Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $150,000)
Trust Based Relational Intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research. The heartbeat of TBRI® is connection. TBRI’s Trauma Care Model for Family and Child Victims is proposed as an evidence-based tool to address the immediate trauma needs of children and families who have been exposed to toxic environments. TBRI® is designed to meet the basic relational and developmental needs of children and youth from "hard places," as well as the needs of the adults who seek to help them heal, learn, and grow. The TBRI® Connecting Principles build trusting relationships which help youth and juveniles feel valued, cared for, and safe. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office would hire a full time Trust Based Relational Intervention who would be responsible for training recruiting, training, and supervising community advocates. This project will continue to train advocates who work directly with juvenile violent offenders. The juveniles would be assigned to a 6-week program where conflict resolution techniques and strategies to deal with decision making and related behaviors. A tracking system will be used to measure the outcome of the program. The TBRI practitioner would collaborate with St. Mary Parish School board as well as judges, attorneys, and other stakeholders who meet with juveniles. The TBRI® Advocate hired by St. Mary Parish Office and St. Mary Parish School Board will continue to provide training to other community partners in each area where we serve.