Wednesday, April 19

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10:30 am-12:00 pm | Breakout Sessions

1: Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Classroom Setting
Justin Beatty, Kurt Johnson, Shawn Sidhu

Approximately 13% of children ages 8-15 have a diagnosable mental disorder. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical, but with a shortage of providers trained to identify the signs of mental illness, far too many children never have the opportunity to receive the treatment they need. Learn to identify unaddressed health issues in children, including ADHD, depression, substance abuse, and trauma/abuse and simple ways to help these students succeed in school.

2: Empowering Young Voices: Teaching Peers to Help Each Other
Kailey Smith, Jacqueline Torres

3: I’ve Got A Secret: What to Do When a Child Discloses Abuse
Michelle Aldana

If a child discloses abuse, this may be the beginning of a legal process as well as of a process of recovery for the child. It’s an emotional time for everyone involved, but a misstep could have negative ramifications on legal action against a perpetrator. Learn the child abuse investigative protocol and fundamentals of a forensic interview as well as the dynamic of disclosure, the process in which they are handled and what to do if a disclosure is made to you.

4: Food for Thought: Gardens as a Catalyst for Positive Youth Development
Daniel Arcila, Carlos Flores, Michelle Ojeda, Julissa Ortiz, Omar Torres

This presentation highlights the work of youth at two schools in the South Valley who are learning about growing fresh food, sustainability and earning an income. Through their work in a community garden, they provide community service and develop a variety of skills. While working in the earth, these students learn about all aspect of gardening, develop garden projects, and move towards becoming educators and trainers to work with other students. Come hear about their projects and successes, as they share their work.

5: Bashing the Bias: Taking the Stigma Out of Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood
Marylouise Kuti

Too often, teen parents receive shame instead of support. How do we make sure the young families we provide services to feel secure and respected? Listen as NM GRADS share their experiences accessing healthcare and educational services for themselves or their children. Learn how media messages, intended to prevent teen pregnancy can adversely impact young parenting teens. Receive tools and resources to create awareness and establish new methodologies when serving young families. Assess your current working environment and identify how to better connect with the clients you serve and create more inviting spaces for increased utilization.

 6: The HPV Vaccine as Cancer Prevention: Efforts to Increase Vaccination
Dorine Conley

HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls ages 11-12 to prevent infection by virus types that cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer as well as cancers of the throat, vagina, vulva, anus and penis. Despite the power of HPV vaccination to prevent cancer, not enough girls and boys are completing the 3-dose series. The American Cancer Society is partnering with schools and health centers to educate and raise awareness about the importance of vaccinating for HPV. New, evidence-based tools and resources are available to share with educators, administrators, school staff, parents and students.

7: Consent and Confidentiality in Health Care for Young People
Matthew Bernstein, Victoria Crosby

Do you know the rights of minors to consent and confidentiality in the areas of medical assistance, mental health, and reproductive health? Learn from an attorney and a high school peer educator as they discuss the important differences between consent and confidentiality, both practically and in the law, including how minors’ rights to consent are impacted by a professional’s duty to report. The presentation also explores the lack of knowledge around the law regarding the proper age of consent for sex among young people.

 8: Combining Two Worlds: Primary Care & Behavioral Health in SBHC’s
Brittney Ramos, Lorraine Sanchez

It is said that two heads are better than one. This has never been truer than when working at a school-based health center. Students present for one issue that is masquerading as another. Using an integrated medical-behavioral health model allows for two professionals from different fields to work in tandem to help patients get back on course. This workshop provides you with the latest research, tools, and perspective on student health needs.

 9: Strengthening Families: United Way Community Impact Project at Samaritan Counseling Center and Van Buren Middle School
Jeri Heileman, Jackie Perez, Sara Snow, Luis Vargas

In 2016, United Way of Central New Mexico launched a new type of grant-making, designed to inspire collaborative, measurable solutions to our community’s most challenging issues: Community Impact Projects. CIPs are targeted, multi-year investments focused on urgent needs in our community, with an emphasis on continuous quality improvement, scalability, and measurable outcomes. One of these projects is Samaritan Counseling Center’s SJCCF Strengthening Families Program (SFP) targeted to serve public schools in the International District. This project recognizes that children are far more likely to access the behavioral health services they need if those services are provided in schools. Learn about the developmental-contextual approach used at SJCCF, how SFP fits into this approach, the theory behind SFP and the components of SFP. Results of the first administration of SFP to Spanish-speaking groups of children and parents at Van Buren Middle School will be shared.


 

1:30-3:00 pm | Breakout Sessions

10: Tour the Queermumity: Going Over the Rainbow
Ryan Garcia, Jax Sugars

What’s the Queermunity? It’s the continuously growing spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities. Do you have the knowledge and tools to help fight the stigma and discrimination this population faces that results in higher rates than the general population for issues such as bullying, homelessness, depression and suicide? Do you know how to navigate the “coming out” process from disclosure to linkage to resources? No one should be afraid to be themselves; learn how you can better serve this population and become a supportive ally for LGBTQ+ youth in your community.

11: When Clinical Management Isn’t Enough: School-Based Health Centers as Leaders in Reducing Environmental Asthma Triggers
Joel Ervice

School-based health centers are already serving as leaders in the clinical management of asthma. However, even children with the best medically managed asthma will continue to suffer from asthma attacks if their home, school, and outdoor environments contain environmental asthma triggers. Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) has been working with SBHCs across the country to reduce environmental asthma triggers. They will share ways SBHCs can be leaders in managing the environmental factors that make asthma worse, available tools and information about how your SBHC could receive a stipend to support an environmental asthma intervention.

12: Consent and Confidentiality in Health Care for Young People [REPEAT]
Matthew Bernstein, Victoria Crosby

Do you know the rights of minors to consent and confidentiality in the areas of medical assistance, mental health, and reproductive health? Learn from an attorney and a high school peer educator as they discuss the important differences between consent and confidentiality, both practically and in the law, including how minors’ rights to consent are impacted by a professional’s duty to report. The presentation also explores the lack of knowledge around the law regarding the proper age of consent for sex among young people.

13: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: The Impact of Unstable Housing on Student Health and Education
Jeffrey Beg, Dan Green, Dana Malone, Linda Penaloza, Patrick Scott

How many of New Mexico’s students are not in stable housing, and how can this affect their health and their success in school? What policies affect this vulnerable population, and what programs are available to help schools support them? In this panel discussion, presenters will share the most current data on housing stability among New Mexico youth, and discuss policies and programs that can help schools identify and support students who are experiencing homelessness.

14: Bias at the Root of Bullying and School Pushout
Jess Clark, Jenn Jevertson, Alena Schaim, LuzMarina Serrano

Creating a safe and empowering environment for youth in our schools and communities requires thoughtful attention and inquiry. This interactive workshop guides participants through a process of understanding the roots of bias and its connection to bullying and school push-out. Participants will analyze their own biases and learn tools necessary to be a stronger ally. We will briefly explore the impact of bullying and those who are disproportionately affected by it. Through a variety of experiential activities, we will illustrate how bias, bullying and other forms of discrimination can be disentangled, disarmed, and confronted.

15: Reducing Behavior and Learning Problems in the Classroom Using Movement
Marcia Lee Unnever

This interactive presentation offers firsthand experience of specially designed movements that can help reduce behavior and learning problems in the classroom in minutes. Case studies indicate the effectiveness of using cross-lateral movement to help children focus, concentrate, develop self-regulation, and reduce ADHD-type behavior. Topics include the science behind the use of movement for focus and self-regulation; the success of movement in top ranking international schools; and the dramatic improvements in APS elementary schools using movement in the classroom.

16: A Call for Help: Engaging the NM Crisis and Access Line into Care Plans
Wendy Linebrink-Allison

You have heard about mental health hotlines … but what about a warmline? Unlike the mental health hotlines, designed to help in the darkest moments of despair, the warm line aims to provide a reassuring voice for people before they reach a point of crisis. New Mexico is fortunate to have both in the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL), a statewide mental health crisis line and peer to peer warmline for anyone who resides in New Mexico. It is a wonderful, free, resource, but we can do more to promote its utilization. Examine why people do and do not reach out during a crisis, how is a call handled, and what makes NMCAL a key partner to support building healthier communities.

17: Taking Different Perspectives: Addressing Microaggressions in the School Setting through Dialogue
Thomas Anthony Chavez, Arianna Trott

Microaggressions are often subtle. Do you know one when you see one? They are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to a person solely upon their marginalized group membership such as students with disabilities, who identify as LGBTQ+, or of color. Gain an understanding of microaggressions, clarity on identifying them, and knowledge on how they affect the social, emotional, and academic well-being of students. Experience inter-group dialogues and how they can effectively address the effects of microaggressions in your school setting.

18: Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
Lia Romero y Vigil

Mental illness is often overlooked in children and adolescents; students are often misidentified as being ADD, or a defiant child. Early identification and treatment are paramount to a child’s success. They can start medications and be able to focus more clearly. Plus, it offers a sense of relief knowing what they have so they can learn early on to manage their own illness. Many people, when diagnosed with a mental illness, often deny the diagnosis. We need to diminish the stigma of mental illness, allowing those that are diagnosed with a mental illness to freely “come out” in the open and not be ashamed of the way they are wired. Learn the signs of mental illness in children and adolescents, what to say and not to say to someone having a mental illness episode and ways to recovery and wellness for both the individual and family.


3:30-4:50 pm | Breakout Sessions

19: Making the Grade: How Trauma Informed Schools Improve Academic Success
Carletta Bullock

What is toxic stress and trauma and how does it impact learning? Can a trauma-informed school decrease suspension and increase graduation rates? The integrated health team at one NM SBHC chose to find out and championed their school to embark on the transformation into a “trauma-informed school.” Discover the neuroscience supporting the model and the outcomes of several schools using the model.

20: Challenges, Myths and Misconceptions of Providing Reproductive Healthcare in a SBHC
Jane McGrath, Jennifer Robinson

LARCs (Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives) are one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control (for adolescents), but reimbursement rates and stocking options, along with coding and billing practices often stand in the way of how they are provided in the SBHC. This workshop focuses on the policies and procedures that can be used to address the challenges around providing LARC services in New Mexico.

21: Reading the Tells: Learning How to Read Body Language
Jerry Balistreri

Whether you are a teacher, counselor, nurse, principal, supervisor, or administrator, the degree of career success you enjoy is virtually dictated by your skills in communicating with others on the job. The understanding and application of nonverbal communication are useful for everyone, both professionally and personally. NVC goes hand-in-hand with the importance of mastering good communication skills for effectiveness in the workplace, school, home, personal relationships, during recreation, and virtually all aspects of life. Return to your school with practical techniques, tools, and strategies for understanding and using nonverbal communication for the highest impact and effectiveness. 

22: 4 Simple Ways to Dissolve Anger in Seconds
Annie Chin Taylor

Anger. It doesn’t feel good. It affects our health. And it creates disharmony between people. Rather than manage anger, which implies that it’s always there, what if it could be dissolved within seconds? Discover one surprising way anger gets triggered and four unusual, yet simple, tools to dissipate anger so that calm is restored and relationships can grow closer. Children, teenagers, and adults have used these “invisible” tools to not only dissolve anger, but also anxiety and depression. Come with an open mind, and leave with amazing tools you can share with others.

23: School Success and Stability for Young People in Foster Care
Claire Canfield, Grace Spulak

Students in foster care face significant and unique education challenges, but with the right support can become incredible, successful, and resilient young people. This session, co-taught with young people who have experienced foster care, gives participants practical tools and strategies to support young people, using the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as a guide. Participants develop strategies to use ESSA to support students in foster care in their own schools.

24: I’ve Got A Secret: What to Do When a Child Discloses Abuse [REPEAT]
Michelle Aldana

If a child discloses abuse, this may be the beginning of a legal process as well as of a process of recovery for the child. It’s an emotional time for everyone involved, but a misstep could have negative ramifications on legal action against a perpetrator. Learn the child abuse investigative protocol and fundamentals of a forensic interview as well as the dynamic of disclosure, the process in which they are handled and what to do if a disclosure is made to you.

25: Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention
Jessika Brown, Kimberly Payne

Eating disorders are rampant among grade school children. Fortunately, if caught early treatment in the child and adolescent years has been extremely effective in preventing long term consequences and comorbidities of eating disorders and recovery is more likely. Join the Eating Disorders Treatment team as they discuss how to identify and prevent eating disorders within your school. This session expands upon the etiology and treatment by discussing the physical and psychological components of an eating disorder.  

26: Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Classroom Setting [REPEAT]
Justin Beatty, Kurt Johnson, Shawn Sidhu

Approximately 13% of children ages 8-15 have a diagnosable mental disorder. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical, but with a shortage of providers trained to identify the signs of mental illness, far too many children never have the opportunity to receive the treatment they need. Learn to identify unaddressed health issues in children, including ADHD, depression, substance abuse, and trauma/abuse and simple ways to help these students succeed in school.

27: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness [REPEAT]
Erika Partridge, Kamilla Venner, Lindsay Worth

Motivational Interviewing (MI) and mindfulness are becoming indispensable tools for healthcare providers. MI is a way of listening deeply and talking with people in such a way as to evoke their wisdom about solutions to their problems. How can we truly give this type of attention in the fast pace of healthcare today? This seminar offers ideas about how to use mindfulness to be truly present with clients and themselves. By weaving together MI and mindfulness, one may find a way to both evoke their own and their client’s deepest wisdom.