THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 3:30pm-5:00pm: Session IV

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 Team With and Across Differences
Having a diverse and multicultural team is increasingly seen as a key component for successful work – yet how to do this well continues to remain a challenge.  How do you create a work environment where different categories of identity (race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression) are acknowledged and built upon for the good of the team?  This session will introduce some core concepts for an approach to ‘working with and across differences’.  Through experiential exercises, participants will be exposed to new skills for develop and participating in these kinds of teams.
Presenter: Lynna McPhatter-Harris, National Council on Crime and Delinquency


Bridging the Gap to the Benefits of GAP
The Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) allows all states and tribes to use federal child welfare funding to finance guardianship assistance for children exiting foster care with licensed relatives. GAP gives children, for whom adoption and reunification with the parents are not options, a way to safely exit the system. In this session, we will explore technical and practical questions as well as lessons learned in the first year of implementation in the State of New Mexico. The session will explain a child and licensed resource family’s eligibility for the program. This workshop will be useful for child welfare staff, lawyers, judges, and CASA volunteers.
: Isela Burciaga, MSW, CYFD Bureau Chief & Deborah Varol, JD, CYFD CCA, Gloria Carroll, LCSW


Consent and Confidentiality in Health Care for Young People
Providing health care to young people can raise complicated practice and legal issues. This workshop will provide information about how consent and confidentiality are addressed in law and in practice, focusing especially on the areas of access to mental health and reproductive health services. The presentation will cover the important differences between consent and confidentiality, both practically and in the law, including how the rights of young people to consent are impacted by a professional’s duty to report. The presentation will also explore the lack of knowledge around the law regarding the proper age of consent for sex among young people. Through a discussion and productive dialogue, audience members will understand the rights of minors in cases of confidentiality and consent and be capable of providing the right guidance to minors when needed. The goal is that young people will be empowered through access to the resources that are open to them, and in turn their lives will become more stable.
Presenters: Matt Bernstein, JD & Liz McGrath, JD


The Course, Outcome and Prognosis of Delinquency: Does Anything Work?
Delinquency is a persistent and debilitating condition that has enormous long term consequences both for the juvenile and for society. Most states nationwide, including New Mexico, have at least partially progressed past a simple punitive model. As predicted, providing rehabilitative services is more costly than simple confinement, yet the hoped for payoff in the reduction in recidivism has not been realized in the experience of most states. Why is this? Is there an error in the reasoning behind the model or is there a flaw in the application of the appropriate remedies? There is no single answer to these questions, which require an examination of the delinquent condition itself as well as well as a critical review of the systems which attempt to address it. This presentation will review the experience and the outcomes of other states with an emphasis on New Mexico, the accurate measurement of recidivism, the neurobiology and psychology of delinquency itself, and programs which appear to have greater success.
Presenter: Dr. George Davis


** >>How Does it Feel to be an African American Youth in New Mexico
The black population in our state is continually growing, now 3.2% of New Mexico’s population.  Given the population number, our youth are among the highest in school discipline and student drop out. Black youth and families yet face challenges in New Mexico that are often un-noticed and underserved. So many agencies do not know how to reach out to the African American community.  This workshop will address ways we can work to change the way people think about African American children and provide concrete ideas for how to improve outreach. What can you do to engage the African American youth of New Mexico?
Presenter: Nicole Bedford & Beverly Jordan


Education Success for Justice and Foster Care-Involved Students
Students involved in the juvenile justice system often face significant stigma and experience barriers to achieving the educational goals. This session will focus on recently passed New Mexico legislation and the federal ESSA and how we can use these laws to ensure justice-involved students are supported and successful in school. This session will be co-presented with young people who have had experience with the juvenile justice system.
Presenters: Grace Spulak,JD & Denicia Cadena, Young Women United


>>Myths and Realities of Post-Adoption Decree Disruption
As a culture, we tend to romanticize childhood – sometimes to the point of absurdity – and rituals such as candlelight ceremonies, while lovely in themselves, help us forget (or gloss over) the fact that not every adoption story has a happy ending. CYFD invests a lot of time and energy in recruiting adoptive parents, as it should; but in that endeavor, are we doing enough to alert future adoptive parents to the fact that, in some cases, life’s trials, post adoption, may turn out to exceed its joys? And are we doing enough to provide supports to adoptive parents and children as a whole once the judge has signed the adoption decree?  This session will include break-out groups to discuss written hypotheticals, and will be geared to generate as much audience participation as possible consistent with meeting the session’s learning objectives.
Presenter: Henry Dickson, JD


Risk to Children Living in a Chemically Dependent Home
This presentation is designed for child welfare and dependency court workers and addiction clinicians,and reviews what we know about the impact of substance use disorders on children in those homes in which there is a caregiver or older sibling with an active substance use disorder.   Myths about those effects will be examined including the possible over reaction of child welfare workers, the difference in effects on children between substance use, abuse and dependence and the differences in effect on children based on pattern of substance use. Available screening tools will be presented.  Reasons why more collaboration between addiction and child welfare workers does not more frequently occur and recommendations made for reducing risk by developing ways in which addiction and child welfare agencies can work together.
Presenter: Gerald Shulman, LCP


State to Scale Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Headed
The placement of youth in secure detention not only increases the odds that a youth will be found delinquent but also negatively impacts their long term outcomes. For 25 years JDAI has focused on reducing reliance on secure detention, fostering youth success, and maintaining public safety. Since the introduction of JDAI to New Mexico in 2000, not only have the JDAI core principles been incorporated into New Mexico law, but jurisdictions around the state have seen decreased numbers of detained youth and increased use of community based services. However, New Mexico still struggles with racial and ethnic disparities in detention, the RAI override percentage, and the lack of community resources. We are all too often faced with traumatized youth with a myriad of issues that render them ineligible for residential or other treatment programs, causing the system to respond with secure detention. The session will open with a short professional video of the core principles of JDAI and how it was developed. The session will then move to a panel discussion with key decision makers involved in the juvenile justice system. Each panelist will describe how they began working with JDAI, how they implement JDAI principles in their respective roles, and the challenges they continue to face. Following the panel discussion there will be a question and answer session. Justice Vigil will facilitate the panel and the question and answer session.
Moderator: Justice Barbara Vigil
Panelists: Judge Freddie Romero, Traci Neff, Grace Phillips, Doug Mitchell, Craig Sparks, Patti Vowell and Kim Mangan