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 MNPD Police Advocacy Support Services (PASS). These groups are completely supported by MNPD and its leadership. The groups have been organized, planned and structured by the PASS counselors and a selected Professional Wellness Team that includes Sgt. Michael Gooch, Detective Erin Riley and Greg Lee. These 3 individuals have over 60 years of experience in law enforcement, are trained peer supporters, and have extensive knowledge in dealing with police critical incidents. Deputy Chief Huggins and Chief Brian Johnson support the groups. It is our hope that Chief Huggins be available before/after these groups to answer question and address concerns. Chief Huggins will not be in the group itself. The Professional Wellness Team and select MNPD 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. You can also contact David Kennington at 615-862-7887 and we can arrange for other supportive options including meeting with a member of the Professional Wellness Team, meeting with a MNPD Peer Supporter, or by calling Adrienne Ewing-Roush, PASS Supervisor to schedule a session with a professional counselor. Please know that BHS is striving to build the Professional Wellness Team, which will 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.