Tapestry Conference

October 18-19, 2019

Topics

Play with Purpose for Dads
Chris Turner
The Empowered Parent Podcast
Play with Purpose for Dads
Chris Turner
The Empowered Parent Podcast

Oftentimes, it can be hard for dads to just play with their kids. Maybe we didn’t have the best childhoods ourselves, maybe it’s been so long since we have played that we’ve forgotten how. Add kids from hard places into the mix, and something that should be simple becomes more complex. Yet the disarming nature of play in various forms is crucial for connection with our children. Chris and Jake will offer encouragement and practical examples to help dads map out and jump into play with their kids.

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Chris Turner

Conference Emcee
The Empowered Parent Podcast

Chris Turner is the host of The Empowered Parent Podcast. He and his wife, Kelly, have three boys, two of whom are adopted. Chris and Kelly are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers. Chris is a Trauma Competent Caregiver trainer and has traveled to Rwanda, the homeland of one of his sons, to work with orphans there using TBRI methods. He loves all things Star Wars, especially Boba Fett, and has successfully immersed his boys in the franchise. He is the host of The Big Fat Geek Podcast, and co-hosts and produces the Sneaky Good Podcast.

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Play with Purpose for Dads
Jake Schornick
Entrusted Houston
Play with Purpose for Dads
Jake Schornick
Entrusted Houston

Oftentimes, it can be hard for dads to just play with their kids. Maybe we didn’t have the best childhoods ourselves, maybe it’s been so long since we have played that we’ve forgotten how. Add kids from hard places into the mix, and something that should be simple becomes more complex. Yet the disarming nature of play in various forms is crucial for connection with our children. Chris and Jake will offer encouragement and practical examples to help dads map out and jump into play with their kids.

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Jake Schornick

President
Entrusted Houston

Jacob has been a foster parent for four years and has been part of numerous trainings and support groups. He taught Middle School and Community College English classes, and has led various Bible Study groups through churches such as Bayou City Fellowship and Mosaic Community Church.

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Building Bridges: Advocating for Your Child Within the School Setting
Steffanie Strawbridge
Five Points Counseling, PLLC
Building Bridges: Advocating for Your Child Within the School Setting
Steffanie Strawbridge
Five Points Counseling, PLLC

One of the hardest parts of having children that are not developing or behaving typically, is working with outside organizations and programs to meet your child’s needs. Often one of the most difficult organizations to work with are schools.

In Part 1 of this presentation, we will discuss what your child’s rights are as a student and how to go about advocating for those rights. We will look at what a 504 Plan is vs Special Education IEP, along with time frames for testing and who should be involved at the school level. You will leave this presentation with an understanding of the vocabulary that often intimidates parents, the procedures, and what to say and how to say it so your school can listen.

In Part 2, we will dive into helpful recommendations for accommodations for kids with special behavioral needs and how to assist children in learning and utilizing self-regulation at home and at in social situations.
Participants can attend either or both parts of the presentation.

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Steffanie Strawbridge

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Five Points Counseling, PLLC

Steffanie is a native Texan, born and raised in Fort Worth. She has spent most
of her professional life working with kids in schools. Currently she works full-
time for Fort Worth ISD in the Special Education Department and part time
doing private practice work. Her focus in private practice is working with
children and families dealing with trauma. Steffanie enjoys working with a
variety of different type of clients, but adoptive families have a special place in
her heart and in her practice.

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Bringing Support to YOUR church
Kayla North
Tapestry
Bringing Support to YOUR church
Kayla North
Tapestry

As adoptive, foster, and kinship families we all need a place to find authentic community. A place where we can share the struggles and joys we are facing each day, with others on the same journey. That is why we created Tapestry’s Community Gathering Project. This unique support community connects families to a supportive church that will provide a safe place to connect with other families. 

Is your church looking to support adoptive and foster families in your community? Do you have an existing ministry and need a better model for your support? Come hear more about how your church can partner with Tapestry to provide this type of support in your community.

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Kayla North

executive director
Tapestry

Kayla North and her husband Ryan have 6 children, 4 who were adopted from foster care. They spent 10 years as foster parents and have learned many of the things they share with families and churches in the trenches. During their time they as foster parents, they had 30 placements; some short-term, some long-term, and some permanent.

The Norths are co-founders of One Big Happy Home and are considered experts on childhood trauma and its impacts on adults and children. One Big Happy Home exists to equip and support churches and families so that they can create environments where children feel safe, secure, and loved.

As Lead Trainers for Empowered to Connect they trained close to 100 Empowered to Connect Parent Training Couples in North America.

Kayla is the Executive Directory of Tapestry Family Ministry, a non-profit that supports and equips local churches and families with the tools and resources to wrap around and bring hope and healing to adoptive and foster parents, children, and their families.

Kayla is a Trauma-Competent Caregiver and a TBRI Practitioner. She speaks at churches, conferences, and retreats nationwide.

You can hear Kayla on The Empowered Parent Podcast and read her writing on Empowered to Connect,  the Today Show Parenting team, and at One Big Happy Home.

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Needles in Haystacks - Finding Resources for Your Child with Special Needs
Shannon Pugh
Arise Special Needs Ministry
Needles in Haystacks - Finding Resources for Your Child with Special Needs
Shannon Pugh
Arise Special Needs Ministry

When your child is diagnosed with a developmental delay, neurological difference or emotional disturbance, it can be overwhelming. It’s almost like you are transported to a different country where you don’t know the language and have no idea where to go to get help. You are not alone! There are lots of resources out there if you know where to look! In this workshop, we’ll talk about where to find help with the education system, benefits, waivers, respite care, and more. You will leave encouraged and equipped to find the resources you need!

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Shannon Pugh

Director
Arise Special Needs Ministry

Shannon Pugh is the director of Arise Special Needs Ministry at Irving Bible Church, which she has been leading since 2012. Prior to working at IBC, she taught special education for 9 years in public schools. But her love for individuals with special needs began as a teenager, when she began volunteering at SEEK camp – a summer camp for adults with special needs. The people there changed her forever, and it’s still her favorite week of the year!


God has developed in Shannon a strong conviction that all people are made in the image of God and have gifts, talents and a purpose. Her heart’s desire is to elevate and advocate for the marginalized and oppressed, and to exhort the Church to welcome, include and value all people. She also collects selfies with animals, and enjoys reading, playing video games, and singing karaoke!

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Trust-Based Parenting: Overview of TBRI® Connecting, Empowering, & Correcting Principles
Alan & Deb Jones
Parent Intervention & Training, LLC
Trust-Based Parenting: Overview of TBRI® Connecting, Empowering, & Correcting Principles
Alan & Deb Jones
Parent Intervention & Training, LLC

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) helped these pioneers in connected parenting overcome tremendous obstacles with their internationally adopted son who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Parents who are new to connected parenting or need a refresher course will learn the risk factors that can lead to challenging behaviors, developmental delays, or dysregulated emotional states in their children.

Come find out how to apply Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting Principles to reach deep levels of healing in your relationship with your child or teen that can result in improved language, brain processing, and behavior so you may have more peace in your home.

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Alan & Deb Jones

Founders and Owners
Parent Intervention & Training, LLC

Debra Delulio Jones, M Ed, is a wife, mother, grandmother, educator, writer, and speaker. She has a Master of Education degree from Texas Woman’s University, specializing in Language and Learning Disabilities. Her work includes over thirty years of experience working with special needs children and those who work with children and adolescents whether in a parent training opportunity, a professional development for educators, a home, a church, or other volunteer event.

Debra is the author of God, Are You Nice or Mean? Trusting God . . . After the Orphanage. In 2013, this mother, educator, and parent trainer, was honored to share her family’s continuing story of healing with members of Congress in Washington, DC at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s roundtable discussion.

For years, Debra and her husband, Alan, felt overwhelmed and ill-equipped to manage the maladaptive and disruptive behavior of their internationally adopted son, Dane. Through a treasured relationship with their mentor, the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, and an ongoing partnership with researchers at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, their family has overcome tremendous obstacles.

As a mentor of the TCU Institute, Deb has taught Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) and assisted professionals going through their Practitioner Training. She is the founder and owner of Parent Intervention & Training, LLC. She offers presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses to help struggling parents and professionals who work with children who have experienced early harm.

Alan has a BS in political science from Mary Hardin-Baylor College and a Social Studies Composite Certification. He served in Texas public schools for nearly three decades as an Advanced Placement Government/Economics teacher. Since his retirement in 2012, he joined Deb in training both parents and educators. He is a TBRI® Practitioner with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and has compassion for parents, educators, and administrators who have found traditional discipline strategies lacking for youth who have experienced early harm.

The Joneses offer intensive in-home parent training in this trust-based, brain-based model and teach helpful brain integration strategies for building healthier neural pathways. Deb and Alan live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Both enjoy traveling, reading, all things doggies, and spending time with their family and friends.

You may connect with Deb on her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/parentintervention/ or email debjonesconsulting@gmail.com. As a passionate advocate for hurting kids and parents, Deb doesn’t promise to make kids normal for she defines “normal” as a setting on her dryer!

 

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Navigating Big Emotions
Scott & Sarah Watters
Arms of Hope
Navigating Big Emotions
Scott & Sarah Watters
Arms of Hope

Unchecked, big emotions can trigger temper tantrums, melt-downs, and shut-downs in children and adults. Big emotions can be especially scary when complex trauma histories are involved. In order to prevent blow-ups, many families avoid strong feelings rather than dealing with them.


Scott and Sarah Watters share their personal stories of navigating big emotions with their adopted children and the families from hard places that they serve. They draw on their faith and experiences to demystify big feelings and provide practical tools to help bring healing.

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Scott & Sarah Watters

TBRI® Practitioners
Arms of Hope

Scott and Sarah began their parenting journey in 2007 when they became house-parents with Arms of Hope, at the Boles Children’s Home residential childcare facility in Quinlan, TX. With little care-giving experiences prior to their journey, they quickly found themselves caring for eight boys from hard places, ages 5-17. Fortunately, Scott and Sarah were soon introduced to Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) and the work of TCU Institute of Child Development, later renamed the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD).

Scott and Sarah continued their parenting journey in 2009 when they adopted Megan, Levi, and Maggie, a sibling group ages 16, 13, and 7. In order to empower connection with their children, Scott and Sarah resigned their house-parenting positions with Arms of Hope. Fortunately, Scott was offered an administrative position within the residential organization while Sarah focused on parenting Megan, Levi, and Maggie.

In 2011, Scott returned to school, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and a master’s degree in Counseling in 2016. Currently, he serves as a Program Therapist for Arms of Hope, providing therapeutic services to children, teens, and young adults who have experienced trauma. Scott has also continued a relationship with the KPICD, becoming a TBRI® Practitioner in 2009. He currently serves at therapeutic camps, facilitates parent and professional training, and assists in research with the KPICD. Sarah became a TBRI® Practitioner in 2018 and has recently returned to school to study neuro-psychology.

Scott and Sarah still live at the Boles Children’s Home Campus with Maggie (now 17). They enjoy travel, games, and movies with their family. They especially enjoy being “Nana” and “Pops” to Megan’s 4 year old daughter, Lillie. Scott and Sarah believe that maintaining balance and recognizing their own and their children’s preciousness has made their journey more manageable and full of hope for healing. Through candid conversation and sharing their story, Scott and Sarah seek to provide hope for healing for other families as well.

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Attachment Triggers: The Honest Truth About What We Bring to the Parent-Child Relationship
Whitney Bunker
City Without Orphans
Attachment Triggers: The Honest Truth About What We Bring to the Parent-Child Relationship
Whitney Bunker
City Without Orphans

As parents who bring in children from hard places into your family, you constantly have in mind what these children may be dealing with in their journey to you. The emphasis is often on preparing for the child, but what about you? What do we bring to the table? What happens when you as a unique parent, with your own attachment style and history, collide with theirs? For some, this can lead to triggers and barriers along the way. Come hear honest dialogue from a foster/adoptive mom and orphan care leader, with real stories and encouraging research to help us move forward as parents together.

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Whitney Bunker

co-founder and executive director
City Without Orphans

Whitney Bunker is a former social worker as well a foster/adoptive mother who is passionate about foster care and adoption. Together with her husband Daniel, Whitney launched City Without Orphans, a nonprofit that works collectively with government entities, faith-based organizations, and individual families to change the lives of the vulnerable children of our community. Their goal: to see their community equipped to care for vulnerable children.

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Great Expectations
Andrew Holland
Hope Fort Worth
Great Expectations
Andrew Holland
Hope Fort Worth

When starting the journey of fostering and adoption, we may often carry expectations that are unrealistic and may cause ourselves and our children to carry a burden that God never intended us to carry. These expectations can be exhibited by our families, church culture, yourself, your community and the world at large.

We have expectations for others. They have expectations for us. We have “hopes and dreams” for our children covered in expectations.

It causes us to lie to ourselves and others about reality.

Fostering and adopting is about as “real” as it gets, and when its reality hits us in the face, we might wonder, “Where did I go wrong? Where did they go wrong? Where did my children go wrong?” We may feel defeated and then turn to God, asking, ”Where did you go wrong? Why aren’t you helping me?”

Andrew will share his story of how his “great expectations” failed him. Even further, he will share how God helped him to learn from his mistakes and serve children better

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Andrew Holland

President and Founder
Hope Fort Worth
In 2005, Andrew was hired as the Children’s Pastor at HighRidge Church Ft. Worth. During his 11-year stent at HighRidge, he has held numerous positions including Executive Pastor, Men’s Pastor and most recently, Orphan Care Director.
He currently sits on the board of Beloved, a transitional care home for orphans in Ethiopia, and is the president of Hope Fort Worth.
In 2015, he founded Hope Fort Worth which exists to mobilize churches in Tarrant County and beyond to make a difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children. It is Hope Fort Worth’s mission to partner with local resources, the government, and local churches to serve orphaned and vulnerable children.
“The time is now to mobilize and care for the kids that are in foster care and to care for the kids who need to be adopted, right here in our community.”
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Anger Management
Angela Holland
Hope Fort Worth
Anger Management
Angela Holland
Hope Fort Worth

Everyday we are faced with many emotions. We often feel sadness, joy, disgust, surprise, trust, distrust, and anger. Anger can be an emotion that is misused, misunderstood, displaced, often dismissed and seen as a negative emotion. Anger can be a good emotion, if used properly. Anger is an emotion felt because of injustice and unmet needs. Anger could have been one of the first emotions you felt when you grew in knowledge of the plight of children from hard places. It also might have been the emotion that caused you to champion the cause and fight for justice for children.

Serving children in the child welfare world can open up many doors of opportunity to be angry. You might feel anger towards the bio parents, anger towards the broken system, frustration towards a caseworker, discontentment due to slow growth and development of the child or children you are caring for and “Yes” you can even be angry at yourself for many reasons.

In this breakout session, you will learn the true meaning of anger, what it is rooted in, the Biblical perspective, how to be intentional when you feel angry, how to catch negative emotions and uses of anger, and hope for the future that when you are overwhelmed with feelings of anger that it will not rule your mind and heart. You will leave with practical steps to processing anger properly and face the emotion of anger with faith and courage.

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Angela Holland

Vice President and Co-founder
Hope Fort Worth

Angela Holland is a United States Air Force veteran, mom of 4 children, Empowered to Connect trainer, author and co-founder of Hope Fort Worth. Her two youngest has special needs and her youngest son, Ethan, was adopted 2 years ago from China.

In 2015, Angela and her husband co-founded Hope Fort Worth, a non-profit orphan care ministry in Fort Worth, Texas, whose goal is to equip the local church to care for vulnerable and orphaned children in the community.

After her son, Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Angela was inspired to author a book: I Like Storms: 22 Stories of Faith.

Angela’s life message is: That often when we suffer hardships, it is like we are looking at the back of a canvas. We only see the lines and the blotchy paint, but if we would only turn it around we would see a Beautiful Picture. Her desire is to bring awareness, compassion, and understanding for foster, adoptive and special needs children by building a bridge of hope through her personal stories and education.

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Building Bridges: Advocating for Your Child Within the School Setting
Katherine Leath
Playworks Counseling
Building Bridges: Advocating for Your Child Within the School Setting
Katherine Leath
Playworks Counseling

One of the hardest parts of having children that are not developing or behaving typically, is working with outside organizations and programs to meet your child’s needs. Often one of the most difficult organizations to work with are schools.

In Part 1 of this presentation, we will discuss what your child’s rights are as a student and how to go about advocating for those rights. We will look at what a 504 Plan is vs Special Education IEP, along with time frames for testing and who should be involved at the school level. You will leave this presentation with an understanding of the vocabulary that often intimidates parents, the procedures, and what to say and how to say it so your school can listen.

In Part 2, we will dive into helpful recommendations for accommodations for kids with special behavioral needs and how to assist children in learning and utilizing self-regulation at home and at in social situations.
Participants can attend either or both parts of the presentation.

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Katherine Leath

LPC
Playworks Counseling

Katherine’s passion is helping children and families who are struggling to connect, communicate, and relate find more meaningful and enjoyable relationships during the brief formative years when family is the greatest source of support. She specializes in not only helping to provide a safe, secure environment for children to understand and process their feelings and experiences, but in supporting families with resources, education, and training so parents can feel better supported and equipped to handle the often emotional roller coaster of growing-up.

Katherine’s love for helping families find connection and engagement has lead her to focus on a specialty of helping children who struggle with attachment, developmental, and even complex trauma. Often children who have been adopted. Not only helping children to heal from the painful, often neurological effects of trauma, but equipping parents with resources, information, and tools to engage, regulate, and nurture their beloved child on their blessed journey.

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Creating Your Support Network
Dr. Kris Kittle & Dr. Kelly Reed
Authors & Educators
Creating Your Support Network
Dr. Kris Kittle & Dr. Kelly Reed
Authors & Educators
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Dr. Kris Kittle & Dr. Kelly Reed

AdoptionSurvival.com
Authors & Educators

Dr. Kris Kittle, PhD, has adopted two children—an infant and a teenager. She teaches leadership communication at a local university. She has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

Dr. Kelly Reed, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is a child and family therapist and former research coordinator at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. She provides psychological and educational assessments as well as supervises counseling interns.

They coauthored the book, “Wisdom from Adoptive Families: Joys and Challenges of Older Child Adoption.” They blog at AdoptionSurvival.com.

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Shoulder to Shoulder: Building Strong Transracial Adoptive Families
Torrey & Nikki Carroll
The TNC Psychotherapy Group, PLLC
Shoulder to Shoulder: Building Strong Transracial Adoptive Families
Torrey & Nikki Carroll
The TNC Psychotherapy Group, PLLC
The decision to adopt across racial/cultural lines is a lifelong commitment to exploring matters of race, confronting racism in all its forms and constantly developing new skills and aptitudes. Transracial Adoptions are increasing in the U.S. With the creative work by and for adult Transracial Adoptees, this phenomenon is shining a light on the unique challenges of raising children of color in homes different from their culture or origin. This session will help participants gain a deeper understanding of the responsibility of parenting transracially, increase awareness about the difference between intent and impact, and develop strategies for identifying and curbing micro-aggressions. This talk will not support a “color-blind” but rather a “color-affirming” approach and provide developmentally sensitive tools and resources to create a sense of hope as we continue in our parenting journey.
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Torrey & Nikki Carroll

Co-founders and Psychotherapists
The TNC Psychotherapy Group, PLLC

Nikki and Torrey Carroll believe in the redemptive power of relationships. They have championed the cause for more than a decade by walking alongside marriages and families as they heal and grow. As adoptive parents and psychotherapists, they also understand and respect both the pressures involved in building a family, coupled with the unique gifts and learning experiences that the adoption dynamic brings.

The Carrolls are frequent speakers at conferences and have extensive experience collaborating with agencies, faith-based organizations and community ambassadors to develop programming and ministries that revitalize and enrich individuals, marriages and family systems. Their training and specialization include marriage and family therapy, crisis intervention, trauma care, and adoption-sensitive therapy including parenting skills within the adoption triad and transracial adoption issues.

Nikki and Torrey are founding Board members of Relationships First™ and Safe Conversations® Master Trainers. They have been featured in a number of publications and news media including Success Magazine, WFAA’s Daybreak, and CBS’s Plugged into DFW, and co-hosted the Safe Conversations® Practice and Share DVD alongside Imago relationship therapy co-creators.

Prior to becoming psychotherapists, Nikki and Torrey successfully managed a 20-year career within corporate America. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amberton University. Torrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling, and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amberton University.

The Carrolls have been married for nineteen years. Their journey has been filled with rich experiences that have varied from softly spoken messages, to loud and obnoxious life lessons on how to manage and maintain a healthy marriage. The Carrolls reside in a suburb of Dallas and call it an honor to be the parents of two ‘wonder-filled’ children. As a husband, wife, and parents of two, they bring extensive life experience and a heart for supporting and serving families in the adoption community.

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