FRIDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 8:30am-10:00am: Session V

Workshop and Speaker Information Subject to Change

ALL Sessions are approved for 1.5 Social Work CEUs
Social Work Cultural hours will be marked with **

All Sessions are approved for 1.5 General CLEs
Professional/Ethics CLEs will be marked with >>


2017: Developments in the Law of Abuse and Neglect
This will be the only time this session is offered; all attorneys should plan to attend at this time.This seminar will review and provide an opportunity to discuss the year’s New Mexico appellate court decisions. Published decisions on appeals from abuse and neglect decisions will be reviewed as well as other child custody cases which directly impact the law relevant to abuse and neglect proceedings. Developments in the law will be explored, explained and criticized from the perspective of an appellate lawyer who represents parents and an appellate lawyer who represents CYFD. So far in 2017, there are six new published decisions on appeal from either an adjudication of neglect or abuse or a termination of parental rights and a decision in a child custody matter construing the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act of 2001.These cases along with case summaries will be available here and on the conference app prior to the conference.
Presenters: Rebecca Liggett, JD & Jane Yohalem, JD


>>Compassion Fatigue: Translating Research into Action & Skills
Compassion Fatigue can rob our children of the best social workers, juvenile probation officers, facility staff, attorneys, advocates, volunteers, foster parents, teachers and more. Using evidenced-based research regarding compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and self-care, this program focuses on skills. Attend this program to learn what you can do immediately to mitigate the negative impacts of compassion fatigue to support better outcomes for yourself, your colleagues and our children.
Presenter: Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon

>>Dynamic Unity: A Collaborative Framework for Leading System Change
There is increased acknowledgement in the public and nonprofit sector that significant change in system performance requires new levels of collaboration within and between organizations. Collective impact cannot happen without behavioral practices that generate and test new ideas and approaches, strengthen the capacity for joint action and advocacy over time, and effectively deploy and redirect limited resources. A practical framework acknowledges the complexity of system change and structures an ongoing process to engage key stakeholders and focus the approach. In order to build momentum and sustain the change initiative, there must be shared values and action principles to guide the effort. True collaboration can only be developed among individuals and organizations that consistently apply four core practices: dialogue (learning conversations that build trust and unleash creativity); principled negotiation (turn differences into durable agreements that build the change coalition); values-based decision-making (align key decisions with core values and principles to assure credibility and support from stakeholders); and wise planning (develop shared vision and goals centered on shared values, pragmatically address the challenges and opportunities of the operating environment, and respond to the needs and priorities of key stakeholders). This session is an interactive, hands on introduction to a set of take-away tools that will guide participants to formulate an initial approach to system change, begin to engage potential change partners, and build the dynamic unity necessary for positive results.
Presenter: Mark D. Bennett


>>The Face of Homelessness
Leaders Uniting Voices Youth Advocates of New Mexico (LUVYANM) members (an advocacy group composed of current and former foster youth) will describe what it means to be homeless for foster youth. This workshop will compose of a youth panel and time for Questions and Answers. LUVYANM members will stand as the faces of homelessness; the audience will have the opportunity to hear from these youth about their experiences, barriers, and effects of being homeless. Youth will take their audience on a journey of their life story detailing what lead them to become homeless. This journey will give the audience a chance to see things through a youth’s eyes as they share some of their most difficult times as some felt forced to run away and lacked homes to house them. LUVYANM will not only share their past but they will also share where they are now in life and what helped them. Lastly, the workshop will discuss some statistics and resources for homelessness in regards to foster youth. The hope is to be more aware of youth homelessness and to prevent this from taking place.
Panelists: LUVYA NM Members


Mountains Out Of Mole Hills
Some of the most successful reforms to the juvenile justice system have come in resource-rich, well-funded jurisdictions on the coasts. Reform is expensive, not just in finance, but people and time also cost resources. This workshop with former Boston assistant district attorney Adam Foss will focus on the impact that can be created with creativity and collaboration – not capital. For nine years, Mr. Foss dedicated his career as a prosecutor to the creation of community-based programs and partnership-building with others. A plan, goals, metrics, and the right partners can take an idea and make it an intervention that achieves the goal that we strive for every day – making the lives of youths we work with better.
Presenter: Adam Foss,JD, CLI 2018 Keynote Speaker 


**Protecting the Rights of Transgender Students in Public Schools
On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to hear oral arguments in the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. However, just one week before the scheduled arguments, it sent the case back to the Fourth Circuit to interpret the Gloucester County policy in light of the Trump Administration’s letter rescinding Obama guidance indicating that public schools should include gender identity in interpreting Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination “on the basis of sex.” Thousands of transgender students across the country, including in New Mexico, will be affected by the outcome of the case, but in the meantime, we must move forward with solutions that work for our own cultures and communities. The panel includes experts with a deep understanding of local, state-level, and national efforts to improve the educational experiences of transgender youth. We will hear directly from students about their needs, and then to try to address their concerns by providing relevant law and policy perspectives and by exploring other ways to address their concerns.
Presenters: Maryam Ahranjani, JD, Ann McCollum, JD, Sarah Steadman, JD and student panel

**Strengthening ICWA: Tribal Perspective & Response
The New Mexico Tribal Indian Child Welfare Consortium (NM-TIC) is comprised of social workers from 23 tribes in the southwestern part of the United States.  NM-TIC members will share  how (and why) the Consortium was established; early lessons learned; and information about – improving tribal-state relationships. We will foreshadow the future of ICWA in action in New Mexico, with the hope and goal of better compliance with the spirit and letter of the law. This workshop will also address innovative ICWA initiatives taking place throughout New Mexico to coordinate and provide services to tribes, families and American Indian /Alaska Native children. In addition, this workshop will address the “tribal issues” that maybe run counter to the spirit of ICWA.
Presenters: Donalyn Sarracino, MSW, Cynthia Chavers, CYFD Federal Reporting Bureau Chief, Jacqueline Yalch, MSW & Rochelle Thompson


“Why is Ben acting like this?” What The Neurobiology of Addiction Can Tell Us About The Behavior of People Who Have Substance Use Disorders
Whether it is someone we read about in the news, our client, or our own family member, we are often mystified and repelled by the behavior of people who have uncontrolled substance use disorders. Weaving together film, quotations, and research, we will explore recent findings on what goes on in the addicted brain, the influence of experiences in childhood, and the influence of social environment in creating these behaviors. We will consider this information in non-technical language, and will examine practical implications. Greater understanding can lead to different approaches to prevention and treatment, as well as greater empathy and compassion.
Presenter: Dr. Miriam Komaromy, UNM Project ECHO