From Our President

John Weston, President of TN-NADD

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2022 TN NADD conference hosted by the TN-NADD Board, the Inn at Opryland, and the UT-Knoxville virtual team. Our theme this year is Heal the Hurt Within the Heart: The Art of Healing Through Trauma-Informed Care. It is now not uncommon for a universal trauma screening to be completed when we come into contact with a healthcare professional, but how well have we integrated and leveraged strengths of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve well-being vs treating symptoms of trauma. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities are far more likely to experience and have experienced more traumatic events for years, and for years they have been overlooked; “Johnny doesn’t understand it anyway.” Our approach to provide adequate support (healing) has been one of slow gradual improvement; it has been a process. This year we will learn how to make a lasting impact on those who have experienced trauma through developing meaningful relationships and engaging caregivers, while at the same time taking care of ourselves from secondary trauma. We have the science, we have the tools, we have the resources; but we also need to integrate these with compassion, nonjudgement,  and allow for autonomy.


Continuing Education Units

Frontier Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Frontier Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  In this conference, there are a total of 12 possible trainings available; however, the maximum number of trainings any single participant can attend is 6 due to the overlapping schedule for breakout sessions.  In order to receive 1 hour of CE credit for any training, the virtual participant must log in on time, remain logged in throughout the training, and complete the post-training evaluation afterwards. Technical challenges that prevent continuous access will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the emphasis being placed on ensuring that the participant was able to satisfy the learning objectives. The in-person participant must also check-in on time, and remain present throughout the training, and complete the post-training evaluation afterwards. Partial credit for any individual training is not available.  For the whole conference, the maximum number of CE credits available for any single participant is 6.  Therefore, participants may earn as little as 1 hour of CE credit and as much as 6 hours of credit. The same policy applies to the remaining professional disciplines regarding logging in and out of sessions virtually.


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August 12, 2022


8:00AM - 8:10AM


John Weston, President TN-NADD

8:10AM - 8:20AM

Opening Statement

Robin Nobling, Executive Director at NAMI Davidson County

8:30AM – 9:30AM

Keynote Address

100: Trauma-Informed Behavior Support: What Have We Done Well, What Could We Do Better

Dr. Bobby Newman, Executive Director of Clinical Services at Proud Moments ABA

9:30AM – 9:50AM


12:00PM – 1:15PM


12:45PM – 1:15PM

TN-NADD Annual Membership Meeting

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Plenary Address 103: Fine Tuning Trauma Informed Care

Dr. Patti van Eys, Licensed Clinical Psychologist at van Eys Mental Health

2:15PM – 2:35PM


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