We need community and we need connection. We all do. We hope that in this coming year the Lord deepens both community and connections.

The support team has been asking the Lord how we can best walk beside, help, and encourage families as we walk through the hard stuff of parenting our children from hard places.  We are so excited to be able to give parents some more tools for their toolbox and to grow deeper community this year. We are excited to have Darcie Van Voorst come and be our teacher and helper each month this year.  We are praying for you, those who come often, those who have not come in a long time, and those who have not ever come yet, we know that we need one another and need community and connection. We humbly invite you and pray He will strengthen us in this coming year.  Be encouraged this summer and join us in the fall as Darcie helps to lead us into more understanding and gives tangible tools.

Darcie has been working with at-risk youth for close to 15 years in various positions including being an in-home counselor, a tracking officer, a school liaison officer, and in a residential setting; but it was adopting two older children from the foster care system ten years ago that truly ignited her passion and understanding in helping children heal from trauma. Darcie was trained by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and their team at the Texas Christian University in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) and now is a TBRI educator. Darcie currently offers trainings for parents and professionals across Iowa, parent classes locally, and is looking to expand to working individually with parents as a parent coach.  From a professional and personal perspective, Darcie offers hope for healing by helping parents learn the life changing methods of TBRI.  Darcie’s passion and purpose in life is to help families overcome the challenges they are facing.

Here is summary of what we will be working on this year.  We will let you know a couple weeks before what the topic will be.

Hope for Healing: Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI)

Overwhelmed?  Frustrated?  Worn Out?  Running out of options?  Desire more peace and connection in your home?  Then it’s time for you to learn the life changing ways of Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI). Throughout our time together this year, we will uncover the complexities that trauma has brought to our families by discussing the changes that have happened to our children’s brains, bodies, biology, and belief systems.  We will spend time developing a basic understanding of the brain and will quickly see that in order to understand our child’s behaviors, we have to understand their brain.  Understanding our child will not only help us understand how to help our children heal and overcome their challenges, it will also help us move from a place of frustration to compassion.  We will discuss why traditional approaches will not work with our children, and how a connected style of parenting (like TBRI) will bring peace and healing to our homes.  TBRI is a holistic approach and will give you the tools you need to create a healing environment for your child.  We will take a close look at the three principles of TBRI: empowering principles, connecting principles, and correcting principles.  As you begin implementing these principles, you will start seeing positive changes in your home.  My three goals for this year are to educate, equip, and empower you to continue to press on.  I am beyond excited to begin this journey with you….