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The University of Tennessee College of Social Work:
Our mission is to educate and train persons for professional practice and for leadership
roles in the social services and in the social work profession.

Spotlight on Programs

TIPS One Year Later
The TRAINING INTEGRATED PROFESSIONALS TO SERVE (TIPS) program has completed its first year and is producing professional social workers trained specifically to serve children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in integrated healthcare settings. The goal is to increase the likelihood that at-risk individuals in Tennessee:

  • Receive behavioral health assessment,
  • Receive individualized treatment for behavioral health conditions,
  • Master skills to manage behavioral health conditions and enjoy satisfying lives.


Kate Chaffin, the director of the UT College of Social Work Master’s program in Nashville, TN, is pleased at the success of this initiative. Other leaders in the College of Social Work TIPS program are Sherry Cummings, Associate Dean, Kim Mallory, Coordinator of Field Education for the TIPS students, and Mary Held, Assistant Professor. Many other professors and staff are involved in making the TIPS program a success.


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