Friday, May 12


9:00-10:30 am   Session 1   Introduction


Introduction and overview, with details on where our kids are coming from, and how their start in life has impacted them.

10:30-11:00 am Coffee break

11:00 am-12:15 pm   Session 2   Attachment


Attachment – we will talk about attachment from the child’s point of view, and from ours, and discuss strategies for building an attachment-rich environment and working towards forming secure attachments. We will also discuss the importance of dealing with our own stuff in this section.

12:15-1:15 pm   Lunch break—lunch served onsite

1:15-2:30 pm   Session 3   Empowering

The third session will focus on structuring the physical environment (empowering principle) – how to create felt safety, and how to deal with sensory challenges, food and sleep.

2:30-2:45 pm   Coffee break

2:45-4:00 pm   Session 4  Discipline (Connecting while Correcting)

Finally, we will conclude with a focus on strategies that help us connect while correcting, and have a short Q&A time.


Brian & Colleen Derksen are from Calgary, Alberta, and are the proud parents of Kolbie (10), Logan (9), and Rylie (8). Soon after adopting, they realized that their default parenting strategies were not going to cut it, so they pursued Empowered to Connect training. They are grateful for the ways in which ETC has brought hope and healing to their family, and are passionate about sharing what they are learning with other families. They regularly run groups in ETC parenting support in Calgary at their church (First Alliance) and are now the Canadian trainers for Empowered to Connect.

Together for Adoption Canada 2017 Pre-conference #1

Introduction to Empowered to Connect Parenting with Brian and Colleen Derksen