Bringing Hope and Healing to Children and Families in Hard Places

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Counselling and Support

We provide a host of counseling services including individual counseling, support groups and equine therapy for a wide range of needs.  These may include depression, abuse, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD),  or marital issues.

Our goal is to assist and walk by your side no matter the difficulty or crisis you are facing. The Papillion Center is a faith-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) therapeutic center utilizing different techniques to bring about hope and healing to children and families in hard places.

Understanding individuals from hard places is the core of what we do. We use a holistic approach by considering mind, body and soul when working with our clients. Our work is based on Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and ”The Connected Child” (Purvis & Cross, 1999-2011).

We offer individual therapy, couple therapy, family therapy, child & adolescent therapy, group therapy, play therapy, and equine therapy groups.

To schedule an appointment, please call 615-590-7213.

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Trauma Mama Retreat

If you are a MAMA of a child from a Hard Place we want you to join us for one relaxing, nourishing, night away! You will spend time with other mothers who “get it,” be encouraged with tips and techniques and receive some pampering! Saturday will include a Tea Party just for you!

Hampton Inn & Suites
111 Saundersville Rd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Check In: 3:00-4:00pm on Friday, April 27

Cost: $75

Applications due by March 15th!
Trauma Mama Retreat Application



Billy Crain, musician and father, has released his most recent album Hard Places.

All proceeds from the sale of the CD benefit the Papillion Center.

To order your copy for $10, go to the Store on Billy Crain’s website.

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  • What is FASD?
  • Workshops
  • Equine Therapy
  • Resources

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is brain damage caused by pre-natal exposure to alcohol.  FASD is often termed an “invisible physical handicapping condition.”  The effects of prenatal alcohol and other drug exposure on the developing brain are the most debilitating aspects of this condition. Often, the only indicators of this physical disability are found in learning and other behavioral characteristics.

Parents and professionals often find standard techniques are ineffective. Many people experience increasing frustration over time when children’s behaviors are unresponsive to traditional interventions. Until recently, there has been little information linking the “organicity, ” or neurological differences associated with FASD, with behaviors.

The Papillion Center has developed workshops that our staff can conduct at your site. This allows you to include multiple participants at a lower cost.


FASD: Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

This workshop introduces participants to FASD with an emphasis on the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain, which results in cognitive and behavioral difficulties. Participants will learn general strategies to support persons with FASD. Participants will also learn about the significance and prevention of secondary characteristics associated with FASD.

Time allocated: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
5.0 contact hours with certificate of completion

FASD: Impact on Society and Legal Implications

Participants will gain an understanding of FASD and learn how FASD impacts our society. Participants will also learn how FASD impacts the legal system and what the implications are for society.

Time allocated: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
5.0 contact hours with certificate of completion

Please contact our office at 615-590-7213
for more information about workshop costs and availability.

This therapy incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.  It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.

EAGALA is experiential in nature.  Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then processing/discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns.  It is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups and we well suited for all populations and age groups.  All sessions are on the ground with the horses.

Empowered to Connect
    -Resources based on The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis

National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) FASD Study

FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network

     -Support, Training, and Resources by Teresa Kellerman

Resource Center by FASSTAR

Better Endings
     -Education and Resources by Jodee Kulp

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Billy Crain, a father of children from hard places, shares his experiences through his music.  Check out his music, including his latest album Hard Places.