What is a Family Support Group?
Metro Nashville Police Department’s Behavioral Health Services offers Family Support Groups. The overall goal is to support our police families. The groups will offer family members a space to de-stress and process strong emotions, build supportive networks and link them with additional resources. We will focus on identifying techniques to promote self-care and develop healthy coping skills. The group will also provide the opportunity for questions and answers. Any contacts with Behavioral Health Services are confidential.
Where and When are Family Support Groups held?
Family Support Group dates and times will be posted in advance as scheduled.
Who is included in Family Support Groups?
Police Families: Husbands, Wives, Spouses, Partners, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Moms, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Grandparents. These particular groups are for families only, and will not include sworn police officers. We will support our sworn officers via other venues. We plan to offer support groups for officers in the future, including some which may include officers and family together. Due to the sensitive nature of the group content, we ask that children not be included in the group discussions. The groups will be facilitated by licensed, professional counselors from the Professional Wellness Section. These groups are completely supported by the Police Department and its leadership. The groups have been organized, planned and structured by the Professional Wellness Section counselors that includes Lieutenant Michael Gooch and selected members of the Peer Support Team. The Professional Wellness Team and select Peer Supporters will also be available to support police families, before, during and after these support groups.
Why do we have Family Support Groups?
We want you and your family to be heard. We want to hear your thoughts and feelings. We want you to receive support and have the chance to also give support to others. We want you to learn new ways to cope. We want your thoughts and feelings to be validated. The Metro Nashville Police Department recognizes the importance of each employee. We recognize the value placed on each employee and their mental well-being by providing services to prevent, react, and follow-up with employee’s needs. This is done by creating a healthy environment for training, debriefings, peer support, spiritual support, and fulfilling our objectives in a safe and confidential manner. Our mission is to support the entire family by promoting health and wellness, while striving to build and maintain resilient police families. Please note that everything said in these support groups will be absolutely and completely confidential.
If you are unable to attend one of these groups, we plan to offer more. We can arrange for other supportive options like meeting with a member of the team, meeting with a Peer Supporter, or scheduling a session with a professional counselor. If you would like to schedule a session with a professional counselor, please contact Adrienne Ewing-Roush.
- Professional Wellness Section Manager: David Kennington 615-862-7887
- Counseling Unit Supervisor: Adrienne Ewing-Roush 615-862-7887
- Wellness Unit Supervisor: Lieutenant Michael Gooch 615-862-7059
The Professional Wellness Team is here to support police families on a more consistent, structured basis. We do not want to wait for a crisis to offer services. We want to support our police families from hire to retire and beyond. Our goal is to help build and maintain healthy police families who possess the necessary coping skills and support networks to thrive in this environment.