April 5 and 6 | 8:45am-5:00pm both days | Center Bldg.
Cost: $10/both days or $8/one day (includes workbook)
No childcare provided. | Lunch is on your own.
The Empowered to Connect Conference features 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. This simulcast, live from Illinois, 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, and therapists.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES OF THE EMPOWERED TO CONNECT CONFERENCE
- To help understand the specific needs of the whole child, the principles of empowering, connecting and correcting, and practical steps that can help children heal. This is accomplished by: helping parents see their children with ‘eyes of compassion’; understanding the needs of the whole child; and offering hope from the scientific research that all children can heal if their parents are insightful and equipped.
- To provide an in-depth look at the impact of trauma on children, including effects in their brain development, neurochemistry, sensory processing, attachment behaviors and ability to self-regulate. Presenter will review a wide range of research that gives insight into development deficits that impact “children from hard places,” but also focuses on helping parents/caregivers to see beyond maladaptive behaviors to the “real child”.
- To encourage the parent to look at their adult attachment style and his/her motivations and expectations in helping his/her child develop a secure attachment. This session will: help understand the impact the parent’s own history can have on the relationship; provide parent’s insights and skills to help them begin to process their own histories; challenge parents to focus on what they bring to the parent-child relationship.
- To provide a summary of attachment and key attachment research, focusing on the role of attachment as the foundation for the parent/child relationship. This session will also focus on helping parents/caregivers understand how to rebuild and repair ruptured attachments for “children from hard places”.
- To present an overview of how sensory processing and neurochemistry is affected in “children from hard places.” Specifically, this session will focus on: signs of sensory processing deficits and disorder; strategies to effectively respond to and deal with sensory processing issues; research relating altered neurochemistry in “children from hard places.”
- To offer insights, strategies and tools parents need to achieve effective behavioral change in their children while promoting lasting connection and healing.
Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). He began his career as a behavior instructor at a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a traditional academic setting. After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain a Master of Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Daren also obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has spent the past 13 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor, and Licensed Child Care Administrator. Daren is currently pursuing a doctorate in counseling and counselor education at TCU in Fort Worth, where he resides with his wife and two children.
Amanda Purvis is a Training Specialist with the Purvis Institute. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. She began her career working in Child Protective Services as an intake worker. She then transitioned to foster care and post-adoption support, where she spent a decade of her career before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in December 2017. Amanda lives in Castle Rock, CO, with her husband and five children and their dog, Scout.
Mark and Tona Ottinger
As part of the Empowered to Connect team for more than 11 years, Mark and Tona are committed to empowering parents, professionals, non-profits, churches, and communities with tools to create safe, attachment-rich spaces for children and families to thrive. In 2016, they co-founded the Memphis Family Connection Center (MFCC). MFCC is a nonprofit that provides holistic attachment-centered counseling, occupational therapy, speech therapy, parent mentoring, and integrated services to the family as a whole. Mark is a campus pastor at Fellowship Memphis Church and serves as Executive Director of MFCC. Tona is the Director of Community Based Programs at MFCC as well as Director of Empowered to Connect. They are passionate about the gospel, restoration, justice, and empowering parents and children to live deep, connected lives with one another and the Lord. Mark and Tona have been married for 22 years and have six children.
Sarah Mercado earned her bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as 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 the regional director for a foster care 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 as a Training Specialist with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah and her family live near Austin, TX.
Marti Smith, OTR/L
Marti is an Occupational Therapist in Austin, TX. She is a fellow with Child Trauma Academy and a TBRI Practitioner. She carries extra certification in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Massage Therapy, CiSM, Therapeutic Listening, and Interactive Metronome. She is a co-founder of Simple Sparrow Farm where she helps people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to “Learn, Grow, and Heal.” She began her career studying autism in the public schools until a friend encouraged her to focus on children from hard places who could also benefit from similar sensory-focused interventions. She is currently raising her children and providing trainings all over the world to help caregivers understand the “why” behind the action and how to best support the child and help them reach their full potential. Her “Trauma Tips” podcast series can be found at www.creativetherapies.com.
Cindy R. Lee
Cindy Lee, LCSW, LADC, specializes in providing counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults. Cindy is a TBRI Practitioner, and serves as a mentor for other practitioners. Cindy also co-founded the HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving, Outreach) Project and currently works as the executive director. HALO is a 10-week intensive intervention program based on the principles of TBRI, for children in foster care and children who have been adopted. In collaboration with Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, Cindy has published a series of children’s books available through Amazon, which are based upon the valuable lessons of TBRI. Cindy resides with her family in Edmond, OK.
Dan and Terri Coley, Hosts
Dan and Terri Coley live in Franklin, TN, and are among Show Hope’s founding board members. Dan serves as the senior director of programs at Show Hope, and Terri serves on staff in Pre+Post Adoption Support. Together, they have provided interim foster care 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 hearts’ 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, empowering them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining and building healthy families. The Coleys have nine children and 10 grandchildren.
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Day 1 – Friday
9:00 to 9:15 AM – Welcome and Introductions Dan and Terri Coley
9:15 to 10:30 AM – TBRI & Trauma Daren Jones
10:30 to 10:45 AM – Break
10:45 to 11:45 AM – TBRI & Trauma: A Family Perspective Mark and Tona Ottinger
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM – TBRI & Trauma: Wrap-Up Daren Jones
12:15 to 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 to 3:00 PM – Connecting Part One Amanda Purvis
3:00 to 3:15 PM – Break
3:15 to 3:45 PM – Connecting Part Two Amanda Purvis
3:45 to 4:45 PM – Connecting Through Play Cindy Lee
4:45 to 5:00 PM – Closing Remarks Dan and Terri Coley
Day 2 – Saturday
9:00 to 9:30 AM – Welcome and Review of Day 1 Daren Jones
9:30 to 10:30 AM – Empowering Sarah Mercado
10:30 to 10:45 AM – Break
10:45 to 11:45 AM – Empowering: An Occupational Therapist’s Perspective Marti Smith
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM – Empowering: Wrap-Up Sarah Mercado and Marti Smith
12:15 to 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 to 3:00 PM – Correcting Amanda Purvis
3:00 to 3:15 PM – Break
3:15 to 4:15 PM – Correcting: A Family Perspective Mark and Tona Ottinger
4:15 to 4:45 PM – Correcting: Wrap-Up Amanda Purvis
4:45 to 5:00 PM – Closing Remarks
TRAINING CREDITS FOR FOSTER/ADOPT PARENTS
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.
The Empowered to Connect Conference is a wonderful opportunity for licensed professionals to receive continuing education credits to use toward their licensing requirements.
The Empowered to Connect Conference is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 5.5 continuing education contact hours on Friday (Approval #886649357-2702) and 5.5 continuing education contact hours on Saturday (Approval #886649357-2703). Please note that all attendees seeking NASW credit will be required to complete a post-test and receive a score of 80% or above to receive a certificate.
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Additional registration and fees are required for continuing education credits.