This is entry 3 of the blogchain TBRI.
After working my way through an online TBRI course, I’ve concluded that there is an essential set of skills and beliefs that TBRI rests on. I doubt the importance and veracity of a few things it promotes, and I think TBRI neglects the most important element of bad behavior: Sin. But I find the following list of core skills and beliefs that TBRI promotes to be true and very beneficial.
For kids, you should normally aim for a connected, playful level of engagement. (I’d guess something similar is probably true for adults.
Achieving and maintaining this kind of engagement requires both proactive and responsive strategies.
Care for the whole person. This is related to mercy and empowerment. A person’s needs are physical and non-physical. Responsive correction is most effective when a person is empowered and connected.
It is important to be present and mindful of your own needs, as well as the needs of the person you are trying to help. Long-term success depends on it.
Learning works well in a calm, alert state. Respond to bad behavior, but use proactive strategies too.
Be deliberate and clear about your level of expectations; be ready to raise and low the bar as needed.
Teaching how to use words to solve conflicts is a good idea. Learning to use words well empowers us to solve conflicts in good ways and reduces dependence on ineffective and destructive strategies.
Remember that with people from hard places, co-regulation is often necessary before self-regulation is possible.
Remember that just because someone is safe doesn’t mean they feel safe. Stress hormones, for example, don’t magically disappear just because someone hears “get over it.”
Learn and use I.D.E.A.L responses, which requires knowing how to escalate the level of response and how to get back to connected, playful engagement.
This list is a high bar for those who aim to be helpers. And it doesn’t even include the spiritual needs of a person, which must also be considered. But putting these things into practice is important and worth the effort.