Pre-Conference Institutes


This year, we will be offering two pre-conference institutes:

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) in Youth Services
  • Trauma Responsive Care: TBRI® with Child Sex Trafficking Victims

Both institutes will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Houston, located at 1200 Louisiana Street. Six hours of CEUs will be offered for each institute. The cost is free for conference attendees and $75 for those who are not planning to attend the full conference. You may sign up for the institutes on your conference registration form, or click below to register for only the pre-institutes:

See below for descriptions of each of the institutes:

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) in Youth Services

This training will consist of an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI® is a holistic approach that is multi‑disciplinary, flexible, attachment‑centered, and challenging. It is an evidence‑based, trauma‑informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from hard places, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence, but you’ll see that the principles apply to all children. TBRI® consists of three sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting Principles, which you’ll learn about more in this module.

Presenters: Jacob Huereca, MSW, Sebastian Ramos, with Connections Individual and Family Services

Trauma Responsive Care: TBRI® with Child Sex Trafficking Victims

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is a holistic, evidence-based, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children and youth. Vulnerable children or “children from hard places” have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and beliefs systems. Commercially Sexually Exploited (CSE) youth often present with histories of complex developmental trauma that contribute to needs communicated through challenging behavior. TBRI® focuses on understanding the trauma-related needs of the population to better respond to their high-risk behaviors. Connecting with them is at the core of relationships and relationships are vital to creating a safe space for a (CSE) youth to heal from trauma. TBRI® equips caregivers with practical tools that help them walk with youth through recovery and healing.

Presenters: Ally Matteson, LCSW, Kimberly Jones, LMFT-A, with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development