Course Description

Interpersonal violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and the need for safe and affordable housing is one of the most pressing concerns for survivors of abuse and violence. Many survivors face unique barriers to accessing shelter and affordable housing due to the power and control dynamics involved in these types of abuse and the economic and trauma impacts that result. Participants of this training will leave with an understanding of the intersections between housing, homelessness, and interpersonal violence and how to best help survivors find safety and stability. 


Mary Katherine Rand


Mary Katherine Rand serves at the Executive Director of The Mary Parrish Center. For 20 years Mary Katherine has dedicated her career to working with families and children that have experienced violence in their lives. Mary Katherine has served The Mary Parrish Center over the last 11 years in many roles, including Therapist and Associate Director. Prior to her time at The Mary Parrish Center, she served as an in-home therapist, providing therapy to families suffering the effects of complex traumas. Mary Katherine is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and holds a Master of Science in Social Work from University of Tennessee and a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhodes College. Mary Katherine is the board chair of Nashville’s Coalition to End Domestic Violence, is an active member of Nashville's Continuum of Care and has served on Nashville’s Homelessness Planning Council.

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