

Schore, J.R. & Schore, A.N. (2008). Modern attachment theory: The central role of affect regulation in development and treatment. Clinical Social Work Journal, 36(1). DOI 10.1007/s10615-007-0111-7 

Sroufe, A. (2005). Attachment and development: A prospective, longitudinal study from birth to adulthood. Attachment & Human Development, 7(4). 

Stern, J.A., & Cassidy, J. (2018). Empathy from infancy to adolescence: An attachment perspective on the development of individual differences. Developmental Review, 47.


September 22, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
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