Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training is a learning and training experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents. The ETC Parent Training was developed by Empowered To Connect and is based upon the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the TCU Institute of Child Development.
Relying heavily upon Dr. Purvis’ model and her book, The Connected Child, ETC Parent Training equips parents with a holistic understanding of their child’s needs and empowers them with the strategies and tools to effectively meet those needs while both building trust and helping their child heal and grow. The training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a wide range of topics and issues, including helping parents understand the impacts of their child’s history, what they themselves bring to the parent-child dynamic, the fundamentals of attachment, the impact of fear, and the importance of meeting their child’s sensory processing, nutritional and other physiological needs. Ultimately, the ETC Parent Training integrates this holistic understanding with the insights and skills parents need to effectively and consistently use the TBRI principles and strategies and enables them to employ a balanced parenting approach that allows them to provide compassionate discipline that both connects and corrects.
Empowered To Connect Parent Training is taught in small groups that meet weekly for two hour sessions over the course of nine weeks, and is highly interactive. The in-class sessions are supplemented by weekly outside assignments, including reading and a variety of participatory exercises.
The next semester of ETC Parent Training starts on February 23, 2012, and will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Irving Bible Church. The cost for the training is $125 per family, which includes materials, required resources and childcare (ages 0 to 5th grade). Married couples are required to attend together and singles are encouraged to attend with a support team member. Class size will be limited.