Legacy of Connection

Legacy of Connection Workshop

Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Children who come into families through adoption or foster care have all experienced relationship based trauma which can disrupt healthy development, adversely affect relationships, and contribute to mental health issues. Research and experience has shown adoptive and foster children only experience security and deep healing from relationship based trauma when they become a part of a loving, healthy family.

Forever Families will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, February 4, 2017, for adoptive families, foster families, adoption workers, and others who serve children who have experienced trauma. The goal of this workshop is to enable parents and caregivers to understand and recognize the effects of trauma, and to provide tools to parents and caregivers that help the children that we serve heal.


Conference Registration

Registration will open on January 1, 2018.  A box lunch is included for each participant.  If the registration cost represents a financial hardship, please contact John Daniel by email at j.daniel@tylerforeverfamilies.org to inquire about scholarship availability.


Unfortunately, childcare will not be available for this Forever Families event.

Our speakers…

Georgia Beard, MS, NCC, LPCS, TBRI Mentor, Circle of Security Practitioner

Scott Watters, MS, LPCi, TBRI Mentor, Circle of Security Practitioner

Gwena Thomason, M Ed, LPC, TBRI Practitioner, Circle of Security Practitioner

Ramona Moore, TBRI Practitioner

Ashley Sheppard, BS, TBRI Practitioner

Workshop Schedule

A full-day, interactive workshop for parents including practical application strategies and audience participation that bring laughter, learning, and some “light-bulb” moments. Learn to unlearn traditional strategies that aren’t working and overcome what feels counter-intuitive as you parent the child from a background of early harm or neglect.

9:00  Greetings and introductions

      Reviewing TBRI: Connecting Principles

10:30 Break

10:45 Group Activity (Large groups)

         Empowering Principles

          Family Nurture Groups (Small groups at tables)

11:30 Lunch & Processing (Box lunch included with registration)

12:15 Sensory Activity to Introduce Sensory Awareness

         Fun sensory aware activities that strengthen connections

1:30 Break

1:45  Communication Activity (Small groups at tables)

        Correcting with Connecting Bringing it all together

2:45 Closure activity – Q & A

3:00 Dismissal


The conference will be held on the 3rd Floor of the Lighthouse at Green Acres Baptist Church.


  • Hope for 100
  • Green Acres Baptist Church


The Legacy of Connection series of workshops and events are dedicated to the memory of Dr. Karyn Purvis and her work with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU.  Her life’s work makes our mission possible and provides us with a legacy of hope, healing, and connection.

“If I have planted and farmed the soil well, those who come after me, and after them after them,

will be wiser and more well-equipped and more able to continue our mission, which is not rhetoric for our Institute.  We truly are learning to change the world for children.” –Dr. Karyn B. Purvis

Certificates of Training Will be Provided

Eventbrite - Copy of Legacy of Connection 2018