Thursday, April 16


SBHC Friend Sessions

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Breakout Sessions

#28: Getting the Biggest Bang for your Buck in the Health Education Classroom

Speakers: Anne Marlow-Geter and Jimmie Thompson

As a health educator, are you well versed on tools available to help you identify the health behavior outcomes necessary to address the physical and emotional health needs of youth? This session provides an overview of the National Health Education Standards and New Mexico Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks as well as the Health Education Curriculum Assessment Tool (HECAT). In addition, participants will receive the Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum and Health Behavior Outcomes developed by the CDC. These tools, in conjunction with local data such as the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), district surveys and School Based Health Center data, will provide a solid foundation to health education teacher to support their students.

#29: Hidden in Plain Sight – Child Trafficking in Schools

Speaker: Shelley Repp

Schools can and should be safe havens for students, and even more so for students whose lives are characterized by instability and lack of safety. In these instances, school personnel are uniquely positioned to identify and report suspected abuse and connect students to services. These actions can prevent trafficking and save lives. The school’s community of personnel have the potential to be advocates for child victims of human trafficking. To be able to do this the school community must learn the indicators of the crime, its warning signs, and how to respond when a student is an apparent victim.

#30: Through the Camera Lens: Using Photography as a Suicide Prevention Tool

Speaker: David Lardier

Photovoice was developed nearly 20 years ago as a qualitative method that combines photography with grassroot social action and has been used internationally, with people from all walks of life, to give them a voice. Learn how the Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience (ASPYR) youth advisory councils implemented a Photovoice project in Albuquerque and Las Cruces to give students the unique opportunity to share their perceptions and comments of what health and well-being looks like through their eyes. Presented by youth council members, and co-facilitated by adults who supported the youth during this project, this workshop details the recruitment process of youth participants and ongoing communication between smaller teams and the larger group. Discover how the youth made meaning of their photos in connection to suicide prevention. Youth-created photos with accompanying poetry and essays will be displayed.

#31: Two-Minute Oral Health Assessments

Speaker: Mariela Leyba

Although it is widely known that oral health is an important part of children’s overall health and well-being, too many kids in New Mexico do not get the preventive and primary oral health care they need. Poor dental health affects more than just teeth and gums; it has a resounding impact on our people and our economy. Administering an oral health assessment and referral is a quick and simple way school nurses and health assistants can help improve the oral health status of the students in our communities. This course provides an overview of what to look for when determining oral health status. Topics include dental caries, dental anomalies, oral cancer, and dental first aid.

#32: Supporting At-Risk Youth: Assessing and Creating a Safety Plan for Suicidal Youth

Speaker: Avi Kriechman

Learn how best to support youth at risk for suicidality and self-harm utilizing tools that (1) identify suicide risk, (2) aid in the determination of whether or not assessment for inpatient treatment is needed, (3) emphasize strengths, reasons for living, and resiliency, (4) collaboratively co-create a safety plan, (5) identifies and supports pre-existing coping skills and offers support for learning new ones, (6) reduces access to lethal means, and (7) manages referrals in a way that reconnects youth to family, school, and community.

#33: Transgender Students 201

Speaker: Adrien Lawyer

Review the definitions, history and etiquette regarding transgender and intersex people. Then take a deeper dive into the data on transgender students, from national and New Mexico surveys. The presenter, Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, will work with the audience to discuss issues specific to transgender students in school settings, as well as strategies that improve outcomes for these young people.

#34: PrEP, PEP and STIs: Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Sexual Health for Today’s Adolescents

Speaker: Jeremy Snyder

Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to skyrocket across the county. Unfortunately, young people, and particularly those of racial and sexual minority communities, continue to be disproportionately affected. School health programs are essential to stem this increase. This session provides participants with the tools to discuss sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and how to lower risks of acquisition. Learn how to avoid stigmatizing language, assess for risk, and provide education to students most in need. A bibliography of resources will be provided.

#35: Trauma-Sensitive Resiliency: A Toolkit for WellBeing

Speaker: Erin Doerwald and Farah Sultan

The Sky Center of New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project offers a framework described as a Toolkit for Well-Being developed from research on suicide risk and resiliency. Over the past few years, the agency has been increasingly called-upon to offer our lens on how to enhance resiliency in the face of trauma symptoms for both students and educators alike. This workshop is offered as antidote to the challenges of contemporary life while working within the context of traumatic stress in school communities. The experiential exercises offered will leave participants feeling prepared to do the essential and generous work of serving youth.              

#36: Visioning Youth Empowerment and a Stronger School Community

Speaker: Kristi Goldade

Does your school have an active protocol in place for youth suicide prevention? Do you know how to dialogue with your students about mental health? And, why does youth-led peer support work? Create a culture of wellness at your school! Join youth and staff of BTSNM for an interactive session to learn about mental health and how to talk with your students and school community, and find out why youth-led peer support is one of the best methods around. Straightforward techniques for intervening with struggling students & follow up methods to support those approaches through role play, activities, and tools.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Breakout Sessions

#37: Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety: Creating a Positive Digital Citizenship in Schools

Speaker: Katherine Trujillo

Technology and the internet are great learning tools for educators, but can be dangerous if students aren’t aware of proper cyber safety strategies to use while online. Cyberbullying and safety issues are not only rampant on social media apps, but can be found on online gaming and chat rooms as well. Review strategies to help youth understand the proper ways of using the internet as a tool versus causing themselves or others harm. Participate in a self-reflection activity reviewing your own online profile to see your impact on others through what you share, comment on and post in the digital world. As you explore the resources, strategies and the laws that are in place for online safety, identity theft and internet crimes against children you will gain skills to promote a positive digital citizenship in the school and home.

#38: Semillas de Salud: Healing ACEs with Trauma-Informed Peer Health Education

Speaker: Matthew Probst

Designed in 2004 as a “grow your own” health professional program, Semillas de Salud (Seeds of Health) is now our greatest cure for diseases of despair. A “pay it forward” pyramid scheme multiplies our mentoring efforts yielding an abundance of rooted local youth interested in health careers and an adequate supply of licensed health professionals to fill clinic vacancies. Teen pregnancy prevention was the original peer health education pilot topic and reduced our teen pregnancy by 50% in the past decade. We now apply the same strategy to combat teen suicide and overdose death rates.

#39: To the Left of “Your Worst Case Scenario”

Speaker: Grant Banash

On December 7th, 2017 the community of Aztec experienced the trauma of an active shooter within one of their schools. Although the district had practiced for such a scenario, no one had ever prepared for what to do after the event. Using the lessons learned from December 7th, a team of key stakeholders were brought together to create a comprehensive reunification process for all of San Juan County. Aside from learning about the fundamentals of creating an effective reunification plan, workshop participants will also understand the importance of building solid relationships with the multiple emergency management agencies.

#40: Parental Incarceration and Youth Problem Behaviors

Speaker: Jeanie Alter

Given the rates of incarceration rate of adults in the US, the impact on their children is of concern to communities and schools alike. This session describes a study conducted in Indiana exploring the youth problem behaviors more often found among youth with incarcerated parents, and the implications from this work for schools and communities will be explored from the perspective of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Learn about the youth problem behaviors more often found among youth with incarcerated parents and the resources and supports available for students with incarcerated parents.

#41: Losing Someone You Care For to Suicide

Speaker: Avi Kriechman

Have you lost someone you’ve cared for to suicide? Or are working with those who have? Losing a loved one to suicide may lead to the development of Complicated (Traumatic) Grief. This workshop offers tools to determine whether or not a survivor is suffering from Complicated Grief and the guiding principles and key techniques of evidence-based Complicated Grief Treatment. Also learn to distinguish between survivors who may benefit from grief treatment and those who may not benefit from grief counseling or even find it unhelpful.

#42: School Counselors and Teacher Librarians: Collaborations and Partnerships with Important Stakeholders

Speaker: Cristin Haake

Collaborate with one of the most important stakeholders in the school – the Teacher Librarian. Identify specific wellness initiatives that both counselors and teacher librarian support in the school library setting. Explore how stress management strategies and stress relieving activities can be implemented in the school library with the partnership between counselors and teacher librarians. Determine how you may grow your relationships among the important connective stakeholders in your school setting. Participate in experiential activities, such as making aromatherapy dough and using fitboards for stress management.

#43: School Crisis Recovery; A Community and School Partnership

Speakers: Twila Becenti-Fundark and Richard Skaggs

New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for suicide rates. A multi-disciplinary alliance to combat suicide contagion demonstrated its effectiveness beyond the initial purpose after two school tragedies within one week and a school shooting a year later. The preexisting partnerships allocated mutual aid for immediate and long-term support after these critical school incidents. Explore the crucial role of school and community partnership when preparing for mental health emergencies and key factors to build capacity for school crisis response.

#44: Seeing HPV Clearly – Guard Ur Self

Speaker: Rachel Crusius

Do you know someone infected currently with HPV? The answer is probably yes! This presentation provides you with the basics on your immune system and vaccination mechanisms. We then break down HPV: the risks and rates of infection, effects of the disease, and its available vaccine. Finally we discuss common misinformation you may encounter when discussing HPV and vaccinations with the general public and how to provide appropriate education in a respectful and informative manner.

#45: I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity

Speaker: Jenn Jevertson and Christopher Allers

I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity is an educational training video exploring the challenges that LGBTQ+ young people face, and how adults can be supportive allies. The 46-minute video defines the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, and provides an in-depth picture of how LGBTQ+ young people are marginalized in their everyday lives and the serious outcomes they face as a result. With personal stories from LGBTQ+ young people and adult advocates woven throughout, the main theme of adult allyship is exemplified through LGBTQ+ youth sharing how they need to be supported. Facilitated discussion follows the viewing.

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM | Breakout Sessions

#46: ‘Informing’ Trauma-Informed Care: Case Studies of High ACEs-score SBHC Users

Speaker: Rissa Lane

Although ACEs is a current buzzword in health care and social services fields, many health care providers and others that work with children feel that the need for training to provide trauma-informed care is still greatly needed. The Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care and Apex Evaluation developed an ACEs and resiliency screening tool. Through exploring case studies of ACEs, Just Health comprehensive risk screen and patient health record diagnoses and procedures data as well as analyses that link ACEs and the Just Health comprehensive risk screen, providers will learn patient needs and the role of SBHCs to provide care.

#47: Spark the Superpower in Students & Teachers with Brain-based Classroom Physical Activity

Speaker: Marcia Lee Unnever

Active students are better learners. Learn how to use dynamic brain-based classroom physical activity (CPA) throughout the school day to support super powered health and focus for academic success in every subject area. Research shows that CPA improves student behavior, academic success, and emotional well-being as well as reducing ADHD type behavior. Perform a variety of movements to experience the dynamic effect of CPA on the brain and body. Instructional handouts include steps and brain research. CPA is an essential tool for every child’s brain and behavioral development, health, and academic success. Please wear flat shoes and comfy clothes.

#48: Mental Health and Reunification; Does Your District Have It?

Speakers: Twila Becenti-Fundark and Michael Rose

School crisis incidents have been increasing within the last decade. Most often mental health support is not incorporated into a school reunification process from the onset. This workshop explores the importance of incorporating the roles and functions of mental health support within a district-wide reunification process and the utilization of the Incident Command System to reunify students with family and initiate triage to identify on-going crisis recovery support.

#49: Kassy’s Kause: Bringing Awareness to Maternal Mental Health Disorder

Speaker: Susan Aguayo

Behavioral Mental Health disorder does not discriminate. It has been documented that 20% of women experience Maternal Mental Health Disorder (MMHD) during or after pregnancies, sometimes, so severe they lead to suicide. Unfortunately, the voices of women suffering from postpartum depression are often silent. Women are reluctant to reveal to others that they are unhappy during or after the birth of their babies. Their fear of being labeled as a nonperfect mother creates the silence that makes their illness difficult to endure and their recovery complex. Do you know the warning signs? Whether supporting a teen parent, student’s parent, colleague or family member, you can plan an important role in early detection and helping break the stigma.

#50: Coming Together to Create a System of Care for Youth at Risk for Suicide

Speaker: Avi Kreichman

Our often under-resourced communities face an increase in youth suicidality and suicide, including suicide clusters and contagion. In this workshop, we describe and apply guidelines for conducting a needs assessment, identifying community stakeholders, and arranging for interdisciplinary multi-site collaborative consultations. Co-creating a template using evidence-based tools for the identification, assessment, safety planning, referral, case management, referral, and transition care for youth at risk of suicide at multiple points of entry will facilitate system-wide communication and ease the transition between different levels of care.

#51: Medical Cannabis

Speaker: Gary French

The Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) was created in 2007 under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act. The purpose of this Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments. This presentation is designed to educate school health staff about the Endocannabanoid System and how medical cannabis plays a role in regulating its affects. Importance is placed on identifying potential warning signs of cannabis misuse in the student population and potential adverse effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. This presentation attempts to provide guidance to nursing staff about recent legislation relating to the administration of medical cannabis and how this legislation intersects with New Mexico Nursing Board Regulations.

#52: How Can Your School Collaborate with the NM Department of Health to Raise Immunization Rates?

Speaker: Dawn Aldridge and Scarlett Swanson

It is all over the headlines – an increase in Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A – all disease’s preventable with vaccine? Last year there were an estimated 79,400 deaths from Flu. Did you know that the State of New Mexico through the VFC Program will vaccinate every single child in New Mexico under the age of 19 at no cost? Come join the NE Region Immunization Team and we will tell you how we can help you to make sure that every child in New Mexico can be vaccinated.

#53: Promoting Digital Citizenship in Students: A Decision Making Methodology

Speakers: Beth McNeill and Megan Shipley

Students need to be safe and ethical technological consumers. Social media and internet use, as an instructional strategy, is effective for crafting authentic learning experiences. This flowchart methodology, uses a series of scenarios, to promote critical thinking and decision-making skills as students analyze consequences of choices. After moving through the levels, students evaluate the cumulative outcomes of the decisions and explain when healthier choices could have been made.

#54: Understanding and Treating Trauma in the Schools (Punishment is Not the Answer!)

Speakers: Constance Medley and Ellen Krumm

Commonly, schools embrace academic and behavioral standards that are difficult to obtain for students that demonstrate behaviors associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With an estimation of 25% to 50% of children across the country having experienced trauma, this has become a significant concern. The impact of trauma oftentimes produces learning issues, attention difficulties, emotional dysregulation, and problematic peer relations. Unfortunately, many staff in education lack foundational knowledge of trauma-based behaviors. Mental health providers are in a unique position in the school setting to help identify and address these issues and unmask such so that appropriate interventions can be implemented.

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Breakout Sessions

#55 (REPEAT): Creating Protective Communities for Children

Speakers: Alena Schaim and Jess Clark

So many of us want to prevent sexual violence among the children we work with and don’t know how best to do so. This activity-driven workshop provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on the safety messages we receive and other factors that leave our children at risk. Learn how to proactively and effectively prevent sexual violence in your communities by using a community-based approach to “grooming” and other tactics that perpetrators use, rather than an individual child approach. Examine barriers to intervention and practice strategies proven to reduce sexual abuse in communities.

#56 (REPEAT): Mental Health Considerations for Refugee Students

Speaker: 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. We will examine resources for building knowledge and understanding, as well as practice modeled activities that 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.

#57: Creating Community Coalitions Engaged in Prevention, Intervention, and Social Change

Speaker: David Lardier

Explore the ways to develop a culturally humble approach to coalition building. This presentation, grounded in SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as a model for coalition building, as well as research from the broader academic community, allows participants to draw from an evidence-based model that can be incorporated into their own communities and professional locations. Also, explore evaluation techniques to assess the effectiveness of (future) coalitions.

#58 (REPEAT): Creating Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems to Achieve Improved Student and School Outcomes

Speakers: Michelle Monk, Shayna Klassen, and Victoria Waugh-Reed

Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems (CSMHS) provide a full array of supports and services that promote positive school climate, social emotional learning, mental health, and well-being, while reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness. CSMHS contribute to improved student and school outcomes including greater academic success, reduced exclusionary discipline practices, improved school climate and safety, and enhanced social-emotional-behavioral functioning. This presentation introduces participants to the components of CSMHS and its value to schools using the National School Mental Health Curriculum, a resource from the National Center for School Mental Health and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network.

#59: Using SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) for Youth Suicidality

Speaker: Avi Kriechman

Presenter Dr. Kreichman and his colleagues have successfully implemented SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in medical sites, IHS, pueblos, urgent care, emergency departments, trauma departments, and school-based health centers to identify, assess, refer, and briefly treat youth at risk for substance abuse, depression, trauma, anxiety, and suicide. This workshop focuses on how the key elements of SBIRT – universal screening, motivational interviewing, well-managed referrals, and brief/time-effective treatment – can be used in a variety of settings to best support youth at risk of suicide. Key roles for peer and community support workers will be emphasized.

#60: Strategies for Implementing Best Practices in Schools to Support LGBTQ+ Students

Speaker: Mary Ramos, Janie Lee Hall, and Daniel Shattuck

For the past 3 years, 20 high schools across New Mexico have participated in the “Reducing LGBTQ+ Adolescent Suicide” study. This study aimed at implementing six best practices identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for creating supportive and safe environments for LGBTQ+ students and reduce negative health outcomes including suicidality, substance use, or sexually transmitted diseases. While many schools have some strategies in place, such as safe spaces or bullying prohibitions, only about 21% of New Mexico high schools and 15% of all US high schools implement all six in effective and structured ways. This presentation will provide important guidance drawn from lessons learned during the RLAS study for school health professionals wanting to improve their school climates, support LGBTQ+ students, and improve health outcomes for their students overall.

#61 (REPEAT): Parental Incarceration and Youth Problem Behaviors

Speaker: Jeanie Alter

Given the rates of incarceration rate of adults in the US, the impact on their children is of concern to communities and schools alike. This session describes a study conducted in Indiana exploring the youth problem behaviors more often found among youth with incarcerated parents, and the implications from this work for schools and communities will be explored from the perspective of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Learn about the youth problem behaviors more often found among youth with incarcerated parents and the resources and supports available for students with incarcerated parents.

#62 (REPEAT): Restorative Justice Practices: Changing Lenses to See Classrooms as Communities

Speaker: Emma Green

Have you heard about Restorative Justice Practices but want to know more before you feel confident in implementing any changes? This session is for you! Participants will have the opportunity to assess and identify if their school could benefit from restorative justice practices. Learn when to use restorative justice practices and why they’ve been successful in countless schools around the country. This presentation offers the opportunity for participants to engage in and facilitate talking circles – while receiving consultation regarding individual questions and concerns; as it relates to their specific school culture and community.

#63: Beyond the Tears: Looking to the Root Cause and the Hidden Secrets of Family Violence

Speakers: Reducinda Avila, Cecy Barffuson Franco, and Maribel Encarnacion

The impact on children who witness domestic violence is a major national concern. Studies show that 90 % of those who are incarcerated have been victims of child abuse or witnessed domestic violence. Family violence is an epidemic which not only affects a specific family, but affects the community nationwide. The lack of understanding of children’s disruptive behavior in the classroom perpetuates the problem and creates further trauma. Being a child witness of domestic violence can lead to depression, truancy, homelessness, substance abuse, attachment issues, and runaway behavior. This session addresses how trauma impacts learning, how to identify students who are dealing with family violence and how to become an agent of change to break the cycle.