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.

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 $500 (per couple). In addition, participants are required to cover the cost of their resources (i.e., books and DVDs) plus their travel and lodging.

2021 Dates & Locations for ETC Train-the-Trainer

Dates and locations for the 2021 sessions of Train the Trainer are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Applications will open when details are announced

A committee of experienced Parent Trainers will review all submitted applications and make selections for who will be accepted to attend. Not everyone who submits an application will be accepted to the training. Empowered to Connect® Parent Training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a range of topics and issues relevant to adoptive and foster parents. Both spouses are required to complete their own application as we want the perspective of each of the parents. PLEASE NOTE: Your application WILL NOT be considered complete if only one spouse applies, we receive identical applications for both spouses, or one application is received with answers from both spouses.

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

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.