I am happy and honored to announce that my husband Chris and I are officially TBRI practitioners!
Many people in the adoption and foster care community are familiar with TBRI. But for those who are not, I'd like to share a brief description.
TBRI®- Trust Based Relational Interventions - 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. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection. See: https://child.tcu.edu/about-us/tbri/#sthash.mXj81E7y.dpbs
Obtaining this training meant that Chris and I completed 10 weeks of pre-training which included watching videos, reading books and articles, participating in an adult attachment inventory, and completing quizzes. We were immersed in TBRI before we ever set foot in the week-long training. Once we arrived at the training, we attended five full days of seminars, breakout groups and mentor groups. The training was exemplary and we left well-equipped to better serve our community. We feel very proud of all that we have accomplished already!
As we seek our plans for implementation, we are considering many different avenues.
1) In my adoption home study business, I plan to share TBRI with my families in an attempt to prepare them for the challenges they may face while raising an adopted child.
2) In our therapy practices at Christian Family Institute, we hope to work with and empower many foster and adoptive families as they care for their children with difficult histories.
3) In our orphan care ministry at Southern Hills Church in Tulsa, we will continue leading an educational and support group on Wednesday nights and hope to provide more one on one support services for our caregivers.
4) In our community, we hope to raise awareness about the special needs of children from hard places - the sensory issues, behavioral issues, relational issues, and emotional issues that stem from their difficult life experiences. We plan to host seminars, workshops, and events in various organizations including churches, school, adoption agencies, foster agencies, therapy offices, and court systems.
Please let me know if you have any questions or desire more information! As we schedule events, I will share the information on my facebook page, website blog, and through email. We are passionate about better meeting the needs of children and families affected by trauma, loss and neglect.
Facebook Page: Oklahoma Adoption Home Studies - Jennifer Giles
Therapy Practice: Christian Family Institute (www.christianfamilyinstitute.com)
Orphan Care Ministry: ECHO @ Southern Hills Church - 56th & Lewis in Tulsa.
Meetings every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8. Excellent child care is available.