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West Branch Meeting April 18, 2019
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When: Third Thursday Each Month
Where: Belmont Village Senior Living
6605 Quail Hollow Rd
Memphis 38120
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NASW-TN West Branch

April 18, 2019 Lunch and Learn

Belmont Village Assisted Living

6605 Quail Hollow Rd. Memphis, TN 38120


Topic: Who You Gonna Call… Child Protective Services

Presenter:  Cherry Malone, LMSW, & Mary Harris


  • Define child abuse/maltreatment for Tennessee
  • How to recognize signs/symptoms of abuse & neglect
  • How to report allegations


About Our Presenters

Cherry Malone obtained a BA in social work in 1997 from The University of Memphis and an MSSW in 2011 from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From 1997 through 2016, Ms. Malone has practiced providing social work services to child sexual abuse clients, children and adults with developmental disabilities, children and adults involved with the child welfare system, and victims of domestic violence. During her career, Ms. Malone has provided field instruction to social work interns since 2008 for the University of Memphis and Union University from 2007-2008.

Ms. Malone began as an adjunct faculty at The University of Memphis in the fall of 2014 and taught child welfare policy and practices in both graduate and undergraduate programs. While as an adjunct, Ms. Malone has provided field liaison visits for graduate and undergraduate students for the School of Social Work. In August of 2016, she joined The University of Memphis full-time as the MSW Admissions Coordinator/ Instructor in the School of Social Work at the University of Memphis. In this position, she coordinated admissions, advised students, recruited prospective social work students, taught the Professional Social Work Skills Practice and Child Welfare Policy and Practice classes, and volunteered as a steering committee member for the U of M Social Work Alumni Networking Group. Currently, Ms. Malone is serving as the MSW Field Coordinator for the School of Social Work. In this position, she coordinates field placements for MSW students, establish and maintains field agency placements, resolve student field issues, and oversees the field education program. 

Ms. Malone’s area of expertise is in child welfare to include child protective services, foster/adoptive services, and older youth transitioning out of foster care, and supervising child welfare case managers.  Ms. Malone’s current position is not tenure track; however, she maintains an LMSW. 

Mary A. Harris helps people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives by supporting individuals and their families through difficult times and ensures that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are safeguarded from harm. Her primary goal is to help improve outcomes in people's lives. Mary has always had a passion for helping people and that compassionate quality shapes her personality and career.

Mary Harris was born and reared in Covington, Tennessee. She is the 6th child out of a sibling group of eight. Mary appreciates her parents for being firm and instilling respectable morals and ensuring that she was spiritually equipped. They encouraged her to always put God first, pursue her dreams, and they supported her efforts. Growing up in a neighborhood of educated women who were members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Mary was motivated to go to college and become an AKA. After graduating from Covington High School, Mary attended the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) where she was a member of the Black Student Association, UTM Collegiate Choir, Association of Black Social Workers, and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Zeta Lambda Chapter in the Spring of 1981. As a student at the UTM and a member of the Association of Black Social Workers, Mary participated in community outreach programs, worked with physically and mentally challenged adults, provided Tutoring & Mentoring services to African American (AA) children living in the inner city of Martin, Tennessee, and worked with families to feel special and important. Mary graduated from the UTM with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences – Memphis, in 2008. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and has received several Humanitarian awards (locally and statewide) for her community outreach services.


Mary has been blessed to experience a dynamic career path in lifelong service to individuals, children, families, groups, communities and organizations providing children and family welfare and human behavioral services. Her post college professional career began in 1984 when she started working with Shelby Residential & Vocational Services as a Trainer, working with handicapped adults. In 1985, she transitioned to Northeast Mental Health Center, as a Day Treatment & Group Therapist. In 1986, God answered Mary’s prayers and she was hired with the State of Tennessee in Vocational Rehabilitation Services as a Counselor. From there her career really excelled. Mary transferred within state departments and began working with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and later the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) in several capacities, from a case manager, a Team Leader, and later a Team Coordinator,


 1.0 CEU

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