Upcoming Conferences

The Empowered To Connect Conference is a two-day conference for adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and professionals designed to help them connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. This conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others all involved in adoption and foster care ministries or services.

The nationwide participation in the Empowered To Connect Conference is a significant testament to the impact and work of Dr. Karyn Purvis. Read more about her legacy of hope and healing here.

 

2017 LIVE SIMULCAST

APRIL 7-8, 2017

Host Prices:

$199 – Until May 30
$249 – Early Bird Pricing until October 31
$299 – Nov 1 – Event.

 

Presenters

PRESENTATIONS BY: TCU INSTITUTE OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEAM

David R. Cross, Ph.D.

David R. Cross, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development and Professor in the TCU Department of Psychology. Dr. Cross and his colleague, Karyn B. Purvis, Ph.D., lead the Institute in its triple mission of research, education, and outreach to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications about issues regarding at-risk children, including those who have experienced early trauma.

David earned his B.S. from California State University Fresno with a major in Psychology, and then attended The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for graduate study, beginning in 1980. He earned an M.A. Psychology and an M.A. in Statistics, and then earned a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. In 1985, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in TCU’s Department of Psychology.

David’s wife, Trudy, is a retired Kindergarten teacher and a practicing Grandmother. His daughter, Jennifer, graduated from TCU in 2003, and is an environmental project manager for CB&I. His son, Nathan, is a former USMC Captain, and is now studying history at UTA.

Amanda R. Hiles Howard, PhD

Dr. HowardAmanda Hiles Howard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She came to Samford after serving as the Assistant Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development for six years. Amanda earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University with a major in Psychology, and then attended Texas Christian University for graduate study under the mentorship of Drs. David Cross and Karyn Purvis. She earned an M.S. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Quantitative Analysis, and then earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Developmental Psychology. Her work integrates theory, research and practice in a concentrated effort to increase understanding of the interpersonal processes underlying mental health and quality of life for youth in the child welfare system. Amanda and her husband John have two sons, Elias (6) and Silas (5).

Daren Jones, Training Specialist

Daren JonesDaren Jones is a Training Specialist with the TCU Institute of Child Development (ICD), where he works alongside Drs. David Cross and Karyn Purvis. 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 ICD 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 TCU 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 Katie Jones, daughter Ruby, and baby boy due May 2016.

SHOW HOPE EQUIPPING FAMILIES TEAM

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Dan and Terri Coley

Dan and Terri Coley are Show Hope founding board members who live in Franklin, Tennessee. Dan also serves on staff at Show Hope as the Senior Director of Programs and Growth Strategies. They have served as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birthmothers, and have adopted children domestically and internationally. Their family is multi-racial and includes children with special needs. It is their heart’s desire for every child to have a family, but through personal experience they have come to know the importance of understanding the challenges and needs of children from “hard places.” Dan and Terri are committed to help educate and prepare families for the adoption journey and empower them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining healthy families. The Coleys have nine children and eight grandchildren. Their daughter Christi lives in Birmingham with her husband Mike and daughters ColeyAnn and Kathren. Rachel and her husband, Corby, pastor in Lookout Mtn., GA with their children, Hank, Reese, Barnes, and Delsie. Carrie, her husband John, and their children, Rider and Leanna, live in New York City. Josh lives in Murfreesboro. Johnson and his wife Catherine live in Franklin. Katie is a college freshman at Tennessee Tech. Michael, Daniel, and Anna live at home with Dan and Terri.

CE Credits

Continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) may be offered to professionals for all conference learning sessions. In order to receive CE Credits:

  • Please make note when registering for conference
  • To streamline the process for all professionals, all individuals pursuing CE credit must register at etccontinuingeducation.eventbrite.com in addition to live event registration
  • After completing CE registration, professionals will be emailed a badge that includes a code that will be scanned when entering and leaving the conference to track attendance
  • CEC certificates will be emailed to registered professionals within 2 weeks of the event. ​

​The 2016 Empowered to Connect conferences ​have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886649357-0) for 11 Social Work continuing education contact hours. *PLEASE BE ADVISED: CE credits are for licensed professionals only and are not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.​

FAQs

The Empowered to Connect (ETC) Conference is a two-day conference for pre or post-adoptive or foster families and professionals that is designed to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God intended for them to be.
ETC is beneficial for adoptive parents, foster parents, potential adoptive/foster parents, and professionals (counselors, therapists, teachers, social workers, ministry leaders, youth nursery leaders and ANYONE working directly with children).
Empowered to Connect conferences are being held in three locations each year throughout the United States. Please visit our website to register, here.
$60 Individual/$75 Married Couple Early- Bird Registration: $45 Individual/$60 Married Couple
Unfortunately, no refunds will be granted.
We do not offer discounts or reduced fees for one day attendance. You must register for the full event. However, check-in will be open both days if you are only able to attend one day.
The conference will be held from 9am-5pm on a Friday and Saturday. Check-in opens at 8am, and attendees will check in by last name. Coffee, water and light refreshments will be provided during the morning and afternoon breaks. There will be a 1 ½ hour break scheduled for an off-site lunch each day. Handouts with local restaurant options will be available, if needed. A detailed conference schedule can be found here.
No, unfortunately childcare will not be provided. Please make arrangements for your children off-site.
Continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) may be offered to professionals for all conference learning sessions. In order to receive CE Credits:

  • Please make note when registering for conference
  • To streamline the process for all professionals, all individuals pursuing CE credit must register at http://etccontinuingeducation.eventbrite.com in addition to live event registration
  • After completing CE registration, professionals will be emailed a badge that includes a code that will be scanned when entering and leaving the conference to track attendance
  • CEC certificates will be emailed to registered professionals within 2 weeks of the event. ​

The 2016 Empowered to Connect conferences ​have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886649357-0) for 11 Social Work continuing education contact hours. *PLEASE BE ADVISED: CE credits are for licensed professionals only and are not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.​

Each parent will receive a certificate of attendance. The certificates will be handed out at the end of each day, per parent. Attendees are responsible for providing the certificate to their agency, and it is at the agency’s discretion whether or not to count participation toward training credits. To be eligible with your agency to receive training credits, each participant will need to turn in to their agency a copy of each certificate and it is beneficial to also provide them the schedule of the conference. There is no need to sign up for adoptive/foster training credit.
CEU credits may be available in your area. Certificates of Completion will be available to simulcast attendees.
If you are interested in requesting an ETC conference in your area, here are some helpful criteria to consider:

  • Located in a large, metropolitan area and access to a main airport hub.
  • A short explanation as to the benefit of hosting a conference in that city (large adoption/foster care community/church ministries, etc)
  • Point person who will work closely with Show Hope staff before, during, and after event.
  • Church venue that can comfortably accommodate 1,000 plus attendees and provide the venue at a low or minimal cost. Additional advantages include churches with established adoption and/or orphan care ministries
  • Please submit an email to info@showhope.org with above details and we will keep your request on file.
Information on each conference presenter can be found here.
Thanks for your interest in participating at the conference. We do not currently allow outside parties to set up booths in order to focus on the topics presented at the event.
Audio recordings of each session will be available for purchase at the event. Resources will be available from all speakers, including The Connected Child and Dr. Purvis’ resources will also be available for purchase.

Partners

Focusonthefamily

Through a partnership with Focus on the Family®, we are able to make training more widely accessible to families, professionals, and churches.

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