TN-NADD Conference 2018

From Our President

John Weston, President of TN-NADD
Dear Friends,

It is time for the 2018 annual TN-NADD Conference. The TN-NADD Board members and I have been working to bring you another phenomenal opportunity to be educated, inspired, and elightened. The 2018 TN-NADD conference will be an all day event, you are invited to attend.

This year’s theme is “Not Magic Just Marvelous.” We are honored to host Dr. Terrence Bethea as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Bethea is the Medical Director at the Hughes Center for Exceptional Children in Danville, Virginia. The Hughes Center provides specialized residential treatment and education for children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. Dr. Bethea emphasizes the appropriate use of medications as part of a holistic treatment plan.

In addition to Dr. Bethea’s keynote address, you will be able to hear from some dynamic industry leaders and presenters: Janice Ryan, OTD, OTR/L | Kris Roberts | John Dickerson | Melissa Sparks | Jennifer Armstrong | and Julie Brown.

  • Multi-Sensory Environments: A Treatment Alternative for Self-Regulated Behavior and Stress Reduction
  • Neuropsychopharmacology of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Staff Encouragement Training
  • Sleep
  • Impact of Technology-Enabled Care
  • Emotion Co-Regulation Skills for Persons with IDD and their Support Providers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bethea is Medical Director at The Hughes Center for Exceptional Children in Danville, Virginia, USA.  The Hughes Center provides specialized residential treatment and education for children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability.  As a physician caring for a vulnerable population, Dr. Bethea emphasizes the appropriate use of medications as part of a holistic treatment plan to address all areas of a person’s life.  Dr. Bethea is an Assistant Consulting Professor at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.  Clinical research projects focus on psychopharmacologic treatments that target the core features of autism, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  He has additional expertise in off-label use of medications and management of metabolic side effects of prescription medications.

About the TN-NADD

Established in 1988, TN-NADD is dedicated to the advancement of mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care. We would like to continue to bring you opportunities for learning. However, our membership needs to grow. I encourage you to contact and enjoy these membership benefits:

  • One fee gains you membership in the National and TN-NADD, and access to the National NADD website
  • You will receive special rates on conferences and educational materials
  • You will receive the NADD Bulletin and the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Frontier Health is a community behavioral health organization serving upper East Tennessee and South West Virginia whose mission is to provide quality services that encourage people to achieve their full potential. Information about Frontier Health can be obtained at

Conference Objectives

  • recognize aggression as a complex behavior that is both normative as well as dimensional component of multiple Neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Describe the unmet need in medications to treat core autism symptoms
  • Distinguish symptoms amenable to medications versus symptoms that require behavioral approaches
  • Characterize the basic elements of the sleep cycle and compare and contrast sleep promoting versus sleep disrupting behaviors and factors
  • Attendees will be able to integrate MSE treatment techniques into behavioral treatment plans
  • Identify two technology methodologies that aid with individual engagement
  • Explain the concept of emotional dysregulation and recalls six out of the 9course skills in the school system
  • Understand and demonstrate understanding of positive psychology in the workplace
  • Learning level beginner to intermediate.

This conference is for Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Case Managers, Family Members, Administrators, and Behavioral Analysts/Specialists.

Continuing Education Credits

Psychologists: Frontier Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Frontier Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers up to 6.5 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologists; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

Behavior Analysts: TN-NADD is an Approved Continuing Education Provider with Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB #OP-12-2172). Selected sessions from this conference are eligible for BACB Type II continuing education credits as indicated at the conclusion of each session description. Up to 6.0 BACB credits may be earned at this conference.

Case Managers: 6.5 CE have been applied for by CCMC for Certified Case Managers. Pending approval.

Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse: 6.5 CE will be applied for CDDN or DDC certification renewal. Pending approval.

Other Professions: This educational offering qualifies for 6.5 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.


Conference Agenda

Thursday August 16

7:30am – 8:30am


8:30am – 8:45am

Opening and Welcome
John Weston, President TN-NADD and Bruce Davis, PhD, BCBA-D, Past President TN-NADD

10:15am – 10:30am


11:45am – 12:45pm

LunchOn your own

12:30pm – 12:45 pm

TN-NADD Annual Membership Meeting

12:45pm – 2:00pm

102: It Is More Than Money
John Dickerson, CEO of Quillo- Red Road Ventures, LLC

2:00pm – 3:15pm

3:15pm – 3:30pm


Registration Fees

Early Before Aug 1st

Members – $65

Non-Members – $75

Regular On/After Aug 1st

Members – $75

Non-Members – $85


Please Contact Bruce Davis at 615-532-1610 or for more information

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