TBRI® Summit

Join us on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Lifeline Youth Ministries Hub in Elkhart for the TBRI® Summit as we discover the healing power of TBRI® and how it is transforming relationships with children and youth in our community. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Grow in knowledge and understanding of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®
  2. Discuss practical application and strategies to incorporate with children and families
  3. Collaborate as a community to strengthen trauma-informed programming in our region


  • 8:30 AM – Welcome (light refreshments available)
  • 8:45 AM – Keynote Intro with Randy Kaiser
  • 10:15 AM – Break
  • 10:30 AM – Breakout Sessions (see below)
  • 11:45 AM – Lunch (provided)
  • 12:45 PM – Keynote Closing with Randy Kaiser
  • 2:00 PM – Break
  • 2:15 PM – Question & Answer Panel with Randy Kaiser and local TBRI® Practitioners

Date: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Lifeline Youth Ministries, 2721 Prairie St, Elkhart, IN 46517

Cost: $10

Available: 5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Due to limited parking space at the venue, please try to car pool.

Breakout Sessions

Connection in Action

This session is designed to engage participants in the powerful effects of connection as a caregiver. Participants will engage in a mindfulness demonstration with backpacks, representing the heavy load caregivers may carry. Without awareness, this “load” can affect the ability to connect and experience healthy relationships with both children and adults. However, as intentional steps are taken toward being mindfully aware, caregivers are more cabable of practicing attunement and successfully applying the TBRI® Engagement Strategies. These strategies are simple but incredibly intentional and are vital to building connection and trust. This session will be interactive, and participants will leave with practical tools they can apply immediately.


Mandy Rice is a TBRI® practitioner that utilizes TBRI® personally and professionally as a Health Families Supervisor at CAPS. Mandy trains others within her organization on TBRI® and how to implement the TBRI® strategies to promote positive parent-child interactions. Mandy and her significant other have six children and are very involved with extracurriculars. In any downtime Mandy enjoys reading and continuing her education to pursue her passion of supporting families to keep children free from abuse and neglect.

Nurture Groups

If you run small groups or mental health programs for youth, then this session is for you! Caregivers and professionals in a variety of settings can use Nurture Groups to promote healthy relationships and proactively teach various skills to children and teens.  In this session participants will actively engage in a Nurture Group to experience first-hand what it is like. Natasha will share tips and tricks to customize these groups based on settings and objectives. This session will be fun, educational, helpful.


Natasha Lantz became a TBRI® Practitioner in August 2023 but has been using TBRI® tools & strategies for 2 years now. She loves that TBRI® is trauma-informed and allows her to develop a relationship with the youth she works with. Natasha has been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County for 5 ½ years now. She began her career with Boys & Girls Club as an Area Director and is now the Director of Mental Health Services. Natasha currently leads all mental health initiatives at Boys & Girls Club along with supervising two Mental Health Specialists. Natasha is a Licensed Social Worker and received both her bachelor & master’s in social work degrees at Indiana University South Bend.  She is an Alum from the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury and grew up in Elkhart County. She married her high school sweetheart and has been married for 5 years but together for 13 years. Natasha has no pets but loves dogs, and is currently a dog handler for Boys & Girls Clubs’ therapy dog Albert.

The Power of Play

When someone is captivated in play and a game, there is an opportunity to focus their attention on profound life lessons demonstrated in the play with mindful engagement. During this breakout session, participants will engage in Sarah’s favorite ice breakers, initiatives and games with simple framing, metaphoric connection, and the power of choice. Join this workshop and be prepared to play, be creative, and discover ideas to create connections and build self-efficacy with kids. This session will focus on the power of connection through PLAY!


Sarah Sark is the Recreational Therapy Director at Bashor Children’s Home. She has been working with youth in residential for over 25 years. Sarah is a TBRI® Practicioner and a trainer/facilitator on the Pekarak Adventure Challenge course focusing on adventure based programming. Her strength has been providing leadership training through experiential learning. She is married with two teenagers that keep the taxi service running seven days a week.

TBRI® & Human Trafficking

A real case focus on what Human Trafficking really looks like in our communities. This breakout session will show participants how to apply the fundamental principles of TBRI® to prevent our youth from getting involved with child predators. From trauma recognition to connection principles, this session provides a fun, interactive approach to keeping our children safe.


Randy Kaiser is a TBRI® Practitioner and the founder of K4 Enterprises, Inc. He is currently a Criminal Investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He has devoted most of his career to battling crimes against children. With over a decade of law enforcement experience, he specializes in trauma-informed practices, including education seminars, interviewing strategies, and resource development.

TBRI® & The Classroom


Dive into the world of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® in this engaging breakout session, featuring an expert panel ready to share insights and answer burning questions on implementing TBRI® in school settings. This interactive session is designed to empower participants with firsthand experiences and diverse perspectives on applying TBRI® principles to foster positive relationships, resilience, and academic success. The panelists of seasoned educators and mental health professionals will guide discussions on practical strategies, challenges, and success stories, offering valuable takeaways for all participants. Do not miss the opportunity to engage with this panel and leave with a deeper understanding of how TBRI® can be effectively woven into the fabric of educational environments for the benefit of both students and educators alike.


Matt Borst, Executive Director of Village to Village International

Chris Berg, Vice Principal at NorthWood High School

Lindsay London, Mental Health Coordinator for Wa-Nee Community Schools

Mindi Mattern, Dean of Students at Nappanee Elementary School

Kim Branham, Principal at Woodview Elementary School

Stacey Borst, Resource Aide at Holy Cross Elementary


TBRI® & Faith

In this breakout session, David will share unique insights of the relational and healing nature of God with individuals in Scripture. He will explore how the core principles of TBRI® – Connecting, Empowering and Correcting – have been modeled by God the Father with His children throughout history. David will also guide participants to reflect on how they can practically apply these same core principles within their families, churches and communities.


David is the Senior Program Director at Lifeline Youth Ministries and became part of the team after graduating from Word of Life Bible Institute in 2016. He is married to his beautiful wife, Emily, and is the proud father to three amazing daughters. He feels privileged that he is able to provide a safe, loving place for students to be themselves.

Understanding Blocked Care & Holding on to Hope

Caring for those who have encountered adversity can be difficult. As a result, caregivers may experience what is known as blocked care – a subconscious response to constant stress which makes it challenging for caregivers to be emotionally present for their child and show themselves and their child grace and compassion. There is often deep shame connected to these feelings, and caregivers may wrestle with how to move forward in their relationships with children in their care.

In this breakout session, Lauren will share her unique and honest perspective as a mother who has struggled with blocked care herself. She will cultivate a safe space to authentically explore why blocked care shows up in our lives, and how we find hope and healing to move forward and reclaim compassion for ourselves and our children. Lauren is passionate about holding this space with other caregivers because she believes “shame dies when stories are shared in safe spaces.” (Ann Voskamp)


Lauren Troyer is an adoptive mom, RN, and homesteader in the making. She is a mom to 3 amazing, unique kids. In addition to her family, she has a dog, 2 cats, 11 chickens, and an ever-growing number of houseplants. She was introduced to TBRI® as a drowning foster parent trying to make sense of her kids behaviors and her own triggers. TBRI® gave her family hope for the future. Lauren enjoys helping parents find abundant grace for themselves and their children. She is passionate about understanding attachment, inner healing, and creating vulnerable spaces for authenticity. She is a trainer for Cindy Lee’s Making Sense of Your Worth curriculum.

The Value of Attachment: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

No one escapes childhood unscathed. Every person carries deep wounds, behaviors, and beliefs about themselves and others as a direct result of early childhood experiences. Without a conscious effort to make sense of these experiences, people find themselves responding and reacting to present day relationships as if they were still living in the past. This session will give a framework for participants to make sense of how their earliest attachment figures might be influencing their relationships today and how early experiences influence a person’s understanding of their sense of worth and value.



Anthony, LSW, works as a TBRI® trainer for Village To Village, Intl. and as a child and family therapist at The Cottage At 933. His experiences as a teacher and as a foster/adoptive dad over the last 10 years have led him to be a passionate advocate for vulnerable youth in the community. He enjoys helping parents, teachers, and other caregivers better understand the needs and behaviors of their kiddos.