Empowered To Connect 2018 Conference - LIVE Simulcast

Join us for The Empowered To Connect Simulcast. This Simulcast is a two-day live video conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, churches, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. It features Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, to help bring attachment and connection in families. The content is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.

Snacks and workbook included free of charge. 

Lunch will be on your own both days


Special Notes

ATTENDEES:  Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance for 11 hours (5.5 hours each day). The certificates will be handed out at the end of each day.  Attendees are responsible for providing the certificate to their agency, and it is at the agency’s discretion whether or not to count participation toward training credits. 


PROFESSIONALS:  11 hours of continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) may be offered to professionals for all conference learning sessions.


In order to receive CE Credits:

  • In addition to the event registration, all individuals pursuing CE credit MUST register and pay a registration fee HERE

  • After completing CE registration, professionals will be emailed a badge that includes a code that will be scanned when entering and leaving the conference to track attendance
  • Registered professionals will be required to complete a test following the conference, and CEU certificates will be emailed to professionals within 2 weeks of the event.

For more information or questions please email vmceacharn@rosemontchurch.org

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Conference Schedule

(Eastern TiME Zone)


10:00 to 10:45 AM -Welcome and What is TBRI®?

10:45 AM to 12:00 PM - A Paradigm Shift Part 1 (led by Daren Jones)

12:00 to 12:15 PM -Break

12:15 to 1:15 PM - A Paradigm Shift Part 2 (led by Daren Jones)

1:15 to 2:15 PM - Lunch

2:15 to 3:30 PM - Connecting: Attachment is Developmental (led by Dr. Casey Call)

3:30 to 4:30 PM - Connecting: Healing Through Relationships (led by Dr. Casey Call)

4:30 to 4:45 PM - Break

4:45 to 5:55 PM - What About You? (led by Ryan and Kayla North)

5:55 to 6:00 PM - Closing Remarks


10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome

10:15 to 11:15 AM - Empowering: Preparing the Body and Environment (led by Sarah Mercado)

11:15 AM to 12:00 PM - Empowering: Meeting Sensory Needs (led by Sarah Mercado)

12:00 to 12:15 PM - Break

12:15 to 1:15 PM - Correcting: Recognizing the Need Behind Behavior Part 1 (led by Daren Jones)

1:15 to 2:15 PM - Lunch

2:15 to 3:30 PM  - Correcting: Recognizing the Need Behind Behavior Part 2 (led by Daren Jones)

3:30 to 4:30 PM - Advocating For Children (led by Dr. Casey Call, Ryan and Kayla North)

4:30 to 4:45 PM - Break

4:45 to 5:45 PM - Panel: Where Do I Start? (led by all speakers)

5:45 to 6:00 PM - Closing Remarks


  • Daren Jones

    Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. Daren began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting. After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Daren also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has spent the past 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor, Licensed Child Care Administrator, and trainer. Daren currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Katie, and two children.

  • Casey Call, Ph.D.

    Casey Call is the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development , and a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and families. Her responsibilities include research, training, and outreach connected to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. Casey also teaches, advises, and mentors TCU students in the Child Development undergraduate and graduate programs. Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and is a registered Circle of Security® parent educator. She has also received training in Theraplay® Level One and in scoring the Strange Situation Protocol. Casey has earned advanced degrees in elementary education, counseling, and developmental psychology. She is passionate about bringing trauma-informed interventions into systems of care, especially educational systems. Casey is married to Brian, a lieutenant in the Fort Worth Fire Department. They have two children and reside in Fort Worth, TX.

  • Sarah Mercado

    Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI ®). Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency. Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two girls.

  • Dan and Terri Coley

    Dan and Terri Coley are Show Hope founding board members who live in Franklin, Tennessee. Dan also serves on staff at Show Hope as the Senior Director of Programs and Growth Strategies. Terri serves on staff in pre and post adoption support. They have served as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birthmothers, and have adopted children domestically and internationally. Their family is multi-racial and includes children with special needs. It is their heart’s desire for every child to have a family. Through personal experience, they have come to know the importance of understanding the challenges and needs of children from “hard places.” Dan and Terri are committed to helping educate and prepare families for the adoption journey and empowering them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining healthy families. The Coleys have nine children and ten grandchildren.

  • Ryan and Kayla North

    Kayla and Ryan have six children through birth and foster care adoptions. They began their foster care journey in 2004 with the hope of adopting a baby. God quickly showed them that foster care was a ministry—not just to the children in care, but to their families as well. Following their calling, they have opened their home to close to thirty foster children. Ryan serves as the Executive Director of Tapestry, the Adoption and Foster Care Ministry of Irving Bible Church. Kayla recently left the classroom, after a decade of teaching third grade, to stay home with their seemingly always growing family. They are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers and write about the blessings and challenges of their parenting journey at One Big Happy Home and The Ryan Blog , and contribute to both Empowered to Connect and the Tapestry blogs.