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Meet Our Adoption Support and Preservation Program’s TBRI Practitioners

Our Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) team sent six staff members to the Virtual TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner Training through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, taking place over two weeks in November 2020.

We’re pleased to introduce all of the TBRI practitioners in our ASAP program at Metropolitan!

Samantha Brady, LCSW, Clinical Program Supervisor, TBRI Practitioner
Parenting does not come with a handbook but TBRI has great guidance on how we can parent our children based on neuroscience! This intervention can assist our kids in healthy brain development as well as being able to assist in healing their brain from the early childhood trauma they experienced. It is how my husband and I chose to parent our children, and beyond parenting it is the way I chose to be in relationship with everyone in my personal and professional life.


Katy Bray, LCSW, TBRI Practitioner
I am really looking forward to using TBRI with families as a new practitioner. TBRI taught me about my own attachment style and how it affects my interactions with others. I believe that the more knowledge families have about their own attachment styles, the more families can grow and learn. Knowledge is power and I am excited to help families along their TBRI journey.


Jennifer Jenks, LCSW, ICDVP, Clinical Manager, TBRI Practitioner
I am thrilled to be a TBRI practitioner because this is an intervention that can truly make a difference in the lives of adoptive and guardianship families. I especially like the focus on connecting with the child and meeting the child’s needs as a way to change behavior. The intervention also helps to increase the child’s sense of safety and belonging in the family. I am excited about teaching the principles of TBRI to staff and caregivers in our program.


LaRia Cochran, LPC, TBRI Practitioner
My name is LaRia and TBRI was one of the best experiences for me personally and professionally. I am excited about using these techniques to build a healthier bond between a child and their parent(s), and increase the success rate for children from hard places. I enjoy seeing children and families work together and smile together.


Shawna Johnson, LCSW, TBRI Practitioner
The TBRI practitioner training helped me to better understand the TBRI principles and how to utilize them with the families I serve in the ASAP program. Not only that, I now have a better understanding of myself and how I hope to interact with others in my life. I love that TBRI is based in science and values human connection.


Cara Siebert, LCPC, Program Director, TBRI Practitioner
My favorite thing about TBRI is that it can be used as an intervention for all types of behaviors and families have had success with TBRI when other interventions have failed. Connection is key!


Lizbeth Delgado, LSW, TBRI Practitioner
My experience with TBRI has started a new journey for me. I appreciate how TBRI has a focus on the importance of exploring adult attachment and how that shapes interactions we have with others. It allows adults to take a step back, acknowledge our own history, create space to start our own healing, if needed, and practice new techniques to connect with children and other adults in our life.