Empowered to Connect Parenting Class

Beginning October 26, join us for a nine-session course on the second and fourth Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. 

Empowered to Connect (ETC) is an interactive learning experience that has helped many parents raising children that have experienced any one of the following risk factors: Stressful Pregnancy, Difficult Birth, Early Hospitalization, Trauma, Neglect, or Abuse.

ETC Parent Training is taught from a Christian perspective and equips parents with a holistic understanding of their child’s needs and development while empowering them with the tools and strategies to effectively meet those needs and build trust. The in-class sessions are supplemented by weekly assignments, including reading and a variety of participatory “at-home” exercises.

This amazing class will be led by Rev. Amy Bezecny and her husband, Stephen.

About the Leaders

Amy and Stephen Bezecny are proud parents of a young son adopted at two years of age. They are trained Empowered to Connect (ETC) leaders and are committed to sharing the ETC insights and skills that have been an essential part of understanding and parenting the child that God placed in their home. They believe that the ETC materials have allowed them to have a deeper connected relationship with their child.

Rev. Amy Bezecny received a Master of Divinity, cum laude, in 2009 from Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. She became an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church in June of 2012.  Amy was on staff at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for 10 years, where she was instrumental in developing their adoption ministry. 

About the Sessions

Empowered to Connect (ETC) Parent Training is an interactive learning experience developed by Michael & Amy Monroe and relies heavily on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the TCU Institute of Child Development. ETC Parent Training equips and empowers parents with the tools and strategies to effectively meet their child's needs, build trust, and help their child heal and grow. The training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a wide range of topics including: 

About Attending

Although the original course is designed for foster and adoptive parents, it is excellent information for families, parents and grandparents. As well, those with difficult pregnancies or other life events will find much useful information.

About the Classes and Schedule

During the in-class sessions, participants cover the above material contained in the ETC Parent Training Manual. In addition, the in-class sessions are supplemented by weekly assignments, including reading and a variety of participatory “at-home” exercises.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM (2nd and 4th Thursdays w/ exception of a few holidays)

ETC Class 1 – Oct. 26, 2017

ETC Class 2 – Nov. 9, 2017

ETC Class 3 - Nov. 30, 2017 (5th Thursday due to Thanksgiving)

ETC Class 4 – Dec. 14, 2017

ETC Class 5 – Jan. 11, 2018

ETC Class 6 – Jan. 25, 2018

ETC Class 7 – Feb. 8, 2018

ETC Class 8 – Feb. 22, 2018

ETC Class 9 March 8, 2018