Student Support Services
Welcome to Student Services
The counseling program is comprehensive and is designed to support student achievement, as well as their social and emotional development.
School Counselors provide student support in a variety of ways:
- Relationship building with our students
- Individual or group counseling, as needed
- Encore Guidance class with a curriculum designed to support the transition and success of 4th graders from the elementary level to the intermediate level
- Coordination of Section 504
- Program designs and solutions for dealing with and identifying conflict, bullying as well as social and emotional issues
Our counselors work with parents and teachers to provide a safe, confidential setting where services are provided to students in need of individualized counseling, academic or behavioral support. Counselors are available by appointment. Student Services also registers new students and maintains student records.
- Student Services Contacts
- Student and Parent Referral Forms
- Support Groups in Blount Co. (Behavioral Health)
- Support Groups in Blount Co. (Crisis Hotlines)
- Support Groups in Blount Co. (Advocacy Help-lines)
- Local Therapists
- Mental Health Resource Directory (Blount Co.)
- Helpful Links
- Extra-curricular Activities
Parent Referral Form
Student Referral Form
Behavioral Health Support Groups – A Support Group is a gathering of people with similar situations who meet regularly to share their concerns and victories with others in the group.
Anonymous Support Groups
Adult Children of Alcoholics in Knoxville – www.adultchildren.org
Alcoholics Anonymous 865-522-9667 – www.etiaa.org , www.aa.org
Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group in Maryville – www.knox-al-anon.org
Narcotics Anonymous 1-844-409-3762 – www.naknoxville.org
Anger Management @ Recovery Education Center
TennCare Only - 865-970-9800 to make an appointment
BRIDGES – Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals thru Education and Support
1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays @ 1:30 @ Peninsula Professional Building – 865-373-8207 for Blount Peer Support
Caregiver Support Group
for any adult caring for another adult 865-977-5744
ComPASS (Communicating the Pain as Suicide Survivors)
1) Dr. Cynthia Lynn, 865.680.3256 – email@example.com Meets first Thursday of the Month at 6PM, or 2) Jack and Robin Maples 865.680.3256, Meets 3rd Thursday of the Month at 6PM or 3) at Peninsula: The Light House 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37909 Date & Time: 2nd Monday of each month, 6-7:30pm; Administrative Board Room (lower level) Mark Potts at (865) 374-7106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Occurring Disorders Group
Wednesdays @ 740 @ First United Methodist, Montvale Station
Divorce Support Group
865-982-6070 – Spring and Fall Sessions – Meets @ Monte Vista Church
Domestic Violence Class
www.dvclass.com - On-Line Course that meets court requirements
Domestic Violence Support Group
women only 865-982-1087; www.havenhousetn.org
OA in Maryville – Teresa@ 865-437-8601 – for information www.oa.org
Focus in Knoxville – 865-622-7116 - separate Groups for the person with eating disorders and the family members of that person– male or female groups www.focustreatmentcenters.com
Family Support Group thru NAMI
for family and caregivers of adults with a mental health diagnosis. Call Roxie 865-317-4413
Grief Support Group information numbers
For Widows and Widowers
- Adult Grief Group at Blount Memorial 865-977-5702 – Call for dates
- Care and Share with Lisa 865-983-1000 – first Wednesday every other month
Compassionate Friends - Parents who have lost a child at any age 865-687-2117 email@example.com, www.compassionatefriends.com
Mane Support – for children and families; veterans or first responders - www.manesupport.org equine assisted, no riding
Pet Loss Support Group – UT Veterinary Medicine 865-755-8839, www.vetsocialwork.utk.edu
Suicide Grievers Support Group – for family and friends 865-640-5492 - Knoxville
4th Thursdays from 1100 am– 1230 pm @ Shannondale Community Center, 865-268-5588
Peer Support Academy
Mental Health Classes and Activities for Adults. Free Transport 865-373-8207
PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
865-268-9665, monthly meetings
Recovery – Groups vary by location: Co-dependency; Chemical Dependency: Men Only or Women
Only; Family Support; Life Hurts, God Heals; Grief and Loss; Teens (age 13-18), etc.
Recovery @ Maryville 865-982-1273 – (Wed) www.CRMaryvilletn.com at FUMC on Montvale
Recovery of Blount County in Louisville 865-679-8610 – (Sun and Wed) www.harboursgate.org
Recovery Revolution @ RIO in Maryville 865-984-9200 – (Tues) www.RIOrevolution.net
Recovery Advance in Alcoa – (Mon) www.rioadvance.org
Recovery @ Cokesbury (Knoxville) 865-246-0449 – (Thu) www.RecoveryatCokesbury.com
Sexual Abuse and/or Assault Survivors (Men, Women, and Teen Groups)
Sexual Assault Center – 865-558-9040 Info Line
Trauma Support Group
Call Focus - 865-622-7116 – adults 18 and over
Veterans – Reboot Combat Recovery – for Veterans and Spouses – Call Stacy @ 865-582-5330
www.RebootRecovery.com 12 week class on Spiritual Aspects of Combat Recovery
1-855-CRISIS-1 (1-855-274-7471) – Mental Health and Substance Use Crisis Services in TN
Text Crisis Resources, text “TN” to 741-741 - or call 1-800-273-8255
LGBTQ Crisis – 1-866-488-7386 – www.thetrevorproject.org
Transgender Crisis – 1-877-565-8860 – www.TransLifeLine.org – staffed by transgender people
Adult and Youth Mobile Crisis 865-539-2409 or 1-855-CRISIS-1 or 1-855-274-7471
Adult Protective Services 1-888-277-8366 – www.reportadultabuse.dhs.tn.gov
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Hotline 1-877-237-0004 www.apps.tn.gov/carat
Contact CareLine of East TN 865-584-4424 (10am – 10pm) www.contactlistens.org
Domestic Violence – Haven House – Maryville 865-982-1087 www.havenhousetn.org
Domestic Violence – National 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) – www.thehotline.org
Family Promise – Shelter for Homeless Families 865-233-4737 www.blountfamilypromise.org
Pregnancy Resource Center 865-977-8378 – www.prcbctn.com
Pregnant Teens 865-602-2956 – ask for Richelle
Runaway Hotline 1-800-run-away (1-800-786-2929) – www.1800runaway.org
Sexual Assault Center – Crisis Line 1-865-522-7273 - www.mcnabbcenter.org/sacet
Human Trafficking – Natl Human Trafficking Resource Ctr 1-888-3737-888 – www.polarisproject.org
Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 – www.maketheconnection.net
Advocacy Help-lines and Other Resources
Adult Protective Services 1-888-277-8366 www.reportadultabuse.dhs.tn.org
Autism Society of America in ETN – www.asaetc.org – 865-247-5082
Bipolar - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – www.dbsalliance.org – 1-800-826-3632
Bullying = Cyber, Verbal, Social, or Physical – www.stopbullying.gov
Child Protective Services 1-877-237-0004 www.apps.tn.gov/carat
ChildNet at Helen Ross McNabb– counseling and psychiatric medications for ages 2 to18 - 865-681-6990
Gamblers Anonymous – www.gamblersanonymous.org for a meeting list
Man Therapy – free and interactive mental health website for men – www.mantherapy.org
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee – provides free screenings, workplace
programs, free speakers, and technical assistance 865-584-9125 – www.mhaet.com
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – www.namitn.org
Maryville – 800-771-5491 – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hope – Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center - For victims of sexual and/or physical abuse and their non-offending family members - 865-981-2000 – www.blountkids.org
Peer Recovery Call Center – 865-584-9125; (M – F from 900 – 430) - www.mhaet.com
Self-Injury – 1-800-DONTCUT (800-366-8288) – www.selfinjury.com
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Referral Information 1-800-662-4357 www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov
Surviving Suicide Loss – American Foundation of Suicide Prevent – 888-333-2377 www.afsp.org
Teen Suicide Prevention – 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) – www.JasonFoundation.com
Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association - Knoxville 865-281-3683 - www.tmhca-tn.org
TN REDLINE – 1-800-889-9789 – Addiction Treatment Referral Line – www.taadas.org/Redline
TN Voices for Children – Knoxville Region - 865-523-0701- www.TNvoices.org
True Purpose Ministries – 865-681-4861 – Christian-based Male Residential, learn a trade – www.truepurposeministries.com
Veterans – Homeless – 1-800-VET-HELP (1-800-838-4357) 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.– www.nchv.org
Youth Topics – www.youth.gov – over 25 topics with information and links
Local Counseling Agencies
Concerning changes in your child’s behavior, such as withdrawal, sadness, anger, disinterest in hobbies, can be signs that your child may need professional help. Also, experiencing trauma, adverse experiences, anxiety, depression, grief, physical symptoms and many more may also support the need to consider counseling.
Essentially, counseling or therapy (which is generally considered more long-term) is a professional relationship between counselor and client to identify challenges, gain insight into ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in order to begin a process of change and growth. Licensed Professional Counselors support clients in a variety of ways and methods. Some of the evidence-based benefits, for example, can be found on the “Positive Psychology” https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-counseling/ School Counselors do not provide long-term mental health therapy.
Maryville City Schools does not endorse a particular counselor or mental health organization in the community. Rather, our goal is to inform parents about counselors in our area. Please let us know of any items listed that may need to be changed, removed, or added as it helps keep this list current.
Helen Ross McNabb
Cherokee Health Systems
Cove Mountain Counseling
Foothills Christian Counseling
The Middle Path
Harmony Adoptions at Montvale
Butch McCloud, LCSW
659 Morganton Square Drive, Maryville, TN 37801
Worksheets on numerous topics such as anxiety, anger, communication, self-esteem, values, etc.
“Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Our resources are created with clients in mind, which means avoiding jargon, and creating tools that are not only useful in theory, but in practice.”
If you go to their page and click ‘worksheets,’ resources are grouped by topic and instructions are provided. The tools are intended for therapists so this is not meant to replace therapy. However, parents may gain insight on the therapeutic approach and engage with their child using the format provided.
Child Mind Institute
“The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.”
Another robust website with information, studies, resources and more about concerns, disorders, frequently asked questions from families.
“Before you can decide where to go to college and what kind of job you want, you need to find out what you like and what fits your needs and wants. CollegeForTN provides the tools that will make this process easy and fun!”
“Any student under the age of 13 will require school administrator permission to create an account in CollegeforTN.org.”
The numerous assessments provided may help your child get to know and understand themselves as they move toward graduation. Before creating an account, please contact Wes Murphy (email@example.com) for more information.
The list below (continually in development and updated) contains a variety of areas in which students can get involved at MRIS and the greater community. Please let us know of any items that may need to be changed, removed, or added as it helps keep this list current. Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School does not endorse any particular organization in the community. Rather, our goal is to inform parents and students of possible areas to participate.
The benefits or participation in extra-curricular activities are significant for youth. They may include improved academic performance, time management, learning useful and transferable skills, sense of commitment & belonging, social opportunities, self-esteem, excitement, purpose, and perspective. Consider that this is a time to explore, fail and excel. We encourage students to find one area (at least) to participate.
Intramurals at MRIS
Tues & Thurs from 2:45 – 3:45 at 3:45
4th & 5th grade on Tues.
6th & 7th grade on Wed.
Coached by Whitney LaDage & Justin Ford (2019-2020)
Basketball at MRIS
Season goes from Sep. - Nov.
Must try out
Art club, Builders Club, Science Club, Student Council, Rangers, Cheerleading, Ridge Runners, etc.
Maryville JR High – 6,7,8
Varsity and JV from Coulter Grove, Montgomery Ridge, and Maryville Jr. High
Coach Dunkel & Anita Crook
Open gyms after spring break to prepare for tryouts. There is a MJHS volleyball page found on Canvas. Try out end of school year – April or May Look for tryout announcements made here.
Coached by Kerry Hall – Teacher at JR High
Middle School Track (6,7,8)
Contact Coach Jay Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Golf
Contact Coach Mike Driver at Mike.email@example.com
Check with golf courses in Maryville such as Lambert Acres, Green Meadow Country Club, Egwani Farms, etc.
*There are also ‘disc golf’ which appear self-directed, one at Maryville College.
Head coach Jay Malone firstname.lastname@example.org
Usually a parent night mid December for all 6,7,8 in MJH café for information. Look on MJH (Maryville Junior High) website announcements page for specific dates.
Spring practice usually starts late Jan. And goes for two weeks. Summer requires Mon, Tues, and Thursday morning conditioning from 7 am- 9am
Head Coach and program coordinator Alex Cate
The program starts the first week of November and wraps up at the end of January each year. A same portion of students continue through the end of February for the AAU state tournament. The program is sanctioned through AAU and each kid gets an AAU membership card ($15) for liability purposes.
We offer to groups for students at MRIS. K-4th group practices mondays and thursdays from 6-7:15pm at MHS wrestling room. The Middle school group is 5th-8th grade. They practice after school in the MHS gym balcony Monday and Thursdays. Students can ride their bus over to MHS for practice. The coaches for the middle school team are Jason Hughes(non-faculty) and Bartley McMurry. Competitions are mostly Saturday tournaments with a few local mid-week competitions sprinkled in.
Wrestling is not just for guys. MCS had 3 females on the 5-8th grade team last season. And there is now a girls-only state tournament through AAU. All middle school students are welcome to participate. There is a 76lb weight class at the middle school team competitions and a class smaller than that for the 5th graders at individual tournaments.
6-8 JR High
Aug – Mid Sep. Look for tryout announcements made here
Parks & Recreation
Variety of sports, lessons, and activities for Maryville, Alcoa & Blount County
316 S. Everett High Rd. Maryville, TN 37804
Can do plays
Primary Players Kids Theatre
Elders last Lap ranch
Ask Sophie H or Ava Grace
Civil Air Patrol Cadet programs
Ages 12 –21
From their website, “Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.”
Appalachian Youth Cycling
Public Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/882186071875927/?scrlybrkr=9a8d5f97