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Trust Based Relational Intervention: Introduction & Overview

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Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (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 caregivers of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. This presentation will introduce participants to all parts of TBRI® by highlighting the ways in which each section of the intervention strategy fits into the holistic nature of TBRI®.

Shana Cerny, Associate Professor, University of South Dakota
Community Response to Child Abuse Conference 2023

Shana Cerny is an associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of South Dakota. Shana is active nationally and locally on committees concerned with the prevention and response to child maltreatment. She co-created a Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) graduate certificate with colleagues from the departments of Social Work and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. Additionally, she created a graduate level course,Trauma Informed Care: Pediatrics; in this course, students explore the biopsychosocial foundation of development, explore research-based interventions, and learn to empower families to promote healing and help children return to their natural developmental trajectory. Shana completed Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Educator training in 2015; in addition to training her students, she has consulted with regional Head Start Programs to implement TBRI training with staff and to use Nurture Groups with the children in their care. Shana is also a practicing occupational therapist, serving children in rural school districts in Nebraska.