Supportive Facilitated Discussion Group for Caregivers: TBRI Connected Child Book Club

Join us for our first Book Club!

The CaRES team will be leading a group through reading and discussion of “The Connected Child,” by Karyn Purvis. “The Connected Child” lays out the foundational principles for Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children.

Discussion at the five weekly book club meetings will dive into what TBRI is, and discussion will include a look at new strategies for building connection and managing behaviors. So you can fully participate in the class, please have access to a copy of the book. You can find “The Connected Child” on Amazon, at your local library or at local retailers.

Scheduled meeting topics:

Week 1 Introduction. Week 1 will be an opportunity to get to know one another and be introduced to the principles of TBRI. This will be a place to discuss and get support for the challenges in your home.

Week 2 Chapters 1-3. We will be discussing the first three chapters of the book. These chapters help us to make the connection between what children have experienced, the difficult behaviors they are struggling with, and how we can move forward with connection.

Week 3 Chapters 4-6. We will discuss providing a structured and nurturing environment for children, which includes disarming fear and providing felt safety.

Week 4 Chapters 7-9. Week 4 will dive further into how to provide nurture at every opportunity while also dealing with challenging behaviors. Chapter 9 offers proactive strategies to make life easier.

Week 5 Chapters 10 and 12. In our final week we will discuss brain chemistry to gain a better understanding of how trauma impacts the brain. We will also have an opportunity to think about our own needs, healing and self-care as caregivers.

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No Social Work CEUs or STARS credits are available for this class at this time.

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