Workshop Session V: Thursday, January 9th, 3:30pm

Workshop and Speaker Information Subject to Change


Social Justice as Our Social Services Framework

Presenter: Alexandria Taylor

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 Ethics/Professionalism

Description: Across the country, and in New Mexico, our most marginalized children, particularly children of color, are being affected by unaddressed bias that lives and breathes in the very systems created to protect them. In order to walk the talk as professionals serving young people, we must first begin by looking at ourselves and uncovering all the areas where we maintain systems of oppression through our biases. Once we begin to do the work of acknowledging the role we ourselves may play in the maintenance of systems of oppression, we can begin to better support those we seek to serve.  This workshop does not promise to be easy but it does seek to be transformative. This presentation will call upon the transformative thought leadership of queer women of color like Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Kimberlee Crenshaw, and many others to guide us as social service providers to apply an anti-oppression framework to our daily work in service of communities most impacted by systems of oppression.


How to Better Serve Young Parents and their Families – From a Youth Perspective

Presenter: Ezra Spitzer, Youth Panel: Micaela Baca, Elijah Davis, & Monica Ly

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: Resources and supports are important in helping young parents in New Mexico who have experienced foster care avoid cycles of inter-generational poverty, abuse and/or neglect. NM has made great progress in increasing funding and expanding services for children and organizations offer parenting supports and quality programs. However, young parents impacted by systems are not accessing resources or resources are not meeting the multifaceted needs of parents who have experienced complex childhood trauma. This workshop, presented by young people impacted by foster care, explores how parenting supports and early childhood services can be improved. It discourages the perpetuation and institutionalization of narratives and policies that portray young parents negatively, promotes the importance of engaging them in program development and improvement, and shows the need to create multi-generation supports that address the needs of parents, not just children.


Motion Practice for Cornerstone Advocacy

Presenters: Leslie Jones, Caitlin DiFiore, Tyler W. Benting 

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: The Family Advocacy Program will be presenting a workshop to lawyers regarding motions practice that focuses on increased and quality visitation, more frequent and productive case conferences, tailored case planning, and appropriate and familial placements. This workshop will promote improved advocacy for parents involved in the system specifically around frequent visitations and tailored case planning. The workshop will provide concrete motions to parent attorneys in order to better advocate for their client early in the case process. This session will be for respondent attorneys, youth attorneys, and GALs and discuss substantive motion practice with a Cornerstone Advocacy lens and focus on parent and family advocacy.


Supporting Healthier Transitions for Children Utilizing Our Understanding of Child Development (Where’s my stuff? Who are these people? Is anyone going to tell me what’s happening?)

Presenters: Jennifer Munson and Deryl Palmer

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General 

Description: Those working in the child protection field think of themselves as helping children. They don’t get up in the morning planning to traumatize a child. However, there are some practices within child welfare, which despite best intentions, can create additional trauma. This interactive workshop reinforces what is known about attachment as a crucial component of infant and child development. The science of attachment is looked at through a child development lens to help participants understand how placement disruptions impact young children. Participants will learn specific practices they can implement to decrease the number of attachment disruptions for each child, mitigate consequences when moves are inevitable, minimize trauma and support healthier transitions.  Presenters will explore how participants own secondary trauma may limit their ability to treat infants and children with respect and compassion, adding to the child’s trauma.


The Nurtured Heart Approach® in New Mexico: A Paradigm Shift in Action

Presenters: Galadriel Currin, Brooke Tafoya, Danielle Cossett, Stephanie Chavez, Jazmine Grajeda, Richard Gaczewski, Quinn Donnay

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 Ethics/Professionalism

Description: The Nurtured Heart Approach – a relationship based model – aims to build Inner Wealth ™ and resiliency in children and adults by changing how we engage with negative emotions, thoughts and circumstance, encouraging the celebration of everyday successes, and creating a standard for clear expectations and limits. Since its development, the approach has been adapted for and applied across the globe in homes, schools, residential treatment centers, and other diverse settings including several social service agencies throughout New Mexico. In 2019 Behavioral Health Services of the Children Youth and Families Depart began a pilot project to introduce the Nurtured Heart Approach into agency operations, joining a growing movement that seeks to embrace the power of human relationships to recognize and inspire greatness. This workshop will explore the implementation, benefits, and potential of Nurtured Heart through a conversation with community providers, CYFD staff, and program participants.


Advocating for Trauma-Informed Services for Children: A New Approach to System Reform Litigation

Presenters: Jesselyn Friley and Kathryn Eidmann

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: Attorneys from the Kevin S. litigation will provide an overview of the litigation and identify ways advocates can strategically leverage its insights and lessons to advocate for trauma-informed care and services in the child welfare system.  They will discuss reform at the intersection of the child welfare and behavioral health systems. This session will address a new approach to the use of litigation to catalyze reform of both systems pioneered in Kevin S., v. Blalock. The case, filed on behalf NM foster youth, Disability Rights and Native American Disability Law Center, is an innovative approach to child welfare reform litigation. Kevin S recognizes that providing foster youth with the essential care, stability, treatment, and support to which they are entitled requires a coordinate approach at the intersection of both child welfare and behavioral health systems. Workshop for new and seasoned professionals.


REPEAT: Mitigating Trauma in Courthouses: Understanding Trauma Responses

Presenters: Kim McGinnis and Adrea Korthase

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 Ethics/Professionalism

Description: Workshop provides ideas and resources to improve the way court stakeholders and justice partners interact with survivors of trauma. Many survivors become court involved, often as parents through child welfare cases or as minors through a juvenile justice case. Presenters explain what it means to be a trauma-responsive and trauma-informed court; describe how acute and chronic trauma may change the structure of the brain; discuss why a trauma response may be triggered, what it may look like, and provide ideas for incorporating both traditional values and research-based strategies to help court systems be trauma informed and responsive. Understanding and accepting trauma effects on the brain will be explored not as an excuse for frustrating behavior or dangerous choices but as an explanation for potential barriers to progress and to help staff understand and work to mitigate trauma responses. The presentation combines resources and research to give attendees practical tools and resources in improving court interactions and environment for survivors of trauma.

NACC Red Book Training: Courtroom Advocacy 

Presenter: Betsy Fordyce

CLEs: 1.5 General

Description:The final session of the Red Book Training will cover Chapters 32-35 of the Red Book, including Children in Court, Special Evidentiary Issues, Trial Advocacy, and System and Legislative Advocacy. This workshop is for  attorneys and judicial officers.