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Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

Pearl Project Buddy Training , Ocala

Aug 08, 2021 10:53AM ● By Sheila Mahan

Based on years of research by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross and their colleagues at Texas Christian University, trust-based relational intervention (TBRI) is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention. This attachment-rich intervention is designed to meet the unique needs of children that have experienced trauma. Those interested in serving as a Pearl Project Buddy are invited to come to the summer training 5:30 to 7 p.m., August 16, at Highlands Baptist Church, in Ocala. Volunteer opportunities are available through the year.


When children feel safe and know they have a voice, their survival behaviors: including lying, stealing and anger outbursts, are diminished.  When TBRI is applied, caregivers spend less time stressfully putting out fires and more time joyfully engaging their children. As a result, these children that desperately needed a sense of self-worth begin to discover their value. While TBRI was designed for vulnerable children, parents often find this to be the best parenting philosophy for all children. 


There is no cost to attend. Location: 3530 E. Fort King St., Ocala. For more information, call  Joy Zedler  at 352-405-5005, email [email protected] or visit