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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.

Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee

DATE:
February 23, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

LOCATION:
Maury County Health Department
1909 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401

For more information or to register, click here.

Family Support Specialist Competency Course

DATE:
February 27-28 & March 1, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

LOCATION:
NAMI TN
1101 Kermit Drive
Nashville, TN 37217

Behavioral Health Day on the Hill

DATE:
March 7, 2018
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

LOCATION:
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243

Register here.

Autism Support Summit

DATE:
March 9, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

LOCATION:
Youth Villages
3310 Perimeter Hill Drive
Nashville, TN 37211

Register here.

With Hope In Mind

DATE:  March 10, 2018

LOCATION:  Cookeville, Putnam County

Contact:  Lena at 931-265-1683

With Hope In Mind

DATE:
March 13, 2018

LOCATION:
First United Methodist Church
Maryville, TN 

Contact: 

Judi at 800-771-5491, jevans@namitn.org

Children’s Advocacy Days

DATE:
March 13-14, 2018

LOCATION:
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243

Register here.

Basic Rights Training on IDEA

DATE:
March 21, 2018

LOCATION:
500 Professional Park Drive
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

To register, contact Wendy Sullivan at wsullivan@tnvoices.org.

Family Support Specialist Competency Course 

DATES:
March 20-22, 2018

LOCATION:
200 West Fifth Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

To register, contact Kathy Rogers at krogers@tnvoices.org.

Your Heart on Art Workshop

DATE: March 24, 2018

Register online at www.yourheartonart.org

TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Three grand regional summits known as TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic will be a gathering of diverse community stakeholders to share ideas, review local data, and identify promising strategies to address Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.  Community anti-drug coalitions and individuals working at the ground level will share their expertise and knowledge as we come together as catalysts for change.

REGISTER BY MARCH 16, 2018 (registration is free)

TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic  

LOCATIONS:

Nashville (Franklin), TN

  • Franklin Marriott Cool Springs: April 10-11, 2018

Knoxville, TN

  • Knoxville Marriott:  April 17-18, 2018

Memphis, TN

  • Memphis Crown Plaza East: April 24-25, 2018

Summit Format

Day 1: Half day (tentative 1pm -5pm) lead by community member speakers

Day 2: Full day (tentative 8am- 4pm) facilitated collaborative sessions

2018 Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Spring Symposium

DATE:
Wed, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

LOCATION:
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.

Middle TN- Nashville

DATE:
Quarterly on the 3rd Thursday (April 19, July 19, and October 18)
11:30 am- 1:00 pm

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

CONTACT:
Kathy Rogers
krogers@tnvoices.org
615.269.7751

East TN- Knoxville

DATE:
1st Wednesday of Every Month
11:30 am- 1:00 pm

LOCATION:
Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association
200 West Fifth Avenue, Conference Room
Knoxville, TN 37917

CONTACT:
Kathy Rogers
krogers@tnvoices.org
615.269.7751

West TN- Memphis

DATE:
Quarterly on the 3rd Friday (April 20, July 20, October 19)
11:30 am- 1:00 pm

LOCATION:
Urban Child Institute, 1st Floor Conference Room
600 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

CONTACT:
Kathy Rogers
krogers@tnvoices.org
615.269.7751

OPEN POSITIONS:  Tennessee Voices for Children

None at this time.

FRIENDS Online Learning Center

The FRIENDS Online Learning Center offers courses on developing a logic model, qualitative evaluation techniques, engaging tribes, and other topics related to child abuse prevention and program implementation.  Courses can be taken all at once or by beginning a course and then finishing it later. Anyone can complete the simple, one-time registration to enter the center and take courses, 24 hours a day, seven days week.

Courses are accessible and user-friendly for those who can’t attend in-person trainings or for those who need a refresher on a topic. Courses can introduce information to staff in local agencies on topics such as parent leadership, the protective factors, or financial decision making. Check out the center and course descriptions on the e-learning homepage, https://friendsnrcelearning.remote-learner.net/

Prescription Drug Overdose Program Report 2018

Click here for the fill report.

System of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT)

SOCAT Information Sheet

SOCAT Referral Form

Planned Respite Program

The Planned Respite Program (PRP) provides respite services to families of children identified as having a serious emotionally disturbance (SED) or dually-diagnosed with a SED and Autism, who are two through fifteen (2-15) years of age.  Respite consultants provide short-term respite, and work with the family to identify long-range respite resources.  An Individualized Family Respite Plan (IFRP) is developed with the family.  The IFRP may include short-term direct respite care by staff, identification of possible respite resources, and determination of child learning characteristics and behavior patterns that interfere with the family’s ability to secure respite.  The respite consultant will assist and enable the family to identify and develop community based respite resources, and will work with families to help them utilize these respite resources in the most effective manner.

Planned Respite sites are in: Memphis, Jackson, Smyrna, Gallatin, Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, and Johnson City.

For additional information and contact information:

Alliance Healthcare Services – https://www.kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-alliance-healthcare-services

  • Memphis

Quinco Mental Health – https://kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-quinco

  • Jackson

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System – https://www.kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-volunteer

  • Smyrna
  • Gallatin
  • Chattanooga

Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services – https://kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-ridgeview

  • Oak Ridge

Frontier Health – https://kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-frontier

  • Johnson City
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.

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
Teens