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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.


Family Support Specialist Training

September 19-21, 2017
8:30 am- 4:30 pm

NAMI Tennessee
1101 Kermit Drive
Nashville, TN 37217

Kathy Rogers

Mid Cumberland Suicide Prevention Awareness Event

September 21, 2017
5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

Centennial Park Event Shelter
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

For more information or to register, click here.

P.A.U.S.E.- Perspectives and Understanding Suicide Experiences

September 22, 2017
8:00 am- 2:30 pm

William O. Beach Civic Hall Center
350 Pageant Lane
Suite 201
Clarksville, TN 37040

For more information or to register, click here.


The goal of this interactive and experiential training is to empower professionals working with mental health clients, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex. Participants will walk away with the knowledge needed to approach care through an open and affirming lens in addition to creating an environment in which LGBTQI clients feel safe, welcome, and respected.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Mental Health Cooperative
275 Cumberland Bend
Nashville, TN 37228

Space is limited, so please register by clicking here.

2017 TAMHO Annual Conference

Improving Overall Health-Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Addiction

December 12-13, 2017

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
Franklin, Tennessee

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 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, September 22, 2017
11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Tennesse Mental Health Consumers’ Association
200 West Fifth Avenue, Conference Room
Knoxville, TN 37917

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.