Join us for an informative and encouraging event, where we address the Child and Teen Mental Health Crisis. This series will help equip our local community with insights and tools to help the overwhelming mental health challenges facing our children and adolescents. Whether you are a practitioner, teacher, pastor or parent, this event is for you.
American adolescence is undergoing a drastic change. Three decades ago, the gravest public health threats to teenagers in the United States came from binge drinking, drunken driving, teenage pregnancy and smoking. These have since fallen sharply, replaced by a new public health concern: soaring rates of mental health disorders.
To this point – the NY Times reported that: In 2019, 13 percent of adolescents reported having a major depressive episode, a 60 percent increase from 2007. Emergency room visits by children and adolescents in that period also rose sharply for anxiety, mood disorders and self-harm. And for people ages 10 to 24, suicide rates, stable from 2000 to 2007, leaped nearly 60 percent by 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The decline in mental health among teenagers was intensified by the Covid pandemic but predated it, spanning racial and ethnic groups, urban and rural areas and the socioeconomic divide.
In December 2021, in a rare public advisory, the U.S. surgeon general warned of a “devastating” mental health crisis among adolescents. Numerous hospital and doctor groups have called it a national emergency, citing rising levels of mental illness, a severe shortage of therapists and treatment options, and insufficient research to explain the trend.
Of all of the painful stats – perhaps the most troubling – is that the suicide rate in TN is climbing. Things are trending – in the wrong direction. But with the right tools, we can help our young population!
Through her experiences with clients she developed a passion for working with trauma victims and became trained in EMDR therapy where she later became certified and now serves as an EMDR consultant and trainer. Alice leads basic trainings in EMDR through Personal Transformation Institute where somatic therapies, attachment based therapies and EMDR therapy are all integrated to form one model.
Alice is an AAMFT approved Licensure supervisor, and EMDRIA approved EMDR consultant. When she is not working with clients, supervising clinicians, or leading trainings she is mom to 3 beautiful kids 11, 8 and 6 and wife to her wonderful husband.
Amanda Fisher is a native to Franklin, TN and considers it an honor and a privilege to work in the community that she has always called home. Amanda is the District Social Worker for Franklin Special School District (FSSD). In this role, her responsibilities include advocating for student success and working to eliminate barriers to learning. She uses a solutions-based, trauma-focused, and collaborative approach to serve the FSSD community. She feels that with the proper tools, education, and support, all students can thrive.
Amanda received her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she specialized in school social work. She holds a license in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).
Dr. Thomas Cabell is a cardiologist in Smyrna, Tennessee and is affiliated with the Centennial Heart group at StoneCrest Medical Center. Dr. Cabell completed a bioengineering degree at Mississippi State and medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed both internship and residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He subsequently completed a Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida Shands Hospital. He has been a cardiologist for over 14 years. Several years ago a personal crisis led him on a new journey and a desire to understand how things worked expanded to include the realm of emotions and emotional pain, the realm of the heart. He is passionate about bringing awareness to and understanding the importance of emotional/mental health as it relates to physical health.
Caitlin Coile, LPC-MHSP is currently serving as a Therapist and Director of the Child and Teen Program at The Refuge Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation, and holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University. As a member of the American Counseling Association and the Tennessee Counseling Association, she is dedicated to making the human experience both constructive and meaningful for her clients by creating a warm therapeutic environment in which they can experience growth, empowerment, and support.
Caitlin has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), EMDR for Children, Play Therapy, Brainspotting, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She incorporates multiple modalities of treatment into her practice to give each client a unique experience that meets their specific needs. Her hope is join with her clients to achieve meaningful and deep healing, identify resources for continued growth, and develop secure attachments in their relationships. She is passionate about working with individuals and families of all ages who are dealing with life transitions, identity, relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression.
Stacy Jagger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), as well as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a mother of four, guest speaker, author, and mentor. She is the founder and clinical director of Music City Family Therapy – a unique counseling practice serving Greater Nashville specializing in integrating play and expressive arts therapies for children, individuals, and families through a systemic, whole family, approach through the Mountain Method™ – a proprietary experiential family therapy treatment intervention model. She is the author of A Letter From Emma and the 30 Day Blackout. Stacy is also the creator of the Music With Mommie program and a playful intervention product called Magic Mats.
Ben Zobrist is a retired MLB player, most famous for being 2016 World Series MVP with the Chicago Cubs. Ben has always been a strong advocate for mental health as well as an avid youth mentor. He sits on the board of The Refuge Center for Counseling and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Ben also founded The Collection Forward, which provides a network to develop, train, and mentor the next generation of athletes mentally, physically and spiritually.