Dealing with difficult behavior in a way that prioritizes connection

Being a parent is a hard job! It’s exhausting and emotional and rewarding all at the same time. It can be even harder with kids who have especially difficult backgrounds and behaviors. So how do we correct those behaviors and teach our kids while targeting their hearts and prioritizing connection?

Connected Parenting

The Connected Parenting Workshop is designed to help parents understand the unique backgrounds and needs of kids who come from hard places and equip you with tools to effectively meet those needs, build trust, and help your children heal and grow.

The training comes from a gospel-centered perspective and reinforces the fact that we are all made in the image of a loving, relational, redeeming God who has created us to connect in relationship—both with him and with others. 

The workshop is a 2-day interactive environment, led by certified parent trainers who are adoptive parents themselves. The training is based on principles and tools from the Empowered to Connect parent training, which was developed from the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU.

During the training, you will gain greater understanding about:

  • The impact of your child’s history
  • What you bring to the parent-child relationship (good, bad, and ugly!)
  • How to see discipline and connection through a biblical, gospel-centered lens
  • Strategies for how to connect while correcting
  • New tools for dealing with difficult behavior in a way that prioritizes connection

Who is this workshop for?

Short answer: This training is for everyone.
Longer answer: The principles and techniques we use were developed from research with kids from hard places like trauma and abuse, and we have seen that the principles are universal and we have found the techniques to be effective with all kids of all kinds.

Dates, Location, & Cost

Dates & Location

The dates are Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th.
The training is being put on and hosted by Remedy Church in Waxahachie, TX.


The cost is $65 for an individual or $90 for a couple (We highly encourage couples to participate in the training together!). What’s included in your cost:

  • Training and all materials for the weekend
  • A binder of training materials and resources that you will keep
  • Snacks and drinks on Friday and snacks, drinks, and lunch on Saturday (Please make your own arrangements for dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.)
  • Some fun free stuff!

We DO NOT want cost to keep anyone from coming. If the cost is an issue, please contact us about partial scholarships.

Times & Schedule

Check in will begin at 5:30pm on Friday and we will wrap up at 9pm. Saturday will run from 9am to 3pm. The basic schedule will look like this:

5:30 > Check-in
6:00 > Begin training
9:00 > Wrap up for the evening

9am > Kick off the morning
9:20 > Begin training
12:00 > Lunch break
12:45 > Resume training
3:00 > Dismiss

The training will be an interactive experience with a mix of teaching, videos, exercises, discussion around tables, discussion with your spouse, and more. Come in comfortable clothes, prepared to engage and interact.

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Will there be childcare?

Great question! Because of the length and nature of the training, we encourage you to find your own childcare. However, if you cannot find your own childcare, we will do our best to provide childcare for a cost.

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