Workshop Session III: Thursday, January 9th, 10:30am

Workshop and Speaker Information Subject to Change


The Family First Act: A Step Toward Justice

Featured Speaker: Lexie Gruber

SW CEUs: 1.5; CLEs: 1.5 General 

Description: On February 9, 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act was passed into law. This law fundamentally changed our nation’s foster care system. The Family First Act opened up federal dollars to invest in keeping families together and preventing entry into foster care, and created incentives for states to reduce the use of congregate care. But was it enough? Lexie Gruber, whose 2015 Congressional testimony helped spur the introduction of the Family First Act, unpacks the impact of this much-needed legislation while providing insight for the needed change that lies ahead.


Plans of Care as Prevention of Intergenerational Trauma: Prevention of ACEs, Initiation of System Support, and Acceptance for Mothers with Substance Use Disorder

Featured Speaker: Dr. Andrew Hsi

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 General

Description: This presentation describes the development of changes to the New Mexico Children’s Code grown from the CARA Work Group. The efforts built collaborations to improve the health of a population of women and infants with prenatal substance exposure. The policy intends to prevent systemic discrimination directed against pregnant women with a brain disease and to create a network of critical services for women and infants after hospital discharge.


Building Authentic Relationships, Building Resiliency in Youth with Substance Use Disorders

Featured Speaker: Dr. Sam Himelstein

SW CEUs: 1.5 Cultural; CLEs: 1.5 General 

Description: Substance abuse is rampant in youth in the United States. Skillful interventions are needed in order for youth to gain the necessary skills to reduce substance use and lead healthy lives. At the crux of competent substance abuse intervention is building trusting relationships and trauma-informed care. Participants can expect to walk away from this presentation with an introductory understanding of how to build authentic relationships, practice trauma-informed care, and teach New Mexico youth with substance use disorders concrete skills for self-regulation.


NACC Red Book Training: The Child Welfare Legal Process, Part 2

Presenter: Betsy Fordyce

CLEs: 1.5 General 

Description:This workshop will cover Chapters 21-28 of the Red Book, including Collateral Proceedings, Immigration Issues—Representing Children Who Are Not US Citizens, Advocating for Educational Success for Children in Foster Care, Transitioning from Foster Care into Self-Sufficient Adulthood, Establishing Legal Permanency for the Child, and Appellate Advocacy. This workshop is for attorneys and judicial officers.