Addressing the Social Determinants of Health & Well-being

TCSW 106th Annual Spring 

Leadership & Professional Development Conference

March 25, 26 & 27, 2019
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067

This year our conference theme is “Everyone Counts: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health.”  We offer the opportunity for front-line staff, students, social workers, counselors, therapists and all social service professionals to network and enhance their skills by gaining a greater understanding of the myriad of issues that impact a person’s ability to improve their health and reduce longstanding disparities in access to quality healthcare and other vital social and emotional services.

In the past year, TCSW training events and conferences have reached more than 500 social workers and social service providers across the state.  For more than 100 years, our annual conference has provided training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to every sector of social services imaginable.

More than 30 workshops and plenary sessions during the 3 day conference will provide information and training that will include direct clinical practices and larger social justice concerns including areas from children to the elderly, healthcare to mental healthcare and more.

Please join hundreds of social service providers as we explore avenues that lead us to closer collaborations and united advocacy efforts.  Workshops will provide training and information relevant to providers across a broad spectrum of service . 

Up to a total of 14.5 Continuing Education Units available
Up to 11.5 CEU's for the conference plus an additional 3 for the pre-conference ethics workshop.* 


Monday, March 25th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

“Ethical Decision-Making in Working with Substance Abuse”
Erin Pickney, LCSW
Associate Director of Medical Case Management and Financial Stability
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 25th

Opening Keynote – 1:00 PM – 1.00 CEU’s

Speaker:              Laura Berlind – CEO, The Sycamore Institute 
Health & Prosperity in Tennessee:  Moving from Awareness to Action.

Monday Breakout Sessions - 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM – 1.5 CEU’s

  1. Jenn Drake-Croft – Building Strong Brains: The Role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development
  2. Ali Winters – Solitary Confinement:  Disparities in the Provision of Care
  3. V. Nikki Jones & Cathy McElderry – The Implications of Microagressions and Health Inequity
  4. Megan Hart & Kendra Mitchell – A Collaborative Approach to Addressing the Resource Needs of Tennesseans with Disabilities

Monday Breakout Sessions – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM – 1.5 CEU’s

  1. Amy French – Understanding Alzheimer’s and Brain Health
  2. Vida Khavar – The Well-being of LGBTQ+ Children in Child Welfare
  3. Wardell Seals – Unhealthy/Healthy Stress
  4. Jamie Langley – When Words Fail…Play Speaks: Why Play Therapy Works

 Tuesday, March 26th

Morning Keynote, 8:30AM – 1 CEU
The Opioid Epidemic
Speaker:             Megan Barry

Tuesday Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM - 1.5 CEU’s

  1. Dr. Alfunsia Merriwether - Coombatting "Compassion Fatigue" Methods of Self-ccare
  2. Ronald Morton – Medication Assisted Treatment: A Rapid Response to a Social Dilemma
  3. Nicole Payne, Cameesa Pyburn & Marcia Collins – Breaking Through Discharge Barriers…How Can We Help?
  4. Ed Johnson – Stigma, Opioid Use and Overdose: What’s the Relationship?
  5. Nichelle Foster & Simone Sibley – Join the Community Effort for Suicide Prevention
  6. Head Start Directors Meeting

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

Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM - 1.5 CEU’s

  1. Cathy Gurley – You Have the Power’s Youth Impact Curriculum: An Introduction
  2. Dakota Grady – 6 Steps to Managing Your Money
  3. John Mark Toomey – What’s In Your Wallet? Understanding Adult Issues with Kids
  4. Kinika Young – What’s Health Got to Do With It? A Systemic Approach to Address Social Determinants of Health
  5. Bethanie Poe – The Challenges Presented by Pets
  6. Head Start Directors Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM - 1.5 CEU’s

  1. Chris Moynihan – OmniCare: Developing a Trauma Competent Culture
  2. Brittnie Noble & Breanna Davis – Darkness to Light
  3. Wendy Elmo – Traumatic Brain Injury’s Complex Relationship with Social Determinants of Health: Working Toward Solutions
  4. Miller Hunt Eubanks – Using the Law to Protect Struggling Loved Ones
  5. Student Policy Poster Presentations
  6. Head Start Directors Meeting

Wednesday, March 28th

Wednesday Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM - 1.5 CEU’s

  1. Troy Rogers – Social Economic Autopsy
  2. Emily Partin – Moving Brain Science Into Practice with Hard to Reach Families
  3. Shani Collins Woods – Faith In Action: Advancing Health Equity in Rural Areas
  4. Joanne Perley – Addressing Substances Abuse in Suicide Prevention
  5. Michael Blackwell – Aligning Healthcare: Access to Veterinary Care
  6. Ali Drescher & Katherine Reynolds – The Occurrence and Outcome of Childhood Grief in Tennessee
  7. Valerie Radu & Richard Rushing, III – Earth & Soul: Integrative Self-Care Practices

Wednesday Morning Closing Plenary/Keynote – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – 1.0 CEU’s
HIV/AIDS in Communities of Color
Speaker:              TK Hampton

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.