Christ Presbyterian Academy

Empowered Parenting

Empowered Parenting is a unique series of trainings on Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI), led by Associate Head of School-Education Dr. Marcia Sutton, free and available to all CPA parents. 

Key faculty and staff in each school have been formally trained in TBRI, an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. Developed by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, however, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection. At Empowered Parenting (hosted the first Wednesday of every month at 8 a.m. in the Chapel- lower school building), parents will learn principles of empowerment, connection, and correction and how to apply them in everyday life.

Key Questions of TBRI

  • How does trauma affect a child's brain? 
  • What are the various forms of trauma that can impact children today? 
  • What are the physical, mental, emotional, psychological signs of trauma in a child? 
  • How can parents and educators be better equipped to engage children relationally in times of struggle? 
  • How is connection and trust built throughout daily routines for children and adults? 
  • Email Dr. Sutton with questions on the Empowered Parenting series. 

All sessions are free and open to CPA parents. Sessions meet in the Chapel (lower school building) at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.