March 11, 2021

The Modality Used at our RFK Camps: Trust-Based Relational Intervention

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®): For The Children trains its volunteers in the clinically proven TBRI® modality. 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. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

We know that trauma negatively affects a child’s emotional, mental, physical, and social development. The well-cited research on Adverse Childhood Experiences also affirms our understanding of the potentially harmful and long-lasting effects of traumatic childhood events. These include lowered self-esteem, behavioral problems, emotional dysregulation, social disconnection or over-attachment, and academic challenges due to over-stimulation, lack of attention or thoughts focused on survival or worry, among other adverse effects. Research also affirms the existence of human resilience – the ability to overcome and to thrive. With the right environment and support, children can overcome the ongoing residual effects of trauma. In fact, research on resilience repeatedly demonstrates the importance of supportive, caring adult relationships in the development of resilience.
This is the foundation of Royal Family KIDS – caring adults coming alongside wounded children, providing support and encouragement in a safe and secure environment while engaging in a variety of fun, recreational activities

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