Centerstone Adds Renowned Crisis Management Specialist

Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, has announced the addition of Susan Gillpatrick, crisis management specialist, to its Crisis Management Strategies (CMS) program.

CMS offers a variety of services customized to meet the needs of businesses that have experienced a critical incident such as an accident, explosion, fire, hostage situation, robbery, assault or sudden death.

Gillpatrick will work in the field with clients in critical incident response situations as well as planning and implementing marketing and growth strategies for CMS.

“Susan’s strong background in crisis counseling makes her a valuable asset to CMS and its clients,” said Larry Edwards, director of Centerstone’s Crisis and Referral Services. “In addition, her leadership skills will contribute to the future growth and success of our program.”

Gillpatrick brings nine years of experience in behavioral health to Centerstone. She most recently worked as a professional life coach and group trainer. From 1998 to 2001, Gillpatrick worked for the Shelby County Government Victims Assistance Center in Memphis. There, she co-developed a model program for the state of Tennessee entitled “Homicide Response.” Her work in this area received the Achievement Award in 2000 from the National Association of Counties.

Gillpatrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee and a National Certified Counselor. She is also a member of both the American Counseling Association and the American Society for Training and Development. She received her Master of Education degree in Human Development Counseling from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

The CMS program’s services combine classroom education with hands-on training and are customized to meet the needs of executives, management, employees and customers. CMS’s areas of expertise include Critical Incident Stress Management training, employee and workplace readiness evaluations, crisis communication planning and post-incident care.