Facilitator Training Process

Empowered to Connect®  Facilitator Training is offered a few times each year. To meet the needs of our course participants, our Cultivate Connection Facilitators are seasoned parents with personal experience in parenting or professional expertise working with children who…

  • have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 
  • are neurodiverse
  • were adopted or are in foster care
  • have complex medical needs

Empowered to Connect® Cultivate Connection is taught from a faith neutral perspective that is suitable for a variety of backgrounds. Cultivate Connection includes Theology of Connection, an optional supplemental resource taught from a Christian perspective. Cultivate Connection Facilitator Training will include an optional Theology of Connection session.

Have more questions? Visit our Facilitator Training FAQs, click here!

Training Process

Empowered to Connect® Cultivate Connection Facilitator Training is a comprehensive training process for experienced parents who actively support peers in their community.

Training includes two Phases:

Phase 1: Complete Cultivate Connection Course in a weekly online format

Phase 2: Participate in a 3 Day Training Weekend

Upcoming Dates & Locations

Hybrid Online & In Person Facilitator Training: Summer 2024

Course Cost

$1175 (individual)
$2150 (couple)

*In addition to the course cost, participants are required to cover the cost of their travel and lodging for Phase 2.

Application Window: March 28-April 28, 2024

*In addition to the course cost, participants are required to cover the cost of their travel and lodging for Phase 2.

Phase 1 / Online

  • Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:30pm CST
  • May 21-July 16, 2024

Phase 2 / In Person

  • Th-Sat: July 25-27, 2024
  • Memphis, TN

*The ETC Team is gauging accessibility for International Participants. If you are outside of the United States, and travel cost or time zone differences would prevent you from participating in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of Facilitator Training, please use this Contact form to let us know what barriers you are facing.*

Ready to take a step towards becoming a part of the Cultivate Connection Facilitator Team?

Our next Training Application window will open March 28, 2024!

In order to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the Facilitator Training experience, class sizes are limited and a Cohort model facilitates networking and relationship building opportunities with other Facilitators.

A committee of experienced ETC Staff and Cultivate Connection Facilitators will review all submitted applications and make selections for who will be accepted to attend based on application criteria, level of experience, and class size. Not everyone who submits an application will be accepted to the training.

Applicants may apply to facilitate Cultivate Connection as a couple or as an individual. Each person applying should fill out their own application.

If you are applying to facilitate as an individual, your spouse or parenting partner (if applicable) will be required to attend a Cultivate Connection Course. Alternatively, they may participate in Phase 1, the online portion of training, to ensure that your parenting methods are in alignment as a household (free of charge). The spouse/partner will not attend Phase 2 or become an active Cultivate Connection Facilitator upon completion of Phase 1.


Use our interactive map to contact a Cultivate Connection Facilitator near you and find out about upcoming courses!


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.