Who We Serve

The SMART Center is a treatment, training, and research center within the community and across the state of Tennessee.


The SMART Center provides treatment to children, youth, and their families/ caregiver across Tennessee.

The SMART Center serves clients that range from 3 to 21 years of age! They include children, youth, young adults, and families/ caregivers/ educators including:

  • Early Intervention and Pre-K programming, Elementary School, Middle school, high school, and college age-students
  • Provide support to Parents of children being served by the clinic
  • Teachers and educational staff of children being served in the clinic
  • Transitional age youth involved with the public child welfare system

Treatment Services

The SMART Center partners with each client to develop a care plan including research-based interventions to help you meet your goals. These interventions align with the University of Memphis School of Social Work’s emphasis on evidence-based practice and emphasize Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among others.

Individual Tele-therapy - Individual tele-behavioral sessions are for 45 minutes for a maximum of 12 month of service (most cases are 8-12 weeks but can be extended based on need) at a rate of $40-$65 (sliding scale) an hour- **schools/ organizations must secure a contract with a minimum number of hours to access these services.

Group Tele-therapy - Group tele-behavioral health sessions are for up to 45 minutes once a week for 8-12 weeks of service delivery at a rate of $25-$45 (sliding scale) per person- **schools must have a contract with a minimum of number of groups a week with a maximum of 8 students in each group

In addition to individual and group therapy services (described above), the SMART Center will offer supports such as assessment, diagnosis, and direct treatment using some of the following modalities:

  • Assessment: Our intervention process begins with assessments that help us understand what goals you have for your child and what behaviors need to be targeted.
  • Clarity Wellness Assessment
  • Rapid Assessment Instruments (RAIS)
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • DSM-5 Diagnosis
  • Intervention and Behavior Support Planning: Once assessments are completed, we create a treatment plan to help your child meet both long- and short-term goals.
  • Treatment Plan
  • Behavior Support Plans/ Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Skill acquisition
  • Interventions for Treatment: (provided through individual and group services based on clients need)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CBT
  • Trauma Responsive Interventions
  • Bounce Back
  • Play Therapy
  • Expressive Arts



The SMART Center provides training to community-based programs, non-profits, for-profit programs, public schools, private schools, and organizations that are interested in supporting the behavioral and mental health needs of their clients, through a trauma-responsive approach utilizing best practices in tele-behavioral health. The SMART Center team are trained as trainers in a number of evidence-based interventions and therapeutic approaches. Additionally, we will work with your program and staff to develop effective and efficient tele-behavioral health programming from establishing a framework, to choosing the technology platform you plan to utilize. We can answer questions about ethical and legal considerations when doing tele-behavioral health programming as well as questions about establishing a billing system for this work. We have a number of training modules that we can provide your team in tele-health best practices, adapting evidence-based interventions to a virtual program, and ways in which to engage children, youth, and families in tele-behavioral health practices.

We offer a number of webinar recordings that are FREE to access that focus on providing tele-behavioral health services to vulnerable populations. To access these previously recorded webinars, visit the School of Public Health Telehealth Webinar Series page.

We have a list of trainings we can offer and the cost for these training services upon request by emailing SMARTCenter@memphis.edu for more information.


The SMART Center provides support through the dissemination of research in university-community partnerships, grantsmanship, and collaborative efforts across the state. The SMART Center plans to be a leader in research on the topics of tele-behavioral health programming for school-based practice in the region and across the state. In partnership with the local, regional, and state resources, The SMART Center will work to provide the most up to date information about research in the field of tele-behavioral health and informatics.