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Mental Health Academy: Children's Issues

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM (CDT)

Mental Health Academy: Children's Issues

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Two Day Registration Ended $125.00 $3.49
One Day Registration: Thursday ONLY Ended $75.00 $2.49
One Day Registration: Friday ONLY Ended $75.00 $2.49

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Event Details

Join us for the two day "Children's Issues" conference on August 15 -16.

Conference Objectives:

  • List three preventive resources and three treatment resources for children's behavioral health.
  • Discuss protective factors that build resiliency in youth who are bullied or transitioning.
  • Explain how play therapy constructively helps children, who may not have words to share during therapy.
  • Discuss brain differences of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD and trauma.
  • Discuss the causes and treatment of trauma.
  • List factors that contribute to attachement problems.

General Outline:

Day One (6 hours of Coursework):

8 a.m. Registration

Rodger Dinwiddie, M.Ed. (CEO of STARS Nashville) 


Adolescent Chemical Dependency
Heather Hendickson, LPC-MHSP and Ayne-Wallace Nichols, LMSW
(Cumberland Heights) 

10:30-10:45   Break

Play Therapy
Lauren Capozzi, LMFT (Director of Teen and Children's Program at The Refuge Center
for Counseling)

11:45-12:45   Lunch

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee Programs and Services
Joanna Bane (I.C. Hope Services Coordinator); Steven Good (I.C. Hope Mascot)
Christen Thorpe, MS, CRC (Trainer and Postvention Specialist for Tennessee Lives Count) 

1:45-2:45 Transitioning Out of Foster Care
Tawny Spinelli, B.A. (Former Foster Youth) 
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Resources
Tim Maguigan and Heather DeMith (KidLink Treatment Services) 
4:15 p.m. Evaluation and Adjournment


Day Two (6 hours of Coursework):

8 a.m. Registration

ADHD and Medications
Karen Rhea, M.D. (Chief Medical Officer at Centerstone)


LGBT Cultural Competency
Pam Sheffer (Just Us Program Coordinator at Oasis Center) 

10:30-10:45   Break

Adoption and Attachment Issues
Jan Dick, LCSW (Director of Child and Family Permanency at Family and
Children's Services)

11:45-12:45 Lunch

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Monica Coakley (Parent, Community Educator and Attorney at KPMG) 

1:45-2:45 Trauma and Children
Becky Russell, M.Ed., LPC/MHSP (Clinical Therapist at The Sexual Assault Center)
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Human Trafficking
Kathryn Suppes (Tennessee Director of the Trafficking in America Task Force) 
4:15 p.m. Evaluation and Adjournment

Target Audience (6 hours of coursework each day):

.6 CEUs pre-approved for nurses thanks to UT Martin College of Nursing.

6 contact hours of general continuing education available for Social Workers.

6 CEUs pre-approved for LPCs thanks to TLPCA.

6 CEUs pre-approved for LADACs thanks to NAADAC.

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided each day for professionals needing contact hours.

Registration includes CEUs and Lunch both days.


For more information, download seminar brochure here.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

KidLink Treatment Services
Oak Plains Academy
Rolling Hills Hospital
TriStar Behavioral Health
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
Youth Villages, Inc.

Have questions about Mental Health Academy: Children's Issues? Contact Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

When & Where

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Rd
Nashville, TN 37228

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM (CDT)

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Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee (formerly known as the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has been providing services to the Middle Tennessee community since 1946.  Our mission is to connect the community with specialized mental health and wellness resources, provide services that improve the quality of life, and promote effective services where mental health needs exist.

Over the years, MHAMT has worked diligently to educate all members of our community about how to attain good mental health.  We share our message of hope for mental wellness to tens of thousands of individuals annually.

By being a frontline resource for the community, MHAMT is in a position to identify important mental health needs in Middle Tennessee, and then often facilitates the development of programs to meet those needs or enhance resources to address service gaps.

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