REGISTRATION FOR THE EMPOWERED TO CONNECT CONFERENCE IS NOW LIVE HERE!
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. Led by Dr. Karyn Purvis (Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development), 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. Conference sessions will be held from 10am-6pm on both days. Light refreshments will be provided during breaks throughout the event. Lunches are provided both days from 1-2:30pm and are included in your registration cost. A gluten free salad option will also be available for those who have dietary restrictions. All participants are highly encouraged to attend sessions on both days. Professionals may be eligible to receive continuing education credit for their participation.
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- Dr. Karyn Purvis - Dr. Purvis is the director of the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development. She has devoted the past decade to developing research-based interventions for adopted, foster and other at-risk children. She has lectured and taught all across the U.S. and throughout the world to varied groups – from trainings in the U.S. for parents, churches, judges, social workers and counselors, to international trainings for parents and professionals in England, Iceland, Scotland, Romania, Ethiopia and Rwanda. She and her colleague, Dr. David Cross, write regularly for scientific journals and parents magazines, and co-authored The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family (2007). Dr. Purvis also wrote, together with Michael and Amy Monroe, Created To Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child. She is the recipient of the T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Texas Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, and in June 2008 was given the title of Distinguished Fellow in Adoption and Child Development by the National Council for Adoption. Dr. Purvis holds both masters and doctorate degrees in Developmental Psychology from TCU, and 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, currently working with Dr. Purvis and Dr. Cross to conduct trainings and workshops on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. Henry has also been heavily involved in brining TBRI methods to the public schools and residential treatment centers across the country. 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. His motivation to work professionally with youth began while working in the summer camps. Henry went on to work full-time time as a (PMAB) Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior instructor for inpatient psychiatry, along with being a preceptor/mental health therapist. He believes the key motivator for him and the reason he loves working with at risk populations, are the lasting relationships and overall changes seen in the youth. Henry currently resides in Fort Worth, with his wife Amani Milton-Terrell, MD- Pediatrician and their children: Elijah 8yrs old and Micah 6-yrs old. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
All adoptive/foster families in attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the conference that can be presented to their agency for proof of ongoing education and training.
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 2015 Empowered to Connect conferences have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886649357-2610) for 11 Social Work continuing education contact hours. 2016 approval is pending. *PLEASE BE ADVISED: CE credits are for licensed professionals only and are not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.