Connecting before correcting



Molly Woods, LSW, is a school-based Encompass therapist serving students and families in Orrville. She recommends “The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family” by Dr. Karyn Purvis who is one of the masterminds behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) – an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This book goes right along with the incredible annual conference, Empowered to Connect.


Both the conference and the book give parents, caregivers, teachers and workers the skills and knowledge to approach situations including “children from hard places” in a trauma-informed way. The guidance presented in this book encourages “connecting before correcting” and how to see through difficult behaviors to unmet needs, and to be able to address the behaviors effectively once those needs are met.


Dr. Purvis was a child development expert and passionate advocate for vulnerable children. She passed away in 2016. Her life and legacy live on through TBRI and books like this one. Pick up a copy today and learn from her practical wisdom.


“If I could tell you my dream for every child in the world it would be to imagine a world where the cry of every child is met by 11 compassionate adults,” Dr. Purvis once told an interviewer. “Giving voice to children is the heart and soul of what we do.”


To help support families during this uncertain time, The Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development at Texas Christian University is offering free access to their online trainings for a limited time. You may also enjoy these audio interviews with Dr. Purvis through Focus on the Family.


For more resources to help children who have experienced trauma, please reach out to us today.


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