Playback helps families cope with universal problems and stresses

Playback Memphis‘ newest endeavor places us in partnership with the Shelby County Universal Parenting Places. Universal Parenting Places are judgement-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information, and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small.  Small issues in childhood can become larger problems in adulthood if not addressed early on.


Data from a 2014 ACE (Adverse Child Experiences) study in Shelby County indicates that our community has been severely impacted by adverse childhood experiences, which can include emotional or verbal abuse, addiction, mental illness or the loss of a parent through divorce, separation, death or desertion.

52 percent of Shelby County reported having at least one adverse childhood experience, regardless of family income, education, religion or ethnic background.

Universal Parenting Places are designed to create a healthy and trauma-informed community. The earlier we help families in need, the stronger our community will be. We use the Playback method to create experiences that raise awareness of the link between adverse early childhood experiences, toxic stress and adult disease. Playback brings the stories of Mid-South families to life to unlock healing and transformation.

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Playback Memphis is proud to be supported by Arts Memphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the First Tennessee Foundation, the Plough Foundation, the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis
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