Wednesday, April 15


SBHC Friendly Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

#1: Are We Teaching Sexual Health Education in New Mexico?

Speaker: Elizabeth Dickson

In 2016-2017, the University of New Mexico conducted a study to examine the content and delivery of sexual health education (SHE) in New Mexico public secondary schools from the perspective of school educators, nurses, and administrators. The study, whose results have been accepted for publication in the Journal of School Health and the Journal of School Nursing, confirms that SHE is not being taught equitably across the state. However, it also provided valuable insights into the many barriers that are faced when teaching sexual health education in our state, and solutions to the problems.

#2: Laughter is the Best Medicine: Using Humor to Engage Students and Deal with Trauma

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

School age children and adolescents typically suffer a number of adverse conditions prior to entering school and throughout their educational experience. Developing a positive working relationship with students, families, and communities is a key to being change agents. Humor as a therapeutic tool for intervention has proven effective when used respectfully. It is used to defuse and align with the students. It builds trust and a peaceful environment, which strengthens the therapeutic relationship. Explore vicarious trauma and how professionals naturally use humor as a release valve for stress.

#3: Care Coordination of Chronic Diseases in the School Setting

Speakers: Susan Acosta, Leslie Berry, Jennifer Downey, Ashley Garcia, Maricelda Pisana, and Lynn Wheeler

Calling all school counselors, teachers, administrators, nurses, health assistants and anyone interested in learning how to keep students with chronic diseases safe at school! Join the New Mexico Department of Health and the Public Education Department for an interactive and engaging unfolding case study. Participants will collaborate and learn how to care for students with chronic diseases with and without a school nurse, all while incorporating most recent legislative guidelines.

#4: 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.

#5: Creating Connection Through Experiential Learning

Speaker: Jenn Jevertson and Christopher Allers

Experiential learning is one of the most powerful and impactful methods for participants to maximize growth, learning, and connection. Knowing what activities to use, when to sequence them, how to frame them to reach intended outcomes, and how to process them greatly increase facilitators’ and organizers’ abilities to create meaningful community and maximize learning and growth. This workshop begins with learning Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory, and goes beyond theory to offer participants a practical and tangible set of skills to facilitate group activities.

#6: Happy Students=Healthy Students and Happy School=Healthy School

Speakers: Stephen Goodwin and Beth Orsega-Smith

Happy students are more motivated, enjoy coming to school more, and even have higher academic achievement (Hinton & Shiller, 2015). This session provides the theory behind happiness and the role it plays in developing healthier school environments as well as activities that can be incorporated into the classroom and school in general. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators will benefit from learning how to be kind, supportive, and optimistic. See how applying these principles can transform your school to a place where students thrive and prosper. School should be a place everyone feels safe and welcomed.

#7: 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.

#8: Addressing Trauma in School Social Work to Foster Youth Resiliency

Speakers: Leslie Cook and Frances Fuller

We’ve all heard about that kid – the one who is always being labeled as a “behavior.” As social workers, we know that there is more to the story. This presentation provides school social workers and others with the skills to recognize and understand the signs of trauma, as well as how to utilize standardized assessment tools to gather data to inform interventions. Be guided through the use of three different evidence-based models to address trauma in the school setting. Presenters will share their own experiences with mindfulness and regulation-based interventions throughout the presentation.

#9: Now, teacher, don’t you fill me up with your rules, buy everybody knows that smokin’ ain’t allowed in school

Speaker: David Tompkins

Vaping is not your father’s Oldsmobile. As a disruptive technology, e-cigarettes have changed the paradigm of nicotine use and addiction. As advocates for youth, we need to disrupt back. Through the use of a multi-media presentation and facilitated discussion, participants will rethink “smoking” and their unique opportunity to respond to the youth vaping epidemic.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

#10: Managing Your SELf! A Neurobehavioral Approach to Rapid Long-lasting Change

Speaker: Randy Guttenberger

MYS, or Managing Your Self! is a brief, solution-focused program aimed at creating improvement and visible change from the first session. It combines neuroscience, counseling, management and coaching in a totally unique way. MYS is foundational to any SEL goals, as it explains WHY we have certain social emotional experiences, then HOW to make needed changes, and constantly focuses on the positive nature of the AUTHENTIC SELF, empowering students toward confidence, self-esteem, and success. Students need to understand why their brain gives them the messages it gives, and with MYS they do, quickly and effectively.

#11: Inequity and the Opportunity Gap: Using Data to Prevent and Address ACEs

Speaker: Melani Buchanan Farmer

In the past 50 years, America’s racial and ethnic academic achievement gaps have closed slightly, and wealth-income academic achievement gaps have grown. This is in line with America’s increasing wealth-income inequality. Racial and ethnic academic achievement gaps are static and wide and the wealth-income gap is the highest in the nation. Low income and minority children disproportionately experience ACEs, with some of the highest rates in New Mexico. Our children experience disproportionately more ACEs than children in other states. In this interactive session, participants will use protocols to explore manipulatable data explicating the consequences of inequity, opportunity gaps, and ACEs.

#12: Breathe it in! Asthma, Culture, and Language in Hispanic Families

Speakers: Maria Ulloa Otero, and Norma Vazquez

Asthma is a complex chronic medical condition. Cultural and language barriers can add to this challenge. Nuestra Salud (NS), a community-based organization created and managed by community health workers (CHWs), partnered with the New Mexico Department of Health’s Asthma Control Program to improve asthma care within the Hispanic and Spanish-speaking populations. This project was developed to identify and document strengths and concerns within a community, promote dialogue among families and providers, and educate the public and policy makers about the challenges of asthma control in Hispanic families.

#13: Social Media and Immunizations: The Intersection of Civil Discourse, Propaganda and Collaboration

Speaker: Walter Dehority

Explore the portrayal of immunizations by the media (and more recently social media) over time as we examine portrayals in high-budget movies (with film clips included for discussion), newspapers and television. We then segue into more recent discussions of immunizations on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook), and discuss recent changes in how social media is handling immunization discussions (e.g. Facebook and Twitter restricting anti-vaccination content). Strategies for an appropriate response to these portrayals (TV, newspaper, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) will be discussed, including when the best response may be no response.

#14: National Alliance on Mental Illness-NM: ENDING THE SILENCE

Speaker: Barbara Bruce

Need help educating families and staff on suicide prevention and teen mental health? Frequently parents exclaim, “My child hates school, is depressed, is hurting themselves!!! I don’t know what to do!” Staff report challenging behavior and ask, “How do I know if this is mental illness?” They are unaware of mental health conditions, may feel guilty, and fearful of how to best navigate options. Join us to learn about our free SAMHSA approved presentations adapted to the needs of these unique groups.

#15: Creating Protective Communities for Children

Speakers: Jess Clark and Alena Schaim

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.

#16: 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.

#17: Beyond the ABCs: The Benefits of GSA Clubs

Speaker: Karen Dugas

Do you want to support LGBTQ+ and allied youth at your school or organization? Do you wonder about the benefits a Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Club can provide? Join us to learn some basics of what a GSA club is and does, and hear from young people about their experiences in GSA clubs. Then, take home resources & tools for use in your local GSA club.

#18: An Overview of Lessons Learned from a Pilot Prevention and Empowerment Program Targeting the E-Cigarette Epidemic in Kentucky

Speaker: Melinda Ickes and Elizabeth Whitney

This workshop provides an overview of lessons learned from a pilot prevention and empowerment program that was developed to address the e-cigarette epidemic among youth in Kentucky. Participants are provided with the pertinent background/significance on the state of e-cigarette use among youth and implementation evaluation data from three groups of stakeholders, including reports from youth who have recently received the program. Currently, the program has reached over 4,000 youth in Kentucky and continues to grow. The goal for this session is to provide the audience with up-to-date information and engage them as learners using the tools/resources needed to address e-cigarette use among youth most effectively in their professional settings.

3:20 PM – 4:50 PM | Breakout Sessions

#19: Using Biodots to Teach Adolescents About Stress and Self-Care

Speaker: Deanna Valdez

Stress affects everyone and our students are no exception. This presentation shows how to use biodots to teach adolescents about stress, stress management and the importance of self-care. The presenter will model a core curriculum lesson that can be used with adolescents at the middle and high school levels. The lesson includes your very own biodot to monitor during the lesson, an interactive and engaging PowerPoint, a Think-Pair-Share discussion on individual stressors and de-stressors, and a guided meditation!

#20: Asthma! Best Practices for Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools

Speaker: Norma Vazquez

School conditions can affect the health of students and staff members with asthma. Is your school asthma friendly? Improving indoor air quality in schools is critical, as poor air quality can trigger asthma symptoms and increase school absenteeism. Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model and the Public Education Department’s best practices, this session provides an overview of asthma and describe environmental triggers in schools. Resources, policies and strategies will be provided to make your school a safe place for students with asthma. Learn about New Mexico schools’ success stories and existing policies.

#21: Using the World Café Strategy to Improve the Lives of Our Children and Youth

Speaker: Pauline Staski

How can we improve the lives and futures of our children and youth? The World Cafe is a strategy of rich conversations that allows the collective wisdom of a community or organization to begin a process of change. In this session, you will participate in a World Cafe to address this question. You will also discuss the strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities of the World Cafe, and how to bring this strategy home to your community.

#22: Improving Health and Academic Outcomes by Integrating Oral Health into School Curriculum

Speaker: Sonia Garcia Lopez

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) recommends the integration of oral health education in the school curriculum as a best practice to reduce oral disease. Oral health education increases knowledge, skills, positive attitudes to make assertive decisions and perform healthy behaviors. School-based health programs (SBHP) emphasize the need to engage students as active participants in their learning and health and must involve parents, teachers, families and communities. SBHP target long term outcomes. Better oral health outcomes will enhance overall health, academic outcomes and quality of life, closing oral health gaps and reducing oral health disparities in NM.

#23: T’ai Chi Chih: For Balance, Stress Reduction & Clarity

Speaker: Carmen Brocklehurst

Sometimes, the stress of everyday life and work can become overwhelming. T’ai Chi Chih-Joy Thru Movement is a series of movements is one solution people are turning to. There is no martial arts or self- defense influence. The purpose of T’ai Chi Chih is to circulate the Vital force and balance the Yin-Yang of this intrinsic energy. Chinese medicine says that imbalance of the Yin-Yang can result in illness, tension and generally unsatisfying lives. Participants will learn how a T’ai Chi Chih practitioner usually becomes relaxed, as well as energized, in a gentle manner.

#24: Culturally Competent Suicide Prevention: A Process for Working Cross Culturally

Speaker: Ellen Krumm

Participants have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions when given scenarios of difficulties that can occur when working cross-culturally in the area of suicide prevention. Review of a case study that involved the use of this process on the Navajo Nation will be highlighted to show how this type of consultation process aided in dramatically reducing rates of suicide over a three year period, and encouraged indigenous people to become gatekeepers of their own suicide prevention programs. Participants will also receive a handout that provides more information regarding resources for addressing suicide prevention for specific minority groups.

#25: Overview of Motivational Interviewing in a School Setting

Speaker: Lindsay Worth

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment to change.” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). Individuals who are trained in MI learn how to effectively communicate with others to both evoke wisdom and share their own expertise effectively. Participants will have a taste of MI, learning about the evidence that supports this approach and core skills and having a chance to practice in a relaxed and fun environment!

#26: The SBIRT Model of Intervention: How to Reach Youth Affected by Substance Use Disorders

Speakers: Samantha Ashby, Lisa Searle, and Michael Verrilli

SBIRT is an acronym that stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. It is an intervention that incorporates motivational interviewing techniques in order to encourage change in students who are affected by Substance Use Disorders. Over the past year, we have been trained in this intervention and want to share the experiences and resources we have found.

#27: Let’s Talk About Sex (And Unintended Pregnancy)

Speakers: Jennifer Hettema, Annemarie Madaras, and Christina Phillips

Although it is recommended that adolescent health providers screen for sexual risk behaviors and provide education and counseling, there have been no specific guidelines or protocols to guide such practices….UNTIL NOW! This dynamic research team has developed a Motivational Interviewing based screening and brief intervention for teens at risk for unintended pregnancy. Learn about and be trained to use this simple protocol. Teen healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, counselors, and social workers can implement a brief 15-minute intervention protocol for teens. This engaging workshop provides practical tools to use and adapt in your own practice.