TCSW 105th Annual

Leadership & Networking Conference

March 26, 27 & 28, 2018

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

Up to a total of 14 Continuing Education Units available
Up to11 CEU's for the conference plus an additional 3 for the pre-conference ethics workshop.* 

Monday, March 26th, 9AM to Noon

“Ethical Considerations in Documentation:  Not What, But Why”
Sean Muldoon, LCSW, Clinical Services Manager, Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Jessica Hike, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, Nashville CARES 

Sponsored by NASW Tennessee
3 CEU’s
in Ethics for this workshop Approved for Social Workers by NASW TN
(Additional Cost for this Workshop)*

Monday, March 26th

Opening Keynote – 1PM –  Hedy Weinberg – Executive Director, ACLU Tennessee

Monday Breakout Sessions - 2:30 to 4:00 PM 

  1. Head Start Directors Meetings
  2. TN Child Care Assistance - Kimberly Moore, Antha Lusk & Larosa Parks, TN Department of Human Services
  3. Tennessee Disability Pathfinder – Megan Hart, TN Disability Pathfinder
  4. Developmental Stress Reduction for Adolescents – Tom Bissonettee – YoungAndWiser, Inc.
  5. TN Elder Justice Task Force Panel Discussion – TN Commission on Aging & Disability
  6. Bring Out the Leader Within: Creating a Learning Environment to Develop and Support Your Staff – Christi Grandstaff – Integrated Work

Tuesday, March 27th 

Tuesday Morning Keynote, 8:30AM – Renata Soto – Co-founder & Executive Director – Conexión Américas

Tuesday Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:45 - 11:15 AM 

  1. Head Start Directors Meetings
  2. Cyberbullying/Safe at School – Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block
  3. Coming Out of the Shadows - Ruben Muriente – Family Justice Center of Chattanooga
  4. Mindflness: Strategies to Improve Life Outcomes- Katari Coleman – TN State University – COELS
  5. A Musical Journey – Mandy Hansen – TN Respite Coalition
  6. A Public-Private Partnership Model for Expanding Care to Older Adults – Dianne Oliver – The West End Home Foundation; Jim Shulman - TN Commission on Aging & Disability; Dr. Rhonda Switzer Nadasdi - Interfaith Dental Clinic

Tuesday Recognition and Awards Luncheon – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
            UT College of Social Work Awards Presentation
            TSU - SSCBT = Certificate Presentation
            TCSW Awards Presentations

Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 1:15 to 2:45 PM 

  1. Head Start Directors Meetings
  2. Head Start Health Network Meetings
  3. Defense Mechanisms and Case Management: How Do We Go Forward? – Jessica Cowick, LMSW – TN Department of Children’s Services
  4. Trauma Informed Care, Agency Wide – Adriane Matherne – University of Tennessee College of Social Work
  5. Making Sure Silent Victims are Heard: How Strengthening Communications and Heightening Collaborations Create Seamless Transitions for Adolescents Impacted by DV – Treva Sands, MSW & Heather Flowers, LMSW – Hamilton County Chattanooga Family Justice Center 
  6. How Care Gets Paid in Today’s Elder Care Continuum – Debra King, LMSW & Barbara McGinnis, CELA – Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law

Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 3:00 to 4:30 PM 

  1. Head Start Directors Meetings
  2. Head Start Health Network Meetings
  3. Building Strong Brains: The role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development – Jennifer Drake-Croft – TN Commission on Children & Youth
  4. Military Service and Adjustment to Civilian World: How to Address Veteran Suicide – Landra Orr & Steve Kovnesky – TN Valley Healthcare System – Veteran’s Administration
  5. The Brain and Addiction – Mary Linden Salter – TAADAS
  6. Supported Decision-Making – Lauren Pearcy – TN Council on Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, March 28th

Wednesday Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:00 to 10:30 AM 

  1. Insure Tennessee Is Dead! Isn't it? - Tony Garr - TN Healthcare Campaign
  2. Successful Collaboration: Working as a Team to Ensure Favorable Outcomes for Children in Foster Care - Susan Shand - CASA of Davidson County
  3. Linking Family, School and Community - Alfunsia Merriwether – Shelby County Board of Education
  4. Suicide Prevention and Substance Abuse – Joanne Perley – TN Suicide Prevention Network
  5. The Opioid Epidemic: Medication Assisted Treatment – Ronald Morton, Robin Cruise & Melissa Isbell – BlueCare Tennessee
  6. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Basics: What Every Social Worker Needs to Know – Amy French & Tiffany Cloud-Mann – Alzheimer’s Association
  7. Trauma and Youth:  Learn and Share with Your Peers - Allison Milam, LCSW, Catholic Charities, Mary Held, LCSW, UTCollege of Social Work & Lisa McGovern, LCSW, Catholic Charities

Wednesday Morning Closing Keynote - 10:45 AM to Noon - Ingrid McIntrye - Executive Director, Open Table Nashville

TCSW's annual state conference is a career-nourishing professional development event. Planned specifically for social services and other helping professionals, the conference includes breakout workshops, plenary sessions, an awards luncheon, and nonprofit, for-profit, government, and private business sponsors and exhibitors.  Human services workers, supervisors, and managers state-wide look forward to attending the conference each year.  


"I love attending the annual TCSW conferences. They allow me opportunities to network with others who share my same goals and dreams for improving my community."

Dianne Polly, Memphis.


"The TCSW conference gave me the opportunity to explain what my agency does and how we can assist individuals with mental illness."

Wandria Webb, Nashville.


TCSW Refund Policy

Refunds may be requested up to 7 days prior to the event.  Requests after the 7 day advance notice may be considered individually.  Contact with any question regarding this policy.