Empowered to Connect Simulcast Promo Video
Empowered to Connect Simulcast Promo Video

THE ROCK at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that it will be the Los Angeles simulcast location for the Empowered to Connect conference, April 7-8, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. The parenting program is a "faith based and science backed" system to enhance the communication and emotional attachment between parent and child. Ideal for families, foster families, adoptive families, and youth professionals such as social workers, therapists, and ministry leaders; this two day event will instruct attendees how to strengthen relationships and work through difficult situations with children. Please note that this is not an online webcast. Attendees will view the simulcast at the St. Stephen Presbyterian Church campus.

Saturday Special!

Individual Sessions Available FREE if ordered ONLINE

Bring your kids!  The Nursery and ROCK Youth Center will be open free of charge!

Continuing Education Credits for Parents & Professionals


Adoptive and foster parents in need of documentation for training or continuing education hours will receive a separate certificate each day.  You will be responsible for noting which sessions were attended using the check boxes printed on the back of the certificate.  It is at the discretion of each agency to award credit for the conference. If an agency has questions about the conference content, they can contact Show Hope at https://showhope.org/our-work/pre-post-adoption-support/empowered-to-connect/


The Empowered to Connect Conference is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to receive continuing education credits to use towards their licensing requirements.  The Simulcast has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for NBCC credit (Approval # SP-2801) and by the National Association of Social Workers for 5.5 continuing education contact hours on Friday (Approval #886649357-1759) and 5.5 continuing education contact hours on Saturday (Approval #886649357-8997). Please note that simulcast viewers seeking NASW credit will be required to complete a post-test and receive a score of 80% or above to receive a certificate.

Professionals seeking continuing education credits must follow this procedure:
  1. Purchase a ticket to attend the Simulcast on this web page.
  2. Register at the Show Hope Continuing Education Registration website here: www.etccontinuingeducation2017.eventbrite.com   The NASW accreditation fee is $50 while the NBCC and other accrediting organizations fee is $35.
  3. Once registered you will receive further instructions via email.  Included will be a printable badge that will be scanned when you arrive and depart to verify attendance.
  4. Only those professionals who register to receive the National Association of Social Workers certificate will be emailed links to the post-tests following the conference. The post-test must be completed by the date noted with a score of 80% or above for the certificate to be mailed. All fees will be forfeited if the attendee does not complete the test in a timely and satisfactory manner that meets the requirements stated by NASW.
  5. All certificates will be emailed within four weeks of the Empowered to Connect Simulcast.


LINK FOR PROFESSIONAL CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: www.etccontinuingeducation2017.eventbrite.com

Empowered to Connect 2017 Simulcast Schedule



David R. Cross, Ph.D.

David R. Cross, Ph.D., is the Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, and a Professor in the TCU Department of Psychology. Dr. Cross leads the Purvis Institute in its triple mission of research, education, and outreach to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and/or trauma.

He has authored many peer-reviewed publications about issues regarding at-risk children, including those who have experienced early trauma. David earned his B.S. from California State University Fresno with a major in Psychology, and then attended The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for graduate study, beginning in 1980. He earned an M.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Statistics. He later earned a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. In 1985, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in TCU’s Department of Psychology.

David’s wife, Trudy, is a retired Kindergarten teacher and a practicing Grandmother. His daughter graduated from TCU in 2003, and is an environmental project manager for CB&I. His son is a former USMC Captain, and is now studying history at UTA.

Amanda R. Hiles Howard, Ph.D.

Amanda Hiles Howard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She came to Samford after serving as the Assistant Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU for six years. Amanda earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University with a major in Psychology, and then attended TCU for graduate study under the mentorship of Drs. David Cross and Karyn Purvis. She earned an M.S. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Quantitative Analysis, and then earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Developmental Psychology. Her work integrates theory, research, and practice in a concentrated effort to increase understanding of the interpersonal processes underlying mental health and quality of life for youth in the child welfare system. Amanda and her husband John have two sons.

Daren Jones, Training Specialist

Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD). As training specialist, Daren’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Since Daren joined the Purvis Institute in 2014, he has been an integral part of teaching and spreading TBRI® across the U.S. and throughout the world.

Daren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He 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 spent 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor and trainer, before beginning his work with the KP ICD. Daren is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where he resides with his wife, daughter, and son.

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

Ryan and Kayla North have six children through birth and foster care adoptions. They began their foster care journey in 2004 and welcomed close to thirty children in the foster care system into their home. Although their home is closed to foster care, they continue to support those who are walking this journey.

Ryan is the Executive Director of Tapestry, the Adoption and Foster Care Ministry of Irving Bible Church in the Dallas area. Tapestry serves to connect families in community, equip them for the journey, and encourage them along the way. In his capacity as the Executive Director of Tapestry, Ryan leads Empowered to Connect.

Kayla left the classroom, after a decade of teaching third grade, to stay home with their six children, five of whom she home schools. She oversees all ETC Parent Trainers and leads Tapestry’s crisis intervention efforts.

They are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers, Trainer of 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.

Casey Call, Ph.D.

Casey 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 TrustBased 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 a lieutenant in the Fort Worth Fire Department. They have two children, and reside in Fort Worth, TX.

Cindy R. Lee, LCSW, LADC

Cindy specializes in providing counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults as well as crisis intervention services and substance abuse treatment. In an effort to better serve families experiencing relational trauma, Cindy completed TCU’s Institute of Child Development’s Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) professional training program, developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. With permission from the Institute of Child Development, Cindy has conducted trainings to clinicians, spoken at conferences, and serves as a TBRI® Mentor at TBRI® trainings.

Realizing the healing value of TBRI®, Cindy co-founded the HALO Project and currently serves as the Executive Director. HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving Outreach) is a 10-week intensive intervention program for children in foster care and/or children who have been adopted. HALO Project curriculum is based on the principles of TBRI® and has been life changing for families in need. HALO collaborates with occupational therapists, mental health clinicians, psychologists, speech pathologists, and medical professionals to meet the diverse needs of this population. HALO is a 501c3 nonprofit and partners with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development to serve children from hard places.

In collaboration with Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, Cindy has published a series of children books based upon the valuable lessons on TBRI®, including Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo, It’s Tough to Be Gentle: A Dragon’s Tale, Doggie Doesn’t Know No, The Penguin and the Fine-Looking Fish, The Elephant with Small Ears and The Redo Roo.  Proceeds of the books are donated to the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and HALO Project.

Additionally, Cindy has received training in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Theraplay®, and Circle of Security™.  Cindy has experience treating a wide variety of issues including child abuse and neglect, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and addiction.

Cindy graduated with honors from Arizona State University with her Masters in Social Work in 1999 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Cindy is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers as well as the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Cindy resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband, children, and pets.