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(TBRI & ETC Concepts) 

A place where you will connect with other parents who are walking the journey of caring for vulnerable children.  This is a no judgement zone group and a place to air out the challenges of all caring for children from hurt places and learn from the Trust-Based Relational Interventional methodology.  (See below for detailed topics) 

1st Monday of the month
7:00-8:30 p.m.
For more information contact Angela Gonzalez

Session 1-September 12th:  Introduction

Hope and Healing and Understanding Where your Child Begins
Too often parents and experts look at behavioral disorders as if they existed separate from sensory impairments; separate from attention deficits; separate from early childhood deprivation, neurological damage, attachment disorders, post-traumatic stress; and so on. We take a more holistic approach, because we know from the wealth of scientific research that a baby’s neurological, physical, behavioral, and relational skills all developed and emerged together. An infant needs more than just food and water and a roof over his or her head to grow; he or she needs close physical human contact and social interactions to develop optimally. Unfortunately, some children who are adopted can miss out on having all their earliest needs met before they go home to their forever families. We hope to provide insight into the very real obstacles or child’s may face, this session gives a brief overview of how healthy babies grow and learn as well is what happens when ideal circumstances are disrupted. Armed with these insights, you’ll be better prepared to understand your child.

Session 2-October 3rd:

Solving the Puzzle of Difficult Behavior
A child raised in a harsh and dysfunctional environment learns to become a survivalist over time. He or she cannot be expected to know the rules of family life or know the simple norms we accept as second nature. The difficult history of these children means that you as a caregiver, have to work harder to understand and address their unique deficits and make conscious effort to help them learn the skills they need at home with a caring family.

Session 3- November 7th:

Disarming the Fear Response with Felt Safety
Disturbing behavior (i.e. traumas, hiding, hyperactivity, or aggressiveness) are often triggered by child’s deep, primal fear.  Past traumas encoded within their brains can be easily reactivated. Hunger, abuse, or abandonment that occurred months or years ago can still trigger terror, which in turn leads to out-of-control behavior. Parents might easily confuse fear-based outburst with a willful disobedience, but they are not the same thing at all. Learn more about how to disarm the fear response with felt safety.

No Session for December 2016

Session 4- January 2nd:

Connecting the Pieces of Adoption – Licensed Mental Health Counselor and adoptive mom, Julie Wolf, MA, will talk about both the joys and challenges that are unique to parenting a child through adoption. 

Learn how to:
– Connect with your child/teen during difficult moments
– Deal with disrespect and defiance
– Practice skills to take care of yourself as a parent


Connection and Encouragement with Jason Johnson 
FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES mark your calendars and plan to join us as Jason Johnson will be visiting us for a time for connecting with other adoptive and foster parents and hearing some great encouragement!  visit for more information about our speaker!
It will be a night of encouragement and equipping as you enjoy amazing confections and connections with other foster and adoptive families.
This event is RSVP event only by 2/1/17!  Location TBD  No Childcare provided for this evening, however, let us know if you need a babysitter and we can connect you with a recommended babysitter.

Session 6- March 6th:

Nurturing at Every Opportunity
When feelings of frustration or helplessness enter in, it can become very easy to focus on discipline and forget about nurturing. Yet it is precisely at those times when we need to let compassion be our guide.  At-risk children tend to absorb the message that they are unwelcome in this world. They easily feel unimportant, unworthy, and rejected. One of your negative self-perception by continually showing how much you value your child. Equal parts of affection and discipline are vital to a child’s healing. Without gentleness, kindness, and warmth, a child’s whose self-image and emotional equilibrium are already fragile, can be easily broken.

Session 7- April 7-8th

Empowered to Connect Simulcast 

Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by
Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the TCU Institute of Child Development to help bring attachment and connection in families.

We will have a TBRI Practitioner onsite to better serve you.

Purchase your ticket for Empowered to Connect Simulcast

Session 8- May 1st:

Proactive Strategies to Make Life Easier and Conclusion
Did you know that by anticipating potential challenges and rehearsing solutions with your child, you can reduce unpleasant surprises?  By explaining guidelines for your child ahead of time and practicing “scripts” together for the potentially problematic scene, you can make many situations go more smoothly.