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 >>
Building a Better Children’s Behavioral Health Care System
This session is intended for social workers, behavioral health service providers, and those involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. This session will incorporate recent research completed by staff of the Legislative Finance Committee, the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Human Services Department (HSD) examining the role of evidence based practices in the state’s multi-layered children’s behavioral health system. Following a brief presentation, there will be a group activity seeking participant input on building a better system to address children’s behavioral health. The session will conclude with a panel discussion with legislative staff, CYFD and HSD behavioral health leadership, behavioral health service providers.
Presenters: Maria Griego, Bryce Pittenger, Wayne Lindstrom & Sarah Dinces
Engaging Young People in the Policy Process
Facilitated by young people impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems, this workshop will focus on policy priorities identified by NMCAN’s Youth Leaders, their experiences as advocates for policy change, and how young people can stay engaged in the policy process. It will also include a youth-facilitated discussion with lawmakers to get a legislative perspective on engaging young people in the policy process.
Presenter(s): NMCAN’s Youth Leaders, Andrew Salazar, Jesus Shink, Krystal Goolsby & Marco Martinez
**Immigration Protections for Children and Mixed Status Families: What Every Advocate Needs to Know
Asking about immigration status is a very personal subject, and now more than ever, children fear retaliation if they share that they (or their family members) are undocumented. New Mexico is home to many mixed status families, and as a result, practitioners will likely encounter both immigrant children as well as US citizen children who may have non-citizen siblings or parents/guardians. This session will explore the dynamics of mixed status families and discuss the various legal protections available to immigrant youth and their immediate family members. Participants will learn how to incorporate immigration screening into their existing intake procedures, and will deepen their understanding of referrals and coordination across disciplines.
Presenter: Lauren Armstrong, JD, & Jessica Martin, JD
The Importance of Family Defense
This session is for parent/respondent attorneys only.
Presenter: Martin Guggenheim, JD, 2018 CLI Featured Speaker
Seeing the Racial Water
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.
Presenter: Dr. Robin DiAngelo, 2018 CLI Featured Speaker
Sexual Abuse and the Non-Offending Parent
The role the non-offending parent plays for victims of childhood sexual abuse cannot be understated. Belief, support, and protection are crucial- not only for the sexual abuse to cease, but also for the recovery of the victim. This workshop will explore non-offending parents in cases of sexual abuse. An overview of the dynamics of sexual abuse and the influence these dynamics have on non-offending parents will be presented. Barriers to accepting and addressing the sexual abuse will be examined. Attendees will develop an understanding of dynamics and barriers which impact the non-offending parent’s response to sexual abuse.
Presenter: Sueann Kenney-Noziska, LCSW, RPT-S
>>Take Control of Your Stress Response: An Introduction to TARGET
Professionals and paraprofessionals involved with the legal, educational, child welfare, and juvenile justice communities all have the potential to play a key role in trauma and PTSD prevention in children. Many of the risk factors preventing safe and developmentally beneficial stabilization, reunification, or permanency for maltreated and traumatized children involves affect dysregulation in children and/or their caregivers. Given the high rates of child trauma in New Mexico, combined with a shortage of behavioral health professionals, a broad range of service providers are in need of tools for addressing stress- and trauma-related reactions. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET©University of Connecticut). TARGET is a brief intervention for dealing with stress- and trauma-related reactions and offers a way of helping the brain reset in the wake of stress. The goal of TARGET is to enable a person to take control of their stress response in order to think clearly and make effective decisions based on core values rather than stress reactivity. TARGET teaches a sequence of practical skills that involves recognition of the adaptive elements of the stress response. TARGET empowers and challenges trauma survivors, caregivers, and the providers working with them to become highly focused, make good choices, and build healthy relationships. One unique quality of this model is that it also provides a useful framework for staff education and training. As such, participants will learn about opportunities to participate in a TARGET Train-the-Trainer program occurring in New Mexico. Supervisors and agency leaders can use TARGET to highlight vital contributions that frontline staff are already making in helping traumatized youth recover and succeed, and support staff who are experiencing work-related stressors and who may be at risk for burnout, secondary trauma, and/or job turnover.
Presenters: Raven Cuellar, PhD. & Rebecca Ezechukwu,PhD.
**>>Unlikely Allies: Community Influence and the Drive to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
The Bernalillo County Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities committee began collaborative work in 2009. By that time, diversion programs through Juvenile Probation had already reduced racial and ethnic disparities at the front end of the system. However, disparities for youth of color in detention and on probation remained. In 2012, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) collaborative developed a Detention Utilization Study that outlined the extent of racial disparity in the juvenile justice system and identified specific points for intervention and targeted racial equity work. The JDAI Collaborative invited community racial equity advocates to partner in the work of the reducing and eliminating the effects of structural racism and implicit bias at these identified points, but this partnership proved to be very challenging for multiple reasons. Using video clips and other resources to engage participants, this workshop will document Bernalillo County’s very public struggle to overcome real conflict in their racial equity system reform efforts and showcase lessons learned, tools developed to minimize future conflict and the current work that resulted from overcoming the challenges the system and community faced.
Presenters: Megan Harrah & Albino Garcia
What works…What Doesn’t in Behavioral Healthcare
This presentation will look at the evidence behind many of the popular treatment modalities for children, adolescents and their families. Specific attention will be given to harm reduction strategies, substance abuse groups for adolescents, Moral Reconation Therapy, and other controversial topics.
Presenter: Brian Serna, LPCC