Empowered To Connect 2016

Hosted by Bridges Child Placement Agency in partnership with Hope For Children in Downtown Pueblo @  801 W 4th St #104, Pueblo, CO 81003. Click the link above to register!

Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, and Bridges Child Placement Agency are proud to host the Empowered To Connect Simulcast — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, churches, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. Registration for this conference will open on January 3rd, 2015!

The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis and 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.

*Schedule is subject to change

Day 1 – Friday   – Welcome, Introductions & Overview – 9:00 to 9:30 am

Hope & Help for the Journey (led by Dr. Karyn Purvis) – 9:30 to 10:30 am

Break – 10:30 to 10:45 am

Understanding a Child’s History and Its Impacts (led by Dr. Karyn Purvis) – 10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Offsite Lunch – 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Adoption from the Inside Out: The Role of Parent History and Expectations in Connecting (led by Michael & Amy Monroe) – 1:30 to 2:45 pm Break – 2:45 to 3:00 pm

Our Journey of Hope: The Coley’s Adoption Story (led by Dan & Terri Coley) – 3:00 to 3:45 pm

The Attachment Dance (led by Dr. Karyn Purvis) – 3:45 to 4:45 pm Q&A with Dr. Karyn Purvis – 4:45 to 5:00 pm

Day 2 – Saturday–  9:00 to 9:15 am – Welcome

Empowering Our Kids to Succeed: Understanding Sensory Processing and the Neurochemistry of Fear (led by Dr. Karyn Purvis) – 9:15 to 10:30 am

Break – 10:30 to 10:45 am
Helping Adoptive and Foster Families Find the Education, Support and Help They Need (led by Michael & Amy Monroe) – 10:45 am to 11:45 pm

Offsite Lunch – 11:45 to 1:15 pm  (lunch provided for Bridges Foster Parents and those interested in learning more about Foster Care and Foster to Adopt.)

Foundations for Behavioral Change (led by Dr. Karyn Purvis) – 1:15 to 2:45 pm

Break – 2:45 to 3:00 pm

Strategies for Behavioral Change (led by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael & Amy Monroe) – 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Resources and Next Steps – 4:30 to 5:00 pm


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Dr. Karyn Purvis:


Dr. Purvis is the director of the TCU Institute of Child Development (www.child.tcu.edu). She has devoted the past twelve years to developing research-based interventions for at-risk children. She and her colleague Dr. David Cross co-authored the best-selling adoption book,
The Connected Child (2007).

Dr. Purvis has received numerous awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the title of Distinguished Fellow in Adoption and Child Development bestowed by The National Council for Adoption, and the James Hammerstein Award, given annually to honor someone who has displayed outstanding dedication to children in need. Dr. Purvis also recently served as Presiding Officer of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Committee on Licensing Standards, charged with addressing the safety and welfare of vulnerable children in foster care. Karyn is a former foster parent, a mother of three boys and a grandmother of eight.


Amanda R. Hiles Howard, PhD:


Amanda 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

Daren Jones is a Child Development Fellow with the Institute of Child Development. Daren 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 also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Daren has spent the past 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor, Licensed Child Care Administrator, and trainer. Daren currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Katie Jones, and daughter, Ruby.


Henry Milton

Henry Milton is a Child Development Fellow with the Institute of Child Development. He has 15 years of experience in mental health care, residential care, and inpatient psychiatry. While studying for his Bachelors in Psychology, Henry began working with at-risk youth in summer youth camps as a Camp Counselor. He went on to work full-time time as a Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior instructor for inpatient psychiatry, along with being a preceptor/mental health therapist.

Henry earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University-Commerce, TX with a major in Psychology and went on to complete his masters from Texas A&M-Commerce/Capella University, in Psychology. Henry currently resides

in Fort Worth, with his wife Amani Milton-Terrell, MD- Pediatrician and their children: Elijah and Micah.

The Coleys DUOTONE

Dan & Terri Coley

Dan and Terri Coley are founding board members of Show Hope. 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 live in Franklin, Tennessee and have nine children and nine grandchildren.


Alan and Debra Jones

For years, educators Alan and Debra Jones felt overwhelmed and ill-equipped to manage the maladaptive behaviors of their internationally adopted son, Dane. Through a rich partnership with researchers at the TCU Institute of Child Development, they found life-changing answers. Debra has over twenty years of experience with special needs children and now works as an associate of the Institute teaching Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. Together Alan and Debra lead their own business, Parenting Adoptees Can Trust (PACT). PACT offers education, support and research-based strategies to help parents of foster, adoptive, and at-risk children build better relationships with their child.

Learn about their speaking topics and in-home intensive interventions at www.parentingadopteescantrust.com.

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  1. Can any foster parent sign up for this or only those licensed by Bridges?

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