What is the Empowered to Connect Conference?

The Empowered to Connect Conference is a free two-day event that 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.

The training is designed to help adults connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

This year’s conference includes Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, which exists to bring attachment and connection in families. The nationwide participation in the Empowered to Connect Conference is a testament to the impact and work of Dr. Karyn Purvis.

Event Details


Friday, April 26th, 12pm-8pm and Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 9am-5pm


This is a free event.

However, professionals looking to receive Continuing Education Credits must register here and pay a registration fee. You will also need to register for this specific host site using the form below.


There will be a meal break on Friday for dinner and Saturday for lunch. You may bring your own meal or plan to leave the campus to get food. Some snacks will be provided.


Childcare is not available for this event. 

Who is this training for?

This is ideal for:

  • Adoptive and foster parents

  • Anyone considering adoption or foster care

  • Teachers and School Administrators

  • Mentors

  • CASA’s

  • Social workers

  • Foster care/adoption agency professionals

  • Church staff

  • Ministry leaders

  • Counselors/therapists

  • Anyone involved in adoption and foster care ministries or services

Training Hours and Professional Continuing Education Credits

  • Foster parents: Certificates will be given out each day for proof of training credits. You do not need to attend the whole conference to receive training credits. You may attend any portion of the event and receive credit for the sessions you attended, which will be denoted on the back of your certificate. It is at the discretion of your agency to accept the training hours. If any agencies have questions, please ask them to contact the conference at (615) 550-5600 x. 116 or etcconferences@showhope.org

  • Professionals: The 2019 Empowered to Connect Conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 11 continuing education credits (5.5 on Friday and 5.5 on Saturday). All professionals interested in receiving CEUs must register through this site. You will not be eligible for credit without confirmation of registration. You must also register for this host site as well using the form below.

    Please contact etcconferences@showhope.org with any questions.


Verde Valley Christian Church
406 S. 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326