Empowered To Connect

Empowered To Connect Parent Training


Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents. 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.

Click here to find an ETC Parent Trainer near you!

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.

Session Topics & Training Requirements

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)

The Connect Course includes the following nine sessions designed for parents who have already adopted:

● Building a Foundation of Connection
● Understanding What Your Child Brings to the Relationship
● Examining What You Bring to the Relationship (Part 1)
● Examining What You Bring to the Relationship (Part 2)
● Discovering the Heart of Connection – Attachment
● Focusing on the Needs of the Whole Child
● Putting It All Together: Connecting While Correcting (Parts 1-3)

During the in-class sessions participants cover the above material contained in the ETC Parent Training Manual. In addition, the in-class sessions are supplemented by weekly assignments, including reading and a variety of participatory “at-home” exercises.  You can read the Introduction to the ETC Parent Training – Connect course here, and view the ETC Parent Training Resource List here.

History of ETC Parent Training

ETC Parent Training was first taught by the Monroes in 2010 at Irving Bible Church.  Since then, over 1,500 families have completed the training.  ETC Parent Training is offered regularly by Tapestry (at Irving Bible Church) for families in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  In addition, over 130 couples from around the U.S. have completed Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer, and most are now leading ETC Parent Training in their own church.  Click here to find a map with the contact details for the active ETC Parent Trainers!

Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer

Empowered To Connect offers the opportunity for adoption/foster care ministry leaders to become trainers and lead ETC Parent Training for families in their church and community.  Click here for more details about Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer.

***2015 ETC Train-the-Trainer classes are full.  Check back in September for the dates and locations of the 2016 ETC Train-the-Trainer offerings!

For Professionals

If you are a professional and seeking to be trained in your professional capacity, please visit the TCU Institute of Child Development website at http://www.child.tcu.edu/training.asp to learn more about Dr. Purvis’ Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) Training for professionals.

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