To offer temporary economic assistance, work opportunities, and protective services to improve the lives of Tennesseans.
The Department’s vision is to be a leader in effectively partnering with human service customers in establishing or re-establishing self-sufficiency to create a better quality of life.
Our Core Values
Tennessee Department of Human Services will:
Tennessee Department of Human Services Adheres to a Strength Perspective
|The Strength Perspective in Social Work Practice by Dennis Saleebey|
Tennessee Department of Human Services Adheres to the Disciplines of a Learning Organization
Shared Vision: A common purpose and atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm regarding the vision and direction of the organization. The organization provides mechanisms for people to connect their personal vision to the organizational vision.
Systems Thinking: A smooth and open flow of information which sends a message of inter-relatedness between all parts of the organization and how each part has an impact on the other parts of the organization.
Mental Models: The organization provides a supportive environment, which encourages people to think about, interpret and characterize situations and circumstances. People then review and revise appropriately their own views, beliefs, values, and biases in a "critical thinking" and more creative fashion.
Team Learning: Based on the foundation of Personal Mastery and Shared Vision, this component focuses a great deal on interpersonal skills and effective communication. People learn from and teach each other in an atmosphere of open dialogue, flexible mental models and conflict resolution.
Personal Mastery: Every member of the organization operates as a continual learner. Staff members are empowered to stretch and broaden their comfort zones to realize their potential.
|The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge|