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108th Annual TCSW Spring  

Leadership & Professional Development Conference

March 22 -24, 2021


Efforts to improve health in the U.S. have traditionally looked to the health care system as the key driver of health and health outcomes. However, there has been increased recognition that improving health and achieving health equity will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. Our conference this year will continue our focus on the Social Determinants of Health by providing a wealth of informational workshops and presentations that will provide an overview of these social determinants of health and discuss emerging initiatives and best practices to address them.

Over the past year, TCSW training events and conferences have reached more than 500 social service providers across the state including social workers, mental health counselors, Head Start Family Service workers and many more.  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 1 1/2 -day virtualconference will provide information and training that will include direct clinical practices and larger social justice concerns covering areas from children & youth services, senior care, healthcare, mental healthcare, substance use, criminal justice, school social work, macro practice and more. 

Up to 11.5 Continuing Education Units available
Up to 8.5 CEU's for the conference plus an additional 3 for the pre-conference ethics workshop.* 


Thursday, August 27th, 1:00 PM CST to 4:00 PM CST

"Ethical Challenges to Preventing HIV in a Sex-Negative American Culture"

Steven Davidson, PhD, LCSW

Presented by the Rod Bragg Music City PrEP Clinic
3 CEU’s
in Ethics for this workshop Approved by NASW-TN for Social Workers
(Additional Cost for this Workshop)*

Friday, August 28th

Opening Keynote – 8:00 am CST - 8:30 am CST– .5 CEU’s
Speaker:      Steven Davidson, PhD, LCSW       

Friday Breakout Session I - 8:35 am - 9:50 am - 1.25 CEU

  1. Off The Grid – Dianne Castellano
  2. Navigating the Dementia Journey – Tawnya Caldwell
  3. Tackling Social Health Influencers in Criminal Justice: An Approach for Both Staff & Inmates – Adriane Matherne
  4. Understanding and Measuring the Health and Well-being Benefits of Adequate Housing – Erin Rose
  5. (HIV/AIDS Education Track) - The HIV-Trauma Syndemic – Lauren Brown

Breakout Session II – 9:55 am - 11:10 am  – 1.25 CEU

  1. The Brain, Mental Health and Addiction – Lindsey O’Connell
  2. Service, Therapy or Emotional Support: The Difference Between Assistance Dogs – Bethanie Poe
  3. Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips From the Latest Research – Ashley Briggs
  4. Get Out of the Bubble Bath:  Re-thinking Self Care - Tara Watson
  5. Language of Addiction - April Mallory, LCSW & Jamie Hargrove, LMSW
  6. (HIV/AIDS Education Track) ADDRESSING STIGMA (Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia) in HIV Service Delivery: A self-Assessment. Where do You Stand? - Rosalind Andrews-Worthy    

Breakout Session III - 11:15 am - 12:30 pm - 1.25 CEU

  1. Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program – Stacy Scruggs
  2. Utilities, SDOH, NEIs, and Resiliency - How They Intersect and the Ways We Can Work Together to Make a Difference – Beth Parsons
  3. Maintaining Our Own Mental Health – The “Inside Job” – Ruth Williams
  4. The Hidden Faces of Homelessness – Children and Youth in Our Schools – Catherine Knowles
  5. Social Determinants and Brain Health: A Public Health Update – Amy French
  6. (HIV/AIDS Education Track) - HIV, PEP & PrEP – What You Need To Know - Mario Forte

Break for Lunch - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Breakout Session IV - 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  - 1.25 CEU

  1. Understanding Our Culture of Contempt (Part A)
  2. Bullying:  A Toxicity in the Workplace – Arlene Martin-Norman
  3. Shifting Culture to Onsite Self Care Strategies – Alexia Georghiou
  4. Executive Functioning Deficits and Trauma Informed Discipline Practices in Schools- Emily Partin
  5. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training – Brittany Willis
  6. (HIV/AIDS Education Track) - Ending the Syndemic - Amber Coyne

 Breakout Session V - 2:20 pm - 3:35 pm - 1.25 CEU

  1. Combating the Culture of Contempt (Part B)
  2. Moving Families from Homelessness to Thriving Through Collaboration – Jennifer Reason, Matt Preston & Kim Demetrio
  3. Caregiver Health Literacy Impact on Health Outcomes - Adrienne Newman
  4. (HIV/AIDS Education Track) - Meeting People Where They’re At:  Improving Health Outcomes for People Who Use Drugs with Harm Reduction – Kacey Byczek 

 Breakout Sessions VI - 3:40 pm - 4:55 pm - 1.25 CEU

  1. Combating the Root Causes of the Stroke Epidemic Among the Aging Population – Shani Collins Woods
  2. Art, Autism and PTSD – Yadira Calderon
  3. Nature Deficit Disorder: Implications on Mental Health & How NaturePlay Therapy Can Help – Jamie Langley
  4. (HIV/AIDS Education Track) - The Changing Landscape of HIV – Kara Rauscher & Erin Pickney 

Closing Plenary/Keynote – 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm – .5 CEU’s
Speaker:          Michele Johnson, Executive Director, TN Justice Center   

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.