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Family Support Specialists draw on their lived experience to serve and support children and families facing challenges associated with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs. The Coalition celebrates the power of peer support, focuses on the needs of family support specialists, provides support, training, job opportunities and provides an arena for your collective voice.

The Family Support Specialist Coalition, led by Tennessee Voices for Children with support from the Healing Trust, is a coalition to promote statewide connection and resources sharing among Family Support Specialists.

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


November 16-17, 2017
November 30-December 1, 2017
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Both days

Workforce Essentials, Inc
523 Madison St. A
Clarksville, TN 37040

For more information or to register for a session, click here.

1st Annual NE TN Children’s Mental Health Conference
Change Starts Here

Families and professionals…join together and learn with and from one another. Experts in mental health, family support, special education, bullying, stigma, and accessing resources from NC, FL, GA, and TN will lead sessions that will provide information and follow with a panel on the topic to answer questions and provide ideas on how to make services in the area better.  Please click here for more information. 

DATE:December 9, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Johnson City Double Tree Hotel

2017 TAMHO Annual Conference

Improving Overall Health-Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Addiction

December 12-13, 2017

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
Franklin, Tennessee

Family Support Specialist Competency Course 

December 27-29, 2017

1101 Kermit Drive
Nashville, TN 

With Hope In Mind

DATE:  January 8, 2018

LOCATION:  Manchester, Coffee County

Contact:  Pam at 931-952-6871

With Hope In Mind

DATE:  January 18, 2018

LOCATION:  Mt. Juliet, Wilson County

Contact:  Don at 615-417-1683

Family Support Specialist Competency Course 

January 24-26, 2018

Memphis, TN

With Hope In Mind

DATE:  March 10, 2018

LOCATION:  Cookeville, Putnam County

Contact:  Lena at 931-265-1683

Family Support Specialist Competency Course 

March 20-22, 2018

Knoxville, TN

2018 Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Spring Symposium

Wed, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Trevecca Community Church
335 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210

For more information or to register, click here.

Family Support Specialist Competency Course

Family Support Specialist Coalition Meeting

We will celebrate the power of peer support, identify group needs, set goals, and, most importantly, hear your voice. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Kathy Rogers.

Friday, November 17, 2017
11:00 am- 1:00 pm

The Urban Child Institute
600 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Kathy Rogers

Family Support Specialist Coalition Meeting

We will celebrate the power of peer support, identify group needs, set goals, and, most importantly, hear your voice. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Kathy Rogers.

Monday, November 20, 2017
11:30 am- 1:30 pm

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work
193 Polk Avenue, Suite E, Room 233
Nashville, TN 37210

Kathy Rogers

OPEN POSITION:  Regional Intervention Program Director

Click here for more information about this position.  Please submit all resumes or inquiries to

OPEN POSITION: Family Support Specialist Position, FITT (Family Intervention Treatment Team), Life Care Family Services

The FITT Program is an in-home diversion program with wrap-around type services for kids and their families when a child has expressed suicidal or self-harm thoughts and/or behaviors. Or, they are at risk for out of home placement due to severe behaviors. The FSS works in tandem with the therapist. The therapist is in the home 5 times a week in the first 2 weeks, then 3-4 times a week throughout the duration of the services with individual and family sessions. The FSS is in the home 2 times a week (two of their visits a month are with the therapist for family sessions). The FSS role is two-fold-a peer support for the caregiver to have someone who has been through raising a child with special needs/mental health challenges; and, to teach, mentor, and role model different skills like parenting, discipline, conflict resolution, or communication skills, etc. They also help find resources for families such as summer programs, mentor services, housing info, etc.

This FSS full time hourly position will have a caseload of 6-8. Services are provided by the program in 7 different counties. Generally a FSS will see families in a 3-4 county area to reduce travel and be more efficient. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but with commensurate experience a high school diploma is considered. The FSS will take direction from the therapist and participate with the team.

Contact: Donna Humbert, LCSW, Lifecare Family Services, FITT Program Director @ or by phone (615) 295-1465 to learn about the position and expanding program.

OPEN POSITION: Nurturing Parenting Facilitator (Part- time)

Title:                                        Nurturing Parenting Facilitator

Program:                                Child Abuse Prevention Services

Location:                              Upper Cumberland, TN


Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent – bachelor degree preferred. Family member or caregiver of child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorder. Personal experience with children’s emotional and behavioral health issues and in navigating child-serving systems. Non-profit organization experience and work history within child serving systems preferred.  Early childhood experience preferred.

Click here to apply.

The Autism Family Fun Day at the Center for Courageous Kids

DATE: November 18, 2017

A one day Family Retreat Day designed to provide respite, recreation, and support programs for families. All families must be members of Autism Tennessee. $20 for the entire family. Please register here by November 15th.

Caring Santa at Rivergate Mall 

DATE:  November 19, 2017, from 8:00 am to 10:30 am

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Santa. The environment will be set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities. This event is hosted by Rivergate Mall.Click here for more information and to reserve your spot.

Sensitive Santa Event

DATE: December 14, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm by appointment.


125 E. College Street, Pulaski, TN 

This is the second year Pulaski Pediatrics is having a Sensitive Santa Event. The office will be closed to offer time for children on the autism spectrum to meet Santa and get their pictures taken. This is a free event. The date is December 14th from 1-4 by appointment only. Anyone interested may call, 931-424-5437 to schedule a time slot.

Star Wars-The Last Jedi – Sensory Friendly Movie 

Autism Tennessee is excited to host a Sensory Friendly movie experience for Star Wars. We are grateful to Malco Theatres Smyrna for allowing us to reserve the theatre for this highly sought after movie!  Click here to register.

System of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT)

SOCAT Information Sheet

SOCAT Referral Form

Intensive In-home Therapeutic Services

The Life Care Family Service  FITT Program @ 4709 Papermill Road, Suite 202, Knoxville, TN has immediate openings for any United Health Care covered youths needing very intensive in-home therapeutic services in Knoxville and surrounding counties! Contact Jibby Redfield, LCSW, SAP, cell: 865.789.7702, email:

Call for Referrals of  0-5 Year Olds with Trauma and Attachment Concerns

Clinicians at the COE are now able to provide Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) to a limited number of families. CPP is a trauma-focused, evidenced-based treatment for children ages 0 to 5. It addresses the behavioral signs of trauma in young children like excessive crying and fearfulness, aggression, sleep problems, difficulties focusing, separation anxiety, and developmental delays. The child and their caregiver receive this therapy together, since a major goal of CPP is to build a safe and nurturing attachment relationship. If you know a family that might benefit from this treatment, please contact the COE at 615-322-8701 to discuss a referral.

Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities is an excellent online resource of information and tools for a myriad of developmental stages and topics related to mental health and healthy childhood development for both parents and practitioners.
Sesame Street in Communities.

Video for the Month

Below is a video about gratefulness from
A Grateful Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast

Below are some resources on how to discuss recent tragedies with children and youth.

Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting 

Addressing disasters:
Pre school age
School aged