2013 Sessions by Day


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Thursday, May 9, 2013

10:15 am – 11:30 am Breakout Sessions

#1 What’s Your STD IQ?
Educating students about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be one of the most difficult conversations in our schools and communities. Students, teachers, and parents may think they know all there is to know about STDs, but do they have the most up-to-date information? Ask yourself, do you know which STDs are on the rise and which are falling? Do you know what populations are at most risk for contracting STDs?  Come interact and listen to public health disease prevention staff discuss the latest information, experiences, treatments and education options for sexually transmitted diseases.  This session is not for the faint of heart. Presenters will show it like it is from the front line, answer your questions, and leave you with the necessary information  to help your students.

DanBurke, STD Program Manager, NM Department of Health

#2 Do Your Protocols Measure Up?
Many school nurses and health instructors measure heights and weights, but do not follow a standard measurement protocol. Small measurement errors can make a big difference in weight categorization; even a quarter inch differentiates a healthy weight from overweight!  This session provides instruction and hands-on practice using standard equipment for measuring height and weight, and a free computerized body mass index percentile analysis tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understanding and applying the procedures for accurate height and weight measurement and reporting this information increases awareness, and can help drive policy change.

Rita Condon, Healthy Kids New Mexico Program Manager, NM Department of Health

#3 Life After Sexual or Domestic Violence: The Path of a Teen Survivor
Teenage sexual abuse and domestic violence exposure statistics are staggering, rising both in our state and nationally. Providing immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive medical treatment to teenagers faced with this kind of trauma is imperative to victims becoming healthy survivors. Experienced SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) present the mission of the Albuquerque SANE Collaborative, assault resources throughout the state, and options available to victims of sexual violence and domestic violence. Come discuss current statistics, examine case studies, and learn how to best treat teens experiencing this trauma.

Albuquerque S.A.N.E. Collaborative: Alejandra Casarrubias, RN; Mary Anne Chavez, RN; Sally Silva, RN

#4 Safeguards for Children, It’s the Law
New Mexico has a number of laws that aim to ensure children have safe and stable homes and access to quality education and healthcare. Learn about the Mental Health and Disability Codes in our state, as well as the Public School Code, from attorneys that work with these laws every day.  Familiarize yourself with the safeguards that impact where children live and what services they are entitled to receive.

Pegasus Legal Services for Children: Tara Ford, Founder and Co-Director and Grace Spulak, Staff Attorney

#5 Action or Reaction? Stress Management in Times of Crisis
What happens when students, staff, faculty, or your school community is impacted by a loss, trauma, threat, or disaster? Schools often plan for the physical response, creating detailed plans for evacuations, lockdowns, and family reunification areas, but does your school have a plan for addressing the stress that a crisis can cause? Crisis intervention and stress management involves everyone, and the best time to plan is before individual and organizational resources are overwhelmed. Take action by learning ways you can prepare to meet the psychological needs of your school community after a crisis.

Victoria Reed, Safety Resource Counselor, Albuquerque Public Schools

#6 Tackling the Tobacco Monster
You smell the smoke residue on students when they walk in the door, you watch as they fidget waiting for the moment the bell rings. The tobacco monster has complete control! It is not enough to just say your campus is tobacco-free. Action must be taken to create truly tobacco-free schools. The New Mexico Tobacco-Free Schools Project presents the latest tools for creating a truly tobacco-free school environment, including helping students who use tobacco with tobacco education sessions with students and “not at school” tobacco-free plans. The Project also provides simple steps that will move your campus toward becoming a truly tobaco-free school.

NM Tobacco-Free Schools Project: Janie Corinne, Coordinator; Shelley Mann-Lev, Director and Jessica Apodaca, Prevention Specialist, Santa Fe Public Schools

#7 Beyond a Spanking: Effects of Harsh Treatment on Child Development
There is an great amount of research demonstrating the negative developmental effects on a child’s brain resulting from abuse and neglect, but did you know there is now a developing consensus regarding parental harsh treatment and corporal punishment that predicts similar effects on brain development? Using illustrations, careful explanation and video, this session looks at the developmental brain science that underlies the research on abuse, neglect and harsh treatment. Alternative strategies for the home and school to avoid harsher forms of punishment will be discussed, using case vignettes and actual situational examples.

George Davis, Director of Psychiatry, Children, Youth and Families Division; Robbyn Peters-Bennett, MA, LMHC, CMHS

#8 Section 504 Accommodation Plans: Enhancing Educational Opportunities for Your Students
Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.  Learn more about Section 504, how it is different from Special Education, and how it can enhance your students’ educational opportunities. Understand the key processes for a successful 504 plan as well as the legal implications and how to prepare for an Office of Civil Rights hearing.

Cheri Dotson, Lead Nurse and 504 Coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools

#9  Cultivating Compassion and Connection: Reducing Youth Suicide
Suicide leaves so many unanswered questions; were there warning signs, behavioral changes, prevention strategies that could have been used? This session introduces a full range of prevention, intervention and postvention services developed by the New Mexico Intervention Project. Learn to identify risk factors that lead to suicidal behavior and prevention models used to train students, parents, teachers and clinicians. Research projects measuring the efficacy of interventions with depressed and suicidal adolescents in our community will be presented and discussed.

Kate Reynolds, Clinical Supervisor, SKY Center

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Breakout Sessions

#10       We’re Getting Divorced: Providing Support and Stability in the Classroom
With the national divorce rate at approximately fifty percent, a student can go home from school on Friday anticipating a fun weekend, only to hear parents share the news: “We are going to separate” or “We are getting a divorce.” When the student re-enters the classroom on Monday, there are intense and unique challenges and demands on physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. The potential for behavioral changes that can impact the classroom and school system increase significantly. Learn how schools can provide vital initial and ongoing stability for students that are experiencing parental separation and divorce.

Laurel Burnett, Licensed Counselor, Family Therapy of Albuquerque

#11       Zero Tolerance or Zero Sense?
Are zero tolerance policies leading your students away from academic success and toward a future in the juvenile justice system? Is it really in the best interest of the child to go into the juvenile justice system, or are there collaborations between schools, behavioral health providers, and our justice system that could make a bigger impact? Learn about what is being done in New Mexico juvenile court, and gain insight into the juvenile justice process including the strategies between schools and the justice system that are working to help our students succeed.

Judge Freddie J. Romero, District Court Judge, 5th Judicial District Court; John J. Romero, Jr., District Court Judge, 2nd Judicial District Court

#12       Cultivating a Trauma Informed Presence: You are the Model for Calm
Deep breathing, exercise, a chat with an old friend; these are common techniques of personal stress management that we all know. However, in times of emergency or crisis, how prepared are you to handle the stress and keep calm? Having correct information or knowing the applicable policy is useful, but not enough. In this session we learn how to identify the difference between the “crisis” brain and the “calm” brain, and how to hone in our skills in times of need.

Solace Crisis Treatment Center: Julie Madrid, MA, LPCC; Rich Ransley, Clinical Manager

#13       So What Do I Call You? A Guide to Transgender Cultural Competency
All teenagers, no matter their sexuality or gender, go through the painstaking time of puberty and self-discovery. This is a time when emotions and hormones rage. Dealing with one hormonal teenager is one thing, but how about an entire school? Understanding what your students are experiencing will help you as a provider reach them not only academically but emotionally. In this session, the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico presents a thorough cultural competency training that covers terminology, definitions, etiquette, and more for your transgender students.  Come with your questions as a panel of experts will help guide through their experiences, stories and strategies.

Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

#14       Realizing the Medical Home Potential in School Based Health Center
As key players in providing primary care to New Mexico’s youth, School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) represent an essential part of the medical home approach movement that is currently taking place nationally. This session highlights the importance of quality primary care provided by SBHCs in ensuring the academic success of our youth and the unique opportunity for SBHCs to achieve Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification. Receive information on the current PCMH movement and how SBHCs fit into this, as well as the partnerships and collaborations necessary to achieve certification.

Barbara deNevers, CFNP, Las Clinicas del Norte; Carol M. Pierce, RN, MPA, Public Health Consultants, LLC and McKane Sharff, Program Specialist, UNM – Envision New Mexico

#15       Be the Change:  Creating a Culture of Civility
New Mexico law mandates that every public school provide a bullying prevention program. At Route 66 Elementary School in Edgewood, New Mexico the bullying prevention program not only involves the school but the local community. This session provides a step-by-step outline for creating a bullying prevention program,  including everything from getting staff buy-in to the creation of a school-wide discipline matrix specific to bullying all the while emphasizing student engagement and education. Techniques to modify the program to the secondary school setting as well as in both rural and urban settings are discussed.

Michael Barker, Prevention Associate, Torrance County DWI Project; Sandy Orne-Adams,Counselor, Moriarty-Edgewood School District

#16       Beyond a Spanking: Effects of Harsh Treatment on Child Development
See Session Description #7

#17       Promoting Social Well-Being Through Diversity Dialogues
New Mexico has a rich history of social interactions between diverse cultures that continues to expand. Therefore, developing a forum where all experiences are valued is essential for providers to adequately address concerns of our population’s past, present and future social climate and understanding. This session explores the format, principles, process and previous participant experiences of Diversity Dialogues. Experience the process first hand, and obtain the knowledge needed to develop Diversity Dialogues in your work or school environments.

Tom Chavez, Clinical Child Psychology Intern, University of New Mexico

#18       Addressing the #1 Chronic Disease in Children
Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities, is the most prevalent chronic disease in US children, occurring five times more often than asthma. Access to care is particularly problematic for children, especially the poor and uninsured. This problem is compounded by a shortage of dentists. Expanding the roles of nurse practitioners, physicians, and other health care professionals who regularly provide primary care services to children is a promising strategy to increase access to oral health care. The session describes strategies for incorporating oral health care within a primary care setting. Learn how to perform oral health examinations and explore interventions that can be integrated into school based health clinics.

ChristineCogil, Clinical Instructor, UNM College of Nursing

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions

 #19      Why Can’t “Eye” Read?
Vision training (eye exercises) and tinted glasses are currently the rage for treating New Mexico students with reading difficulties. But has anyone ever looked at the evidence regarding these treatment methods?  Come explore the anatomy and physiology of the visual system and how it pertains to reading, along with the different causes of reading disorders including dyslexia. Learn more about different ocular treatment methods, benefits, and appropriate referrals.

Todd Goldblum, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Family & Children’s Eye Center of NM

#20       Zero Tolerance or Zero Sense?
See Session Description #11

#21       Cultivating a Trauma Informed Presence: You are the Model for Calm
See Session Description #12

#22       Wasted: The Who, What, When, Where & Why of Underage Drinking
A recent national survey of high school seniors found that more than half of the students had abused alcohol in the last month and considered themselves binge drinkers. While this was a national survey, New Mexico youth exhibit the same if not worse behavior. This session provides up-to-date information on which teens are drinking, what they’re drinking, where they’re getting their alcohol, and how this drinking is impacting their lives. Science-based prevention strategies and suggestions will be presented to help reduce underage drinking in your community.

Jim Roeber, Alcohol Epidemiologist, NM Department of Health, Epidemiology & Response Division

#23       Delegation of Nursing Tasks in the School Setting
The American Nurses Association and the National Council on State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) identify the ability to delegate, assign, and supervise as critical competencies for the 21st century nurse. This session identifies professional standards which serve as the framework for safe and legal delegation in school nursing practice. Become familiar with use of the NCSBN “Delegation Decision Tree” as a tool for delegation decision-making in the school setting. Legal rulings related to the delegation of nursing tasks in schools will also be explored.

Janie Lee Hall, School Health Advocate, NM Department of Health, Public Health, Region 1; Kay E. Whitney, MSN, RN, Associate Director of Education/UAP, NM Board of Nursing

#24       Taking a Closer Look at the Buzz Word–Bullying
We hear the word “bullying” everywhere we go. Unfortunately, it is often overused and misused. Bullying is a form of violence and requires specific types of responses that often are more time consuming than addressing conflict.  Over-identifying bullying causes additional pressure on already overtaxed systems. Learn straight forward ways to distinguish between bullying and conflict and tips for engaging the largest untapped resource in the school – your students – to help stop mistreatment before it escalates.

Brooke Tafoya, Bullying and Violence Prevention Coordinator, Albuquerque Public Schools

#25       Digital Dating Abuse and Reproductive Coercion: Newer Trends in Teen Dating Violence
Sexting, digital stalking, pregnancy pressure and birth control sabotage are a few examples of the two rising trends in teen dating violence; digital dating abuse and reproductive coercion. Did you know that teens can now be stalked when they digitally “check in” to a location, or that partners can mentally and emotionally force a pregnancy? Learn the red flags, prevention strategies, and resources to tackle digital dating abuse and reproductive coercion.

Kari Meredith, Teen Dating Violence Project Coordinator, NM Office of the Attorney General

#26       Promoting Social Well-Being Through Diversity Dialogues
See Session Description #17

#27       Super Allies: How to Support LGBTQ Students

Did you know that LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning) students are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth? LGBTQ students are also frequent targets of bullying and harassment. This experiential workshop explores what you need to understand about sexual orientation and gender identity. Become a “Super Ally” and create safer environments for these students through easy and practical prevention and intervention techniques. Participants receive tangible tools to immediately create safer and more welcoming environments for our LGBTQ students

Carrie EberhardyProgram Coordinator, Santa Fe Mountain Center


Friday, May 10, 2013

10:30 am – 11:45 am Breakout Sessions

#28       Stop Teen Dating Violence: A Youth Approach
Teen dating violence has a significant impact on the academic success and health of teens. Victims are at significantly greater risk for substance abuse, youth suicide, early pregnancy, behaviors associated with violence, dropping out of school and lack school connectedness. Youth have tremendous capacity to collaborate with adults to address these issues and promote the well-being of their schools and communities. Discover how students from Española collaborated with adults to implement a school and community-wide teen dating violence awareness campaign. Leave this session with a framework for youth engagement and school and community collaboration, highlighting specific strategies for a teen dating violence awareness campaign implementation.

Jessica Aufrichtig, Teen Pregnancy Support Coordinator, Public Education Department, School and Family Support Bureau and Marie Leyba, MSW, Social Worker, Espanola Public Schools

#29       The Changing Role of School Social Work
As a school social worker, the constant demands of students, role ambiguity, and the impact of school policy cannot only be frustrating, but can change daily. Come discuss the current trends in school social work, including the current data that reinforces the need to focus on the socio-emotional health of students, as well as the role that school social workers play in the collaboration of multi-disciplinary student support models.

Yvonne Garcia, Clinical Social Worker, Albuquerque Public Schools

#30       Youth and Family Engagement: Involvement to Improve Individual and Community Outcomes

Young people and families who utilize youth serving systems are often put into categories and systemically dis-empowered. By harnessing the untapped power of youth and families, we can improve individual and community health outcomes. Come learn basic skills for engaging with youth and families in ways focused on harnessing the voice, giving power of youth and family to improve their lives and the community.

Sarah CouchOwnerWordsong, LLC

#31       QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention

This session teaches the warning signs of suicide and the three-step QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) method for suicide prevention. QPR is designed to help identify and refer suicidal persons to professionals who can assess, manage, and treat the underlying illnesses that promote suicidal behavior. Learn to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. Session attendees receive a QPR Gatekeeper certificate.

Laura HarrisonExecutive DirectorNM Suicide Prevention Coalition


#32       A Way Out: Peer to Peer Support Through Narcotics Anonymous
Drug addicted youth who go through treatment programs often return to their lives to find the only attractive peer group is their old one, and before long they are using again. By encouraging addicted youth to get involved in support groups like Narcotics Anonymous, professionals can help ensure that an alternative drug-free peer group, attractive to this demographic, exists in their community. The session provides a roadmap to help professionals locate, understand, and work with Narcotics Anonymous.

Ron Hofius, Public Relations Chairperson, Greater Albuquerque Area of Narcotics Anonymous

#33       Creating Healthy Communities and Careers for Students
Explore the connection between communities and schools as we discuss the creation of Health Leadership High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The mission is to create a group of aspiring professionals who are able to build a career and create a healthier community through project-based learning, community engagement, and 360 degree support for students. This session explores the program components, projects-based curriculum, community resources, and innovations that have made this collaboration an innovative model for education and communities.  Participate in project development, discuss community resources, and create a blueprint to bring innovation to your school.

UNM Health Science Center: Dr. Javier Aceves, Medical Director; Gabriella Blakey, Principal, Health Leadership High School

#34       Coordinating Care Between Schools and the Behavioral Health System
Behavioral health services for New Mexico children are available and don’t have to be difficult to access. Participate in an interactive dialogue to identify barriers and possible solutions for better coordination of care between schools and the behavioral health system. Learn more about the role of Core Service Agencies and Optum Care Coordinators, including descriptions of services and how they interface with your school.

OptumHealth: Anji Estrellas, Director of Program Delivery and TracyTownsend, Senior Director of System Development

#35       Little Feet Walk Loud: The Importance of Early Childhood Development
Almost 90% of the human brain develops by the age of five. The first years of life are imperative to childhood brain development. Learn about early brain development and engage in small group discussions about the social indicators of poor early childhood investment from our youth-trained presenters. Media messages about the importance of early childhood development will be created during this session and then provided to elected officials and policy makers to create the change needed in our state.

Generation Justice: Melissa Harris, Operations Coordinator and Roberta Rael, Executive Director

#36       Childhood Effects of Sexual Abuse
The news today is filled with stories of children who are sexually abused. Stories from Perverted-Justice (To Catch a Predator) have been constant for the last several years, but the majority of sexual abuse occurs when the offender is well known to the victim. The emotional pain perpetrated on these victims can be difficult to see, but no less real.  This session describes in detail the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse, short and long term effects, and how to be a positive influence during a critical time in the lives of victims.

Mark Munro, Detective, Hobbs Police Department

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions

#37       Trichotillomania: Understanding the Condition of Chronic Hair Pulling
It may be hard to pronounce, but trichotillomania is a prevalent neurological disorder that results in compulsive hair pulling. At some point a school health professional will come in contact with a school-age child with this disorder. Trichotillomania can cause the child extreme shame, depression, secretiveness, avoidance behavior, and anxiety. Learn how to identify trichotillomania, what we think causes the disorder, and current treatments used for the sufferer.

Brian Miller, Counselor, School on Wheels

#38       10 Proven Strategies to Inspire Even the Most Struggling Student
Want to engage even the most struggling youth? This session demonstrates 10 strategies proven effective at building relationships, grabbing attention, and inspiring challenging students. These strategies have helped over 1.5 million students gain social and emotional skills in 16,000 K-12 schools, mental health facilities, and correctional organizations worldwide. Learn to speak the language of today’s youth using relevant multimedia, physical activities, and visual metaphors. The methods presented are based on sound, current research relating to multisensory learning, multiple intelligences, and solution-focused brief therapy.

Christian Moore, Founder, The WhyTry Program

#39       Cradle to Cell:  Risk Factors Leading to Juvenile Incarceration
Youth in our juvenile justice facilities are very different from the general youth population.  Most have had multiple failed treatment experiences and interventions with Child Protective Services. When a child is incarcerated information is collected from diagnostic reports at intake which reveals a broad range of life changing factors and experiences that may contribute to juvenile delinquency. This session looks at more than forty possible risk factors for juvenile incarceration in New Mexico, along with suggestions for appropriate treatment interventions at the most critical point in children’s lives.

Julia M.Kennedy, Juvenile Justice Facilities Behavioral Health Director, Children, Youth and Families Division

#40       Autism in the Public Schools: Treatment and Trends
Students with autism represent a growing presence in our public schools. This session is designed to provide practical working knowledge of autism and help develop skills needed to provide the best possible educational outcomes for autistic students. Learn how to meet the educational needs of students living with autism through best practice strategies, including ways to set up your classrooms and individualized teaching interventions.

Roswell Independent School District: Ashley Swanson, LISW and Mike Tattershall, Social Work

#41       QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
This session teaches the warning signs of suicide and the three-step QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) method for suicide prevention. QPR is designed to help identify and refer suicidal persons to professionals who can assess, manage, and treat the underlying illnesses that promote suicidal behavior. Learn to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. Session attendees receive a QPR Gatekeeper certificate.

Laura Harrison, Executive Director, NM Suicide Prevention Coalition

#42       Opiate Addiction – There Are No Exceptions
New Mexico has the highest ranking in the nation for unintentional drug overdose deaths. New Mexico teens are twice as likely to try heroin than other teens in the United States. These are some staggering statistics that we should not be proud of. Why is this epidemic hitting New Mexico so hard, and what can we do to reduce the problem? Learn details about the issue, why opiate abuse is so prevalent in our communities, and what can be done to combat this problem. This is an epidemic that cannot be solved by one entity. It takes everyone in the community to stand up and make a difference.

Jennifer Weiss, Executive Director, Heroin Awareness Committee

#43       Understanding and Preventing Bullying
Bullying: It’s no longer a “rite of passage.” It has become a serious issue for kids of all ages, and there are severe emotional and physical consequences in addition to poor school performance. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, bullying is a common occurrence, and nearly every child will experience it at some time. This session discusses the bullying of today, prevention and intervention techniques, and key concepts of Santa Fe Mountain Center’s anti-bullying program, Adventures in a Caring Community. Come learn 10 steps to address bullying and how to use fun and easy experiential activities to prevent bullying and build community.

Jenn Jevertson, Program Manager, Santa Fe Mountain Center

#44       Supporting Student Success:  School Nurse and School Based Health Center Conversation Cafe
Supporting Student Success: School Nurse and School Based Health Center Conversation Cafe is an open, hosted conversation among people with diverse views and a shared passion for engaging with others and increasing the number of positive health outcomes for youth at their school site. This conversation café will bring together school nurses, school based health center staff members and other health care professionals to dialogue about shared experiences of working together, what roles they play at their sites, and ideas for how to increase and build community around school health.

Cheri Dotson, Lead Nurse and 504 Coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools and Beth Hamilton, Executive Director, NM Alliance For School-based Health Care 

#45       Youth Ending Violence: An Innovative Peer to Peer Violence Prevention Project
Youth leaders from Enlace Comunitario explore the different forms of teen dating violence, providing attendees with tools to identify, intervene, and prevent violence from occurring. Teens will be available to as a panel to answer questions regarding Teen dating violence during the session along with ideas on how to communicate to your students who have been exposed to violence.

Enlace Comunitario: Maria Garza, Violence Youth Leaders Coordinator; Miriam Reza, Youth Leader/Educator; Juan Silva, Youth Leader/Educator; Miguel Varela, Youth Leader/Educator

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions

#46       The Importance of Communication in Sexuality Education
New Mexico students have the right to comprehensive sexuality education that addresses the socio-cultural, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of sexuality. This session addresses why communication is a key component in sexuality education. Learn the three communication styles and how to effectively use verbal and non-verbal communication.

Beth Williams-Breault, UNM Doctoral Student, University of New Mexico

#47       Truancy Early Intervention: Utilizing Health and Wellness Teams
According to the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, truancy reduction programs that promote consistent attendance by addressing the underlying causes of truancy can also improve academic achievement while reducing problem behaviors, including substance abuse and delinquency.  This session explores the root causes of truancy and how those causes are addressed through a health and wellness approach.

Albuquerque Public Schools: Kristine Meurer, Executive Director, Student, Family and Community Supports; Ron Lucero, Truancy Prevention Manager

#48       The Impaired Student
Can you recognize a student high on Oxycodone? How about Vicodin? Spotting an alcohol-impaired student may not be difficult, but more often than not school health professionals are faced with drug impaired students instead.  This session discusses current drugs, symptoms of use, and provides tips and strategies to help school professionals with the impaired student.

Keith Haynie, Assistant Professor/Family Nurse Practitioner, UNM College of Nursing

#49       Suicide Prevention: A Frontline Perspective
Learn how to implement a successful suicide prevention program in your school and community from professionals at Presbyterian Medical Services of Santa Fe. Hear stories and strategies from front line providers focusing on aftercare, systems and family involvement.

Presbyterian Medical Services: Mark Boschelli, Clinical Director and Robert Deane, LPCC, Children’s Intake Coordinator

#50       Navigating the New Mexico Juvenile Justice System
The philosophy of the juvenile justice system in New Mexico has changed rapidly over the course of the last decade. Gain a deeper understanding about how youth enter the juvenile justice system and two approaches the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department has recently adopted in the field to ensure juveniles successful transition out of the “system” and into adulthood. Learn ways you can help to reduce recidivism and make your community safer.

Carmela Romero, Contract/Program Manager, Children, Youth and Families Division

#51       This is Your Brain on Trauma, Neglect and Drugs|
It is critical for educators and clinicians to understand youth from a trauma and developmentally-informed perspective to identify the most appropriate treatment, interventions, and educational planning. This session explores both psychological and physiological effects of trauma, neglect, and drug use on brain development. Case studies demonstrate contrasting ideal childhood events with attuned caregivers to multiple adverse events, and poorly attuned caregivers. Learn the differences in brain development and how to identify implications for brain function and substance abuse treatment, as well as practice providing developmentally informed interventions.

Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute: Craig Pierce, Founder & President and Denette Varley, LMFT, LSAA, Clinical Supervisor

#52       Understanding and Preventing Bullying
See Session Description for #43

#53       Breaking the Cycle: Reducing Recidivism Rates Through Mentorship
For the last two years Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Mexico has provided mentorship to more than 50 incarcerated youth through the Second Chance Program. Youth that participate in this program are three times less likely to revert back to their old way of life. This is not a coincidence. Mentors in the Second Chance Program are trained volunteers, providing needed friendship and guidance during and after incarceration. Come learn more about the Second Chance Program, the outstanding results, and how every dollar invested in the program results in seven dollars saved to the State of New Mexico.

CJ Fishgrab, Second Chance Program Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters

#54       Childhood Development: It Takes a Village
Early childhood social and emotional well-being is not just the responsibility of the parent, but the entire family and community. Understanding social and emotional development through developmental milestones will help ensure that children are ready for school and adulthood. Learn how to identify red flags in childhood development through science based risk factors. Gain resources and expertise to take back to your school, community and village.

Anna Marie Garcia, First Born Program Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation