Parent Connection Summit Returns in 2021!

Thank you to everyone who attended on 11/19/21!


Thank you to our event sponsors!


Brooks Kaskella and her team from Raise the Future will be presenting on Connecting Principals through Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®).

(TBRI®) is a parenting and intervention model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development. TBRI® is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect. Their presentation will be applicable for children from all backgrounds.

Parenting is challenging, particularly when you are parenting a child from a hard place also acknowledging the new challenges we are facing in the wake of COVID. This training will focus on understanding the meaning of child behaviors, the brain chemistry of a child from a hard place, and how to help these children (and your family) heal and connect.

This training will provide an in-depth look at Connection and attachment. Participants will learn tools they can put into action with their children immediately.

*Keynote will not be recorded for later viewing.

Breakout Sessions

Brooks Kaskela, MA LPC, Raise the Future
Take TBRI a step further with this breakout session that helps you put the skills learned in the keynote session in action. *Breakout sessions from Raise the Future will not be recorded for later viewing. 

Sophie Berkley, LPC, RPT-S
"Reimagining Connection by Shifting Perception"
Explore the deepest roots of connection and regulation that go beyond nervous system regulation. In this workshop explore how your perceptions of yourself and your child affect your regulation and connection with your child. Practice regulating your perceptions and have a new tool to feel more centered and grounded as a parent so you can experience deeper and more transformative connections with your child.

Graham Hacket, Advocates of Routt County
"Media Savvy"
MEDIA SAVVY introduces principles of "digital citizenship" and addresses the challenges of online life. Participants examine a wide range of issues including: Sexting, Cyber-bullying, Catfishing, Grooming, Faulty social narratives. Each of these impact our relationships. Participants will develop a stronger sense of how to maintain privacy and avoid risks. By adopting simple protective measures and learning key principles of responsible online citizenship, everyone can use the internet more safely.

Sarah Coleman
"Put Your Mask on First"
How can we take care of others if we haven’t taken care of ourselves! Think about this - gain small and easy steps of adding connection, wellness, and self-care back into your life! Once we get a handle on this, we can show up however you like. We will focus on and prioritize these 5 categories: Exercise Food/Water, Sleep, Mindset, Connection.


Michelle Petix
"The Art of Reflective Listening "
A simple paint by numbers interactive workshop session that will have you on your way to improving your communication skills - invaluable in building (or re-building) a positive relationship with your child.  Effective strategies that are applicable for parents of any age child, but I tend to speak in terms of parents of the 10-18 year old range.    
Please send your questions, scenarios, challenges to me at in advance of the session and I will do my best to address them in the workshop. 

Chelsie Holmes, Advocates of Routt County
"Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth"
This presentation will go over the unique vulnerabilities and strengths of LGBTQIA+ youth. We will define words that are relavant to the LGBTQIA+ community, such as gender, biological sex, sexuality, and various identities of this diverse population. We will practice skills for being an ally to trans youth in particular. Lastly, we will talk about how adults can be allies to LGBTQIA+ youth and provide intervention strategies for adults who notice signs of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying.

Carlyn Lawatsch, Routt County Youth Services Coalition
"Introduction to Positive Youth Development"
Positive youth development, is a strengths-based view of adolescence. This approach focuses on helping youth acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults. Positive youth development incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies. This presentation will introduce participants to the principles that support youth on reaching their full potential. 

Whitney Bakarich, LPC, Northwest Colorado Health
"Building Resilience"
Resilience is not simply something we are born with.  It is a set of adaptive capacities we can cultivate.  Learn the factors of resilience and tools to build resilience in you and your child.

REPS Youth Panel
Youth Interns with Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will share their experiences with school, family, and connection over the last year and a half. They will share successes, challenges, and ideas from a youth perspective to help guide current parents and professionals in connecting with youth in their own lives. 


2020 Virtual Parent Connection Summit

Thank you for attending and watching the recordings of the 4th Annual Parent Connection Summit. Thank you to all the speakers that made it an informative and engaging event. Please see the attached recordings below.

Event Recordings from 10/23/20:

Speaker Information: