Up Close and Personal: Advocacy

Members,

I am writing to you today to make a plea to please contact your legislators regarding two bills: SB1 and SB4. In this email, we are providing a pep talk and resources. You can do this!

Are you scared to contact your Senator? Admit it – I did! Though this might surprise those of you who have met me, calling my Senator and setting up a meeting was an anxiety-filled experience for me. However, I still did it! Please watch this video as I walk you through my experience meeting with my Senator.

Resources for current Tennessee Legislation (updated 1/2017):

To help you with your phone calls and meetings with your legislators, we have put together some resources. We are providing a variety of options, so don’t feel you need to know all of them. We are just giving you options. Find your legislator here.

SB1:
1. We highly recommend that you watch this video of the Tennessee Licensing Board. You will garner an understanding of the Board’s position, in addition to a variety of viewpoints from counselors who spoke. All counselors were against the bill. Click here.
2. TCA – Talking Points on SB1
3. One Counselor’s Reflection on SB1: Position Paper on SB0001

SB4:
1. TCA – Talking Points for SB4 – Talking Points SB4
2. One Counselor’s Reflection on SB4: Public School Counselor SB4
3. Why do we need Social Emotional Learning – we think these facts speak to how important it is in Tennessee. Perhaps this will get your legislators attention.Social Emotional TN Facts

 

**A giant thank you to all of the members that helped us compile the above resources and statements – seriously, thank you!**

Please stay tuned for more information coming your way on this topic.  In particular, there will be an Advocacy Workshop on 2/9/17, hosted at Vanderbilt University.  This will be in preparation for our “Love Your Legislator” Day on the Hill on 2/14/17.  

Kat Coy

MS | 

Tennessee Counseling Association 

President
Lisa Henderson 

MS | MA | NCC | LPC-MHSP

615.293.7462

Tennessee Counseling Association 

President-Elect and Public Policy and Legislation Chair

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