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When: Friday Nov. 15, 2019
Where: Scarritt Bennett Center Laskey Center
1027 18th Ave S
Nashville, TN  37212

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2019 Fall Professional Development Forum

November 15, 2019

6.0 CEUs with 3.0 in Ethics


8:30am Welcome and Continental Breakfast

9:00am- Noon - You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: Strengthening Ethical Social Work Practice through Self-Care- 3.0 CEUs in Ethics
                                 Presented by Brad Palmertree and Adriene Matherne

Social workers who provide services for our community have higher rates of stress due to the nature of their work. Without support, social workers may experience burnout or vicarious trauma, leading to turnover, decreased productivity, impaired decision-making capacity, and decreased client satisfaction, participation, and outcomes. To meet this challenge, the NASW Code of Ethics addresses a social worker’s ethical responsibility to their own impairment (NASE Code of Ethics 4.05) and that of their social work colleagues (NASW Code of Ethics 2.08).

This workshop addresses self-care as an ethical imperative for social workers and will provide tools to fulfill a professional responsibility to ourselves, our colleagues, and our clients in delivering the highest quality of care and decision-making through a moral & ethical lens of wellness.

Learning Objectives:

1. Examine the NASW ethical principles and responsibilities pertinent to practitioner self-care

2. Identify similarities, differences, and symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma, & secondary traumatic stress

3.  Identify and discuss new and existing stress management techniques to use at home or work

4.  Discuss the ethical dilemmas of a multi-level, systemic approach to enhancing wellness within our organizations                                           

About Our Presenters:

Adriane Matherne, MSW As The Family Center’s coordinator of Community Resilience, Adriane Matherne works with organizations and professionals on preventing and mitigating the affects of workplace stressors and past trauma experiences. Her areas of expertise include adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed systems and frameworks, organizational wellness, and building resilience. She works actively with the ACE Nashville collective impact group and participates on the Leadership team and as a co-chair for the Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup. She received a Bachelor of Science in social work and psychology from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Social Work from the University of Tennessee where she performed a meta-analysis on trauma-informed practices and processes. In her time off, Adriane spends most of her time baking, reading a new fantasy novel, or writing her own story.

Brad A. Palmertree, MSW As the director of Collaborative Community Impact, Brad A. Palmertree leads the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Collective Impact Accelerator. He identifies and works with emerging collaboratives that prioritize systems change and are driving towards positive community outcomes. He does this by facilitating learning, supporting data-driven decision-making and community engagement, and fostering a community culture that accelerates progress and “moves the needle” on our community’s complex problems through cross-sector partnerships, systems improvement strategies, and collective action. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Lambuth University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. You can usually find him listening to NPR, watching The Golden Girls, or exploring new hiking trails throughout Middle Tennessee. He lives in Nashville in a home occupied by two cats, Rocky & Isabella.

12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch provided for full day attendees

1:00pm-4:00pm - Basic Trauma Focused CBT; Theory, Components and Skills
                                Presented by Jamie Brandmair

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. In this session attendees will receive an overview of TF-CBT and learn about skills used in TFCBT

Learning Objectives:

1. Increase TF-CBT Modality Knowledge
2. Provide understanding of TF-CBT Components
3. Ensure knowledge of TF-CBT skills to provide effective TF-CBT interventions.

About Our Presenter: Jamie Brandmair, LCSW is currently a school based therapist supervisor who provides administrative and clinical supervision. Jamie received her BSW from Saginaw Valley State University and her MSW from Michigan Stte Universityin 2012 with Magna and Summa Cum Laude. Jamie has extensive experience with individual, family and group clinical service. Jamie is also a nationally certified Trauma Focused CBT Therapist.


                                You are Here: Mapping Your Organization's Journey to Trauma-Informed Care                               

Interest in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is ever increasing. Because TIC principles can be flexibly applied, there is a high demand for resources to assist organizations with best practices. This workshop will provide helpful tools for guiding the successful adoption of TIC within your agency. Presenters will share an evaluation tool that has been newly validated for assessing fidelity to trauma-informed principles and practices and outline a step-by-step guide for navigating your organization’s journey to TIC. 

Learning objectives of the workshop:

1.  Participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of adopting a trauma-informed approach within their agency;

2.  Participants will be able to identify the domains associated with successful implementation of trauma-informed care and the resources available in Tennessee to support implementation; and
Participants will learn about a
newly validated scale and how it can be used as an ongoing assessment tool for objectively and meaningfully evaluating their organization’s progress toward becoming trauma-informed.

About Our Presenters:

Sukey Steckel, LMSW is an Assistant Professor of Practice with the UTK College of Social Work where she specializes in neurophysiology, human development, leadership and management courses.  She has worked for the State of Tennessee for over 15 years, previously serving as Director of Children’s Mental Health for TDMHSAS.

Lauren Brown,LCSW, PhD. She is the Director of Behavioral Health & Research at Nashville CARES and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University. Her work concentrates on trauma and health disparities domestically and internationally.

Lori Myers, LCSW, RPT-S possesses 17 years experience treating children with trauma and attachment disruptions. She specializes in sexual assault, trauma, trauma informed care, brain development, attachment and parenting. Lori is the clinical director of the Nashville Children’s Alliance, provides supervision, and served on the leadership team of ACE Nashville.

Fall Forum Member Full Day - $135

Fall Forum Member Half Day - $80

Fall Forum Non-Member Full Day - $185

Fall Forum Non-Member Half Day - $100

Fall Forum Student Full Day - $80

Fall Forum Student Half Day - $40


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Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors:

Prime Luncheon Sponsor


Professional Development Sponsor





Vanderbilt Behavioral Health          Takacs McGinnis Elder Law          TAADAS

System of Care TN                  Mental Health Cooperative     Rogers Behavioral Health
180 Health Partners


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NASW –TN Continuing Education Cancellation Policy

Full policy located HERE.

While the NASW understands that emergencies do occur, once a participant has been registered and is expected to attend a scheduled NASW TN Chapter workshop/event, the NASW TN Chapter has factored their attendance into costs already absorbed by the Chapter. Once a participant has registered and is expected to attend a scheduled Chapter workshop or event our cancellation policy is as follows:

•Cancellations received via e-mail 7days or more prior to the event will receive a full refund.

• Cancellations received 6-2 days in advance of the event shall be refunded to the participant with $25 deducted for processing.

• Cancellations received less than 2 days in advance of the event will NOT be refunded.

• Any “no shows” that have not provided advance notice will not be issued refunds or the option to apply the fee to a future scheduled workshop



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