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.
FREE CARE Model Trainings
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a trauma-informed, field-initiated modification of specific child relationship enhancements that are based in evidence-based parenting programs.
Knoxville: September 25, 2018 – 8:30am-5:00pm EST
Free Computer Basics Training Class
DATE: September 19, 2018. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Goodwill Career Solutions, 937 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208
Contact Career Solutions today for more information!
Phone: (615) 742-4151 or email email@example.com
“Hope for Tomorrow: The Intersection of Suicide and Addiction”
DATE: September 21, 2018, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville, TN 37923
6th Annual SOCAT Conference
DATE: September 21-22, 2018
LOCATION: Embassy Suites Murfreesboro, TN
Nashville Summit on Addiction
Facing Addiction: Finding Common Ground
DATE: September 25, 2018
For more information, contact
WRAP II Facilitator Training
MIDDLE TN: Cookeville: October 1st-5th, 2018, Plateau Mental Health Center, Friends & Company Peer Support Center, 1200 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38506
EAST TN: Knoxville:November 12th-16th, 2018, TMHCA, 200 West 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
WEST TN: Memphis: January 7th -11th, 2019, Lowenstein House, 821 Barksdale Drive, Memphis, TN 38114
All Trainings Are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
RSVP to Kellye Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 615-806-2533. You will then be sent a registration form. A registration form and WRAP I certificate must be submitted and confirmed received before individual registration is complete.
suicide to Hope: A Recovery & Growth Workshop
DATE: October 12, 2018
Skyline Madison Medical Office Building
510 Hospital Drive, 4th Floor
Madison, TN 37115
1st Annual Tennessee Adolescent and Young Adult Conference (TNYAC)
DATE: October 12, 2018
LOCATION: Trevecca Nazarene University-Community Church, Nashville
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
DATE: October 30-31, 2018, 8:30-5:00
Volunteer Behavioral Health, 1200 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38502
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
Quarterly on the 3rd Thursday (October 18)
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work
193 Polk Avenue, Suite E, Room 233
Nashville, TN 37210
East TN- Knoxville
1st Wednesday of Every Month
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association
200 West Fifth Avenue, Conference Room
Knoxville, TN 37917
West TN- Memphis
Quarterly on the 3rd Friday (October 19)
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Urban Child Institute, 1st Floor Conference Room
600 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105
The Family Intervention Treatment Team (FITT) is expanding and has nearly doubled in size! They are looking for a certified/eligible Family Support Specialist (FSS) to join their dynamic team serving Knoxville and nearby surrounding counties! Please call (865) 789-7703 for further details!
MHSAS Program Manager- TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Position: Full-time (37.5 hours)
Supervised by: Director, Office of Children, Young Adults, and Families
Schedule: M-F, Days (some travel required)
Education/Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree and experience equivalent to five or more years of full-time professional work in mental health and/or substance use disorders programs, including at least one year that involved monitoring, evaluating, planning, or coordinating program activities. Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in a social or behavioral science or other related acceptable field may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years, there being no substitution for the one year of specialized experience. Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time professional work in mental health and/or substance use disorders programs may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of four years.
To apply or for more information here.
Warning Signs of Child Abuse & Neglect (English)
Warning Signs of Child Abuse & Neglect (Spanish)
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
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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
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System of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT)
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
Quinco Mental Health – https://kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-quinco
Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System – https://www.kidcentraltn.com/program/planned-respite-volunteer
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.