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, parents will learn principles of empowerment, connection, and correction and how to apply them in everyday life.

Empowered Parenting 2020-21 Schedule
Thursday Sessions: 8-9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary (Church building) | Sessions are for CPA parents.

  • October 8 - Trauma in the Brain and Bringing it Home 
  • November 12 - Parenting Styles: what style are you? 
  • December 10 - Childhood Attachment - making a difference 
  • January 14 - Adult Attachment - why it matters 
  • February 11 - Whole Brain Child Part I 
  • March 25 - Whole Brain Child Part II 
  • April 8 - Bringing It All Together 

Key faculty in each school have been trained in TBRI and will lead Empowered Parenting initiatives throughout the year. This program will build healthy conversations around parenting and relationships in our community.

Dr. Marcia Sutton

All sessions are free and open to CPA parents. Thursday sessions meet in the Sanctuary (Church building) from 8-9:30 a.m. Campus safety protocol will be observed.

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.