Thursday, April 19, 2018


8:00 -9:30 am | Breakout Sessions


#28: Gentle Test Taking: Mindful Self-Compassion to Reduce Test Anxiety
Kristin Roush

It has been said that self-compassion is the new self-esteem. Intrigued? Traditional test anxiety workshops focus on relaxation techniques and replacing negative self-talk with positive affirmations, teaching you how to resist, control, and counter negative thoughts. With the mindful self-compassion approach, there is no effort to be exerted, nothing to be done, nothing to be undone. The student merely notices what is and then directs loving kindness toward the self. This session provides an introduction to mindfulness, mindful self-compassion, and several in-the-moment applications to prevent/reduce test anxiety.

#29: SUPER PEER: An Innovative Approach to Peer Substance Use Prevention with Identity at the Center
Anna Nelson, Daisy Rosero

Youth with strong connections to their families, elders, and culture and who have opportunities to meaningfully engage in their learning and communities are resilient and thrive into adulthood. Despite the resilience of New Mexico’s youth, rates of substance use in our state are overwhelming. This dynamic interactive workshop introduces an innovative approach to positive youth engagement and substance use prevention through SUPER PEER, an identity-centered, culturally relevant peer to peer curriculum. Gain a strong understanding of positive youth engagement, peer education and asset-based motivational communication skills and the confidence to implement SUPER PEER in your community.

#30: Building Resiliency from the Inside Out: A Tool-Kit for Youth Well-Being
Erin Doerwald

The Sky Center of the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project offers a youth suicide prevention strategy designed to enhance resilience, offering its Inner and Outer Life Skills Group curriculum. Described as a self-care toolbox for youth, this group aids students in developing the internal and external resources needed to create social and academic achievement. Gain insight into the connection between risk and protective factors, self-care, and resilience while engaging in experiential activities that may be taken back to their school setting. Leave with practices to develop self-care strategies for yourself, as well.

#31: Revenge of the Mountains: An Online Game to Help Youth Navigate Albuquerque’s Healthcare System
Amarisa Barboa, Alicia Chavez, Destinie Garcia

If you are sick, hurt, or need information on reproductive health care where do you go? Emergency room? Urgent care? A school-based health center? How will you pay for it? How will you get there? This session presents an online choose-your-own-adventure game specific to Albuquerque to help youth navigate the healthcare system. Players choose through different scenarios without the real consequences they might have in a real life situation, and are guided towards the most helpful options.

#32: When Youth Talk,Adults Listen: Engaging Youth Leaders in Policy Change
Nicky BesserJaeann Gonzales,Samantha Lente, Charlotte Stalker

Evolvement is an award-winning youth engagement model that empowers teens to be agents of change in their communities. These youth lead efforts advance the strategic goals of public health campaigns – including surveying, community outreach, partner presentations, key decision-maker meetings, earned media, and more. This session shares lessons learned and critical keys to success; discusses how to achieve balance between policy change and youth engagement objectives; and explores ways to keep youth engaged and connected as they work on multi-year campaigns. It also features an interactive Q/A session with high school youth currently active in the program.

#33: Refugee Mental Health: Considerations for Working with Refugee Students and their Families in an Academic Setting
Michelle Esquibel

This presentation is designed to introduce and orient participants to mental health considerations for the refugee population in New Mexico schools. The aim is to increase cultural awareness and trauma-informed practices of those working with this diverse and special population. Examine resources for building knowledge and understanding, along with modeled activities to address common behavioral issues seen in the academic environment. The resources highlighted in this session can be further explored individually and with colleagues as the work is carried forward from the presentation onward to the schools and community.

#34: APS Title I Homeless Project:  Minimizing Barriers,Maximizing Opportunities for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Jeffrey BegPatrick ScottShannon TrujilloRoger Weinstein

Supporting our homeless students has become more important than ever.  According to the most recent Youth Risk Resiliency Survey, a student�s risk for just about everything skyrockets when they are homeless. Learn about the significant impact homelessness has on student education and health as you receive a comprehensive overview of the McKinney Vento Act and the programs and services provided to students experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque Public Schools.

#35: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Every Child,Every Grade,Every Year
Nancy Neufeld

It’s difficult to estimate the occurrence of childhood sexual abuse, but the statistics we do have are alarming:  One in 10 children in the U.S. will experience contact sexual abuse before age 18. How many students have you encountered in your teaching that may have been, are, or will be victims? Learn about victims, perpetrators and prevention efforts which will help you understand why “stranger danger” is not sufficient.

#36: Vaccines,Vaccine Exemptions and Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Schools
Walter Dehority

Vaccine hesitancy/exemptions may place children in school settings at risk of communicable diseases. This session utilizes didactic presentations and clinical vignettes to help school nurses, administrators, counselors and teachers understand which vaccine preventable diseases may circulate in a school as a result of under-immunization and how to recognize and diagnose such illnesses. Explore a brief history of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S.  followed by a discussion of recent trends and legislative activity. Finally, partake in an interactive model for engaging vaccine hesitant families.  REPEATED 3:20 pm, April 19.


9:45 -11:15 am | Breakout Sessions


#37: OPEN (Speaker Cancelled)

#38: Breaking the Silence / New Mexico: Testimonials by Teens and Teachers
Breanna FrazierMichele Herling, Sophie LaBorwit 

Mental health is essential to learning and social/emotional development in youth.  Half of all mental health disorders have their onset by age 14, but appropriate treatment is not sought. Join us to hear about Breaking the Silence/New Mexico, a stigma busting curriculum focused on mental illness and suicide prevention, and its impact in middle and high schools around New Mexico. Two BTS/New Mexico teen mentees and two teacher champions who support the mentees in the classroom share testimonials about the impact of this program, with time for discussion, interactive activity and Q & A.

#39: 18 b4 18: The Need-to-Know for Youth Transitioning to Adult Health Care
Carole Conley, Maya Trujillo

What do teens need to know about their health care before they graduate? Review the concepts of transition in adolescent health care through physical and experiential activities. After “racing for the truth” and separating fact from fiction, review the 18 b4 18 concepts and “map” out a strategy to close potential gaps in a teen’s smooth transition from pediatric to adult health care systems. Determine your own personal health related goals you want to meet in 30, 60 and 90 days.

#40: Going Over the Rainbow
Ryan Garcia, Jax Sugars

Better serve LGBTQ* youth after attending this comprehensive workshop on how to be a supportive ally, presented by young professionals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of this population. The LGBTQ* community has much higher rates than the general population for issues such as bullying, homelessness, depression, and suicide; it is vital that we fight the stigma and discrimination fueling these health disparities. This workshop educates participants about the components that make up a person’s identities, gives helpful tips, and teaches how to create a safe environment for LGBTQ* youth.

#41: What An Experience: An Interactive Workshop on Experiential Learning
Carlos Flores,Colin Willis

This interactive session describes the basic tenets of experiential learning. Examine the essential elements that experiential learning utilizes to engage partners, how this interactive work promotes communication, team-building, and problem-solving, and engage in two activities. Along the way, we will explore, put our minds together, and have fun as we error, re-group and complete group tasks, building our sense of accomplishment, and laughing all the way through. Challenge yourself in this interactive, engaging workshop.

#42: Cultural Assistance Teams: More than Just Talk
Betsy Yazzie

The Cultural Assistance Team shares their experiences dreaming, implementing and charting the direction of this new and unique program. What are the differences of similarities of this new program? How will the impacts be measured or known?

#43: RLAS: Strategies for Reducing LGBTQ+ Adolescent Suicide
Cindy Greenberg, Janie Lee HallMary RamosDaniel Shattuck, Cathleen Willging

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. School staff are vital advocates for LGBTQ+ youth, and for policies and practices that provide for the physical, psychological, and social safety of all students. Join us to learn about a research study that provides training and support to school personnel in New Mexico to implement six evidence-based strategies proven to reduce the risk of suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. This session includes study overview, a discussion of preliminary outcomes, and approaches to effectively support LGBTQ+ youth in school settings.

#44: Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents: Dynamic Skill Building
Melanie BacaStephanie Cockrell, Stephanie JacksonAnnemarie Madaras, Mayra Perez, Christina Ripp, Lauren “Nikki” Rowell

Whether you’re new to Motivational Interviewing (MI) or an old pro, practice your skills in this dynamic workshop. This engaging session provides a brief overview of core MI concepts that are most effective with teens. Exciting games with feedback allow those with varying degrees of experience with MI to learn and play. This workshop is designed for nurses, counselors, social workers, teachers, and administrators. Be ready to have fun and boost your skill set.

#45: Developmental Implications of Trauma,Abuse,and Neglect
Craig Pierce

What does it means to be trauma and developmentally informed? This session addresses principles of neuroscience and brain development in relation to the effects of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Discover the importance of early childhood development and attachment in relation to sequential neuro-development. Learn about the relationship between the arousal continuum and the capacity for self-regulation and walk away with an understanding of the “function of behavior” and how to analyze “internal working models” to choose practical and effective interventions in school settings. REPEATED 1:45 pm, April 19.

1:45 -3:15 pm | Breakout Sessions


#46: Youth In Action: Advocating for 100% Comprehensive Tobacco- and E-Cigarette-Free Schools
Nicky Besser, Jakob Macias, Kevin Pulido

The Department of Health’s statewide youth volunteer group – Evolvement – demonstrates that youth can help motivate policy change to address the tobacco epidemic by advocating for 100% tobacco- and e-cigarette-free school environments. 24/7 is a campaign working to help school divisions adopt, implement, communicate, and enforce comprehensive tobacco-free policies. Get hands-on experience looking at school policies, and gain the youth perspective on the issue as current Evolvement youth talk about their work on the subject.

#47: New Mexico Culturally Informed Practices
Fred Sandoval

Do you work with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) youth? Engage in meaningful, collaborative and reflective discussions while developing ideas, tools and strategies to best support our CLD community. Come to this session with a growth mindset to utilize your past experiences to become an informed professional in your practice. Gain a reflective sense of your readiness to support CLD students and take away ideas and strategies to support your work.

#48: From Risk to Resiliency: Improving the Health and Well-Being of New Mexico’s LGBQ Youth
Anne Marlow-Geter, MPHJames Padilla, MS, Laura Tomedi, PhD, MPH

Explore findings from the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and not sure/questioning (LGBQ) students in New Mexico, to help understand some significant health inequities experienced by LGBQ youth. Discover strategies to implement in public health and educational settings to reduce these inequities. Learn about simple, yet effective, strategies that can be implemented in middle and high school health education programs to meet the needs of LGBQ students, improve school safety, and foster a more inclusive classroom environment.

#49: It’s Not Rocket Science:  What YOU Need to Know in a School Emergency
“Lisa Hecker, MS, NMCEM”

In the U.S., not one student has died in a school fire in 59 years. In 2018, however, we have to think about active shooters, youth suicides, pandemics, bombs and more… We can all agree that without feeling safe at school, students cannot learn to their greatest potential. Since 2008, schools have been required to develop school-level safety plans (SSP) that focus on supporting safe, secure and healthy environments. This presentation outlines how to develop SSPs to meet the unique needs of each school, while engaging all school staff in the process.

#50: Working with Young Fathers
Johnny Wilson

Student parents face a variety of challenges in and out of school. Students who are also fathers are harder to reach and are often not acknowledged as parents. What works to recruit and engage young dads? How do young dads experience fatherhood and the services that are meant to support families? This session explores the challenges young dads experience and tools for working with these dads.

#51: Websites to Help New Mexico Students Reach Academic Success
Rachel Moskowitz,Ashley Leach,Jessica Nojek

Students need resources that help them make informed decisions about their future. Join us in learning about Career Solutions, Why I Work, and Internships | Students Work.  Discover the information, tools, and resources available to career counselors and educators on the major steps of career planning, career exploration, pursuing education beyond high school, budgeting, internships, and looking for work and getting a job. Career counselors and educators can use the sites with students to engage them in their personal career planning and as resources to make career planning a continuous process instead of a one-time exercise during a school class.

#52: Using Humor to Defuse Conflict and Engage Students
Mercedes AvilaReducinda Avila 

School age children and adolescents typically suffer a number of adverse conditions prior to entering school and throughout their educational experience. This workshop addresses the root cause of student behavior including trauma and critical race theory. Developing a positive working relationship with students, families, and communities is a key to being change agents. Humor as a therapeutic tool for intervention has proven effective to defuse difficult situations and align with students. It builds trust, strengthening the therapeutic relationship.

#53: Developmental Implications of Trauma,Abuse,and Neglect
Craig Pierce

What does it means to be trauma and developmentally informed? This session addresses principles of neuroscience and brain development in relation to the effects of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Discover the importance of early childhood development and attachment in relation to sequential neuro-development. Learn about the relationship between the arousal continuum and the capacity for self-regulation and walk away with an understanding of the “function of behavior” and how to analyze “internal working models” to choose practical and effective interventions in school settings. REPEATED 9:45 am, April 19.

#54: Put Your Oxygen Mask on First: Stress Inoculation for Those Who Get Up in the Morning
Kristin Roush

Are you addressing your own self-care? Advocacy professionals work in high-stress jobs, often acting as “first responders” in intense situations. Prioritizing your own well-being not only improves your health but can also make you a more effective advocate and role model. Kristin Roush helps you place the oxygen mask on yourself first in this entertaining and interactive session. Stress Inoculation Training is based on the premise that no particular situation is stressful in and of itself; stress is in the eye of the beholder. Learn to recognize the beliefs, attitudes, and even worldviews that one can choose to hold that might mitigate stress. It will also cover a six-step process to “deal with” critical incidents and the healing qualities of mindful self-compassion. Walk away with not only the permission to take care of yourself but also the beliefs and skills.

3:30 -4:30 pm | Breakout Sessions


#55: Healing the Scars: Working through the Trauma of Bullying
Patricia Dobson

“One person’s teasing is another person’s bullying.” That statement smacks against the widely accepted and utilized definition of bullying. It also serves as a reminder that bullying or teasing encounters are encoded by the recipient and his/her perceptions of such encounters. Bullying incidents leave permanent impressions, or scars, and is imprinted emotionally, mentally, spiritually on a person. This interactive workshop explores the definition and effects of bullying and strategies to help heal the scars of bullying, including storytelling, drumming, REBT, and Nurtured Heart (for the bully, and for the bullied to use on the bully).

#56: Substance Use in the Young Adult
Kelly Wascher

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. It is critical to learn more about the harmful effects of all substances, including opioids, prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, methamphetamine and cocaine, on today’s youth. Each substance behaves differently and can cause long-term effects on the developing brain. This session addresses substance use, including prevention strategies, how to identify students who may be using an illegal substance and how to help the student and their family recover.

#57: Mental Illness in the Classroom and the Power of Mindfulness
Tomoko Hamma, Shawn Sidhu, Catharine “Mahan” Boyd

The newest study shows 1 in 5 children have mental illness. Childhood mental illnesses present differently from adults and are often misunderstood as the results of poor parenting or the child’s deficient will-power. This session provides an overview of childhood mental illnesses and how they present in the classroom. Mindfulness in the classroom is a powerful tool for students and teachers alike to overcome challenges and increase potential, happiness, and fulfillment. Learn a breathing technique that can be taught easily to children to reduce stress, anxiety, impulsivity and can even change the brain itself.

#58:  Highly Mobile Students: How to Support Their Educational Success
Dana Malone,Christina Rutland

Schools and classrooms often seem like revolving doors for students who are highly mobile as these students enroll, disenroll and even reenroll throughout the school year.  These educational disruptions are most commonly encountered by students who are experiencing homelessness, students who are in foster care placements, students who are in juvenile justice facilities or behavioral health treatment programs and children of parents who are migrant workers or who are out of school migratory workers.  The challenges experienced by these students affect their social-emotional well-being and put them at high risk for decreased academic progress and academic failure.  This presentation provides an overview of these challenges and discuss how educators and other adults can be a stabilizing and positive influence.  Federal and State law define requirements of school district and state charter school personnel in providing services and supports to these students.  These requirements, including the roles and responsibilities of school district and state charter school personnel are described and resources for school administrators and educators provided. 

#59: I Can See Clearly Now: Healthy Vision Awareness
Brenda Dunn, Bryson McCool

Without a solid proficiency in reading by the third grade, a student cannot develop the quality foundation needed to successfully advance through the education system. What if part of the problem is as simple as a pair of glasses? A considerable number of students from Pre-K through third grade have vision problems that go undetected or, if detected, are never treated because parents, teachers, and the students themselves do not understand the critical link of healthy vision to reading and learning. What then can be done to increase the awareness of healthy vision such that all young students have the ability to read proficiently?

#60: School Nursing’s Secret Weapon: Discover the Power of Data
Cathy McDonald

What if you had a tool to help you secure additional health staff, obtain more equipment, participate in more trainings or increase programs? Would you take advantage of it?  Of course you would!  The answer is sitting right in front of you, but most of us don’t know what to do with it.  Data, it’s not just a bunch of numbers, it’s a story, a riveting and persuasive story that told in the right way to the right people can change policies, funding and lives.  Discover how you can use data from the Annual School Health Services Report (ASHSR) to support school nursing.

#61: The Development of a Comprehensive Centralized Resource and Referral System for Families in New Mexico
Rachel Nowak Mitchell

This presentation gives an overview of Resource and Referral (R&R) in New Mexico, looking at the evolution of CCRR into an expanded, centralized R&R. Explore the context of the development of our comprehensive family-focused R&R through the lenses of home visiting, the PullTogether campaign, and the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant requirements. We will take an in depth look at how NewMexicoKids Resource and Referral helps families and those providers that work with families.

#62: Inter-Professional Collaboration in Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Ryan FlinnStacy Gherardi, Violeta “Blanca” Jaure, Mia “Jeneva” Jio,

The impact of trauma on students is a critical issue to which many schools are responding by implementing trauma-sensitive approaches.  These approaches hold enormous potential; however, they are seldom effective without deep interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration. This session provides basic background on trauma-sensitive schools and the various ways in which school-based health professionals can support these initiatives. Engage in interdisciplinary discussion groups around the impact of and responses to trauma in their settings and leave with actions to take, furthering this movement by engaging with colleagues in your own school(s).

#63: Guard Ur Self: Immunization Education
Molly Benning, Chaniece Doyle, Marcus Garcia, Nathan Otero, Jacquelyn Silver 

Guard Ur Self is an initiative encompassing HPV and immunization education presented by the UNM College of Pharmacy ASHP-SSHP students. The initiative aspires to provide New Mexicans with self-empowering tools to participate in their own health care, while also addressing some of the social stigmas that can be associated with vaccines. Engage in an interactive session involving educational games and myth busters while taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue asking student pharmacists any and all questions about vaccines.