Methodist Family Health team members honored with awards at 41st annual Teaching-Family Association Conference

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Nov. 13, 2018) – Three team members at Methodist Family Health were recently honored with awards at the 41st Annual Teaching-Family Association Conference in Omaha, NE. They are:

Craig Gammon, administrator of the United Methodist Children’s Home at Methodist Family Health. Craig received the 2018 Montrose Wolf Award for Distinguished Contributions, which is given to individuals for their exceptional contributions in implementing the Teaching-Family Model. This category recognizes those persons who have provided significant contributions to the Teaching-Family Association program administration, staff training, evaluation technology, or research that extends our knowledge and otherwise enhances the application of the Teaching-Family Model.

James Hess with The Call. James was honored with the 2018 Teaching-Family Association Outstanding Contribution in Human Services Award, which is given to honor an organization or individual for their community, regional, national, or international advocacy and support of children and families.

Nicholas Rucker, behavioral instructor at Methodist Family Health’s day treatment program in Benton, AR. Nick received the 2018 Teaching-Family Association Distinguished Practitioner Award, which provides national recognition and honor to outstanding Teaching-Family practitioners from each of TFA’s accredited sponsor agencies. The name of the award provides an important reminder of TFA’s high regard for practitioners and emphasizes the common commitment to excellence that characterizes all honored recipients.


The Teaching-Family Association (TFA) was founded in 1975 to ensure the quality of care provided by professionals who actively pursue the goals of humane, effective, individualized treatment for children, families, and dependent adults using the common framework of the Teaching-Family Model for treatment and support. What is learned in one agency can be shared with other agencies within the Association and incorporated into the standards of quality assurance processes within the Association. TFA’s goals are to certify members, recognize programs, standardize useful training and evaluation procedures, supervise program replication, and provide yearly conferences for sharing new material and program development. The Teaching-Family Association is the only entity in North America that defines and implements standards and review procedures related to the actual performance and quality of treatment and service delivery systems at all organizational levels.

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Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health has expanded into a continuum of care to serve thousands of Arkansas children with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues and their families each year. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital, two residential treatment centers, eight therapeutic group homes, an emergency shelter, a day treatment program, eight counseling clinics, nine school-based counseling clinics, the state’s only grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES). Our mission is to give the best possible care to those who may need our help and to treat the whole person: behaviorally, emotionally and spiritually.

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