Safe Schools Training

The Office of Safe and Supportive School periodically conducts training across the state. This calendar will be updated regularly to reflect the training schedule.

Restorative Practices Training

Restorative practices have been proven effective in reducing misbehavior, bullying, violence, and crime among students while improving overall climate for learning. In collaboration with STARS Nashville, the department will provide the following free training opportunities:

Introduction to Restorative Practices

Covers the basics of restorative practices and how one can use classroom circles as a restorative practice. Details and registration information are available here. Space is limited and registration is due by April 28.

  • May 2 - Memphis
  • May 12 - Murfreesboro
  • May 17 - Knoxville

Restorative Justice Conferencing

Administrators will learn how to facilitate restorative conferences. Details and registration information are available here. Space is limited and registration is due by May 12.

  • May 18 - Murfreesboro

Family Engagement and Empowerment

Will teach participants strategies to engage and empower families to develop solutions to their own problems. Details and registration information are available here. Space is limited and registration is due by May 12.

  • May 19 - Murfreesboro

Tennessee Schools PREPARE Training for Emergency Management

The department is offering a training opportunity to school districts to help improve the response and recovery portion of their emergency management plan. Tennessee Schools PREPARE is a free 3 hour training, which provides best practices in a “postvention” crisis plan, leadership before a crisis, skills for “postvention” team members, and methods for building resilience in youth.

To learn more about Tennessee Schools PREPARE, visit www.tnschoolsprepare.com. For additional information or to schedule a PREPARE training, email Janet.Watkins@tn.gov.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training

The department, in partnership with the Tennessee AWARE project, will be offering free training to adults who regularly interact with adolescents ages 12-18. This training aims to promote competency among youth-serving adults to detect and respond to youth mental health concerns.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a 7.5 hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. In addition, it builds an understanding of the importance of intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. YMHFA training is designed for all youth-serving adults, including teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, extended learning directors, school staff, etc. To learn more about YMHFA, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

For additional information or to schedule an YMHFA training, email our director, Janet.Watkins@tn.gov.