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Empowered to Connect Conference
Northlake Church
Longview, WA
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Empowered to Connect Conference
April 5-6, 8:30am-5pm (each day) Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference  a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.
The conference features Sarah Mercado, Daren Jones, Dan and Terri Coley, Ryan and Kayla North, Casey Call, and Cindy Lee and 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, therapists and others.

Professionals/Teachers can receive 11 Continuing Education Units (5.5/day) for attending the Empowered to Connect conference. Please note that there is an additional cost as well as further registration to complete before being fully qualified to receive the units. Foster parents can get 11 training hours. For more information on receiving credits for this event please visit

On April 5-6, the simulcast will be hosted by Northlake Church in Longview, WA. Come benefit from the conference as well as making deeper connections in your community with people who may be experiencing similar situations.

Note: No childcare will be provided.

The schedule of the conference and subjects is as follows:

Day 1  Friday  
8:30  9:00 AM-- Doors open/registration/community resources available  
9:00 to 9:15 AM  Welcome and Introductions Dan and Terri Coley
9:15 to 10:30 AM  TBRI & Trauma Daren Jones
10:30 to 10:45 AM  Break
10:45 to 11:45 AM  TBRI & Trauma: A Family Perspective Mark and Tona Ottinger
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM  TBRI & Trauma: Wrap-Up Daren Jones
12:15 to 1:30 PM  Lunch
1:30 to 3:00 PM  Connecting Part One Amanda Purvis
3:00 to 3:15 PM  Break
3:15 to 3:45 PM  Connecting Part Two Amanda Purvis
3:45 to 4:45 PM  Connecting Through Play Cindy Lee
4:45 to 5:00 PM  Closing Remarks Dan and Terri Coley

Day 2  Saturday
9:00 to 9:30 AM  Welcome and Review of Day 1 Daren Jones
9:30 to 10:30 AM  Empowering Sarah Mercado
10:30 to 10:45 AM  Break
10:45 to 11:45 AM  Empowering: An Occupational Therapists Perspective Marti Smith
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM  Empowering: Wrap-Up Sarah Mercado and Marti Smith
12:15 to 1:30 PM  Lunch
1:30 to 3:00 PM  Correcting Amanda Purvis
3:00 to 3:15 PM  Break
3:15 to 4:15 PM  Correcting: A Family Perspective Mark and Tona Ottinger
4:15 to 4:45 PM  Correcting: Wrap-Up Amanda Purvis
4:45 to 5:00 PM  Closing Remarks


Northlake Church (View)
2614 Ocean Beach Hwy.
Longview, WA 98632
United States


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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