Carol Rabideau, L.C.S.W.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
PMB 40
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-936-5122
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: September 16, 2021

Carol Rabideau

Primary Activity Coordinators: Person Centered Planning
Discipline Coordinators: Social Work
Discipline(s): Social Work
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Service: Carol Rabideau is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 26 years of experience in mental health counseling and medical social work. As a social worker for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center she provides assessments, crisis intervention, brief counseling, and referral services to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Carol is a Certified Person Centered Thinking Trainer through the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. She is a LEND faculty member representing University of Tennessee College of Social Work and she provides supervison to social work students in the UTCSW graduate program who are UCEDD trainees and LEND trainees.


Biographical Sketch


Carol Rabideau


Social Worker - LCSW





(if applicable)



Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Post Masters Fellowship


Clinical Social Work


Univ. of Tenn. School of Social Work, Nashville



Clinical Social Work

Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois



Business Education

A. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Nashville, Tennessee, 2004-present
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center, OB/GYN Clinic, Nashville, Tennessee, 2003-2004
  • Family & Children's Service, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, 1993-2003
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993-1995
  • Private Counseling Practice, Nashville, Tennessee, 1988-2013
  • Vanderbilt Child Development Center, Nashville, Tennessee, 1988-1990
  • Adolescent Treatment Program, Parthenon Pavilion, Nashville, Tennessee, 1986-1988

In these social work positions I have provided assessments, crisis intervention, brief and extended counseling, and referral services to children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. I also provide staff and community training and supervision to graduate students and LCSW candidates. At Family & Children's Service I was a key developer of the Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program and created services for previously underserved population of deaf clients.


Other Experience/Professional Memberships

  • Adjunct teacher at University of Tennessee graduate school of social work, 1997-2002
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Nashville, Tennessee, 1977-1984
  • U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Washington, DC, 1973-1976

Community Service Activities

  • Volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocate Program - Provided training to CASA volunteers, 1995-2002

B. Selected Publications (in chronological order)

  • Contributing author of Best Practices Manual on Programs for Relative Caregivers, Generations United, Washington, DC- 2001
  • Taylor, J.L., Hodapp, R.M., Burke, M.M., Rabideau, C., & Waitz-Dudia, S.N. (2017). Training parents of youth with autism spectrum disorders to advocate for adult disability services:  Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 846-857.
  • Rabideau, C., Burke, M.M., (2017).  Training Parents of Youth with Autism to advocate for Adult Disabilty Services.  Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fred R. Volkmar (ed.), 
  • Taylor, J.L., Pezzimenti, F., Burke, M.M., DaWalt, L.S., Lee, C.E., & Rabideau, C. (2021) Development, feasibility, and acceptability of a nationally relevant Parent training to improve service access during the transition to adulthood for youth with ASD.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

C. Presentations

Presentation Topics - Individually, with Co-presenters, and on Panels, 2004-Present

• Aging, Dementia, and Developmental Disabilities
• Assessment of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
• Coping with Stress & the Effects of Stress on Health
• Coping for Parents After the Initial Diagnosis
• Cultural Competence
• Establishing Rapport
• Faith, Doubt, Disability
• Family Centered Care
• Family Support 360 Planning Grant Application
• Future Planning for Families
• Having Difficult Conversations - for Adult Siblings
• Helping People with Intellectual Disability Cope with Loss
• Journeys in Disabilities
• Navigating the System Using Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
• Organizing & Developing Culturally Competent Parent Support Groups
• Parent Training on Implementing the Positive Adult Development Stress Reduction Curriculum
• Person Centered Thinking, Planning, and Tools
• Relative Caregivers and the Children in Their Care
• Research Ethics - Vulnerable or Excluded? Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Research
• Self-Advocates - Developing Strategies and Building Partnerships: How can our DD Partners Help Us?
• Safe and Effective Home Visits
• Single Parenting Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
• Taking Care of the Caregivers," Improving Care Coordination For People with Dual Diagnosis"
• The Role of Social Workers
• Transition into Adulthood for People with Developmental Disabilities
• Understanding Siblings
• What to Do When the Unexpected Happens
• When Things Go Wrong: Response in Research and Service Settings to Suspected Child Maltreatment, Ethics Training
• Working with People who Have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
• Working with Seniors

Numerous other presentations to agency staff and at national conferences throughout my social work career 1986-2003.

D. Grant Support

Ongoing Grant Support

Completed Grant Support