The 2015 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference will be held October 23 & 24 at Irving Bible Church and will feature unique content across two full days. You are invited to attend one or both days. This year’s theme is Back to Basics and we are excited to once again welcome Dr. Karyn Purvis to the Tapestry Conference.
We will offer three workshops on Friday, October 23; and Saturday, October 24, will consist of nine breakout sessions and two general sessions.
Here are 5 reasons you need to join us at this year’s conference.
The theme for this year’s conference is Back to Basics. We celebrated 10 Years of Ministry in September and we decided that we should start the decade by getting Back to Basics.
We all desire greater connection with our kids. We desire that connection because we all want hope and healing to be a part of our family’s DNA. In order to do that, we need to understand who we are, who our kids are, and what our kids need. We need to learn how to empower them, and how to connect with them, and how to correct them. The content at this year’s conference will help us understand what we need to become the parents and professionals that our kids need us to be.
We will have hours of honest, relevant, practical, and helpful teaching delivered by people who are trying to build a stronger connection with their kids. Our Friday speakers are licensed professionals, TBRI trained professionals, ministry leaders, and Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers. All of our speakers on Saturday this year are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers.
You can learn more about our speakers HERE
One of my favorite things about the conference is being around other people who get it. There are only a few places I can go without hearing the same questions you hear every day. Questions like; “Are they all yours?”, “Which one’s are adopted?”, and “You have HOW many?” The Tapestry Conference is one of those rare environments where these questions aren’t asked. It’s a place where the speakers and fellow attendees make you feel like you belong. It’s a place where you can be honest about your struggles and hear others be honest about their struggles too. It’s a place where we can rejoice with each other’s victories as well. I always leave the conference thankful for the training and support, and knowing that I can be the parent God has called me to be.
You can register for conference HERE
The Training Hours
This is important for both foster parents and professionals. Training certificates will be available for foster parents on both Friday (6 hours) and Saturday (6 hours) for a total of 12 hours if they attend both days. CEU credits will be available for social workers and professional counselors licensed in Texas on both Friday (6 hours) and Saturday (6 hours) for a total of 12 hours if they attend both days.
You can get more information HERE
Dr. Karyn Purvis
Dr. Karyn Purvis is the founder and Rees-Jones Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development. She is a passionate advocate for “children from hard places” and hosting a Back to Basics conference without her would seem incomplete.
Dr. Purvis coined the phrase to describe children with histories of trauma, abuse, and neglect. A noted author, scholar and popular speaker, Dr. Purvis holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Texas Christian University. She and her mentor and colleague, Dr. David Cross, currently lead the Institute in its triple mission of research, education and outreach on behalf of at-risk children.
Drs. Purvis and Cross 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. Within six months of publication, The Connected Child ranked as an Amazon bestseller among adoption books.
In 1999, Dr. Purvis launched The Hope Connection®, a summer camp that serves as a research and training lab for adopted children and their parents and students. Out of that experience and years of research, Drs. Purvis and Cross developed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) ®, a step-by-step intervention designed to bring deep healing to at-risk children and their struggling families.
Dr. Purvis is a former foster mother, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother of nine, two of whom are adopted. Her life’s passion is to empower children to overcome trauma so they may thrive and reach their fullest potential in life.
Her assigned topic for Saturday is The Impact of Hard Places on Brain, Biology, Body, Beliefs, and Behavior.
You can read more about Dr. Purvis HERE
Lunch with Adults
I know I said we had 5 reasons you shouldn’t miss the Tapestry Conference this year, but I’ve included this important bonus reason. We all love our kids, but every now and then it’s nice to eat a meal without cutting someone else’s food, or feeding a baby, or refilling drinks. And if you order the chicken sandwich for lunch on Saturday you can have the rare treat of eating hot food.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference.
You can register for conference HERE