2024 UT System Mental Health Retreat

July 24–25, 2024

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro
1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Join us for the 2024 Mental Health Retreat, designed to foster connections among mental health staff from all campuses within the UT System and empower the people doing the work to support campus mental health. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with Dr. Jessi Gold, the new Chief Wellness Officer with the University of Tennessee System. This retreat will provide a platform to:

  • Network and Collaborate: Get to know Chief Wellness Officer Jessi Gold and build relationships with mental health professionals across the UT System.
  • Assess and Innovate: Define the current state of wellness and mental health across UT System campuses, identify areas for improvement and brainstorm solutions for key issues.
  • Seek Support: Identify tangible ways the system office can support your efforts in mental health and wellness.
  • Shape the Future: Contribute to defining the vision and goals for systemwide wellness and mental health programming and initiatives.
  • Be Empowered: Feel empowered and valued as frontline mental health staff, ready to continue supporting UT students, while also caring for yourself and your team.

This retreat aims to inspire and equip participants with the knowledge and connections needed to enhance mental health support across the UT System.

You must register for this event no later than July 10. Please note that the deadline to book a hotel at the group rate is June 24.

Register Here

Event Details

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
12:00–5:30 p.m. CDT

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CDT


Full agenda will be added here soon.

Jordan B. Westcott, Ph.D.Jordan B. Westcott, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a National Certified Counselor and was trained as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Her previous clinical experiences include crisis stabilization, integrated health and community mental health settings. Her research is focused on structural factors impacting mental health, especially for LGBTQ+ populations and older adults. Her instruction related to crisis and trauma counseling has emphasized the importance of wellness, self-care and prevention strategies for helping professionals.


Presentation Title:
What about the Helper? Navigating Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma

Presentation Description: Helping professionals often experience burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. Exposure to client’s traumatic experiences, large caseloads and high client acuity all contribute to these experiences, yet these factors are often part of the work we do. In this session, you will learn how to recognize signs of burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, and prevention strategies to enhance your own wellness and support your colleagues. We will also explore ways to promote vicarious posttraumatic growth and resilience for yourself and other helping professionals.

Learning Objectives

Following this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe similarities and differences between burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma
  2. Identify one or more factors that contribute to and protect against burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma.
  3. Apply at least one strategy to enhance personal wellness

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro

1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129

615-890-4464

Hotel reservations can be made at the group rate of $179 per night. To reserve rooms either:

  • Click the link here to book your stay online, or
  • Call the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Mursfreesboro at 615-890-4464

The deadline to book at the group rate is June 24. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability. Overnight parking at the hotel is $8 per day.

Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the event. A catered lunch will be provided by the UT System on July 24, and breakfast (by hotel) and a boxed lunch (provided by UT System) on July 25.

  • Free Hot Breakfast: Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast bar/buffet with made to order eggs and omelets between the hours of 6:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Managers Reception: From 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. each night, guests can enjoy free drinks and light snacks/bar mix.

For questions or comments about the event, please contact Leigh Morales, director of student success at lmorales@tennessee.edu or Jessi Gold, chief wellness officer at jgold11@uthsc.edu.

For questions about the venue, hotel, fun activity, dietary restrictions or other accommodations, please contact Dominique Harrison, student success coordinator at dharri91@tennessee.edu.