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Show Hope's Empowered to Connect Simulcast Conference

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Tabacco Room at the Sletten Cancer Institute

1117 29th St S.

Great Falls, MT 59405

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The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. 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.

This year’s conference will feature additional speakers, and additional improvements to the conference schedule to ensure parents and professionals receive even more practical tools for implementing TBRIⓇ in their families or communities.

The speakers include:

Dr. David Cross, the Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and a professor in the TCU Department of Psychology.

Amanda Hiles Howard, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University

Casey Call, the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and families.

Daren Jones, a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.

Cindy Lee, LCSW, LADC, specializes in providing counseling services for children, adolescents and adults as well as crisis intervention services and substance abuse treatment.

Dan and Terri Coley are Show Hope founding board members who live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Kayla and Ryan have six children through birth and foster care adoptions


● To help understand the specific needs of the whole child, the principles of empowering, connecting and correcting, and practical steps that can help children heal. This is accomplished by: helping parents see their children with ‘eyes of compassion’; understanding the needs of the whole child; and offering hope from the scientific research that all children can heal if their parents are insightful and equipped.

● To provide an in-depth look at the impact of trauma on children, including effects in their brain development, neurochemistry, sensory processing, attachment behaviors and ability to self-regulate. Presenter will review a wide range of research that gives insight into development deficits that impact “children from hard places,” but also focuses on helping parents/caregivers to see beyond maladaptive behaviors to the “real child”.

● To encourage the parent to look at their adult attachment style and his/her motivations and expectations in helping his/her child develop a secure attachment. This session will: help understand the impact the parent’s own history can have on the relationship; provide parent’s insights and skills to help them begin to process their own histories; challenge parents to focus on what they bring to the parent-child relationship.

● To provide a summary of attachment and key attachment research, focusing on the role of attachment as the foundation for the parent/child relationship. This session will also focus on helping parents/caregivers understand how to rebuild and repair ruptured attachments for “children from hard places”.

● To present an overview of how sensory processing and neurochemistry is affected in “children from hard places.” Specifically, this session will focus on: signs of sensory processing deficits and disorder; strategies to effectively respond to and deal with sensory processing issues; research relating altered neurochemistry in “children from hard places.”

● To offer insights, strategies and tools parents need to achieve effective behavioral change in their children while promoting lasting connection and healing.

SCHEDULE Mountain Time Zone

Day 1 – Friday

9:30 - 10:00 AM- Check-in/ Registration

10:00 to 10:30 AM – Welcome, Introductions, and Overview

10:30 to 11:45 AM – Children from Hard Places and the Brain (led by Dr. David Cross)

11:45 AM to 12:00 PM – Break

12:00 to 1:00 PM – Hope and Help for the Future (led by Dr. David Cross)

1:00 to 2:30 PM – Offsite Lunch

2:30 to 3:45 PM – Creating Healing Connections (led by Dr. Amanda Howard)

3:45 to 4:00 PM – Break

4:00 to 4:45 PM – We Didn’t Know What We Didn’t Know (led by Dan & Terri Coley)

4:45 to 5:45 PM – Empowering Our Kids to Succeed (led by Dr. Casey Call)

5:45 to 6:00 PM– Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Saturday

10:00 to 10:15 AM – Welcome and Overview

10:15 to 11:30 AM – Shaping Our Kids’ Behavior (led by Daren Jones)

11:30 to 11:45 AM – Break

11:45 am to 1:00 PM – Shaping Our Kids’ Behavior (led by Daren Jones)

1:00 to 2:30 PM – Offsite Lunch

2:30 to 3:30 PM – Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Children (led by Cindy Lee)

3:30 to 3:45 PM – Break

3:45 to 4:30 PM – Creating a Safe Place (led by Ryan and Kayla North)

4:30 to 5:45 PM – Putting It All Together and Taking It Home (led by all speakers)

5:45 to 6:00 PM – Closing Remarks

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