Workshop Session I: Wednesday, January 8th, 3:30pm

Workshop and Speaker Information Subject to Change


 Only The Family (OTF) by LUVYA Youth

Presenters: LUVYA Youth: Truman Clark, Joseph Garcia, Anthony Orta

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.0 General

Description:The purpose of this interactive workshop is to connect the Family First Act of 2018 and the impact it will have on the lives of youth by LUVYANM (an advocacy group composed of current and former foster youth) youth to improve system functions. This will be done by sharing lived experiences through youth presentations and group scenarios with the hope of understanding a youth’s perspective on communication and improved teamwork, as well as building and preserving relationships with family. Through this workshop, youth are excited to provide suggestions on how systems can work together to help youth build stable foundations that will allow them to thrive in sustainable lives and improve their outcomes.


Working Together: How early Tribal Notification & Tribal/State Collaboration Can Improve Outcomes in Native American Juvenile Delinquency Cases

Presenters: Randolph Collins, Geoffrey Tager, & Nick J. Costales

SW CEUs: 1.5, Cultural: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: In order to address the disproportionate number and disparate treatment of Native American youth in the state juvenile justice system, NM enacted a provision requiring the state to notify a pueblo or tribe when a Native American youth is involved with juvenile justice. Early notification allows tribes to intervene in state cases and work cooperatively to craft better fitting and more culturally relevant service support programs. This workshop draws on a number of resources to show how early notification will assist youth, improve tribal sovereignty, and help our children maintain better connections with the important traditions of their tribes, pueblos, and communities. Workshop includes an interactive discussion examining how the law can be best implemented and improved. The intended audience would be tribal judges, social workers and individuals who work with Native American families and juveniles in need.


Film Screening The Shake Up (panel)

Presenters: Ben Altenberg and panel: Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Bryce Pittenger, David Ley, Nancy Koenigsberg, Delfy Roach

Facilitator: Brian Serna

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: The Shake-Up is an hour-long documentary about the cause and consequences of New Mexico’s 2013 behavioral health Medicaid freeze. Patients and providers of behavioral healthcare in New Mexico struggle to find a path forward after the state government makes false accusations of Medicaid fraud that result in widespread closures of clinics and the disruption of life-saving services for thousands. After the film screening, a panel of providers and advocates will discuss the current status of behavioral health in New Mexico.


Regulate Then Educate! 

Presenter: Donna Lucero

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: The workshop gives participants the opportunity to put on a trauma lens, or “trauma goggles,” to deepen their understanding of the impact of trauma on the mind, body and soul. Participants will get a practical overview of basic brain function and impact of trauma on the brain’s organization, function and structure. They will explore the struggles various child/family service providers may encounter and their ability to recognize and respond to children and families affected by trauma will be enhanced. The workshop will incorporate information from various intervention strategies and current research in the field of trauma and neuroscience. Participants will explore the importance of physical activity, movement, music, art, animals and human relational connection in healing and integration/mastery of trauma.


Boys at Risk: The Boy Crisis as an Infant Mental Health Issue

Presenter: Paul Golding

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: Understanding boys at risk requires appreciating the complex intermixing of an individual boy’s biological, psychological, and social circumstances.  This workshop will address how social factors such as racism, inequality, lack of supportive public policy, and the phenomenon of father absence interact to increase the likelihood for creating boys at risk, disproportionally effecting boys of color in New Mexico. We will discuss how these factors may interact, starting in infancy, to cause greater probable occurrence of certain early-in-life psychopathologies—usually externalizing disorders like ADHD, impulsivity, and antisocial or conduct disorders, and result in the negative outcomes manifested in adolescence and adulthood as school failure, criminal activity, violence perpetration, unstable employment, and frequent and long incarcerations.


Animal Cruelty Issues: What Judges and Practitioners Need to Know

Presenter: Judge John Romero 

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: We all play an important role in addressing and reducing violence regardless of whether the victim is a human or an animal.  Cases have shown that there is no single age or type of perpetrator or victim, and no single type of behavior that may lead to pain and suffering inflicted on another.  Participants will benefit from increasing their understanding of animal cruelty crimes and how they are often inextricably interwoven with domestic violence, juvenile justice, child abuse and elder abuse cases.


Creating Protective Communities for Youth

Presenters: Alena Schaim and Jess Clark

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description:  Many of us want to prevent sexual violence against the children we work with but don’t know how best to do so. Prevention often takes an individual approach, considering what the child can do to deter abuse or respond to “grooming”; however research now shows that it is not only a child that is “groomed” for sexual abuse, but families, schools, and entire communities. This activity-driven workshop provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on the messages they receive about safety as adults as well as other risk factors that can lead to violence in their community. Finally, participants will learn how to proactively and effectively prevent sexual violence. This training is designed to support those who work with youth and are concerned with reducing the impact of violence in their lives.



Kinship Care in New Mexico: Honoring Family Connections (Will repeat in Session ll)

Presenters: Heidi Redlich Epstein, Ana Beltran, Emily Peeler

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: This workshop will discuss the necessary steps to create a kin first culture in New Mexico. The session will explore how best to engage, support and work with kinship caregivers both inside and outside the system resulting in successful kinship placements and permanency. Kinship provisions of the newly enacted Family First Act will be reviewed as they relate to work with kin. As advocates for children who want to ensure the best possible outcomes for children, the presenters will collectively explore the benefits of this new law for the kinship triad (parents, kinship caregiver, and children) as well as potential challenges with implementation.



NACC Red Book Training: Legal Framework Part II

Presenter: Betsy Fordyce

CLEs: 1.5 General

Description:This workshop will cover US Supreme Court Cases Regarding Child Welfare (Red Book Chapter 12).