The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (TDHS) and the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) are eager to announce the virtual 2020 Statewide IPS Conference: Wellness Through Employment. While this year has brought on new and unexpected challenges, the Tennessee IPS community has continued to spread the philosophy of recovery and wellness through employment. Despite the hardships that have arisen, IPS programs have continued to increase in team size, service capacity, and employment rate. New programs and pilots have begun across the state, opening up IPS to more Tennesseans. Even through the ever-changing environment that we are all experiencing, the IPS teams have found new and creative ways to support their clients in pursuing their work and wellness goals. The IPS and Wellness communities have experienced the unexpected, lots of changes, and even some loss. Through all of that, their commitment to serving others and supporting their goals has remained constant. Despite the newfound distance, this year has shown us how truly connected and dedicated we are to the work that we do and to the people that we serve. We hope today offers you an opportunity to learn, relax, and network with others in a new way. The IPS Leadership Team thanks each of you for your hard work and dedication. We hope you enjoy your day and hope to see you all in person soon!

FY2020 data: 1118 individuals served, 543 were placed, 309 worked 90 days or more, 49% placement rate, 57% retention rate, 471 total placements for the year, $10.07 average hourly wage, 26.93 average hours worked, 119 education supports provided  


IN LOVING MEMORY OF ANDREA CHASE

August 7, 1967 – August 10, 2020

Andrea Chase spent over 20 years working in the mental health field, her drive and passion for working with children and youth leading her to a career at Carey Counseling Center in the year 2000.  “She is treasured and respected in communities throughout the state.”  She was noted as a mentor for many, as she always took the time to share expertise and advocate for others. 

Andrea’s leadership and tireless commitment at a local and state level led to Tennessee’s first episode psychosis programs.  Andrea was very eager to advocate for the need for a first episode program in a rural community, resulting in one of the first rural first episode programs in the nation, Tennessee’s implementation of OnTrackTN that would serve individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis through Carey Counseling Center in the 7 Northwest counties of the state. She received the TAMHO Volunteer Leadership Award in 2015 and her program, OnTrackTN, received the 2015 TAMHO Program of Excellence Award. 

Andrea is remembered for her vital role in multiple statewide programs, including the IPS community, and her legacy within OnTrackTN will live on for years to come. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services would like to take this time to extend our gratitude and our heartfelt sympathies to her family and loved ones.

A memorial fund has been created in memory of Andrea.  
Please visit the Memorial Fund booth in the Conference Exhibit Hall to learn more.  



This program has been approved by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, TENNESSEE CHAPTER (Provider Number: NASWTN 2020-0113) for 5.25 continuing education units for participants who successfully achieve the session requirements. Break and Luncheon activities do not qualify for CEs. 

Participants are encouraged to review Chapter 1365-1 to ensure the workshop they are attending is applicable and appropriate to their professional development.  The Tennessee Board of Social Work Certification and Licensure does not pre-approve continuing education programs.  It is the responsibility of the LMSW/LCSW, using their professional judgment, to justify that the continuing educational program meets the guidelines of Chapter 1365-1 and is relevant to their professional practice.

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND CLINICAL PASTORAL THERAPISTS
As stated within the rules and regulations of the State of Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors (0450-01-.12-(5)-(a)-1-vi and vii), Marital and Family Therapists (0450-02-.12-(5)-(a)-1-vi and vii ), and Clinical Pastoral Therapists (0450-03-.12-(5)-(a)-1-vi and vii), the hours approved for this conference by APA and/or NASW are considered pre-approved hours acceptable for submission of documentation for continuing professional development for individuals licensed by this Board.
 
LICENSED ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE COUNSELORS | As stated within the rules and regulations of the State of Tennessee Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (1200-30-01-.12), TAMHO is considered an authorized entity for continuing education courses, events, and activities related to the practice of alcohol and drug abuse counseling.  Individuals are responsible for assessing and determining the appropriateness of session content as relates to LADAC continuing professional development requirements.

Documentation of general contact/clock hours earned are available for attendees for participants who successfully achieve the session requirements and who do not require formal hours.

Sessions


All times are Central Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

9:00 AM
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10:15 AM


   
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Opening General Session -- Wellness Benefits of Employment


Mark  Liverman, EdS

 

Employment provides purpose, structure to one’s day among other benefits. Gainful employment improves quality and length of life through multiple wellness dimensions. Far too often people with mental health and substance use challenges often are not supported to pursue paid employment or, are encouraged to stay on government benefits. This session will present employment in a wellness framework and will examine how providers, family members, and policy makers can transform the notion that a disability is a barrier to employment. 
Learning Objectives:
This session will enable participants to be able to:

  1. Define the numerous  health and wellness benefits of employment;
  2. Examine how employment can address many social determinants of health; and,
  3. Describe how the wellness approach can enhance an individual’s employment pursuits.


10:15 AM
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10:25:30 AM


   
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Collaboration Instills Hope and Promotes Wellness for Employment


IPS &  Wellness

 

A brief video promoting collaboration between IPS Specialists and Peer Wellness Coaches.   


10:25 AM
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11:25 AM


   
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Brkout 1A - Interview with Dr. Peggy Swarbrick


Session 1A  Speakers

 

Dr. Peggy Swarbrick’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness model is an effective context for maintaining personal health and wellness minded behaviors at work or home. Within this model, is the notion of Occupational wellness, from which personal satisfaction and enrichment is derived from one’s work.  This session is designed to provide participants an occasion to ask Dr. Swarbrick questions related to the benefits of gainful employment.  Additionally, she may use this time to explain further discussions points from the earlier presentation.       


10:25 AM
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Brkout 2A -- Putting It All Together: Wellness in Eight Dimensions


Dina  Savvenas, MA, CPRS

 

This educational and interactive workshop will help participants understand that wellness is multi-dimensional. The workshop will be enjoyed by people in recovery, behavioral health, and primary care providers, IPS professionals and anyone wanting a better understanding of wellness.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Define wellness;
  2. List the 8 dimensions of wellness;
  3. Explain how the 8 dimensions of wellness are connected; and,
  4. Give examples of each dimension of wellness.


10:25 AM
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Get Up! Get Moving! -- 3A -- Moving Easy Program


Session 3A  Speakers

 


In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to get up and get moving while the peer wellness coaches demonstrate physical activities that are safe for all fitness levels, with modifications for different abilities, that you can utilize in your own routine and share with your clients for stress management and wellness.

Learning Objectives:

During this session, participants will:
  1. Discover how to utilize and demonstrate some fun physical activities that are safe and enjoyable for everyone;
  2. Experience firsthand how physical activity can be an effective stress reducer; and, 
  3. Gain some new tools for your wellness toolbox that you can share with others seeking to improve their wellness.

Body Scan – Julie Fann, MA, CPRS
Getting our body to return to baseline status regarding blood pressure, heart rate, etc. is important when we're under stress. Peer Wellness Coach Julie Fann will lead a Body Scan activity that involves focusing our attention on each part of the body as well as our breathing to restore us to a state of calm and relaxation.
 
Yoga For Pain Relief – Carrie Trawinski B.S. Ed, CPRS
Whether you have chronic pain due to a disorder, spending 40 hours a week at a desk, or it’s time to part ways with that old mattress; there is a way to bring yourself relief from chronic pain.  Through easy stretching and poses to provide a release for a tense muscles and to realign your posture, this small tutorial can help develop a go-to return anytime you need it.
 
Moving Easy Program – Carrie Trawinski B.S. Ed, CPRS
The Moving Easy Program (MEP) is an enjoyable way to safely improve your flexibility.  It gently loosens muscles and joints and increases circulation.  It incorporates the whole body and is not meant to be strenuous.  The MEP consists of 26 movements that take about 15 minutes to do.  Flexibility exercises and gentle strength training combine with better breathing to reduce stress and tensions.  The program is safe for almost all people, including those with chronic pain.

Chair Exercise – Kennith Hawkins, MA
Kennith will lead participants through a series of chair exercises suitable for every activity level.  The movements include: Seated calf raises, Seated backbend, Leg extensions, Seated Row, Air Punches, Finger stretch, and Seated crescent moon stretch.


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Collaboration Instills Hope and Promotes Wellness for Employment


IPS &  Wellness

 

A brief video promoting collaboration between IPS Specialists and Peer Wellness Coaches.   


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General Session -- Work and the Dignity of Risk


Patricia L.  Deegan, PhD

 

Sometimes clinicians are unwilling to refer people diagnosed with mental illness to supported employment programs. They fear increased stress may lead to relapse. Drawing on her experience of recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia and her work helping to develop the OnTrack model of coordinated speciality care for people with early psychosis, Pat Deegan will present a recovery-oriented framework for managing risk and supporting a person’s desire to work.
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
  1. Learners will be able to apply a recovery-oriented risk framework in their mental health practice;
  2. Learners will be able to differentiate the Duty to Care from the Dignity of Risk; and,
  3. Learners will understand how to navigate the Neglect/Overprotect Continuum.


1:30 PM
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Collaboration Instills Hope and Promotes Wellness for Employment


IPS &  Wellness

 

A brief video promoting collaboration between IPS Specialists and Peer Wellness Coaches.   


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Brkout 1B -- Supporting Folks in a Changing World


Session 1B  Speakers

 

These are times of upheaval and change for everyone, including the folks we work with. In this breakout session, Pat Deegan and her Associate, Missy Rufo, will demonstrate the use of two pragmatic tools that you can use to support people in a changing world. The first is My COVID-19 Safety Plan for Work. The second tool is Personal Medicine for managing the stress associated with racism and other forms of oppression. Attendees will receive a copy of these resources to incorporate into their practice.
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  1. Understand how to support folks returning to work safely;
  2. Understand how Personal Medicine helps activate people in their recovery; and,
  3. Master the basics of how to use the Oppression Personal Medicine Cards.


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Brkout 2B --Helping Clients Manage On-the-Job Stress


Dina  Savvenas, MA, CPRS

 

Even for those without mental illness, work is stressful.  Following rules and obeying authority figures, handling the demands of work duties, and maintaining healthy communication with coworkers all contribute to stress. During this presentation, Leanne Crawford will demonstrate how peer wellness coaches teach clients 10 whole health and resiliency factors as well as the Relaxation Response so they can navigate the workplace more effectively. Julie Fann will also share how struggling with anxiety and lack of impulse control in the past affected her ability to be a successful employee, and how learning better coping strategies has improved her attitude and communication.  
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, pariticipants will: 
  1. Be able to define the ten whole health and resiliency factors; 
  2. Understand the body's stress response; and,
  3. Know how to elicit the relaxation response. 


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Get Up! Get Moving! -- 3B -- Moving Easy Program


Carrie  Trawinski, BS Ed, CPRS

 

In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to get up and get moving while the peer wellness coaches demonstrate physical activities that are safe for all fitness levels, with modifications for different abilities, that you can utilize in your own routine and share with your clients for stress management and wellness.

Learning Objectives:

During this session, participants will:
  1. Discover how to utilize and demonstrate some fun physical activities that are safe and enjoyable for everyone;
  2. Experience firsthand how physical activity can be an effective stress reducer; and, 
  3. Gain some new tools for your wellness toolbox that you can share with others seeking to improve their wellness.

Intentional Physical Activity – Warmup 
There are many ways we can practice physical activity.  Through cardio, flexibility and strengthening you can learn ways to put together a quick and easy workout routine to meet your lifestyle needs.  Join Carrie in learning the different types of physical activities and the importance of each. 
 
Intentional Physical Activity – Exercise 
There are many ways we can practice physical activity.  Through cardio, flexibility and strengthening you can learn ways to put together a quick and easy workout routine to meet your lifestyle needs.  Join Carrie in learning the different types of physical activities and the importance of each. 
 
Intentional Physical Activity – Cool Down 
There are many ways we can practice physical activity.  Through cardio, flexibility and strengthening you can learn ways to put together a quick and easy workout routine to meet your lifestyle needs.  Join Carrie in learning the different types of physical activities and the importance of each. 
 
Intentional Physical Activity – Stretch 
There are many ways we can practice physical activity.  Through cardio, flexibility and strengthening you can learn ways to put together a quick and easy workout routine to meet your lifestyle needs.  Join Carrie in learning the different types of physical activities and the importance of each. 


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Collaboration Instills Hope and Promotes Wellness for Employment


IPS &  Wellness

 

A brief video promoting collaboration between IPS Specialists and Peer Wellness Coaches.   


2:50 PM
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Closing General Session: Promoting Inclusion in the Workplace: A Discussion on Best Practices


Mark  Liverman, EdS

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

People within the IPS community, both those supported and the people who provide help, may experience obstacles based on their own unique cultures, attributes, disabilities, and other social determinants. This panel is a discussion about how to most effectively support vulnerable populations from diverse backgrounds and how to become advocates within the workplace.
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  1. Increase their cultural and linguistic competency and awareness of the unique challenges vulnerable populations face within the workplace;

  2. Enhance their ability to advocate and support vulnerable populations in their ability to secure and maintain competitive employment; and, 

  3. Better understand how IPS supported employment creates opportunities for inclusion in the work environment for Tennesseans living with behavioral health disorders.


AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Sebby Edwards
Nichole Phillips
Tiffanie Whitaker


Every year during the annual Tennessee IPS conference, we like to recognize the amazing work that has been done throughout the year by presenting IPS Champion awards. Within our IPS community, there are a vast amount of different roles that contribute to the successes that we witness. Trophies are awarded in six different categories: Employee of the Year, Student of the Year, Employer IPS Champion, Employment Specialist IPS Champion, Team Leader IPS Champion, and VR Counselor IPS Champion. Each category represents one of the vital roles that make the IPS community such a strong one. Nominations are submitted from across the state; praising team members, service recipients, and colleagues. This is a great way to honor the dedicated and hardworking members of the IPS community. We’re excited to announce six new Champions during this year’s award ceremony!  


Employee of the Year
Members working in a competitive employment environment is the goal of all IPS teams and each member who has obtained employment should be celebrated. This award is given in special recognition of an employee who has demonstrated, through one or more of the following, that their employment has positively changed their life: length of employment, uniqueness of position, number of hours worked each week, whether this is their first job, noticeable change in symptoms or substance use, family members response, treatment teams response to the members excitement about the job, etc.
 
Student of the Year
We are excited to have a new category this year that aims at recognizing the amazing work that IPS students are doing across the state. This is open to students of any education type and any age. This award is given in special recognition of a student who has worked diligently towards expanding their future through education and has seen a significant influence because of this goal. Students can demonstrate how education has positively impacted their lives in various ways: enhanced leadership abilities, increased independence, overcoming adversity, championing education within their family, pursuing goals for the greater good, etc.
 
Employer IPS Champion
Our goal is always to assist our members with finding competitive, integrated employment within the community. We know that employers have the option to hire whomever they choose, and most do so for the benefit of the companies/organizations they represent. This award is given in special recognition of an employer who has demonstrated that the member(s) they hired were given an opportunity based solely on the member’s strengths. Through their collaboration with the IPS team and the member, this employer has obtained the employee they were searching for, while also assisting the member to obtain a position in the field they were interested in. (Employers must have hired IPS member(s) on or after May 1, 2019.)
 
Employment Specialist IPS Champion
The overall function of an Employment Specialist is to help members find and keep competitive employment that is consistent with their vocational goals. This award is given in special recognition of an Employment Specialist who has demonstrated excellence in engaging members and establishing trust within their relationships; excelling at building collaborative relationships with employers, VR, team members, and other stakeholders; and being a champion for work within their agency. (ES must be in role for at least six months).
 
Team Leader IPS Champion
The role of an IPS Team Leader is to not only ensure good employment outcomes for the members that their program serves, but to be a cheerleader for employment for their team and within their agency. This award is given in special recognition of an IPS Team Leader who has demonstrated excellence in hiring and training exceptional Employment Specialists, consistently works to find ways to better implement IPS within their agency, and works collaboratively with their mental health and VR counterparts. (TL must be in role for at least six months).
 
VR Counselor IPS Champion
The goal of each IPS Supported Employment agency is to have seamless collaboration between the IPS team and the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor. This award is given in special recognition of a VR Counselor who has created a superlative relationship with an IPS Supported Employment agency. This can be through frequent contacts for the purpose of discussion of shared members and identifying potential referrals, working collaboratively to identify the best way to support members, “going above and beyond”, etc. 


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