Workshops and Classes

Debra is available for half-day or full-day workshops for parents and/or professionals who deal with children who've experienced relationship-based trauma. 

Introductory Level Trust-Based Relational Intervention(TBRI)®

A half-day or full-day overview of the TCU Institute of Child Development's relationship-based model. Learn the risk factors for developmental delays, maladaptive behavior, and relationship challenges when things didn't go right from the start for a child. Discover how the Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting principles can help overcome deficits in attachment, brain development, neurochemistry, and sensory processing. For more information, please contact

Through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, Debra also facilitates introductory level presentations on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) parenting model. She conducts presentations on key child development issues and shares insight from her personal experience. These presentations create a better understanding of the unique challenges facing at-risk children and how to help them overcome behavioral problems, learning difficulties, and mental illness resulting from early trauma and/or deprivation. For further details, please contact TCU's Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at (817) 257-7415 or email

Respite Training for Groups with Adoption or Foster Care Ministries

One of the overwhelming needs of parents raising children from backgrounds of trauma is finding appropriate child care so parents can rest and regroup or just enjoy a night out. Debra is available for respite training for groups of individuals interested in helping these families by providing a "Parents' Night Out" in their church or organization


Whether you are just starting as a new parent or have been in the trenches for years, Debra’s encouraging and insightful words are sure to give you hope. She has a “been there - done that” understanding and is willing to be vulnerable about her own journey to help you on yours. With a sense of humor and authenticity, she shares valuable nuggets and professional expertise from her own family’s journey and from various experts as well as clients that have been her continual teachers. Her passion is to keep impacting forever families!

Trust-Based Parenting for Every Day Living

A full-day, interactive workshop for parents including practical application strategies and audience participation that brings laughter, learning, and some "light-bulb" moments. Learn to unlearn traditional strategies that aren't working and overcome what feels counter-intuitive as you parent the child from a background of early harm or neglect.

Attachment:  Yours, Mine, and Ours

A full-day workshop on infant, child, and adult attachment including small group breakouts for further exploration and self-awareness. Discover the difference between being loving and being securely attached. Learn how becoming more secure in your own adult attachment style can help your child come to great levels of healing and security.

Making Sense Out of Sensory Issues

Does your child use you like a human jungle gym? Do sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and touch cause overstimulation or behavioral meltdowns for your child? Are toys, crayons, schoolwork, or home furnishings often demolished? Learn the basics of Sensory Processing Disorder as well as resources and strategies for overcoming these challenges that make every day living so difficult.


Are your child's behaviors causing stress for the whole family? Does traditional discipline fall short in correcting the behavior or even make it worse? Children from backgrounds of early harm or neglect have frequent and intense behavioral dysregulation due to alterations in brain development, sensory processing, neurochemistry, and/or attachment. Learn how Debra and her husband, Alan, helped their son trade his maladaptive behavioral strategies for appropriate responses and come to great levels of healing, stability, and independence.


For more information, fee schedules, and booking, contact Courtney Chenault at