Camp Courage is a therapeutic day camp founded on TBRI principles for children who are adopted and are experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges.  


Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) was developed at Texas Christian University in order to help adoptive and foster families as they parented children who experienced early maltreatment and trauma.  It has been implemented and studied over the last 15 years to provide an evidence based, attachment and trauma focused intervention for families who have often struggled to find ways to relate that result in enjoyable, sustained positive relationships with one another.   As parents, you may have found much heartache in trying to reach your child and develop the family life that you desire.  As a child, early neglect and/or abuse have caused deep and often invisible wounds that make children look as if they are just angry and oppositional.  We believe there is hope for your family.  


Mike Spencer is a counselor and adoptive parent who found TBRI in his efforts to help his children.  Patty Jewell is a social worker who has specialized in adoption, attachment and trauma over the last 20 years.  Together, and with various partners, they are offering Camp Courage - a therapeutic day camp for adopted children - here in Indianapolis this summer.  For more information please contact Mike at or Patty at



Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Camp Courage was a great success!  We offered two  one-week camp experiences for children 5-11.  It was not only great fun but an experience that helped children grow in their ability to regulate their emotions and build their self-esteem.

Please look for more information on future camp offerenings in the next year!