We are excited about our upcoming Empowered to Connect (ETC) Parent Trainings. ETC Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents. The ETC Parent Training was developed by Empowered To Connect and and relies heavily on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the TCU Institute of Child Development.We will be offering both the Prepare and Connect courses at Irving Bible Church starting in February.
The Prepare Course is for pre-placement couples and singles and starts February 17. The six week course will run for seven weeks, meeting every Tuesday for two hours at 6:30 pm except for March 10.
The Connect Course is for post-placement couples and singles and starts February 19. The nine week course will run for ten weeks, meeting every Tuesday for two hours at 6:30 pm except for March 10.
ETC Parent Training equips parents with a holistic understanding of their child’s needs and development while empowering them with the tools and strategies to effectively meet those needs, build trust, and help their child heal and grow. The training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a wide range of topics and issues relevant to adoptive and foster parents, including helping parents understand the impact of their child’s history, what they themselves bring to the parent-child relationship, the fundamentals of attachment, the impact of fear, and the importance of meeting their child’s sensory processing, nutritional and other physiological needs.
The cost for the training is $150 per family, which includes all materials and required resources. Married couples are required to attend together and singles are encouraged to attend with a support team member. Class sizes are limited to no more than 12 families. Continuing education training credits are available for foster/adoptive parents who complete the training.
For more information about the Empowered To Connect Parent Training or to inquire about registering to attend an upcoming class, contact Ryan North at [email protected]. You can learn more about the ETC Parent Training on our website by clicking here.