Certified Family Support Specialist

State of Tennessee Family Support Specialist Certification Program

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The Family Support Specialist Certification Program provides State of Tennessee certification for individuals who provide direct caregiver-to-caregiver support services to families of children and youth with mental, emotional, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders. Because of their life experiences to inspire hope and provide support to others who are facing similar challenges. This program allows Certified Family Support Specialists to provide a level of service and support beyond that of clinical staff.

A Certified Family Support Specialist (CFSS) is a person who has self-identified as the caregiver of a child or youth with a mental, emotional, behavioral or co-occurring disorder and who has successfully navigated the child-serving systems to access treatment and resources necessary to build resiliency and foster success in the home, school, and community. This individual has successfully completed training recognized by TDMHSAS on how to assist other caregivers in fostering resiliency in their child, based on the principles of resiliency and recovery

Become a Specialist

The purpose of the certification system for the CFSS is to:

Learn more about the required trainings you will need to complete prior to taking the FSS Competency Course.
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The purpose of the certification system for the CFSS is to:

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  • Assure the public a minimum level of competency for quality services by CFSS;
  • Give professional recognition to qualified CFSS through a process that examines demonstrated work competencies;
  • Assure an opportunity for ongoing professional development for CFSS;
  • and Promote professional and ethical practices by enforcing adherence to a Code of Ethics.

Click here for more information on TN Family Support Specialist Certification Program  or contact: Family Engagement Program Manager — (615) 770.1788 or FCFSS.TDMHSAS@tn.gov

Are you ready to take the next step as a Parent Advocate?

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Family Support Specialists use their unique experiences as caregivers of a child or youth with a mental, emotional, behavioral, or co-occurring disorder to inspire hope and to provide support to others facing similar challenges. The Professional Competency Course is required for certification as a Family Support Specialist.*

To request a scholarship application and to learn more, contact: Kathy Rogers, Family Support Specialist Recruitment & Training Director Phone: 615.269.7751 or Email: krogers@tnvoices.org To access the scholarship application visit the link below.

to cover the cost of the Professional Competency Course required for certification as a Family Support Specialist

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*Training is presented by Tennessee Voices for Children and NAMI TN; additional requirements must be met through the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services after course completion to obtain certification.