Daren Jones, Training Specialist

Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD). As training specialist, Daren’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Since Daren joined the Purvis Institute in 2014, he has been an integral part of teaching and spreading TBRI® across the U.S. and throughout the world.

Daren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting. After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Daren spent 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor and trainer, before beginning his work with the KP ICD. Daren is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where he resides with his wife, daughter, and son.


Katie Thornton, Training Specialist

Katie Thornton is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. Her main functions at the KP ICD include training professionals and parents on the effects of trauma on learning and behavior, training on the Purvis Institute’s holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention, Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), writing/editing curriculum and materials, and serving as a liaison for the KP ICD Partner Network.

Katie earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and her M.Ed. in Special Education, both from Texas Christian University.

Her teaching experiences include public education, international education, and private education for students with Learning Differences. She also served as a children’s ministry director and camp director nationally and internationally.

Katie specializes in trauma and the brain, mindfulness and regulation, and high-incidence Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Katie lives in Fort Worth, TX, where she enjoys running, yoga, making music, and spending time with family and friends.


Molly Davidson, Training Specialist

Molly Davidson is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As training specialist, Molly’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.

Molly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Baylor University. She began her career working as an Investigator for Child Protective Services covering high-profile media and child-death cases.

After serving at CPS for five years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she has experience working in both domestic and international foster care.

Molly spent 12 years serving youth and families within foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in September 2016.

Molly lives in Fort Worth, TX with her husband, Tanner, and their dog, Penny-Lane.