Empowered to Connect 2017


*REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!   $25/Person & $35/Couple
Hosted by Bridges Child Placement Agency in partnership with Temple Pueblo @ 3030 Thatcher Ave, Pueblo, CO 81005. 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 is open now!

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.

CEU credits may be available in your area. More information regarding CEU approval and registration can be found here.

For more information visit: https://showhope.org/our-work/pre-post-adoption-support/empowered-to-connect/

Click here for the viewing guide: https://showhope.org/product/etc-viewing-guide/

The event will be from 10:00am-6:00pm (MST) on both Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.


*Schedule is subject to change

Day 1 – Friday
10:00 to 10:30 AM – Welcome, Introductions, and Overview
10:30 to 11:45 AM –
Children from Hard Places and the Brain (led by Dr. David Cross)
11:45 AM to 12:00 PM – Break
12:00 to 1:00 PM –
Hope and Help for the Future (led by Dr. David Cross)
1:00 to 2:30 PM –Discussion Time & Lunch Provided (led by local, Laura Fadenrecht)
2:30 to 3:45 PM –
Creating Healing Connections (led by Dr. Amanda Howard)
3:45 to 4:00 PM – Break
4:00 to 4:45 PM –
We Didn’t Know What We Didn’t Know (led by Dan & Terri Coley)
4:45 to 5:45 PM –
Empowering Our Kids to Succeed (led by Dr. Casey Call)
5:45 to 6:00 PM– Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Saturday
10:00 to 10:15 AM – Welcome and Overview
10:15 to 11:30 AM –
Shaping Our Kids’ Behavior (led by Daren Jones)
11:30 to 11:45 AM – Break
11:45 am to 1:00 PM –
Shaping Our Kids’ Behavior (led by Daren Jones)
1:00 to 2:30 PM –
Discussion Time & Lunch Provided (led by local, Laura Fadenrecht)
2:30 to 3:30 PM –
Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Children (led by Cindy Lee)
3:30 to 3:45 PM –
3:45 to 4:30 PM –
Creating a Safe Place (led by Ryan and Kayla North)
4:30 to 5:45 PM –
Putting It All Together and Taking It Home (led by all speakers)
5:45 to 6:00 PM –
Closing Remarks

Guest Speakers

 DavidCross_500x500_BWDavid R. Cross, Ph.D.

Dr. David Cross is the Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and a professor in the TCU Department of Psychology. Dr. Cross leads 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. Dr. Cross 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. in Psychology and an M.A. in Statistics. He later earned a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. In 1985, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in TCU’s Department of Psychology.

Dr. Cross, with his former colleague Dr. Karyn Purvis, co-authored “The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family” to help adoptive parents understand the needs of children from hard places. “The Connected Child” continues to be a best-seller among adoption books. Together, Drs. Purvis and Cross created Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), a holistic, attachment based, trauma-informed, and evidence-based intervention for children who have experienced relational trauma.

Dr. Cross and his staff at the Institute regularly train professionals from around the world in TBRI®. The Institute is actively engaged in research that not only demonstrates the efficacy of TBRI® as an evidence-based intervention, but also in research about how to grow trauma-informed organizations and communities. In addition to his responsibilities at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Dr. Cross teaches many TCU courses including Case Studies in Child Development, Generalized Linear Models, and Graduate Developmental Psychology.

Dr. Cross’s wife, Trudy, is a retired Kindergarten teacher and a practicing Grandmother. They have two adult children.

AmandaHoward_webAmanda R. Hiles Howard, Ph.D.

Amanda Hiles Howard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She came to Samford after serving as the Assistant Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU for six years. Amanda earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University with a major in Psychology, and then attended TCU 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.

DarenJones_webDaren Jones

Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis 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. He 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, and two children.

The Coleys DUOTONEDan & 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. 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.





Casey Call, Ph.D.

Casey Call 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 Trust-Based 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 Brian, a lieutenant in the Fort Worth Fire Department. They have two children and reside in Fort Worth, TX.






Cindy R. Lee

Cindy Lee, LCSW, LADC, specializes in providing counseling services for children, adolescents and adults as well as crisis intervention services and substance abuse treatment.   In an effort to better serve families experiencing relational trauma, Cindy completed the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) professional training program of the developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross.  With permission from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Cindy has conducted trainings to clinicians, spoken at conferences and serves as a TBRI Mentor at TBRI® trainings.

Realizing the healing value of TBRI®, Cindy co-founded the HALO Project and currently serves as the Executive Director.  HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving Outreach) is a 10-week intensive intervention program for children in foster care and/or children who have been adopted.  HALO Project curriculum is based on the principles of TBRI® and has been life changing for families in need (www.haloprojectokc.org.)  HALO collaborates with occupational therapists, mental health clinicians, psychologists, speech pathologists and medical professionals to meet the diverse needs of this population.

In collaboration with Dr. Karyn Purvis & Dr. David Cross, Cindy has published a series of children books based upon the valuable lessons on TBRI®, including Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo,It’s Tough to Be Gentle: A Dragon’s Tale, Doggie Doesn’t Know No, The Penguin and the Fine-Looking Fish, The Elephant with Small Ears and The Redo Roo.  Proceeds of the books are donated to the Institute of Child Development and HALO Project.

Additionally, Cindy has received training in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Theraplay® and Circle of Security™.   Cindy has experience treating a wide variety of issues including child abuse and neglect, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and addiction.

Cindy graduated with honors from Arizona State University with her Masters in Social Work in 1999 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Cindy is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers as well as the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors.  Cindy resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband, children and pets.


 Ryan & Kayla North

Kayla and Ryan have six children through birth and foster care adoptions. They began their foster care journey in 2004 with the hope of adopting a baby. God quickly showed them that foster care was a ministry—not just to the children in care, but to their families as well. Following their calling, they have opened their home to close to thirty foster children. Ryan serves as the Executive Director of Tapestry, the Adoption and Foster Care Ministry of Irving Bible Church. Kayla recently left the classroom, after a decade of teaching third grade, to stay home with their seemingly always growing family. They are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers and write about the blessings and challenges of their parenting journey at One Big Happy Home and The Ryan Blog, and contribute to both Empowered to Connect and the Tapestry blogs.

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

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