Empowered to Connect – Prepare Course

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Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents and those who have not yet adopted or begun fostering. The ETC Parent Training was developed by Michael & Amy Monroe 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.

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.

Ultimately, ETC Parent Training integrates this holistic understanding with the insights and skills parents need to effectively and consistently employ a balanced parenting approach that allows them to provide compassionate discipline that both connects and corrects.

Empowered To Connect Parent Training is divided into two separate courses: the Prepare Course (for pre-placement couples and singles) that meets for six weeks, and the Connect Course (for post-placement couples and singles) that meets for nine weeks.  Each course is taught in interactive small groups that meet weekly for two hour sessions.

The Prepare Course includes the following six sessions designed to provide useful insights and a solid foundation for those who have not yet adopted or begun fostering:

  • Building a Foundation of Connection
  • Examining What You Bring to the Relationship
  • Discovering the Heart of Connection – Attachment
  • Focusing on the Needs of the Whole Child
  • Putting It All Together: Connecting While Correcting (Parts 1 & 2)

During the in-class sessions participants cover the above material contained in the ETC Parent Training Manual. Tapestry is offering the ETC Prepare course at Irving Bible Church starting October 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm in The Alcove. Please email Ryan North at [email protected] if you would like to be a part of the class.

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