Thursday, April 25, 2019

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8:00 -9:30 am | Breakout Sessions

 

#28: The Sky Center Tool-Kit for Well-Being: Trauma-Sensitive Resiliency Practices
Erin Doerwald

The Sky Center offers a prevention framework described as a Toolkit for Well-Being. It is offered as antidote to the challenges found working within the context of traumatic stress and suicide risk in schools. Based upon the agency’s lens on how to enhance resiliency in the face of these concerns, the workshop offers the opportunity to try out self-care practices that may be offered to youth. This breakout session offers research-informed theory plus experiential exercises. By workshop’s end, strategies for grounding, soothing, and renewal will leave participants feeling prepared to do the generous work of serving youth.

#29: Other Duties as Assigned???? I Never Dreamed It Meant a School Shooting!
Tamera Klohn

We always joke about “other duties as assigned” as we are given tasks at our office. We never dreamed that on December 7, 2018 that would include all that encompassed our district as we dealt with a school shooting. We are in the hopes that sharing our story from the perspective of staff as well as parents, will help others to be prepared if they are ever in the same situation. We would like to talk about the reunification process, what worked, what we could have done better, and the challenges a year later.

#30: Down to the Crossroads: A Day in the Life of A Substance Abuse Counselor
Michael Verrilli

New Mexico has one of the highest rates of substance abuse in the nation and our students start using much earlier. The Crossroads Program is housed in Albuquerque Public Schools that focuses on educating and intervening with our city’s students regarding the dangers of substance use. We will discuss the most common substances we encounter in our interactions with students, our work to reduce use and how we educate young students about how drugs affect them differently than adults. We will discuss some of the more common stressful scenarios that we encounter and provide tips if you should encounter them.

#31: From Squash to Home Gardens: Growing Food, Community Service and Building Youth Resources
Carlos Flores

From Squash to Home Gardens, this presentation will recount, in brief, the history of the Gardening For Health Project, which began at Rio Grande High School, but which has grown to incorporate three farm spaces in the south valley, which has included students from multiple schools in the community, and which has involved development of the original students who are now helping to run the project. The presentation will highlight youth experiences, food development in the community, and how the project grows resources for youth. Youth partners will engage the audience in experiential learning activities as part of the session.

#33: A Pediatric and Adolescent Health Perspective on Drug Testing and Impairment Screening in New Mexico Schools
Mary Ramos, Susan Acosta

Are you curious about the most frequently asked questions about drug testing in schools? What has research determined about the utility of drug tests in schools? What is the difference between drug testing and impairment screening. Are their legal and ethical considerations? For curious minds, please join Dr. Mary Ramos in exploring the current landscape of drug testing and impairment screening in schools. You will leave with current research and evidenced based best practices and recommendations to inform your practice and school policy.

#34: Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Keys to Unleashing Resilience
Jeff Griffin

Resilience is something we’re all born with – from the homeless person on the street to the Harvard business grad. Most of us – including many of our schools – struggling students just haven’t learned how to access what’s already inside of them. In this presentation, participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience found in WhyTry Founder Christian Moore’s book, “The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action.” This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive in life.

#35: ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) Training Youth Suicide Prevention: An Overview (Session 1 of 4) 

Shelley-Alonso MarsdenAvi Kriechman, Laura Rombach 

Learn how to counteract barriers to the early identification of youth at risk for suicide by identifying key characteristics of youth most likely to die by suicide, common myths about suicide in order to dispel them, and how to apply key goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention to enhance your advocacy for and work with youth at risk.

#36: What is all the fuss about Scope and Standards of Practice for School Nurses?
Nichole Bobo

Take a journey with Nichole and Susan into the world of professional school nursing practice as you learn about the latest national standards of practice for school nursing and how they affect your competencies required to practice school nursing in New Mexico. Lucky participants will receive a free copy of the National Association and the American Association’s “Scope and Standards of Practice,” third addition. Nichole has 18 years of experience providing tools, resources, and educational offerings to practicing school nurses as the Director of Nursing Education at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).

 

11:30 am -12:30 pm | Breakout Sessions

#37: Telepsychiatric Consultation in School-Based Health Clinics with a Focus on Enhancing Safety and Suicide Prevention

Jeannette Ferguson

Join  Jeannette Ferguson, to discuss the need for telepsychiatry in schools, the barriers to it, and how to set it up. 

 

#38: Reading the Tells
Jerry Balistreri

Reading the Tells is a powerful training seminar that gives you practical techniques, tools, and strategies for understanding and using non-verbal communication for the highest impact and effectiveness. Become a highly respected, highly influential, and highly successful communicator! 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.

#39: Gender Identity and the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)
Dan Green, D.E Ross-Reed, Jessica Reno

Transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth have extremely high rates of homelessness, victimization by sexual violence, suicidal behaviors, and substance use. The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) included a question about gender identity for the first time in 2017. This presentation will include a demonstration of TGNC data and related risk and resiliency factors from the YRRS, a discussion of the meaning of those data to TGNC youth, and discussion of interventions to protect TGNC youth from the many risks they face.

#40: Youth Engagement in Youth-Directed and Designed Health Promotion Community Activities
David Lardier

Communities and the youth within these communities who develop strong collective identities and are engaged in action-oriented health-promoting activities experience positive developmental outcomes. While this may be true, practitioners who work with and for youth on improving their health and overall well-being fall short in taking up emancipatory ways in which to involve youth in social health-based change within and for their communities, neighborhoods, schools, and, or organizations. This session will engage participants in developing an understanding into the ways in which to involve youth in youth-designed and -driven health-promotion activities in their school, community, or organizational setting.

#41: Help to not punish: What do we know about substance use in teen and youth?
Tomoko Hamma, Kimberley Yeager

Youth and teen substance use disorder is one of America’s most significant public health problems. How much do we know about it? What is unique in youth and teen regarding to substance use? How about the role of school and beyond? What substances, signs, stats, biology of addiction, stigma, prevention strategies, other risks, and treatments are available in New Mexico? This presentation will cover these topics. What kids need is help and not punishment!

#42: Hungry Mouths to Feed: Childhood Hunger in New Mexico
Katy Anderson

The effects of hunger on children can be devastating, especially in a school-setting as it negatively impacts a student’s ability to focus, learn, and grow. New Mexico currently ranks second worst in the nation for childhood hunger. Utilizing data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study, we will explore why New Mexico is in this situation. In addition, we will investigate ways to distinguish serious hunger and food insecurity issues with students, and look at viable solutions in addressing the need for healthy nutritious food in your school community.

#43: Deep Culture: A Self-Exploration Journey
Brittney Ramos, Lorraine Sanchez, Rebbeca Torres

Evidence and tools covered in this presentation are aimed at providing insight and reflection of personal bias when providing care. Presenters will share data and experiences from executing a SBHC project working with immigrant students. In this workshop, attendees will participate in an activity to promote self-growth, networking and space for progressive dialogue with the goal of gained insight. Presenters will review tools including models for assimilation, cultural factors and cultural stress factors to broaden attendee’s view of cultural implications when providing services to students.

#44: ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) Training Screening and Assessment of Youth at Risk (Session 2 of 4) 
Shelley-Alonso MarsdenAvi Kriechman, Laura Rombach

Learn a step-by-step process for assessing youth at risk for suicide that enhances safety, promotes resilience, and utilizes criteria for establishing whether or not a particular youth’s suicidality can be managed on an outpatient basis.

#45: Jedi for Peace: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
Dan Giuliano

Be inspired to break the cycle of violence in your life. Explore and understand the concept of non-violence by examining the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, multimedia examples of violence and revenge, personal experience and audience participation. You will receive everything you need to take this presentation back to your schools and community to educate and inspire your students (elementary, middle and high school levels) to break the cycle of violence.

1:45 -3:15 pm | Breakout Sessions

 

#46: Five Critical Steps to Becoming a Trauma Responsive School
Jim Sporleder

This session will teach the participants the “how to”, in becoming a Trauma Responsive School. Participants will learn the basic concepts to implementing a trauma-responsive school culture, that will provide the significant changes we want for every student… improved behavior, improved attendance, improved student attendance, and higher academic achievement (For High Schools… higher graduation rates).

#47: 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. 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.

#48: Late Breaking Presentation from the American School Health Association

Jeanie Alter

TBD

#49: The Intersections of Mental Illness, Drug Addiction and Suicide
Desiree Woodland, Rhoshel Lenroot, Dawn Halperin, Jennifer Weiss-Burke, Gina Ripley, Wynne Coleman, Breanna Frasier

This workshop is a panel presentation format with professional and community advocates with lived experience who will share the messages, beliefs, and perceptions about mental health disorders, including psychosis and depression, substance abuse disorders and suicide, and how to recognize when your teens might need a closer look from a professional. For families who experience a child’s overdose or suicide, having a supportive school staff familiar with the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders and suicide, as well as current resources, can have a positive impact on the healing of the entire school community.

#50: Assessment and Management of Eating Disorders in Youth with a focused on Enhancing Safety and Suicide Prevention
Kristina Sowar

Eating disorders are prevalent but often missed or under-diagnosed in youth, especially of non-Caucasian descent. They are also associated with high rates of medical comorbidity and safety concerns; for example, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. New Mexico itself has few resources specifically targeting eating disorders. This talk with provide an overview on eating disorder types and diagnostic criteria; it will also review strategies for better assessing eating disorder symptoms in patients, and highlight the associated medical and safety risks, and how providers can best support these individuals.

#51: Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Keys to Unleashing Resilience [REPEAT]
Jeff Griffin

Resilience is something we’re all born with – from the homeless person on the street to the Harvard business grad. Most of us – including many of our schools’ struggling students – just haven’t learned how to access what’s already inside of them. In this presentation, participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience found in WhyTry Founder Christian Moore’s book, “The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action.” This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive in life.

#52: Other Duties as Assigned???? I Never Dreamed It Meant a School Shooting! [REPEAT]
Tamera Klohn, Amber Currier

We always joke about “other duties as assigned” as we are given tasks at our office. We never dreamed that on December 7, 2018 that would include all that encompassed our district as we dealt with a school shooting. We are in the hopes that sharing our story from the perspective of staff as well as parents, will help others to be prepared if they are ever in the same situation. We would like to talk about the reunification process, what worked, what we could have done better, and the challenges a year later.

#53: ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) Training Enhancing Safety for Youth at Risk (Session 3 of 4) 
Shelley-Alonso MarsdenAvi Kriechman, Laura Rombach

Learn how to build a safety plan for youth at risk that it uniquely tailored to their circumstances. Each of the seven steps of constructing a safety plan are described in detail to enhance safety and promote utility of the safety plan by the youth risk. Strategies for dealing with barriers to employing the safety plan and to treatment will be reviewed. Interactive case-based conversations will further illustrate the process throughout the course of the training.

#54: Preventing Sexual Violence against Children in our Communities
Alena Schaim, 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. Participants will learn how to proactively and effectively prevent sexual violence in their communities by using a community-based approach to “grooming” and other tactics that perpetrators use, rather than an individual child approach. Participants will examine barriers to intervention and practice strategies proven to reduce sexual abuse in communities.

3:30 -4:30 pm | Breakout Sessions

 

#55: A Pediatric Public Health Perspective on the Substance Abuse Epidemic in New Mexico
Thomas Massaro

Description coming soon!

#56: Youth Engagement in Youth-Directed and Designed Health Promotion Community Activities [REPEAT]
David Lardier

Communities and the youth within these communities who develop strong collective identities and are engaged in action-oriented health-promoting activities experience positive developmental outcomes. While this may be true, practitioners who work with and for youth on improving their health and overall well-being fall short in taking up emancipatory ways in which to involve youth in social health-based change within and for their communities, neighborhoods, schools, and, or organizations. This session will engage participants in developing an understanding into the ways in which to involve youth in youth-designed and -driven health-promotion activities in their school, community, or organizational setting.

#57: Nia Playshop
May Sagbakken

Experience the magic of Nia body-mind movement with Blue Belt trainer May Sagbakken. May believes the connection between the mind and body is essential for your health and awareness of who you are. Her Nia workshop focuses on expression, play, and movement to create an experience that brings you back to your body in the middle of a busy day. With each Nia move she sets the stage for a happy bones and a deep sense of community.

#58:  Supporting Children with Disabilities [REPEAT]
Alena Schaim, Sebastian Margaret

It is unfortunately well-known that New Mexico ranks last in the nation in child well-being. Outcomes for children with disabilities are often worse; individual and structural barriers can prevent them from being able to live free of violence and abuse. People with disabilities face higher rates of abuse, and policies and attitudes toward children with disabilities may unintentionally leave them susceptible to grooming and boundary violations.

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to expand their understanding of the maltreatment that people with disabilities face and to increase capacity to provide children with disabilities with respectful, relevant, and effective services.

#59: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Asian Pacific Islander Communities: How to better serve students and families from this culturally-specific population
Nat Saing, AnhDao Bui

This workshop will provide an overview of cultural considerations around domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. What kinds of community resources can be leveraged to better serve and support students and families in the Asian Pacific Islander communities that may be experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault? Participants will walk away with a toolbox of resources that will assist them in serving this culturally- and linguistically-specific population.

#60: Peer Conflict or Bullying, What’s the Difference?

James Farmer, Valerie Lopez

In this short introduction, participants will learn the characteristics of peer conflict, the characteristics of bullying and the differences in addressing both conflict and bullying. Using role-play and test-your-knowledge activities, participants will be better equipped to both recognize and address peer conflict and bullying situations.

#61:Jedi for Peace: Breaking the Cycle of Violence [REPEAT]
Dan Giuliano

Be inspired to break the cycle of violence in your life. Explore and understand the concept of non-violence by examining the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, multimedia examples of violence and revenge, personal experience and audience participation. You will receive everything you need to take this presentation back to your schools and community to educate and inspire your students (elementary, middle and high school levels) to break the cycle of violence.

#62: ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention and Youth Resilience) Training Coping Skills for Youth at Risk (Session 4 of 4)
Shelley-Alonso MarsdenAvi Kriechman, Laura Rombach

Learn how to build and expand the toolkit of coping skills you have to offer – including strategies to identify and deal with barriers to utilization – to enhance coping and promote safety in youth at risk.

#63: Reading the Tells [REPEAT]
Jerry Balistreri

Reading the Tells is a powerful training seminar that gives you practical techniques, tools, and strategies for understanding and using non-verbal communication for the highest impact and effectiveness. Become a highly respected, highly influential, and highly successful communicator! 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.