Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, this conference helps bring attachment and connection in families.
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.
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.
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. Terri serves on staff in pre and post adoption support. 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.
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 helping educate and prepare families for the adoption journey and empowering them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining healthy families. The Coleys have nine children and ten grandchildren.
Sarah Mercado is a training specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU. As a training specialist, Sarah focuses on instructing care professionals in Trust-Based Relational Intervention as they work with children who have experienced trauma. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct-care staff working with adolescent boys living in a residential treatment center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was regional director for a foster and adoption agency. Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband, AJ, and their two daughters.
Casey is the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and families. Her responsibilities include research, training, and outreach connected to TrustBased Relational Intervention®. Casey also teaches, advises, and mentors TCU students in the Child Development undergraduate and graduate programs.
Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and is a registered Circle of Security® parent educator. She has also received training in Theraplay® Level One and in scoring the Strange Situation Protocol. Casey has earned advanced degrees in elementary education, counseling, and developmental psychology. She is passionate about bringing trauma-informed interventions into systems of care, especially educational systems. Casey is married to a lieutenant in the Fort Worth Fire Department. They have two children, and reside in Fort Worth, TX.
CE credits may be available in your area. More information regarding CE approval and registration will be available in January 2019.
The Empowered to Connect Conference features two days of practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
The conference content is beneficial for adoptive parents, foster parents, potential adoptive or foster parents, and professionals or ministry leaders serving children.
Each adoptive and foster 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.
The conference runs from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, though there are slight variations in time based on the event’s time zone. Simulcasts in the Central and Pacific time zones will run from 9am to 5pm, while those in the Eastern and Mountain time zones will be held from 10am to 6pm.
The live event—hosted in the Chicago metro area for 2018—will be held from 9am to 5pm both Friday and Saturday. Check-in opens at 8am, and attendees will check in with their ticket or last name. Coffee, water, and light refreshments will be provided during the morning and afternoon breaks. There will be a one-and-a-half hour break scheduled for an off-site lunch each day. Handouts with local restaurant options will be available, if needed.
No, unfortunately childcare will not be provided. Please make arrangements for your children off-site.
Simulcast ticket fees vary by location. Please contact your local host for additional details.
The 2018 Empowered to Connect Conference will be held in Oswego, IL. Live event registration is available here.
In addition to the live event, churches and other organizations will host a live simulcast of the event in communities around the world. Please visit the event map to find a location near you.
Please visit our registration site for CE approval information and registration. An additional registration will be required for all professionals seeking continuing education.
Continuing education is for licensed professionals only and is not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.
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.
Thank you 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 content presented at the event.