REGULATE, RELATE, REASON – A Developmental Approach to Healing Trauma

October 2 – 3, 2018

Harmony Family Center and The Child Trauma Academy invite you to join us for our two-day event Regulate, Relate, Reason: A Developmental Approach to Healing Trauma.

REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 6TH

Day 1 will take place at The Mill & Mine, a state-of-the-art event venue nestled in historic downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Breakout sessions will be held across the street at the beautiful Historic Southern Railway Station built in 1903.

Day 2 will take place at Harmony’s Montvale property. Camp Montvale is a picturesque camp nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain and adjoins the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 2008, Camp Montvale has been the site of therapeutic family camps and camps for children who have been adopted or are in foster care from Tennessee. It also is an ideal setting for staff development and retreats. The 364-acre camp has cabins for up to 150 campers and staff, a meeting lodge with dining facilities, and open-air pavilions. The camp is home to miles of hiking trails, a small lake, playgrounds, a pool, a low ropes course, a climbing tower, volleyball and basketball courts, and equestrian facilities.

Tuesday October 2, 2018**
Day 1 – Conference at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN

Price: $150
Dr. Bruce D. Perry, an internationally recognized expert on child psychiatry and the impact of trauma on children’s development, will lead the morning plenary session. This will include a presentation on the impact of trauma on the developing child, and implications for interventions by clinicians, educators, and the community based on the Neurosequential Model – a neuroscience based and developmentally respectful approach to clinical, educational and caregiving challenges. Afternoon workshops will explore how the Neurosequential Model can be used for the assessment and treatment of trauma. These workshops will feature presenters and panel discussions on the application of this Model for therapeutic intervention – the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in education settings – the Neurosequential Model of Education (NME), and community and caregiving environments – the Neurosequential Model of Caregiving (NMC).

Wednesday October 3, 2018**
Day 2 – Experiential learning at Camp Montvale*

Price: $225
This day of experiential learning at Harmony’s Camp Montvale is limited to 30 participants and will be more clinically focused on the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) for children and their families in both in-home and alternative settings. Participants will be in small groups led by Harmony’s Family Counselors, who will demonstrate how the NMT theory, assessment and recommendations inform therapeutic strategies, such as:

  • SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention)
  • ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency)
  • Circle of Security
  • Theraplay
  • PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy (Equine and Canine; Equine based EMDR)
  • Experiential Therapy (i.e. yoga, art, music, drumming, ropes course, and nature-based)
  • TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)

*Availability is limited, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis

**Lunch and snacks will be provided for both days

Directions:

The Mill & Mine
227 W Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

Montvale
4901 Montvale Road, Maryville, TN 37803

Lodging:

Crowne Plaza*
401 W Summit Hill Drive SW, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 522-2600
*walking distance from conference location

The Oliver Hotel
407 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 521-0050

Hyatt Place
530 S Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 544-9977

Holiday Inn
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 522-2800

Hilton
501 W Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 523-2300

The Tennessean
531 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 232-1800

Four Points
1109 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916
(865) 971-4663

Registration:

Registration opens July 6th and closes on September 17th or when spots are filled.

Regulate, Relate, Reason Cancellation Policies:

Full refunds less $50 USD per registration fee granted until midnight EST September 10, 2018. No refunds granted post midnight EST September 10, 2018.

For questions and more information, please send an email to nmt@harmonyfamilycenter.org or call 865.982.5225.

Published on June 11, 2018 by .
Posted in Training

Mudder’s Day 2018 Thanks!

Thank you to all of our runners, sponsors and volunteers for your participation in the 6th annual Mudder’s Day Madness 5k! We, at Harmony Family Center, look forward to this event every year and we’re glad you do too. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s race – we’ll see you all May 11, 2019! More information to follow.

 

 

 

Published on May 29, 2018 by .
Posted in Montvale

Mudder’s Day Madness 5K 2018

get a little dirty to do a lotta good

Mudder’s Day Madness 5K is a mud run that consists of obstacles, and of course plenty of mud! Everyone eight years of age and up, are welcome! This fun, family friendly, fundraising event will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 (day before Mother’s Day) at 10 AM on Montvale’s beautiful grounds at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain. Proceeds from the Mudder’s Day Madness 5K benefit Harmony Family Center and their services to children through foster care, adoption, and post adoption counseling and programs.

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Harmony Family Center … so children may live their best lives
6th Annual Mud Run at Montvale
4901 Montvale Road – Maryville, Tennessee 37903
Email: Kendra@harmonyfamilycenter.org
Phone: Kendra Hawkins @ 865.981.3953

Sign-up now!

Packet Pickup:
Harmony Family Center – May 9th & 10th 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
118 Mabry Hood Road
Knoxville, TN 37922

Steel Room Mean Green – May 9th 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM & May 10th 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
403 S. Washington Avenue
Maryville, TN 37804
(Please enter at the side door that is located off of Ellis Ave across from Foothills Milling)

Published on January 10, 2018 by .
Posted in Family, Montvale

Harmony Family Center 2017 Annual Report

When you give a child the comfort of knowing they are not alone, it is life-changing. When you learn that you are not alone as a parent, it’s . . . well, it’s everything.

Over the past 20 years, Harmony Family Center has helped children to live their best lives. Today, our team of experts, innovative programs, and evidenced-based solutions uniquely position us to serve children and families experiences the challenges, stressors, and trauma of modern life, ranging from the most common to the most complex.

Harmony’s work has an important impact. As we build awareness of the effects of trauma and increase the opportunities for treatment of the children and families touched by trauma, we significantly improve the health of our communities across the state of Tennessee . . . so children may live their best lives.

Harmony Family Center is proud to share our story through our 2017 Annual Report.

Published on October 31, 2017 by .
Posted in Uncategorized

Great American Eclipse Viewing at Montvale

SOLD OUT

On August 21, 2017 Harmony Family Center will host a Great American Eclipse at Montvale viewing experience.

“This is truly a once in a lifetime event,” said CEO and Founder Pam Wolf. “Montvale is in the direct path of the Great American Eclipse and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our property and offer a great experience for everyone who attends.”

Attendees will receive viewing glasses. People are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. The pool and basketball courts will be open. There will be food and beverage trucks.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Harmony Family Center’s programs. Tickets can be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. T-shirts and sweatshirts, sold separately, are also available online while purchasing tickets.

Gates will open at 10:30 am for the Great American Eclipse at Montvale – it is a three hour event beginning around noon for Montvale viewers and ending by 3:00 pm.

 

Published on June 06, 2017 by .
Posted in Montvale

MUDDER’S DAY MADNESS 5K 2017

The 2017 Mudder’s Day Madness 5K Mud Run is coming up on May 13! For $35, participants get to play in the mud for a good cause and will receive a t-shirt and other goodies. Sign-up now!

Join us for the 2017 Mudder’s Day Madness 5K and enjoy new obstacles, new trails, food trucks, and kid friendly activities! Race is limited to 1000 participants! Proceeds from the Mudder’s Day Madness 5K benefit Harmony Family Center and their service to children through foster care, adoption, and post adoption counseling and programs.

Date, Time, and Location: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM (all participants must arrive by 9:45 AM) at Montvale at 4901 Montvale Road, Maryville, TN 37803.

Published on January 19, 2017 by .
Posted in Harmony Updates

Light The Way Award

Harmony Family Center is honored to have been chosen by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work to receive the Light the Way Award at their annual Gala on October 14th.

The award is presented by the College of Social Work to the community agency or organization that best exemplifies the values and advances the mission of social work. Harmony is being recognized for outstanding service to children and families at risk.

Published on September 29, 2016 by .
Posted in Harmony Updates

The Little Things

Pam Frye

Pam Frye, Chief Program Officer

As I write this sunshine is spilling onto my desk. It makes me happy. This winter has seemed particularly gray to me. Someone recently told me that when he lived in Scotland the weather there was so gloomy that a sunshiny day was something monumental – an event so extraordinary that people would reference the sunshiny day in conversation in the months to come. Do you remember that day in May? Are you talking about the day the sun was shining?

I am not sure if the groundhog saw his shadow or not this year, and I really do not care because today I am going to enjoy the sun. It is amazing how something as seemingly inconsequential as a sunny day can make my day so much better. The older I get the more I realize that the little things in life often mean the most – the little, seemingly random, things I remember.

There have been a few times in my life when I have been really discouraged, and suddenly out of the blue someone will send me an encouraging email, card, or text. Those moments still stand out to me, and years later I can perfectly recall the details. I have always wondered what prompted these random act of kindness. Was it a tug? A little voice in the head? A nudge? I guess it does not matter what prompted the kindness. What matters is that someone acted.

So the next time you have someone on your mind, give them a call. Can’t get someone off of your heart? Shoot them an email. Worried about a friend? Send them a text. You never know. Maybe your little act of kindness will be like a sunny day in Scotland in May.

Published on May 11, 2016 by .
Posted in Advocacy and Support

Love

Rachel Joffe

Rachel Joffe, ASAP Family Counselor

We can describe love in many ways. When I need a reminder of what love is, is not, and how to give it – I turn to First Corinthians, which tells me love is patient and kind; does not envy or boast; is not proud, self-seeking, or easily angered; keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, and rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails.

We all need love. We were made to love and be loved. We want to love and be loved. Yet we must acknowledge there can be struggles in giving and receiving love.

Trauma seeks to destroy our ability to love. In life, hurt, pain, and loss will shake one’s ability to love and be loved well. Yet love cannot be destroyed. It always prevails, is never lost. The families that seek help are wise and strongest of all; for they know their struggles are close to impossible to combat on their own.

I see and feel love at work with my clients in Harmony’s ASAP Program (Adoption Support and Preservation). I see parents striving to be patient, to be slow to anger, and not to focus on wrongs. I see them working to love their children well. I see children craving to feel understood and protected. I see them working to allow themselves to be loved. How beautiful to see parents and children growing and healing in love.

Family is built and maintained through love.
Love is family. Family is love.
A forever family always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails.

Published on April 12, 2016 by .
Posted in Advocacy and Support

Scouting and Montvale

Marsha Sliker

Marsha Sliker, Office Coordinator

Hikes and nature walks. Campfires with stories and s’mores. Stargazing. Movies. Crafts and knot tying. Service projects. Outdoor worship.

Montvale holds a very special place in the heart of Maryville’s Cub Scout Pack 800 We have been camping at Montvale for several years, and every year we make new and lasting memories. Many of our scouts have completed requirements for their ranks at camp, and ceremonies have been held for boys crossing over from cub scouts into boy scouts. We have watched our scouts grow up at Montvale.

We love being able to provide a service at camp. We’ve cleared the campfire area at the top of a trail (dragging wheel barrows, rakes, weed eaters and other clearing tools over the rocky terrain). We’ve cleaned up around the challenge course. We’ve been privileged to be the first group to use the new basketball court. What a wonderful transformation we have witnessed and are a small part of at Montvale.

Being at camp is full of adventure! One year we were met with plain eastern stripeless scorpions in the bunkhouse and had to make it a habit to check under your covers before bed. We’ve experienced no heat, no hot water and no dry wood. We’ve also experienced games of ultimate Frisbee, flag football, making dream catchers and petting horses. All of these are memory makers and make the boys want to continue to return to Montvale.

While on hikes and nature walks we always do trash pickup and fallen limb removal. We check for the footprints of any wildlife that may have been on the trail and allow the kids to guess what has been there before them. The guesses range from dog to otter to mountain lion (some good guesses, some a little far-fetched). The trails are a great learning tool for the scouts. We even found an old piece of pottery in the old fireplace of the house footprint near the pool while on one of our hikes a couple of years ago. Our goal is to always leave the trails and the property better than we found them.

We conclude every stay with a worship service at the Chapel on the Hill. There is no better time to feel closer to your creator than when you worship in the midst of his great creation, his creation that we are blessed to visit and call Montvale.

Published on March 23, 2016 by .
Posted in Montvale