Sunday Entertainment

Our header bar is getting crowded! I just added “Sunday Entertainment” to it! Please check it out, we are going to have some Mental Health oriented stand-up comedy Sunday night. Please go here and read what’s going on and when/how to get a spot to see this show!

On Track for 2014!

The planning for the 2014 Conference is underway!

The 2014 Conference will be held on September 29th, 2014 at Montgomery Bell State Park near Burns, TN. Please click on the 2014 Save The Date Flyer link to the right and save it and distribute it.

Registration will be announced when it opens. Early Bird Registration will be $25.

There will be a Sunday night entertainment again that you can attend for a small additional cost.

Please keep checking back here for more details!

WOW!!! What a conference!


Thank you to our sponsors, the people who helped organize and run the conference, and to all who attended!

We are still flustered and recovering from the whole experience. Stats about the conference and other items will be dribbling out over the next few days as we recover.

In the mean time, Marian Bacon was gracious enough to take my camera and ran the battery all the way down taking a whole bunch of pictures! More pictures will be posted here as well, just as soon as they are sent to me. You can see the conference pictures here.

The Schedule is up!

Greetings All!

We have less than three weeks to this year’s conference, and all of us on the organizing committee are excited. We think we are going to give you a great conference!

The presentaions and schedule is now up. You can find it here.


Header Bar updated!

In order to make things a little clearer, I have changed the “Ticket Sales” page to more accurately reflect what is going on with the “Conference Registration.”

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, time is growing short!

Scholarships are open!

Because of the overwhelming support provided to us by our sponsors, we are reopening scholarships to the conference.

These scholarships include a complimentary admission to the Conference, a room the night before if needed (double occupancy), and a gas card, conditional on distance travelled and method of transportation.

The application process starts here, and will close on September 27th.


An Article on Peer Specialists

Here is an article on how one man who has Schizoaffective disorder and how he had a career, a home and a family, and lost it all. Then he started working on his recovery and ended up with a new career as a Certified Peer Specialist in Georgia.

No matter where we are, no matter how we got here, recovery starts here and now. Where you go in your future is dependent on what you are willing to do. The walls in our life are not barriers to prevent us from reaching our goal, but to test us to see how badly we want to achieve those goals.


Awards Nominations are reopened!

Nominations have been re-opened for the third annual Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) State Conference Awards. We have received 23 nominations so far, and all except two are in Middle Tennessee. Since this is a statewide conference, we would like to encourage people in East and West Tennessee to nominate the peers in their area who are truly exceptional. In addition, we would like to encourage nominations of peers with lived experience of substance use disorder.

Anyone can nominate any currently certified CPRS or any agency for an award. Nominations are re-opened until midnight on August 30, 2013.

We’re Rolling Now!

Hello Everyone!

On July 22nd, 2013, all of the features and instructions will magically appear for you!

If you need a scholarship, if you want to hold a workshop, or if you want to nominate someone for an award, all of these will be active on the 22nd. Everything is explained on each of the pages, so click on each link in the black bar above and enjoy! We hope to see you at the Conference on October 14th!

The 2013 TCPRS Conference is on!

The 2013 Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Conference is underway!

You can click on the items in the black bar above to learn the specifics. More information will be added soon.

Ticket sales will start on July 22nd, and run until September 30th. When you see the “Ticket Sales” link above, go and secure your spot for the conference.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the organization and execution of the Conference. If you are interest in helping, please send an email to Mark at

We are going to be starting soliciting for Workshop proposals soon. Watch for that page and if you have something you want to communicate to your fellow TCPRS’, please let us know!

The 2013 Conference needs your help!

The planning for the 2013 conference is already underway, and we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help with every aspect of the conference. We are holding conference calls on the last Wednesday of the month.

If you want to participate, please email Larry at, or Mark at

We look forward to hearing from you!


Presenting Sponsor

The Tennessee Certified Peer Specialist Conference is proud to announce that UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is our Presenting Sponsor this year! 

We thank them very much for their donation to the growing movement of Peer Services.


CEU Opportunities

Here are two opportunities for CEUs:

Patterns of Attachment: A New Language for Codependency

The term Codependency has been used and abused for many decades and is ready for a makeover.

This webinar will clarify and humanize the concept of codependency as a normal human response to the abnormal experience of instability, insecure attachment, neglect, and overall inconsistency in important relationships. What was once called Codependency is now known to be a natural result of attachment injuries due to mental illness, addiction, health, financial distress and other stresses.

Based on current understanding of attachment theory this webinar will outline and describe an “emotionally focused” approach to addressing attachment injuries.

Click here to sign up for this
complimentary webinar today!


Crisis: The Diverse Personal, Cultural and Spiritual Experiences of Mental Health Consumers

Welcoming Diversity & Culture in our Lives

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 (2:00 p.m. ET; 1:00 p.m. CT; Noon p.m. MT; 11:00 a.m. PT)

Join the STAR Center for this one hour webinar as we explore and understand the roles diversity and culture play in all aspects of mental health. The session will also provide useful tips and strategies to ensure our message is heard and understood by people of all backgrounds.

In the mental health community, we’re eager to share our experiences and messages of recovery. We can do that more effectively if we’re aware of our own cultural biases and background and attentive to others. This session will help you bridge that potential gap.

Register online here for the October 23 webinar. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with additional information on how to tune in to the webinar.



Service of Hope – 7 October

 You and Your Family and Friends


Invited to Join Us

Sunday, October 7, 2012

2 pm

Music starts at 1:50 pm

For Our Interfaith Service of Hope


Speakers share their stories of hope and finding happiness

Memorable music

Readings of original poetry


For Mental Illness Awareness Week


Second Presbyterian Church

3511 Belmont Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37215


Healing Arts Project, Inc.- HAPI

Reception following the Service

We would love to see you at this inspiring Service of Hope!

Push the Red Button!

In order to facilitate registrations, I have changed the Register to a red button over to the right. Please click on it to go to the Eventbrite page where you can register for the conference.


Award Nominations reopened!

We have received no nominations for the Community Service Award. Therefore, we have reopened ALL nominations, but only until Noon Monday, September 10th.

Please, nominate someone you think is deserving of an award. The only requirement is they have to be a current Certified Peer Specialist.