Anchor Point champions the future of children by educating and empowering parents

because no one is beyond hope.







Anchor Point is excited to bring "The Empowered To Connect Conference Simulcast" to Houston (in partnership with ShowHope).

It is a two-day conference for anyone interested in learning more about how to connect with children that are struggling.  We especially know this is the case with kids that have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma.  Research has shown that children who have experienced a difficult pregnancy, difficult birth or prematurity are also ones that may struggle.  It does not matter whether this child is in a biologically intact home or from an adoptive home - each of these children need the help and hope from teachers, counselors, family, friends and more to ultimately thrive in this world.


Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, this conference is ideal for those who are serving and supporting these families, including social workers, agency professionals, school teachers and counselors,  church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others.


Trust-Based Relational Intervention®: TBRI® is a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.  Created by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.  While it is based on years of attachment, trauma, and neuroscience research, the intervention has grown out of hands-on work with children who have experienced trauma. Children from “hard places” have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. While a variety of parenting strategies may be successful in typical circumstances, children from hard places need caregiving that meets their unique needs and addresses the whole child. Although TBRI® was designed for children who have experienced some type of abuse, neglect and/or trauma, it has proven to be effective with all children. Trust-Based Relational Intervention® can be used in homes, residential treatment facilities, group homes, schools, courtrooms, camps, and international orphanages. It is currently taught and utilized across 50 states and 34 countries. It is also listed on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse Registry for Child Welfare and is rated as being “Highly” relevant in the child welfare system.


While this conference will focus on children from traumatized backgrounds  as found in foster care and adoption, you will find that Trust Based Relational Intervention works well even for connecting with children that are not struggling.


Conference sessions will be held from 9:00am-5:15pm on both days.


Hosted at Life Point Church

 2450 E Main St, Suite H, League City, TX

(near Clear Creek High School

in shopping center behind Starbucks)



CEU credits available for some professionals.

Thank You To Our Sponsors





● To help understand the specific needs of the whole child, the principles of empowering, connecting and correcting, and practical steps that can help children heal. This is accomplished by: helping individuals who work or parent these children see them with ‘eyes of compassion’; understanding the needs of the whole child; and offering hope from the scientific research that all children can heal if their parents and others are insightful and equipped.

● To provide an in-depth look at the impact of trauma on children, including effects in their brain development, neurochemistry, sensory processing, attachment behaviors and ability to self-regulate. Presenter will review a wide range of research that gives insight into development deficits that impact “children from hard places,” but also focuses on helping parents/caregivers to see beyond maladaptive behaviors to the “real child”.

● To encourage the parent/caregiver to look at their adult attachment style and his/her motivations and expectations in helping his/her child develop a secure attachment. This session will: help understand the impact the parent’s/caregiver’s own history can have on the relationship; provide parent’s/caregiver’s insights and skills to help them begin to process their own histories; challenge parents to focus on what they bring to the parent-child relationship.

● To provide a summary of attachment and key attachment research, focusing on the role of attachment as the foundation for the parent (caregiver)/child relationship. This session will also focus on helping parents/caregivers understand how to rebuild and repair ruptured attachments for “children from hard places”.

● To present an overview of how sensory processing and neurochemistry is affected in “children from hard places.” Specifically, this session will focus on: signs of sensory processing deficits and disorder; strategies to effectively respond to and deal with sensory processing issues; research relating altered neurochemistry in “children from hard places.”

● To offer insights, strategies and tools parents need to achieve effective behavioral change in their children while promoting lasting connection and healing.

Event Schedule

Day 1 – Friday

9:00 to 9:45 AM                – Welcome and What is TBRI®?

9:45 to 11:00 AM             – A Paradigm Shift Part 1 (led by Daren Jones)

11:00 to 11:15 AM           – Break

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM   – A Paradigm Shift Part 2 (led by Daren Jones)

12:15 to 1:15 PM              – Lunch

1:15 to 2:30 PM                – Connecting: Attachment is Developmental (led by Dr. Casey Call)

2:30 to 3:30 PM                – Connecting: Healing Through Relationships (led by Dr. Casey Call)

3:30 to 3:45 PM                – Break

3:45 to 4:55 PM                – What About You? (led by Ryan and Kayla North)

4:55 to 5:00 PM                – Closing Remarks


Day 2 – Saturday

9:00 to 9:15 AM                – Welcome

9:15 to 10:15 AM             – Empowering: Preparing the Body and Environment (led by Sarah Mercado)

10:15 to 11:00 AM           – Empowering: Meeting Sensory Needs (led by Sarah Mercado)

11:00 to 11:15 AM           – Break

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM   – Correcting: Recognizing the Need Behind Behavior Part 1 (led by Daren Jones)

12:15 to 1:15 PM              – Lunch

1:15 to 2:30 PM                – Correcting: Recognizing the Need Behind Behavior Part 2 (led by Daren Jones)

2:30 to 3:30 PM                – Advocating For Children (led by Dr. Casey Call, Ryan and Kayla North)

3:30 to 3:45 PM                – Break

3:45 to 4:45 PM                – Panel: Where Do I Start? (led by all speakers)

4:45 to 5:00 PM                – Closing Remarks





Conference Speakers

Casey Call, Ph.D.

Casey Call is the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development , and a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and families. Her responsibilities include research, training, and outreach connected to Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. Casey also teaches,advises, and mentors TCU students in the Child Development undergraduate and graduate programs. Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and is a registered Circle of Security® parent educator.

She has also received training in Theraplay® Level One and in scoring the Strange Situation Protocol. Casey has earned advanced degrees in elementary education, counseling, and developmental psychology. She is passionate about bringing trauma-informed interventions into systems of care, especially educational systems. Casey is married to Brian, a lieutenant in the Fort Worth Fire Department. They have two children and reside in Fort Worth, TX.

Daren Jones

Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. Daren began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting. After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Daren also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has spent the past 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor, Licensed Child Care Administrator, and trainer. Daren currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Katie, and two children.

Dan and Terri Coley

Dan and Terri Coley are Show Hope founding board members who live in Franklin, Tennessee. Dan also serves on staff at Show Hope as the Senior Director of Programs and Growth Strategies. Terri serves on staff in pre and post adoption support. They have served as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birthmothers, and have adopted children domestically and internationally.

Their family is multi-racial and includes children with special needs. It is their heart’s desire for every child to have a family. Through personal experience, they have come to know the importance of understanding the challenges and needs of children from “hard places.”Dan and Terri are committed to helping educate and prepare families for the adoption journey and empowering them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining healthy amilies. The Coleys have nine children and ten grandchildren.

Sarah Mercado

Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI ® ). Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency. Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two girls.

Ryan and Kayla North

Ryan and Kayla North have six children through birth and foster care adoptions. They began their foster care journey in 2004 and welcomed close to 30 foster children into their home. Although their home is closed to foster care, they continue to support those who are walking this journey. Ryan is the Executive Director of Tapestry, the Adoption and Foster Care Ministry of Irving Bible Church in the Dallas area. Tapestry serves to connect families in community, equip them for the journey, and encourage them along the way. In his capacity as the Executive Director of Tapestry, Ryan leads Empowered to Connect.

Kayla recently left the classroom, after a decade of teaching third grade, to stay home with their seemingly always growing family. They are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers and write about the blessings and challenges of their parenting journey at One Big Happy Home and The Ryan Blog, and contribute to both Empowered to Connect and the Tapestry blogs.

Debbie Simmons

Debbie Simmons is the co-founder and CEO of Anchor Point. Debbie and her husband Scott have 9 adopted children. Debbie is TBRI certified and has been involved in the application of TBRI principles with many families including those who have participated in the Anchor Point Pathway to Hope family camps.

CEU Credits



The Empowered to Connect Conference is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to receive continuing education credits to use towards their licensing requirements. In previous years, the event has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 11 hours. Show Hope is currently exploring the approval process with other accreditation organizations and will make you aware of any additions through the host newsletter.


One change in 2017 is that the National Association of Social Workers now considers the simulcast a distance learning event. This classification will require professionals desiring credit from NASW to complete a posttest after attending the conference. Additional details will be sent to registered professionals and they must indicate they would like to pursue this option when registering.


Each professional interested in receiving hours and a professional certificate is required to register and pay a separate fee of either $50 for a NASW Simulcast Continuing Education or $35 for a Continuing Education Registration


Description of Continuing Education –


NASW Simulcast Continuing Education Registration

Registration for an individual to receive continuing education credit for the Empowered to Connect Simulcast. This is only valid for professionals who desire a certificate from the National Association of Social Workers that plan to attend a simulcast event at any location. Please note a post-test will be required per National Association of Social Workers guidelines. Credits can only be awarded if attendance is verified by the host site and a score of 80% or higher is achieved for a specific session's post-test. Additional fees are required for test processing.


Simulcast Continuing Education Registration

Registration for an individual to receive continuing education credit for the Empowered to Connect Simulcast. This is only valid for professionals who desire a certificate that notes hours attended, but is not approved by the National Association of Social Workers via a post-test. The certificate can be submitted to other accreditation organizations, but approval cannot be guaranteed.


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