Empowered to Connect

ETC Train-the-Trainer

Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer is an eight-week training process for married adoptive or foster couples.  The first seven weeks of train-the-trainer are conducted via remote learning utilizing reading assignments, DVD instruction and a variety of written and participatory exercises.  The training concludes with a three-day intensive in-class training. CLICK HERE for a detailed schedule of the three-day in-class training.

Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer is offered multiple times each year and is open to experienced adoptive/foster parents that are involved in established adoption/foster ministries.  In order to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the train-the-trainer experience, class sizes are limited and both spouses are required to attend train-the-trainer together.

The fee for Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer is currently $400 (per couple). In addition, participants are required to cover the cost of their resources (i.e., books and DVDs) plus their travel and lodging.

2017 Dates & Locations for ETC Train-the-Trainer


  • May 25-27 at Irving Bible Church in the Dallas Area (CLOSED)
  • July 27-29 Fresno, CA (CLOSED)


CLICK HERE if you would like to apply to become an Empowered to Connect Parent Trainer. Please note that both spouses are required to complete the application when applying. UPDATE We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. 

Do you still have questions about Empowered To Connect Train-the-Trainer?  Read our FAQs About ETC Train-the-Trainer.


Click here to find out if there are ETC Parent Trainers near you


For Professionals

If you are a professional and seeking to be trained in your professional capacity, please visit the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development website at to learn more about the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner training.


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