Six CASA Staff Members Now Recognized as TBRI® Practitioners

TBRI Practitioners at CASA

L to R: Marilyn McQueeney, Jennifer Reitmeyer, Ann Marie Ronsman, Barb Robertson (not pictured – Linda Chilcoat and Jennifer Engel)

recognized casa staff members

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County is pleased to announce that six staff members – Linda Chilcoat, Jennifer Engel, Marilyn McQueeney, Jennifer Reitmeyer, Barb Robertson, and Ann Marie Ronsman – have completed training and received certification as TBRI® Practitioners by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Childhood Development at TCU. Each individual completed five units of online coursework followed by five days of on-site, intensive training that focused on application and implementation of TBRI® to receive this prestigious certification.

McQueeney became a practitioner in 2017 while Reitmeyer, Robertson and Ronsman completed training in 2018. Chilcoat and Engel are the newest TBRI Practitioners on the CASA staff; the two case supervisors completed the certification process in June of 2019.

What is TBRI®?

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) is an attachment-based, evidence-based, and trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm “fear-based behaviors” in children.

Linda Chilcoat and Jenn Engel

Newest TBRI Practitioners at CASA! L to R: Linda Chilcoat and Jenn Engel

TBRI® Practitioner Training

The TBRI® Practitioner training is intended for practitioners who want to learn about TBRI® and use it within their professional capacity (e.g., therapists, caseworkers, foster and adoption care specialists, occupational therapists, medical professionals, counselors, CASA representatives, early childhood & development specialists). This core training experience is designed to prepare practitioners for working with children from hard places and their families.

“For children who have experienced trauma, their brains have become wired differently,” explains TBRI® Practitioner and CASA Program Director, Marilyn McQueeney, “They lack the instinct to trust and naturally resort to fight, flight, or freeze when stressed or upset.” McQueeney continues, “With the right interactions and situations where trust is built, there is renewed hope to heal these children and give them brighter futures.”

As TBRI® Practitioners, McQueeney, Robertson, Reitmeyer and Ronsman will be able to apply TBRI® principles and strategies within CASA to train Advocates, CPS workers and attorneys – all in an effort to help children who have experienced trauma.

Upcoming TBRI® Training for Advocates

Questions or more information

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County will host multiple TBRI® Trainings in the coming months. For more information about TBRI® or becoming a TBRI® Practitioner, please contact Barb Robertson at Barb@CASASpeaks4Kids.com or (936) 441-5437, ext. 206.