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Therapeutic parenting

It is common for children in out-of-home care to have experienced trauma to an extent that their development, sense of safety, ability to learn and to engage positively with others are significantly impacted.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

The  following video explains the impacts of trauma on a child's brain and introduces Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI), a therapeutic model developed by the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at the University of Texas. 

Find out more about TBRI® and the Karen Purvis Institute.

Understanding trauma series: The three core needs of children

The following series explores the core needs of children and young people in care who have experienced trauma.

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Howard Bath, highlights how carers can support children and young people by creating an environment of emotional safety, helping them form healthy connections with others, and building a trusting relationship.

1. Feeling safe

2. Healthy connections

3. Adaptive coping


Theraplay® is a technique that is designed to build trust and attachment between carers and their children through playful activities and games.

Watch a video the Dr David Myrow Dr Susan Bundy-Myrow explaining Theraplay®, with demonstrations of Theraplay® in action.

Read our article for more on Theraplay®.