2015 Preconferences

| Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New School Nurse Orientation

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Open to those who have been a school nurse for less than two years.

Preconference registration fee is $35. 

This training has been developed for the new school nurse that has been working as a school nurse less than two years. This training provides an overview of school health laws and regulations, address standards of practice, competencies, and supervisory issues.  Receive an overview of the school nurse’s role in student achievement, special education and Section 504. Also, administration and delegation of medications, student screenings, immunizations, communicable disease reporting, and school health records and reporting are discussed. In addition, new school nurses will learn about the resources available to them through the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Public Education Department, and professional school nurse organizations.


School-Based Health Center Preconference

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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This preconference is open to all attendees.

Preconference registration fee is $35.



Youth Health Literacy (YHL): Cultivating a New Generation of Wellness

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Patty O’Sullivan, PhD, Director, Envision Your Future

The Youth Health Literacy Training is a hands-on practicum for Healthcare Providers who are involved with adolescents. Attendees receive the Youth Health Literacy Toolkit which is the road map for guiding youth in being pro-active and responsible for their health. The training focuses on basic information, appropriate and timely actions and role-playing some of the necessary skills needed for Youth Health Literacy including the ability to:

  • Identify healthcare professional (Doctor/Clinic) & how to contact them.
  • Understand the medical lingo and what is being said.
  • Discover rights around confidentiality.
  • Describe health concerns and symptoms.
  • Ask good questions, especially around medications & side-effects.
  • Determine the need for aftercare.

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This preconference is open to all adult attendees and youth 13-18, accompanied by a sponsor.

This preconference is provided at no cost to attendees; however, you must sign up through the online registration system to secure your spot.



Legally Navigating Mental Health Issues within a 3-Tier Model of Student Intervention

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Elena Gallegos, School Attorney

In New Mexico, school districts are required to follow a three-tier model of student intervention as a proactive system for early intervention. How should a school address mental health issues within the three-tier model of student intervention?  When do mental health needs  trigger a school district’s child find duties under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?  What happens if a parent refuses an evaluation or services under Section 504 or the IDEA?  What is the role of the school nurse, counselor and social worker in the school context of Student Assistance Team (SAT), Section 504 and IDEA?  Experienced school attorney, Elena Gallegos will address these questions and many more.

This preconference is open to all attendees.

Preconference registration fee is $35.



APS’s Approach for All Children to Access Mental Health Services

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Lisa Heimer, Principal of Homebound/Behavior Services and Leslie Kelly, Director of Counseling, Albuquerque Public Schools

Students and families are experiencing greater than ever educational challenges fueled by poverty, trauma and mental health issues while at the same time school districts are seeing resources shrink and gaps in professional development. This workshop will provide an overview of APS mental health services for both general and special education students and provide a forum for action planning and collaboration between participants to address their schools mental health needs.

This preconference is open to all attendees.

Preconference registration fee is $35.



Building A Heart-Safe School – Project Heart Start “Train the Trainer”

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Dorothee Hutchinson, Project Heart Start Coordinator, New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation

This session is intended for health teachers, school nurses or health aides interested in teaching students or staff how to save a life. Participants will be led through an actual Project Heart Start training and introduced to the aspects of teaching the following skills: • How to respond to someone who suddenly collapses •How to recognize a heart attack and what to do • How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) • How to save a choking victim. This hands-only CPR program can easily be incorporated into the health curriculum for middle and high school. It is easy to learn and remember only 40 minutes long. During this 2 hour session you will become a facilitator and will receive your DVD, reference cards, t-shirt and other valuable tools to help you train your students how to respond in an emergency.

This preconference is open to all attendees.

Preconference registration fee is $35.