Christ Presbyterian Academy

Empowered Parenting

Empowered Parenting is a unique series of trainings on Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI), led by Associate Head of School-Education Dr. Marcia Sutton, free and available to all CPA parents. 

Key faculty and staff in each school have been formally trained in TBRI, an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. Developed by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, however, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection. At Empowered Parenting, parents will learn principles of empowerment, connection, and correction and how to apply them in everyday life.

Hope for the Journey Conference

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Please join us on campus for this one-day, virtual conference!

  • Wednesday, May 12
  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • CPA Campus
  • Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Register Here

Growing Together

The Hope for the Journey Video Conference, features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, caregivers, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

It features TBRI methods, developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, to help bring attachment and connection in families. The content is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including church staff and ministry leaders, social workers, agency professionals, counselors, and therapists.

This year, be encouraged from teachings and additional insight from Show Hope founders Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as their executive director Emily Chapman Richards. 

Key faculty in each school have been trained in TBRI and will lead Empowered Parenting initiatives throughout the year. This program will build healthy conversations around parenting and relationships in our community.

Dr. Marcia Sutton

All sessions are free and open to CPA parents. Spring 2021 sessions have been completed. Check back this summer for next year's fall 2021 schedule. 

Key Questions of TBRI

  • How does trauma affect a child's brain? 
  • What are the various forms of trauma that can impact children today? 
  • What are the physical, mental, emotional, psychological signs of trauma in a child? 
  • How can parents and educators be better equipped to engage children relationally in times of struggle? 
  • How is connection and trust built throughout daily routines for children and adults? 
  • Email Dr. Sutton with questions on the Empowered Parenting series.