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.

2018 Dates & Locations for ETC Train-the-Trainer



Please note that both spouses are required to complete the application when applying.

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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