Empowered to Connect: Parent Connect Course

Empowered to Connect (ETC) Parent Training 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, build trust, and help their child(ren) heal and grow. The training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a wide range of topics, including helping parents understand the impact of their child’s history, what they themselves bring to the parent-child relationship, the fundamentals of attachment, the impact of fear, and the importance of meeting their child’s sensory processing, nutritional and other physiological needs.

ETC Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed for parents and caregivers specifically those whose children have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and maltreatment. We fundamentally believe that every human being has great capacity to grow and overcome adversity when that journey is done in supportive, connected, and nurturing environments. The ETC Parent Training was 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 Karyn Purvis TCU Institute of Child Development.

The Connect Course (for post-placement couples and singles) meets for nine weeks. Each course is taught in interactive small groups that meet weekly for two-hour sessions.

THe Fall 2019 Connect Course

Register: *Thursdays (September 19 through November 7); 7:30-9:30 p.m.
*Please note that the ninth and final session date and time will be decided by the group at the first meeting.


Empowered To Connect (ETC) has a long and fruitful history of serving children and families. ETC was started in Irving Texas as a part of Tapestry Ministries of Irving Bible Church by Michael and Amy Monroe with the support of Dr. Karyn Purvis. In collaboration with Dr. Purvis, Michael and Amy went on to write two Empowered To Connect parent training courses, based on the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model. 

In 2009, Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development held the first Empowered To Connect conference. In the years since, the conference has been held 19 times, simulcast to thousands of locations and reached countless caregivers and professionals with a message of hope undergirded with truth and compassion. 

In 2018, the ownership and program rights of ETC were transferred to the care of the Memphis Family Connection Center (MFCC), a holistic family care clinic based on the principles of TBRI. MFCC co-founders Mark and Tona Ottinger have been ETC parent trainers since 2010 and are deeply invested in ETC and supporting its continued growth for years to come.



In July 2019, Sam and Amanda Greavu traveled to Memphis, Tennessee for a three-day course following a seven-week online training. This training certified them as as ETC Parent Trainers and equipped them to teach Prepare and Connect Courses.

Sam and Amanda have been married for 9 years. Sam is a Physical Therapist with Athens Orthopedic Clinic and Amanda works on staff at CFLM as our Director of Communications. They have two sons, both of which joined their family through adoption. Their oldest son was adopted at birth through domestic adoption. Their youngest son was adopted through international adoption from China at two.